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Public Affairs, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Fort Wayne, IN, United States
The BSPA (Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs) degree program provides a background in the liberal arts and a focus on public affairs. This degree offers a major in Public Administration and Policy with four concentrations in Criminal Justice Policy, Law and Public Policy, Healthcare Management and/or Nonprofit Management and Leadership. 
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Internships are available and are strongly encouraged to provide qualified students with the opportunity to apply classroom theory and techniques to real-life experiences. The internship program is designed for maximum flexibility; internships can be full or part time, paid or unpaid, credit or noncredit.

The Public Administration and Policy curriculum is divided into five categories - Purdue General Education area, Public Policy general knowledge area, Public Policy core, a major area, and general electives. The BSPA requires a minimum of 120 credit hours with a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade-point average and a 2.3 or higher grade-point average in core and major courses (excluding PPOL 37101). No more than 90 credits may be transferred from other accredited institutions (60 credits from a junior college). Public Policy requires that 15 hours of course work in the major at the 300 or higher level be completed at Purdue (excluding PPOL 37101). A maximum of 10 credits may be applied from military transfer experience, and a maximum of 12 credits may be awarded for police academy training completed within the past year. Up to 6 credits in Public Affairs Courses (excluding PPOL 37200 and PPOL 37601) may be used in order to meet specific Public Affairs degree requirements in a second Public Affairs concentration or minor.  However, Public Affairs courses may be double-counted to satisfy the Purdue University Fort Wayne general-education distribution and public policy general elective requirements.

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

 Students should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of ideas and theory in the formulation and implementation of public policy.
  • Understand the importance of politics in all substantive public policy areas.
  • Appropriately utilize quantitative approaches for dealing with management and public policy challenges.
  • Understand the origins, processes, and impact of law in the creation and implementation of public policy.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    International students outside of United States:

    • Fall - May 1
    • Spring - December 1
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Health Systems Administration
  • Nonprofit Management And Leadership
  • Crime and Public Policy
  • Topics in Public Law
  • Introduction to Business Writing
  • Intermediate Expository Writing
  • Introduction to Statistical Theory in Economics and Business Statistical Techniques
  • Social Statistics
  • Elementary Statistical Methods

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • High school GPA
  • Successful completion of a Core 40 diploma (for Indiana residents) or a strong college-prep curriculum
  • SAT or ACT exam scores
  • Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20286 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10143 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    20286 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10143 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    8448 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4224 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Fort Wayne

  • 830 - 1270 USD/month
    Living Costs

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