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Public Policy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Waltham, MA, United States
The first to be offered in Massachusetts at the undergraduate level, our Public Policy degree is similar to a Political Science major, exploring the implications of business and government decisions from every angle.
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Overview

Economic development, education, national security, immigration, health care, financial markets: It’s all impacted by public policy.

 You’ll develop some serious critical thinking skills, learn how to navigate complex relationships, and discover how to respond effectively to opposing ideas and arguments through course work and experiential learning opportunities. You’ll develop some serious critical thinking skills, learn how to navigate complex relationships, and discover how to respond effectively to opposing ideas and arguments through course work and experiential learning opportunities.

In this major, you’ll also be required to complete an applied learning experience. Options include service–learning projects, directed study courses, study abroad programs, and internships through a semester-away program in Washington, D.C., as well as at local state and government agencies.

The powerful arsenal of tools you’ll develop as a Public Policy major makes you an attractive candidate for positions in virtually any sector of the job market.

In particular, you may want to check out government agencies and international organizations, both of which need professionals who understand the dynamics of the policy environment and have the business, communication and diplomatic skills to make things happen.

Specific positions you can pursue with a Political Science major include:

  • Consultant
  • Foreign affairs officer
  • Fundraiser
  • Grant writer
  • Health care administrator
  • Journalist
  • Legislative aide
  • Policy analyst
  • Research associate

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Globalization
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • The Developing World
  • International Organizations
  • International Politics
  • Politics and Urban Economy in the U.S.
  • Politics of Communications Policy
  • Social Policy
  • U.S. Foreign Policy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    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:

    7

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    577

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Application form with $50 fee
  • Official high school transcript
  • College essay
  • Senior Grades
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Standardized test scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    46370 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46370 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    46370 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46370 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Waltham

  • 1515 - 3140 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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