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Public Policy Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #62 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
Public Policy Studies offered by Vanderbilt University combines economics, political science, sociology and other academic fields to create a rigorous, interdisciplinary major designed to give students the tools and background needed to understand the role of public policy in society, how public policies are developed and implemented, and how to evaluate policy options. 
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Overview

Key facts:

  • The Public Policy Studies major offered by Vanderbilt University is designed to prepare students for admission to graduate or professional programs or for careers in law, government, public service, activism, research, or business.  The PPS major cultivates graduates with a sophisticated, in-depth understanding of the vast array of issues - both global and national - that influence policy problems and outcomes. 
  • In addition to building a strong foundation of general knowledge about public policy and set of skills to use in analysis, the program encourages students to specialize in a “policy track,” a set of five courses developed with the Director of the PPS program and tailored to the student’s interests.  Policy tracks are generally issue areas such as business policy, health policy, environmental policy, crime and justice, etc.. Normally the track incorporates courses offered by several different departments in order to reinforce the interdisciplinary nature of the major.  Many PPS majors do a semester abroad as well as an internship, and classes taken abroad may count towards the requirements for the major.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Public Policy
  • Politics of Public Policy
  • Statistical methods
  • Public finance
  • Government

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    70

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General Requirements

  • All required parts of the Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Optional for students applying for fall 2021 entry:  SAT or ACT scores 
  • Official results of the TOEFL, TOEFL Special Home Edition, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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