Public Service and Public Policy, BS

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Are you passionate about exploring how government and policy affect your community or the lives of others? In downtown Phoenix, the heart of Arizona's government, you'll gain an excellent foundation in public policy while you enjoy internship opportunities that build expertise for high-demand careers in the public sector.

The BS program in public service and public policy prepares students for work in government at all levels and in nonprofit organizations through comprehensive coverage of topics in public policy, public leadership and management, and urban studies.

Students discover the challenges of management and learn how to lead a public organization and understand the process of policy development. This program examines the public sector and addresses, in a practical way, the challenges facing the public. The program is unique because it enables students to study public service, policy and administration with a professional focus.

Students select one of the following concentrations or focus areas to supplement their core courses:

Are you passionate about exploring how government and policy affect your community or the lives of others? In downtown Phoenix, the heart of Arizona's government, you'll gain an excellent foundation in public policy while you enjoy internship opportunities that build expertise for high-demand careers in the public sector.

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The BS program in public service and public policy prepares students for work in government at all levels and in nonprofit organizations through comprehensive coverage of topics in public policy, public leadership and management, and urban studies.

Students discover the challenges of management and learn how to lead a public organization and understand the process of policy development. This program examines the public sector and addresses, in a practical way, the challenges facing the public. The program is unique because it enables students to study public service, policy and administration with a professional focus.

Students select one of the following concentrations or focus areas to supplement their core courses

  • American Indian studies
  • business
  • criminology
  • emergency management
  • health policy
  • law and policy
  • nonprofit leadership and management
  • parks and recreation management
  • public leadership and management (focus area)
  • public policy (focus area)
  • science and technology
  • social services delivery
  • sustainability
  • urban studies (focus area)

At A Glance

Public Service and Public Policy, BS

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Career outlook

This degree program provides students with the knowledge and skills to transform government and policy at all levels. The public service sector offers sustainable, exciting and fulfilling career options. Upon graduation, students are empowered to use knowledge of the public sector as a catalyst to change the world. By understanding the challenges facing government and being well-versed in the development of multiple, useful and realistic solutions, graduates contribute to the development of local, national and global communities.

The bachelor's degree program in public service and public policy prepares students for entry- and mid-level supervisory and managerial positions in city, county, state and federal agencies. For those who already have work experience, the degree provides further opportunity for promotion.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Social and Human Service Assistants 16.4%$33,120
City and Regional Planning Aides4.3%$46,000
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other 13.2%$41,570
General and Operations Managers 9.1%$100,410
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs6%$44,400
Social Science Research Assistants4.3%$46,000
Human Resources Specialists7.1%$60,350
Legal Support Workers, All Other3.8%$56,120
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110
Legislators7.1%$25,630

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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