Public Service and Public Policy (Business), BS

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Do you have a passion for exploring how government and policy affect your community or the lives of others? Gain an excellent foundation in public policy while you enjoy internship opportunities that build your expertise and leadership skills, applicable to a career at any level of government.

The School of Public Affairs offers a concentration in business as part of the BS in public service and public policy.

This concentration establishes a core business curriculum while allowing students the flexibility to pursue their passion, from entrepreneurial opportunities to working for a Fortune 500 company. Coursework teaches lasting business concepts.

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Public Service and Public Policy (Business), BS

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Career outlook

This 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.

The business concentration prepares students with an interest in policy to focus on business issues and their policy implications.

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
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other 13.2%$41,570
Compliance Managers 8%$105,610
General and Operations Managers 9.1%$100,410
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs6%$44,400
Logistics Managers 6.7%$92,460
Administrative Services Managers 10.1%$94,020
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110
Legislators7.1%$25,630
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8%$105,610

* 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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