Public service and public policy, B.S.

The bachelor of science in public service and public policy (PSPP) prepares students for work in government at all levels and 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 the challenges it faces in a practical way. The PSPP program is unique because it enables you to study public service, policy and administration with a professional focus.

This degree provides you 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, you will be empowered to use your knowledge of the public sector as a catalyst to change the world. By understanding the challenges that government faces and being well-versed in the development of multiple, useful, and realistic solutions, you will contribute to the development of our local, national, and global communities. 

Students select one of the following concentration areas to supplement their core courses:


Program details

Students in the PSPP program are required to take a minimum of 39 credit hours. Students are required to achieve a grade of “C” or better in all program core and concentration classes.

PSPP students are also required to complete an internship. Internships are offered with a variety of government and nonprofit organizations. Each student will complete a capstone course in which they will be required to complete a significant project with demonstrated individual and team aspects.

More information is available in the Undergraduate Student Guide.

Accelerated degree option

This degree is also offered as an accelerated degree with: Public Administration (MPA) - Downtown Phoenix. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. Eligible students will be advised in their junior and senior years by their academic department to apply.

The accelerated bachelor of science in public service and public policy (PSPP) and master of public administration degree program allows high-achieving undergraduate students to apply to the accelerated program once they have completed 75 credit hours of undergraduate coursework. This typically occurs in the second semester of the students’ junior year. To be eligible, students must have a cumulative ASU GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The accelerated program allows undergraduates in the PSPP program to share 14 credit hours with the master of public administration program and to complete the 42 required hours in the MPA program in one calendar year from their undergraduate graduation date. Students will apply to the program in the second semester of their junior year, after completing 75 credit hours. Once accepted and after completing 90 credit hours, they will take 14 hours of graduate credit in their senior year. The accelerated program will require students to take one graduate-level elective course for one summer: the first summer after completion of the PSPP program. During the MPA year, students will be enrolled fulltime (i.e., 12 or more hours) for two consecutive semesters. The total graduate credit hours will remain at 42 and will be equivalent to the hour requirement for the current MPA program. The accelerated program will culminate in successful passage of the culminating experience for MPA students, PAF 509 Public Affairs Capstone.