Online Bachelor of Science in Public Service & Public Policy

The online Bachelor of Science in public service and public policy prepares you for careers that transform government, nonprofit organizations, and policy at all levels.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 05/18/2020


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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Through subjects like public policy, public leadership and management, you will explore the challenges of management and leadership within public organizations and understand the processes associated with policy development. You’ll examine practical solutions to problems within the public sector and look at public administration, public service and policy from a professional standpoint. You will learn from award-winning faculty who are leading scholars of public administration as well as practitioners who teach from their rich experience.

With a BS in public service and public policy, you will be empowered to create change in the public service sector through careers in all levels of government and nonprofit organizations. Potential careers include city management, arts and culture administration, community outreach, parks and recreation management, legislative positions and lobbying.

Featured courses


PAF 200: Public Service and Policy in the 21st Century


PAF 201: Economics and Public Policy (SB)


PAF 301: Applied Statistics (CS)


PAF 302: Public Service Research Methods


PAF 311: Leadership and Change (SB)


PAF 340: Contemporary Policy Challenges


PAF 460: Public Service Ethics


PAF 400: Senior Capstone Project


Related careers

Graduates with an ASU Online Bachelor of Science in Public Service and Public Policy have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Advocate


Growth: 16.4 %
Salary: $33,120

City Planner


Growth: 4.3 %
Salary: $46,000

Community Specialist


Growth: 13.2 %
Salary: $41,570

General Manager (GM)


Growth: 9.1 %
Salary: $100,410

Government Programs Specialist


Growth: 6 %
Salary: $44,400

Human Behavior Researcher


Growth: 4.3 %
Salary: $46,000

Human Resources Specialist (HR Specialist)


Growth: 7.1 %
Salary: $60,350

Paralegal Assistant


Growth: 3.8 %
Salary: $56,120

Political Analyst


Growth: 2.8 %
Salary: $115,110

Prestigious faculty

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Prestigious faculty

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Admission requirements

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You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still earn your way into this program through the Earned Admission Pathway. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still earn your way into this program through the Earned Admission Pathway. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Nationally recognized public service programs

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community. 

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Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Top 15


Best Public Affairs Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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