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Public Management & Policy

Bachelor of Science

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The program trains students for administrative positions in government and quasi-public agencies. Majors learn how public agencies handle budgetary, financial, personnel and policy-making matters, which may differ from private business practices.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
MATH 109C Applied College Algebra with Data Analysis or MATH 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
3rd Semester
PA 206 Public Policy and Administration 3
SGPP 300B 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
POL 201, 202, 203, or 204 3
4th Semester
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues 3
PA 200 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences 3
SGPP 300A 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
Health and Human Services 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Environmental Policy 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
PMPC Elective 3
PMPC Elective 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
PMPC Elective 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
PA 330 Ethics for the Public Administrator 3
PA 410 Introduction to Public and Nonprofit Financial Management 3
PA 480 Formation of Public Policy 3
PA 393 Internship 3
8th Semester Summer
PA 470 Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained from a major in Public Management and Policy of leadership principles, ethics, nonprofit and public management, and policy formation provides a strong career foundation. Graduates may work in policy advising, research, nonprofit management, advocacy, community relations, or intelligence. This major is also excellent preparation for law school or graduate studies in public administration, public health policy, planning, or business administration. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Policy analysis and advising
  • Nonprofit management
  • Research
  • Intelligence
  • National security
  • Advocacy
  • Social services
  • Corporate-government relations
  • Community relations
  • Government contracting

Sample Employers

  • Political campaigns
  • Legislative councils
  • Business associations
  • Policy think tanks
  • Government agencies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Public affairs organizations
  • Ethics boards
  • Nonprofit organizations

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Government Reform Activist $30,000 - $55,000
Housing Specialist $30,000 - $65,000
Eligibility Specialist, Government Programs $27,800 - $40,000
Director of Government Relations, Nonprofit $60,000 - $77,176
Public Administrator $49,000 - $66,000
Public Employment Mediator $30,600 - $55,800
Budget Coordinator $44,900 - $68,200
Lobbyist, Nonprofit $30,000 - $50,000
Press Secretary $40,000 - $65,000
Environmental Policy Analyst $37,900 - $61,700
City Councilor $10,000 - $30,000