Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Online

Gain relevant, applicable public policy skills to create positive change in government or nonprofit organizations with our 100% online Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy degree program.

Apply By: 4/23/24
Start Class: 5/21/24 Apply Now
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Program Overview

Discover the advantages of our online B.A. in Public Policy

Prepare for a career in public service with the critical-thinking skills and knowledge of public policy theories and practice you will attain in the online Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy program. Promote justice and the common good by working toward principled, effective responses to inequality, discrimination, corruption, and environmental abuse.

Apply social science methods and policy analysis to real-world problems and examine public service and policy in government agencies as well as nonprofit organizations. Complete your public policy bachelor’s degree faster with accelerated courses and the transfer of up to 90 credit hours in this affordable, 100% online program designed for working adults.

As a graduate of this online bachelor’s, you will be prepared to:

  • Utilize analytical skills to break apart public policy problems and issues, using such tools as critical reading, mathematics, information literacy, scientific reasoning, and theoretical constructs
  • Employ critical-thinking skills that focus on understanding, including the ability to explore origins, applications, implications, and relationships
  • Pursue effective and just responses to inequalities, discrimination, corruption, and environmental issues not only in your country but in other parts of the world
  • Apply social science methods and policy analysis to real-world problems in government, communities, regions, and across the globe
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply oral and written communication skills in public appearances, written reports, and documents
  • Implement ethical principles for citing sources, using human subjects, serving the public, and working with colleagues
  • Develop critical-thinking skills regarding public policy issues and the ability to conduct professional analyses of social, political, and economic structures and bureaucratic processes
  • Utilize analytical skills to break apart public policy problems and issues, using such tools as critical reading, mathematics, information literacy, scientific reasoning, and theoretical constructs
  • Employ critical-thinking skills that focus on understanding, including the ability to explore origins, applications, implications, and relationships
  • Pursue effective and just responses to inequalities, discrimination, corruption, and environmental issues not only in your country but in other parts of the world
  • Apply social science methods and policy analysis to real-world problems in government, communities, regions, and across the globe
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply oral and written communication skills in public appearances, written reports, and documents
  • Implement ethical principles for citing sources, using human subjects, serving the public, and working with colleagues
  • Develop critical-thinking skills regarding public policy issues and the ability to conduct professional analyses of social, political, and economic structures and bureaucratic processes

Careers in public policy:

  • Survey Researcher
  • Political Scientist
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Social Science Research Scientist
  • Statistician
  • Survey Researcher
  • Political Scientist
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Social Science Research Scientist
  • Statistician

Also available:

The Mount has multiple undergraduate degree programs online. Explore our online bachelor’s degrees.

Per Credit Hour: $324
Transfer Credits: Up to 90
Credit Hours: 120
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Tuition

Pay per course for your public policy undergraduate degree

At the University of Mount Saint Vincent, we are committed to providing a high-quality education for less than you would expect. Tuition for the Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy is affordable and can easily fit into your budget.

Tuition Breakdown:

Per Credit Hour $324
Per Course $972

Calendar

Choose the start date that works for you

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy is designed with working adults in mind. We offer multiple start dates and faster course completion time to help you earn your degree when it’s convenient for you.

TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Summer 15/21/244/23/244/23/244/29/245/16/247/8/247 weeks
Summer 27/9/246/3/246/3/246/10/247/2/248/13/247 weeks
Fall 19/2/248/19/248/23/248/28/248/30/2410/18/247 weeks

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Next Apply Date 4/23/24
Start Class 5/21/24

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Admissions

Applying for this degree is simple

The streamlined admission process at the University of Mount Saint Vincent makes it easier to apply and helps you start your academic journey faster. Please read the full admission requirements for the B.A. in Public Policy.

  • No ACT/SAT scores required
  • Transfer up to 90 credit hours
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher

You must meet the following requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy online program:

  • Submit online application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • First time freshmen must be out of high school for two years

Official transcripts and other documents should be sent from the granting institutions to our Office of Admissions:

Email address: [email protected]

Mail address:
Office of Admission
University of Mount Saint Vincent
6301 Riverdale Avenue
Riverdale, NY 10471

Courses

Peruse the curriculum of this bachelor's of public policy

For the University of Mount Saint Vincent’s Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy online, the curriculum comprises 40 courses for a total of 120 credit hours, including seven public policy core courses.

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides students with a basic discussion of the history and principles of public policy. Public policy is a large and diverse topic of scholarly and applied study covering a number of academic disciplines including but not limited to political science and government, economics, sociology, anthropology, public administration and management, organizations and institutions. The central purpose of any investigation of public policies is to understand the socioeconomic and political processes behind their formulation and implementation as well as to evaluate their consequence.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The course introduces the student to the basic economic principles and analytical techniques that are necessary to understand how the market economy functions and what market efficiency means. It explains why the government intervenes and how such intervention affects the market. It focuses on the study of the behavior of individual economic units, which include consumers, investors, business firms, workers, and other entities that play a role in the functioning of the economy. The course examines how and why these units make economic decisions, and how they interact to form larger units — markets and industries. As an introductory course, it is designed to equip the students with the basic tools of economic analysis that will help them understand better the world we live in.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course in economics is designed as part of the University's Core Curriculum. This course examines the fundamental principles that govern the workings of the overall economy. It covers topics such as demand and supply analysis, national income accounting, economic growth, business cycles, inflation, unemployment, fiscal and monetary policies, as well as an introduction to international trade and exchange rate markets. It also explores various contemporary economic policy issues. The course is designed for both Business and Economics majors/minors and non-majors, and fulfills the social science requirement in the core curriculum.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides sociology/public policy majors and others with the tools for understanding, evaluating & conducting social science research. Students will acquire a better understanding of the relationship between the theoretical and substantive questions germane to the discipline & the diverse empirical work addressing those questions. Analytic objectives consistent with MSV & sociology department learning goals include: 1. developing rudimentary statistical skills 2. linking theoretical problems to hypothesis testing & statistical inference 3. exploring major types of empirical research and their implications for problem solving (e.g., experiments, surveys, participant observation) (4) applying and refining knowledge of sociological methods through diverse readings in both the sociological literature (e.g., American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Sociological Methodology) and in non-academic publications (e.g., The New York Times). This course also serves as an introduction to fundamental ideas in multivariate statistics using case studies. It will cover descriptive, exploratory, and graphical techniques in multivariate statistics. It will cover the assumptions, limitations, & uses of basic techniques such as cluster analysis, principal components analysis, factor analysis, multivariate regression, and multivariate analysis of variance, as well as how to implement these methods on available public domain policy & economic data sets.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will examine the scientific method both in terms of its abstract structure and the technical details required to carry out research. Special emphasis is placed on survey research design as well as the development of a research design to actually be applied in the SOC 416, Senior Seminar. Additionally, the class will be a survey class that also provides a comprehensive background of methodological knowledge.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand basic elements and principles of quantitative data sets (primary and secondary)
  • Basic analytical techniques commonly used for quantitative data in Sociology and Public Policy
  • Role of research in Science and Ethical Conduct of Inquiry
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course develops students’ understanding of social and political theory through the examination of a variety of classic texts. Among the themes treated in this course are authority, freedom, equality, justice, law, community, natural right, power, government, and social construction. The effect of social and political structures upon individuals will be considered. Major thinkers studied will vary but may include Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Mill, Arendt, Foucault, Rawls, and Nozick.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students will select a topic in one of the areas of concentration and develop it into a major paper including an original research study, presenting their findings in a formal oral presentation.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Public policy analysis serves as an intermediate /advanced seminar designed to explore the principles of public policy decision-making. Public policy is a large and diverse topic of scholarly and applied study covering a number of academic disciplines including but not limited to political science and government, economics, sociology, anthropology, public administration and management, organizations and institutions. The central purpose of any investigation of public policies is to understand the socioeconomic and political processes behind their formulation and implementation as well as to evaluate their consequences. To do so, public policy analysis will provide the intermediate to advanced student knowledge and tools with which to: understand the nature of cooperation and joint action; assess and evaluate the efficacy of public policies and programs to achieve social, political and economic objectives; formulate and evaluate normative and ethical ramifications of policy, including equity and justice, and; apply these tools to decision-making practice, not simply as a matter of theoretical understanding. While some of these objectives parallel those of foundation-level courses in public policy, the intermediate to advanced student will be expected to achieve competency rather than simply gaining familiarity with the topics of discussion.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course investigates social responsibility from a philosophical perspective. Among the themes treated in this course are marginalization, discrimination, genocide, anger, justice, moral obligation, human rights, love, service, and charity. Students will examine the connections between philosophical theory and social action and will explore their ethical obligations to others. Students will be required to participate in community service projects outside of class.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will examine survey research design, execution of sampling, field, data processing. Special emphasis is placed on survey research design, although qualitative research and desk research will also be covered. Additionally, the class will be a survey class that also provides a comprehensive background of methodological knowledge for the senior research project.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The course introduces students to some of the major policy initiatives and programs in the U.S. and beyond and encourages them to think about major conflicts and debates in social welfare today in 21st century priority practice areas like disability, welfare, hunger, healthcare, education, employment, services for children and elders, mental health, and substance abuse through the lenses of diversity in practice, human rights, and justice. There is a strong focus in the class on antipoverty policy.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply analytic tools to evaluation of policy process, including critique of socioeconomic forces underlying social policy decision-making and implementation; competency in applying this knowledge and these tools to decision-making practice, not simply as a matter of theoretical understanding
  • Acquire framework for engaging normative and ethical questions; intermediate ability in articulation and evaluation of normative and ethical ramifications of policy, including equity and justice issues
  • Learn to apply understanding and tools in novel circumstances
Duration: 7 null weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an application of anthropological and sociological methods and theory in the comparative analysis of illness, medical practices and health systems.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a theological and ethical investigation of selected moral problems of our time such as truth in government, violence, economic injustice, human trafficking, and racism. Student suggestions and discussion of additional moral issues will be considered
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