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BA Public Policy Studies

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

76000 USD
76000 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)35
SAT (avg)600
ACT (avg)1500

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About this course

The Public Policy Studies major strives to put analysis before advocacy, stressing that compelling policy analysis is a central component of effective advocacy. We aim to be open and helpful to students of all political persuasions and challenge students to rethink clichéd responses to policy problems. The program of study for the BA degree in Public Policy Studies is designed to introduce students to policy analysis and implementation, equip them to use quantitative and economic techniques and methods, train them in policy research, and give them a thorough grounding in one or more specific policy areas.

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Eligibility Criteria

The documents necessary for a valid application are mentioned in the "How to Apply" Section.

Transcripts, test scores, secondary school reports, and recommendations are considered official only if they come directly from your school, teachers, counselors, or other recommenders. Any of these materials submitted by the applicant are unofficial, and won’t count toward our application requirements.

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Course Modules

Core courses within the major provide an introduction to the policy world through the lens of political economy, analysis, and implementation. The practicum continues with a hands-on approach as students learn various research methods to solve real-world problems for clients in community-based organizations and government agencies. Specialization courses allow students to build on the policy core and practicum with an area of concentration that typically forms the foundation of study for the Public Policy BA thesis.

Summary of Requirements


MATH 13100-13200 Elementary Functions and Calculus I-II (or higher) 


  • PBPL 26400 Quantitative Methods in Public Policy
  • PBPL 22100 & 22200 & 22300 Politics and Policy and Public Policy Analysis and Policy Implementation 
  • ECON 20000 The Elements of Economic Analysis I or PBPL 20000 Economics for Public Policy
  • STAT 22000 Statistical Methods and Applications or STAT 23400 Statistical Models and Methods
  • Three courses in an area of specialization 
  • PBPL 26200-26300 Field Research Project in Public Policy I-II (or equivalent)
  • PBPL 29800 Senior Seminar 
  • BA paper

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How to Apply

The following Application Materials are to be submitted by the student to be considered for Undergraduate Admission:

  • Application For Admission: UChicago accepts the Coalition Application, Universal Application, or Common Application
  • Application Fee ($75) or Automatic Fee Waiver
  • Secondary School Report and Transcript
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Midyear Report (first-year applicants only)
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores (international applicants only) (PBT: 600, IBT: 100, IELTS: 7.0)
  • College Official's Report and Transcript (transfer students only)

Optional Components

  • Financial Aid Application
  • Interview
  • Supplemental Materials

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