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Public Policy refers to the action taken or enacted by the government to deal with public and real-world problems. It was established as a sub-discipline of Social Sciences because of the increasing need to improve policymaking and public policies. Public Policy as a subject is designed to provide the tools and knowledge that students need to understand the role that public policy plays in society, how they are developed and implemented and how to evaluate policy options. It is an interdisciplinary approach that draws from other disciplines like economics, political science, sociology, and others. It provides an in-depth understanding of numerous global and national issues that influence the problems and outcomes of a policy.

The study curriculum covers topics like the politics of public policy, economics, the social context of public policy, and the history and ethics of public policy. Students of Public Policy gain knowledge on how government bodies make policies for the general interest of the public and to understand what factors affect these decisions. A Public Policy degree provides students with the skills to analyze community problems and influence law-making and other transferable skills like data analysis, critical thinking, and decision-making. The skills learned are relevant and applicable in a number of sectors at different levels- local, regional and international.


Study level:


Public Policy degrees are offered by a number of Colleges and Universities at different levels, these are:

Bachelor Degree in Public Policy and Management
Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Policy and Politics
Bachelor Degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management
Bachelor of Science in Public Administration
Bachelor Degree in Social and Economic Policy
Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Policy
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Global Politics and Policy Concentration
Bachelor of Science in Urban and Public Affairs
Master of Science in Law and Policy
Master of Arts in Public Policy
Master Degree in Economics of Public Policy
Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Public Policy
Master Degree in Political Analysis and Public Policy
Master of Science in Science, Technology and Public Policy
Master Degree in International Policy and Practice
Master Degree in Public Administration and Policy
Master Degree in International Development and Public Policy
MPhil in Public Policy
Ph.D. in Public Policy
Ph.D. in Government and Public Policy


Public Policy offers a number of specializations or areas of concentration to help students build a strong foundation of knowledge about public policy and gain a set of skills to help them deal with real-world problems. These are:

Quantitative Methods of Public Policy
Economic Policy
Social Policy
International and Foreign Policy

Throwing Caps

Students can choose to specialize in areas like:

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
Social Justice and Human Rights

Media and Communication
Environmental Policy
Health Policy
Urban Policy



Public Policy graduates can pursue careers in a range of sectors like policy-making, governance, strategic and management consulting, public administration, defence, communication, and others. Job titles include:

Market Research Analyst
Public Policy Director


    Public Relations Specialist
    Local Government Officer
    Policy Advisor
    Government Research Officer


    Foreign Affairs Officer
    Human Resources Director
    Budget Analyst
    Tax Examiner
    Public Administration Consultant
    Development Worker
    Fundraising Manager.
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