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Josef Korbel School of International Studies


Public Policy Program


Since 1981, graduates of the Undergraduate Program in Public Policy have enrolled in some of the best graduate and law schools in the U.S.; worked as legislative aides for the U.S. Congress or as staff assistants for various branches of government; or have found their studies immediately applicable to the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

The Undergraduate Program in Public Policy offers three options for ambitious students:

  • Major in public policy
  • Minor in public policy
  • 4+1 program (BA + Master of Public Policy [MPP] in just five years)


The public policy major requires the completion of at least 48 hours of IPPS approved courses (including five core courses) and the completion of a second undergraduate BA major.

Public policy majors may choose their required second major from among those they deem the most relevant, useful, and interesting. Popular choices include political science, economics, history, sociology, international studies, and communications/journalism studies, but students may combine their public policy major with any other BA major at DU.

There is no cross-credit between the second major and the public policy program; a course carrying public policy credit does not count simultaneously for credit in public policy and the second major department.


The public policy minor requires the completion of at least 24 hours of IPPS approved courses (five core courses and one elective course).

4+1 Program

Dual degree programs offer undergraduate students the opportunity to complete both a bachelors degree and a masters degree in five years. Students normally complete the majority of their undergraduate work by the end of their junior year and begin working on the graduate degree during their senior year. Dual degree programs require that students apply for admission to the graduate program during their junior year; students must meet all admission criteria for the respective graduate program. Several options are available to public policy students interested in pursuing a dual degree; interested students should contact the IPPS office for additional information.

4+1 Course Requirements

For more information on the Undergraduate Program in Public Policy, please contact Debbie Gaylinn.