Public Policy classroom

Program information

If you strive to help solve problems in society, you may want to consider an education in public policy, which can lead to an impactful career in a variety of fields. This program is the perfect starting point, preparing you for transfer into a broad range of four-year degrees in specialized interest areas. You’ll gain an understanding of public policy-making and learn to develop and implement policy changes that help people live better lives. 

Upon completion of the two-year program, students should be competent in all of the following areas:

  • The ability to distinguish between empirically grounded social science data and opinion.
  • Read, speak, and write effectively
  • Interact within a diverse population
  • Analyze quantitative information and think critically
  • Demonstrate information literacy

See semester-by-semester degree plan.


Transfer options

Graduates have successfully transferred to:

  • St. John Fisher College
  • SUNY Albany
  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • Utica University

Career opportunities

  • Statistician
  • Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Public relations specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Researcher
  • Politician
  • Government employee

Internship opportunities

Optional Internship course provides 90 hours of experience in a supervised professional setting.

Contact the School of Public and Human Services

Sheila Flihan

Sheila Flihan, Dean
Payne Hall 345, Utica Campus
Phone: 315-792-5629

Rich Kelly

Rich Kelly, Associate Professor
Payne Hall 356, Utica Campus
Phone: 315-731-5805