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Public Policy Analysis Major

Overview of the PPA major

As members of a society, you have the opportunity and the privilege to affect change on pressing issues of our time. Whether you're interested in education policy, housing policy, or beyond, the major in Public Policy Analysis is a joint major with Political Science and combines the rigor of a quantitative sciences degree with an emphasis on public policy.

What distinguishes PPA from similar majors?

  • The main reason to choose PPA is that QTM offers the strongest technical training of any public policy education not only at Emory, but around the country.Public Policy is an increasingly quantitative space and the technical skills provided by QTM are increasingly critical to policy analysis and advocacy.
  • The PPA major uniquely prepares students to better understand public policy, to assess policy and the context in which it exists, and to advocate for policy advancement and reform.


This major prepares you for:

  • Employment in many data- or quantitatively-oriented policy arenas (e.g., non-profit, education, government, social work, etc.)
  • Graduate study in public policy, law, political science, or business
  • Interdisciplinary graduate training, for example in the social sciences or environmental sciences

Washington Semester

Through a cooperative arrangement with American University in Washington, D.C., qualified PPA students may spend a semester of study in Washington.

The 16-week semester in Washington includes:

  • A two-day a week internship
  • A 3-day a week seminar
  • A research project.

Those programs with a study abroad component offer a variety of field practice. Click here for more information about this program.