Martin School of Public Policy and Administration
Martin School of Public Policy and Administration – University of Kentucky

Training Policy Leaders from B.A. all the way to Ph.D.

Students in the University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Administration study public administration, public policy, public financial management, and nonprofit management in master's programs, graduate certificates, an undergraduate program, and a doctoral program.

The Martin School, located in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky, is consistently ranked among the top public affairs programs in the nation. Students develop analytical and managerial tools to address contemporary and complex social, financial, economic, and political issues facing public and nonprofit organizations. Graduate programs are designed for recent undergraduates and career professionals, looking to seek new employment or advancement in the public or nonprofit sectors.

The Martin School prepares students with:

  • Interdisciplinary, broad-based coursework with opportunities to customize academics to specific policy interests and career goals.
  • Practical skills and expertise needed to devise solutions to the complex problems facing public and nonprofit agencies and organizations.
  • A supportive community and positive learning environments on campus and online, plus a culture of public service values, strategic thinking, diversity, inclusion, and integrity.
  • Interaction with approachable, world-class faculty members engaged in important policy research across a variety of fields.

The Martin School offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of a diverse student body.

Master's Degree Programs:

  • Master of Public Administration – Managing public and nonprofit organizations
  • Master of Public Policy – Policy research and analysis
  • Master of Public Financial Management – Tailored to public and nonprofit finance

What do our students enjoy about our graduate programs?

  • Online and in-person options
  • 6:1 student faculty ratio
  • Expansive campus in an engaged and vibrant city
  • One-on-one program support and interaction with faculty
  • Financial support: scholarships, work-study, graduate and research assistantships

Graduate Certificates

Our 12-credit hour graduate certificates are designed for working professionals and traditional students. The graduate certificates can also be completed concurrently with a master's program or as standalone credentials.

  • Public Financial Management – Managing budgets and making sound financial decisions in government and nonprofits
  • Nonprofit Management – Creating and managing a nonprofit organization

Undergraduate Degree: The Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy prepares young leaders for a wide range of careers in:

  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Private business or consulting
  • Law or other graduate programs

Why Public Policy at UK?

  • Small cohorts, tight-knit community
  • Individualized attention
  • Customizable degree with electives and real-world opportunities
  • Practical, analytical, marketable skills
  • Leadership and professional development

Doctoral Program: The Martin School's Ph.D. program in public policy and administration prepares scholars and leaders for distinguished careers in public service and academic settings. Students are exposed to core features of organizational behavior and administration decision making in public and nonprofit organizations within an interdisciplinary academic environment.

A Ph.D. at the Martin School offers:

  • Lifelong faculty mentorships
  • One-on-one advising and guidance by way of nationally renowned faculty
  • Individualized academic and professional development and support
  • Teaching and research opportunities
  • Network of supportive alumni

Recent placements include:

  • Faculty positions at College of Charleston, Southern Illinois University, Beijing Normal University and more
  • Postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University
  • Research fellowship at Oxford University

Make a Difference. Start Here.

The Martin School's graduate and undergraduate curriculums provide students with real-world knowledge and skills with an emphasis on innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Martin School of Public Policy and
Administration – University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Phone: 859-257-5741