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4 years
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Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Policy Analysis

Anyone can tell you there are two sides to every story--but policy analysts will tell you there are dozens. With a major in Policy Analysis, you will develop skills in identifying, dissecting, and improving policy by looking at every side of the story. You'll study everything from finance, economics, and law, to urban problems and solutions, to national and international policy--graduating ready to launch a career in your hometown; your state capital; Washington, D.C.; or the United Nations.Policy Analysis is a math-heavy, quantitative major that uses statistical modeling. Our major will introduce concepts and skills at a level you can digest, but at the same time challenge you and advance your abilities. And, you'll learn from the same faculty who teach our graduate programs--programs that are ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Admission requirements

First-year admission standards

High school curriculum & equivalency prerequisites

  • 8 credits (semesters) of English, such as literature, grammar, or composition
  • 7 credits (semesters) of mathematics, including:
    • 4 credits of algebra and 2 credits of geometry (or an equivalent 6 credits of integrated algebra and geometry)
    • 1 credit of pre-calculus, trigonometry, or calculus
  • 6 credits (semesters) of social sciences, including:
    • 2 credits of U.S. history
    • 2 credits of world history/civilization/geography
    • 2 additional credits in government, economics, sociology, history, or similar topics
  • 6 credits (semesters) of sciences, including at least 4 credits of laboratory sciences: biology, chemistry, or physics
  • 4 credits (semesters) of world languages
  • 3 or more credits (semesters) of additional college-preparatory courses
    • Additional mathematics credits are recommended for students intending to pursue a science degree
    • Additional world language credits are recommended for all students

Average high school GPA

3.90 (out of 4.0)

Secondary school graduation requirement

You need to complete the equivalent of U.S. high school. Many education systems call this upper secondary school. It includes all course components and examinations required for graduation.

If you are homeschooled or attend an alternative school, you need to submit credentials that demonstrate equivalent levels of achievement and ability.

Demonstration of English proficiency

IU Bloomington requires all nonnative English-speaking international undergraduate applicants to demonstrate English proficiency.

For more information about admission requirements in each IU school, please contact the institute.

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Program content

Year One

Fall Term

  • IUB Gened Foundations: English Composition
  • IUB Gened Foundations: Mathematical Modeling: Finite or Calculus; Both Are Required for This Major
  • National & International Policy
  • Intro to American Politics
  • IUB Gened World Languages and Cultures: World Cultures

Spring Term

  • Professional Writing
  • Finite or Calculus; both are required for this major
  • Urban Problems & Solutions3
  • Microeconomics
  • IUB GenEd Breadth of Inquiry: Arts and HumanitiesYear Two

Year Two

Fall Term

  • Computer Course
  • Macroeconomics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Law and Public Affairs
  • Oral Communication
  • Career Development & Planning

Spring Term

  • Statistical Techniques
  • Financial Management
  • Environment & People or Environmental Science
  • Major Selection: Choose 1st of 4
  • IUB GenEd Breadth of Inquiry: Arts and Humanities

Summer Term

  • Internship

Year Three

Fall Term

  • IUB GenEd Breadth of Inquiry: Natural and Mathematical Sciences
  • IU Elective

Spring Term

  • Research Methods & Statistical Modeling
  • Financial & Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Government Finance & Budgets

Year Four

Fall Term

  • Case Studies for Policy Analysis
  • Major Selection: Choose 3rd of 4

Spring Term

  • Senior Policy Seminar
  • Major Selection: Choose 4th of 4

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please contact the university for more information.


  • Indiana residents: $11,332 per year
  • Non-residents: $38,352 per year



Career paths

Policy Analysis is a math-heavy, quantitative major that uses advanced statistical modeling. Our major will introduce concepts and skills at a level you can digest, but at the same time challenge you and advance your abilities.

Recent graduates have landed jobs with:

  • Canon Solutions America
  • Chapman and Cutler
  • U.S. Congress
  • Indiana State Senate

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Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University in Bloomington (IU) was founded in 1820 and is one of the largest universities in the United States. IU is one of only 34 public university members of the selective Association of American Universities. Its 42,000 students come...

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Why study at Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington, also known as "IUB" or just "IU," offers students from all over the world the quintessential American college experience. With over 43,000 students, IU is one of the largest universities in the US, but it has a small-school feel. This means you'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities for research, creativity, and sports, and learn from world-class instructors, but you'll also find yourself in small classes with opportunities to really connect with your classmates and professors. While there are certainly large lecture-style classes as well, our average class size is 30, and most of our class sections have 20 students or less.

IU is also a very diverse place - we're a second home to over 5,000 international students from 144 countries, and 37% of our faculty have an international background.

IU offers over 200 undergraduate majors, including some that are the first of their kind in the US, such as the BS in Intelligent Systems Engineering, and the BS in Cybersecurity and Global Policy. With twenty degree programs ranked among the top ten on national and global indexes, Indiana University is particularly known for its Kelley School of Business; Jacobs School of Music;School of Informatics, Computing, & Engineering; School of Media (film and journalism);and School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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Indiana University Bloomington

107 S. Indiana Avenue
47405 Bloomington Indiana
United States of America

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