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Preparing for Public Administration and Policy School

If you are considering choosing public administration and policy studies, your post-secondary planning process should begin as early as high school. Public administration and policy programs can be competitive and are rigorous, so it's important to plan your high school courses accordingly. Public administration and policy students need to be good communicators, so make sure you have English and speech/communication classes. Since this field deals with so many aspects of society, social sciences courses are also often required, and languages may also be helpful.

If you are still in high school and are thinking about taking public administration and policy, there are several additional things that you can do to prepare and increase your chances of being accepted:

  • Undertake to read and study independently. This is a good way to develop interests, expand your knowledge and improve your vocabulary and reading comprehension skills needed for school. This will also help you if admission requirements include an interview, since you will be able to impress the committee with the knowledge you have built up of terms and issues specific to this area of study.


  • Admissions committees are often interested in a student's personal qualities, which can be developed through participating in extracurricular activities. Consider joining or even starting school clubs related to your area of interest. This is also a good way to develop demonstrated leadership skills, which are an important aspect of any competitive application.


  • Work experience - paid or volunteer - can also increase your chances of being admitted, particularly to programs involving internships, and is an achievement often regarded highly by admissions committees.


  • Show your commitment. Applicants with some experience in public service or administration are likely to have a leg up on the competition. So check out the options in your community and get involved.

  • Schools

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    Grand Canyon University
    Since 1949, Grand Canyon University has been a premier private university in Arizona, helping students find their purpose and achieve their potential.
    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy
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    Ashford University
    You've found Ashford University, where school comes to you. Earn your bachelor's or master's degree online.
    Programs Offered:
    • BA/Public Administration
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    Kaplan University
    Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Public Administration - Governmental Management
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    Northcentral University

    Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

    Programs Offered:
    • Public Administration - PhD in Bus. Admin.
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    Sullivan University

    Sullivan University is a private institution of higher learning dedicated to providing educational enrichment opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of its students.

    Programs Offered:
    • Bachelor of Science in Justice & Public Safety Administration
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    University of Southern California

    One of the world's leading private research institutions, the University of Southern California (USC) was founded in 1880.

    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Public Administration

     
    Regent University

    Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose.

    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Public Administration - Federal Government
    • Master of Public Administration
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    Northwest University

    NU has been educating leaders since 1934 at our campus near Seattle. If you have a dream, we can help make it possible.

    Programs Offered:
    • MBA Public Safety Administration
    • MBA

     
    Ohio University - Online

    Ohio University has offered distance learning educational opportunities for more than 100 years.

    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Public Administration

     
    Norwich University - Online
    Earn your Master's degree online from Norwich University.
    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Public Administration Online
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