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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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    Regent University
    Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose.
    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Public Administration in Public Leadership
    • Master of Public Administration in Non-profit & Faith Based Organizations
    • Master of Public Administration - Federal Government
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    Walden University
    Earn a respected bachelor's degree, master's degree, or Ph.D. online at Walden University.
    Programs Offered:
    • D.P.A. - International Nongovernmental Organizations
    • D.P.A. - Global Leadership
    • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration- Public Management and Leadership
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    Liberty University

    100% Online & No Standardized Testing

    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Public Administration: Disaster Management
    • Master of Public Administration - Healthcare
    • Master of Public Administration - Business & Government Policy
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    Northcentral University
    • Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university.
    Programs Offered:
    • MS Organizational Leadership - Public Administration
    • Public Administration - PhD in Bus. Admin.
    • Public Administration - D.B.A.
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    Southern New Hampshire University

    At SNHU, we believe everyone should have greater access to higher education. 

    Programs Offered:
    • BA Public Administration
    • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
    • BA Political Science
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    Purdue University Global

    Building on Purdue's mission to provide greater access to affordable, world-class education, Purdue University Globaldelivers a fully personalized online experience that's tailored to working adults.

    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Public Administration
    • BS in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration
    • BS in Human Services
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    South University

    As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

    Programs Offered:
    • Public Administration (MPA)
    • Business Administration (BBA)
    • Business Administration (DBA)

     
    Anna Maria College

    Anna Maria College is a private, not-for-profit, Catholic liberal arts institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1946, AMC's programs integrate liberal education and professional preparation that reflect the respect for liberal arts and sciences education grounded in the traditions of the Sisters of Saint Anne—educational innovation, service to others, and access to a quality education for all.

    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Public Administration - General Track
    • Master of Public Administration

     
    Post University Online

    At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.

    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Public Administration
    • Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management
    • B.S. in Human Services / Human Services Management
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    Keiser University

    Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education. Keiser University Online offers degree programs online to prepare students for in-demand professions.

    Programs Offered:
    • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

     
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