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Public Administration and Policy Majors

A major (also known as a major concentration or concentration) is a term for the specific group of courses that give you a basic knowledge of a field of study, which is in addition to your core curriculum. A major is a term most commonly applied to a program of study leading to a bachelor's degree. The public administration and policy College or School will define a framework for this specialized portion of your studies, including a certain number of required courses and a certain number of "elective" courses relevant to the major. The institution will also define your general education or foundation education requirements. Some majors effectively define your full course of study while others allow you considerable latitude, both within your field of study and in their other courses.

Although many students know what they want to take as their major before entering a university or college, most institutions do not allow you to officially declare your major until your sophmore year so that you experience a broad range of courses that will help you choose the most appropriate major.

Some universities and colleges in the US ask you to list a major choice on your application for admission. If you are interested in a major that requires a lot of classes, or classes that are limited to students in that major you may have to declare earlier than usual. As well, for some majors you will need to take specific courses (pre-requisites) during your first year before you can even be considered eligible for upper level courses. Some The public administration and policy majors may have limited enrollment, so in fact you might even be required to apply to get the major you want, including attending an interview or writing an essay.

Community college associate degree programs can have majors, and often have desidnations that announce the "major," such as Associate of Science (AS) in public administration. Certificate programs do not have majors as such; they carry a designation (for instance Certificate in Nonprofit Management) which is more specific than a general degree title. Usually, the field of study at the community college level is career-focused to the point where students do not take "elective" courses as they do for bachelor's degrees. Hence the designation of the certificate effectively stands in for the "major."

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Grand Canyon University
Why earn your degree at Grand Canyon University? GCU is a regionally accredited university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more. Apply today!
Programs Offered:
  • Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy
  • Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Health Care Management
  • M.B.A.
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Ashford University
Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University, where school comes to you.
Programs Offered:
  • BA/Public Administration
  • MA/Organizational Management
  • Master of Public Administration
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Liberty University

100% Online & No Standardized Testing

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Public Administration - Public & Nonprofit Management
  • Master of Public Administration: Disaster Management
  • Master of Public Administration - Healthcare
  • And more...

 
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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American University

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Public Administration and Policy

 
Purdue University Global

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

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Public Administration
  • MS in Human Services
  • BS in Human Services in Youth/Family Services and Administration
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California College San Diego

The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

Programs Offered:
  • Business Administration (BS)

 
University of Maryland at College Park

The Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland is recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s Best Business Schools. 

Programs Offered:
  • MBA - General

 
EMERITUS Institute of Management
Earn a Certificate in HR Analytics Online from Wharton
Programs Offered:
  • Master Design Thinking

 
Utica College

Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution located in upstate central New York.  The College offers regionally accredited online certificates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in healthcare, cybersecurity, financial crime, nursing, physical therapy, business, criminal justice, and data science.  All courses are taught by credentialed, highly experienced faculty with significant and ongoing accomplishments in their respective fields.

Programs Offered:
  • MBA - Data Analytics
  • MBA - General

 
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