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Schools in the USA

Public Administration and Policy Programs In America

Credential
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

  • Bachelor of Science (BS)

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration (BSPA)

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)

  • Associate of Science (AS)

  • Associate of Arts (AA)


  • Program Length
  • 4 years for bachelor's degrees

  • 2 years for associate's degree

  • 12 - 52 weeks for certificate


  • Entry
  • Bachelor's degree - direct entry; entry into third year after associate's degree

  • Associate's degree - direct entry

  • Certificate - direct entry


  • Areas of Study
  • General public administration, public policy, law, political science, public affairs

  • Specialization areas include criminal justice, public administration and decision-making, public administration and non-profit management, public management and policy, social and health/ human services administration, human resources management, urban affairs.


  • Special Features
  • international exchange/ study abroad

  • work placement/ internships

    The growing and increasingly diverse population of the United States means a career in public administration and policy is a good choice that's also good for society.

    Entering direct from high school into university or 4-year college, you can find specific Colleges or Schools of Public Administration where you can take a competitive Bachelor of Science (BS) or Arts (BA) in public administration. However, not all universities have Colleges, Schools or Departments devoted to public administration and policy; in fact, you may have to hunt around to find what you want. So be sure to look in Colleges, Schools and Departments of Political Science, Business, Humanities, Social Science, Management, Government, Sociology, Professional Studies, Public Affairs, Urban Studies, and more. And some programs actually require that applicants have prior work experience in the field, so check their requirements carefully.

    Whether you're interested in the theoretical or practical application aspects of public administration and policy, all students usually complete a core set of courses in their first year before choosing a major. A typical core curriculum includes courses in economic and political analysis, management, statistics, political science, history and ethics. When it comes to declaring a major there are a number of possibilities, such as criminal justice studies, public policy and administration, public policy and management, public sector management, non-profit management, social and health/ human services administration and urban affairs. Some schools may offer regional or culturally-specific programs as well, and honors degrees may also available. Because public administration and policy affects almost every other area of study, there is a lot of flexibility in this field: by nature interdisciplinary, public administration and policy programs often allow you to combine your studies with other disciplines. This can be done through by taking a minor in any of a wide choice of other fields, by taking public administration itself as a minor, or by taking an interdisciplinary degree such as the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Public Administration.

    Universities and community colleges also offer associate's degrees such as the Associate of Science (AS) or Arts (AA) in Public Administration, with a multitude of specialization options. One- to two-year certificates are also offered at both the university and community college level in many of the above-mentioned areas of study, including specialized certificates in public administration designed for students studying in other disciplines.

    Undergraduate degrees in public administration and policy can give you the skills you need for employment or can serve as the foundation for further studies, whether they be graduate studies in public administration or another discipline such as economics, law, business or environmental management.

    At all levels, study generally combines classroom theory and learning with practical work and discussion. Internships-whether local or elsewhere in the country--are often part of the curriculum, and a number of program-specific scholarships are available.

    Schools

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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
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    Ashford University
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    Programs Offered:
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    Liberty University
    We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and complete your degree as quickly as possible.
    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Public Administration - Public & Nonprofit Management
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    South University, Online Programs
    As a student at South University, Online Programs, you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.
    Programs Offered:
    • Public Administration: General (MPA)
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    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
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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

     
    Northcentral University

    Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

    Programs Offered:
    • MS Organizational Leadership - Public Administration
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    • Public Administration - D.B.A.
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    Saint Marys University of Minnesota

    At Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you.

    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Arts in Public Administration
    • Master of Arts in Health & Human Services Administration
    • Accelerated MBA

     
    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
    • Certificate in Public Administration
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    California College San Diego

    The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

    Programs Offered:
    • Business Administration (BS)

     
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