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Universities that Offer Public Administration Courses and Degrees

Students in public administration programs may expect an interdisciplinary course of study focusing on topics such as political science, management, sociology, and economics. Public administration degrees are widely available at colleges and universities. Degrees are offered at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral level.

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A prospective student considering a public administration degree should first decide which program is appropriate and meets his or her personal and professional objectives. Entry-level positions may require only an associate's degree, while roles with more responsibility require at least a bachelor's.

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Schools with Public Administration Programs

The table below lists some of the school that offer degrees in either public administration or a related program such as public affairs or non-profit management.

College/University Location Institution Type Program Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 4-year, Private Master's & Doctoral $33,312
University of Georgia Athens, GA 4-year, Public Master's & Doctoral $8,492 (in-state), $24,090 (out-of-state)
Indiana University Bloomington, IN 4-year, Public Master's & Doctoral $8,442 (in-state), $26,812 (out-of-state)
Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private Master's & Doctoral $41,832
University of Kansas Lawrence, KS 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $10,825 (in-state, undergraduate), $26,659 (out-of-state, undergraduate) $9,029 (in-state, graduate), $21,120 (out-of-state, graduate)
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $50,277 (undergraduate), $39,984 (graduate)
Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $14,131 (in-state, undergraduate), $29,521 (out-of-state, graduate), $16,272 (in-state, graduate), $27,648 (out-of-state, graduate)
American University Washington, DC 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $43,103 (undergraduate), $27,468 (graduate)
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private Master's $38,592

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

University Selection Criteria

Students should consider the following when selecting a program:

  • An associate's degree program in public administration provides a brief introduction to the field, while other degree options go into much more depth and may allow a student to choose a concentration area, such as non-profit management, financial management, health policy and public policy analysis.
  • A master's degree program prepares students to attain executive-level positions in public administration.
  • Internships can play a large role in providing students with experience and connections; prospective students should give a school's internship opportunities consideration.

Students interested in starting a career in public administration may find a number of four-year universities that offer programs that will prepare them for entry level careers. These schools may also prepare students for more advanced study at the graduate level that lends towards better employment options.

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