Top School in Baltimore for a Public Administration Degree

Students interested in studying public administration in Baltimore, MD, have several schools to choose from. Read about one local school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to see if it's the right one for you.

School and Ranking Info

Within the city of Baltimore, MD, are two public and two private colleges and universities that offer degree programs in public administration. In light of its rankings and levels of study, the top choice for aspiring public administrators is a large, urban institution that was named the top up-and-coming school in the country for 2015.

  • Winner: The University of Maryland - Baltimore County, located in downtown Baltimore, is a branch of the University System of Maryland. The university offers both undergraduate and programs in public administration and policy through its College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

School Info Chart

Category University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Rankings #1 Up-and-Coming School (2015)
#67 among Best Graduate Schools for Public Affairs (2012)
#149 among National Universities (2015)*
Location Baltimore, MD
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $10,068 (in-state); $21,642 (out-of-state)**
Public Administration and Policy Awards Offered Undergraduate certificate; bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees
Public Administration and Policy Certificates & Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 23**
Most Popular Public Administration and Policy Degree Level in 2013 Master's (11)
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class 65%**
Noteworthy Students can participate in public policy forums with regional policy practitioners and businesses

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.

University of Maryland - Baltimore County

  • Department of Public Policy is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs
  • Offers over six different graduate concentrations in public policy
  • Fellowships, research assistantships and teaching assistantships are available for graduate students
  • Evening, full-time and part-time study options for graduate students

The University of Maryland - Baltimore County enrolls nearly 14,000 students a year and offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs related to public administration and policy through its departments of economics, political science and public policy at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. A 32-credit undergraduate certificate in public administration and policy and an 18-credit undergraduate minor in public administration are also available.

Undergraduate students can apply to the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) accelerated program during the second semester of their junior year. Courses include social inequality and social policy, the policy consequences of economic analysis and public organization management. The 37-credit Master of Public Policy program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in public studies and public policy analysis and includes core courses in policy analysis, organizational management and governmental budgeting. The Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy program is comprised of 48 credit hours of core coursework and a dissertation project. Students may also pursue a concentration in educational or health policy, public management or urban policy, among other areas.

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