Master’s Degrees in Public Administration

Public administration is one particular area of study that is known for living up to its name; in essence, the practice of public administration is the effort by public servants to serve in a manner that positively advances a government’s policies and impact on the people it serves.

What is this degree/program of study about?

The typical master of public administration carries its own acronym – MPA – although joint degree/concentration programs do exist that incorporate the study of public administration, namely the master of science in political science and public administration. Others include MPA degrees with concentrations in policy analysis, health policy, nonprofit management, homeland security policy, criminal justice, governmental management, state and local government, public personnel management, and public policy. All attempt to carefully balance advanced business coursework with curriculum aimed at preparing individuals for work in the public sector.

What does it take to earn this degree, and what will it result in for graduates?

Once admitted, typical coursework may include project management, risk management, finance, labor relations, public policy, organizational leadership, and economics, among other topics. Career opportunities, post-graduation include the possibility of serving as an urban planner, legislative adviser, or policy analyst; the field of urban planning generally carries a median income of more than $59,000 annually (BLS.gov).

Public Administration Master Degree Programs

Guide to Online Political Science Degree Programs

 Kaplan University BS: Political Science Kaplan University – Kaplan University Bachelor of Science in Political Science program teaches you how government and society are interconnected on every level. You will study the government's responsibilities and effectiveness, and explore how a country's citizens have the ability to influence and change their government. With a bachelor's degree in political science, you could gain a solid foundation for a wide range of careers in law, public and government service, national security, and education. Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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Ashford University BA: Political Science BA: Military Studies BA: Social & Criminal Justice BA: Poli Sci & Government BA: Org Mgmt – Political Sci Ashford University – The Organizational Management program examines the human side of managing organizations, allowing for skill development in communication, group behavior, decision-making, human resource management, and ethics. Ashford offers a Bachelor degree program for Political Science, Military Studies, Social & Criminal Justice, Government, and Organizational Management. Ashford University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001, wascsenior.org.
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Walden University BS: Poli Sci & Public Admin Walden University – Explore the interrelated elements that make a community viable and access the tools and resources for sustainable community development as you prepare for a career as a town manager, department head, or director of a social service organization with the BS Political Science & Public Administration from Walden. Prepare to advance your career and to meet this increasing need for public sector professionals as you gain the skills to translate public policies into effective programs and projects.
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Norwich University MA: Diplomacy Norwich University – Norwich University's MA in Diplomacy provides a comprehensive overview of theories behind international relations, international law, the world economy, international conflict, its management and its resolution, terrorism, and post-conflict nation building. You'll explore emerging aspects of international law, the controversy of globalization, multilateral diplomacy as a tool to avoid conflict, post-conflict governing recovery issues, the cultural impact of rebuilding societies, and many more issues of current global importance. Norwich University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
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