Top Public Administration Degree & Public Policy Programs Online

Public administration degrees – also called public policy degrees – prepare you for work implementing programs for various public-sector organizations. Most Public administration (PA) professionals are civil servants employed by local, state or federal government. However, some work for nonprofit groups, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or for-profit companies. PA credentials are available at every level, from certificate programs to doctorates, but the most popular are bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI
Converse College
Spartanburg, SC
Dean College
Franklin, MA

Job Outlook for Public Administration & Public Policy Degree Holders

Whether you earn an on-campus or online public administration degree, a bachelor’s-level credential can get you started in your PA career. A master’s degree or MPA is usually required to advance into managerial or executive roles. PA professionals work in many fields; two excellent examples are public relations specialists and urban planners. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 2014 median annual salary was $55,680 for public relations specialists and $66,940 for urban planners. The BLS also estimates 12% job growth for public relations specialists through 2022 and 10% for urban planners.