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Study in public policy and administration can prepare you for work in management and budgeting, as well as help instill the analytical tools necessary to understand the economic impacts of policy decisions. Workers in the field also evaluate policy options, develop political strategies to advance different types of proposals, and conduct research.

Public administration officials center on the organization of governmental policies, as well as the conduct and actions of elected officials.

Education & Career Opportunities in Public Policy and Administration

People who earn degrees in public policy and administration often work in human resource management, policy analysis, public budgeting, or public relations. Most workers are employed by local, state, or federal governments, but many people work in private-sector jobs as well. Others work as policy consultants.

A bachelor's degree in public policy and administration is usually required for entry-level public policy and administration jobs, and many employers and organizations require a master's degree as well as a strong record of work experience.



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Master of Public Administration and Policy

Change the World with American University

Be a part of something bigger than yourself. At American University, we strive to help you develop your professional interests and indulge in your passion for making a difference. Our online degree programs allow you to gain the advanced skills for active leadership in a variety of fields.

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At American University, our smart, passionate and engaged students and faculty focus their knowledge to create meaningful change. Our strengths in international service and public affairs inspire our sense of social responsibility and a dedication to cultural and intellectual diversity. We're defined by our global perspective, practical idealism and a dedication to public service.

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Master of Public Administration
  • Ranked 25th among the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • One of the world’s leading private research universities.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 9:1, and 56.8% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Has an average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, of 96.8 percent.
  • Dedicated to a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education since 1880.
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Master of Public Administration Online
  • Study at a university accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
  • Immediately apply what you’re learning to current workplace challenges
  • Experience the convenience and flexibility of online learning—access coursework 24/7
  • Take advantage of four start dates per year
  • Benefit from no required GRE/GMAT 
  • Enjoy small class sizes and students from diverse backgrounds
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MA Public Policy: Campaigns and Elections
  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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Master of Public Administration
  • Listed as one of the top National Universities for 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for the seventh straight year in 2013.
  • Has a 97% satisfaction rate among its 2013 graduates. 
  • Offers more than 100 degree options including programs in education, law, nursing, and more.
  • Provides classes at its San Francisco campus, branch campuses throughout the bay area and Sacramento, and online.
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MS Organizational Leadership - Public Administration
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
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MBA - Public Administration
  • Several student organizations are present on campus, including Alpha Chi and Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Societies, intramural sports, and a student government association.
  • Main campus is located in Hobbs, New Mexico, with online options as well.
  • Originally founded in 1962 as College of the Southwest.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
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Public Administration

Since 1901, Golden Gate University (GGU) has been helping adults achieve their professional goals by providing education in accounting, law, taxation, and business-related areas. GGU is California's fourth oldest private university, enrolling approximately 5,000 students and representing more than 70,000 alumni. Our core mission is to educate adults – like you – who are balancing the complex demands of life.

*At this time, GGU is not authorized to admit online students who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Minnesota. We are currently pursuing authorization to offer our online programs to students residing in Minnesota.

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Master of Public Administration
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  • The MSN program is 100% online and designed to be completed in 2 years.
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Master of Business Administration, Aviation Management
  • Helps students advance their education with a graduate degree, including a Doctor of Education, Executive MBA, and more.
  • Home of the Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School, which offers flexible study options for master’s programs in business, management, and nursing.
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