Top Public Administration Masters degree Programs - 2023

Public Administration programs prepare individuals to serve as managers in the executive arm of local, state, and federal government and that focuses on the systematic study of executive organization and management. Includes instruction in the roles, development, and principles of public administration; the management of public policy; executive-legislative relations; public budgetary processes and financial management; administrative law; public personnel management; professional ethics; and research methods.

For all the 16,599 degrees granted in Public Administration annually, the majority of them are Masters degree. Out of the 12,223 students graduating with degrees at the Masters degree level in the US, 39% percent identify as men and 61% percent identify as women. Though students at schools all over the US study Public Administration, New York has the most graduates. The average annual income for a graduate with a bachelor's degree in Public Administration is $40,900.

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  • Total Masters degree

    12,223

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Top Colleges for Public Administration

If you’re thinking about majoring in Public Administration, then you should look at these top colleges, including Indiana University-Bloomington, Syracuse University and Western Carolina University. Indiana University-Bloomington is our best ranked institution for a degree in Public Administration with 159 students graduating with this major annually at the Masters degree level. Learn more about college options in the table below.

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Careers for Public Administration Majors

For Public Administration majors, some of the most in demand jobs include General and Operations Managers, Social and Community Service Managers and Chief Executives. Additionally, Public Administration graduates may land a high salary job, such as Chief Executives or Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers.

Top Paying Careers for Public Administration

  1. Chief Executives   (Median Wage: $179,520)
  2. Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers   (Median Wage: $98,230)
  3. General and Operations Managers   (Median Wage: $97,970)
  4. Postmasters and Mail Superintendents   (Median Wage: $80,250)
  5. Social and Community Service Managers   (Median Wage: $74,000)
  6. Legislators   (Median Wage: $37,270)
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