What Can I Do with a Major in Public Administration?

Public Administration focuses on public leadership and the management of public affairs, governmental organizations and the analysis and implementation of public policy. The Public Administration major is designed for undergraduates interested in studying and understanding the issues of governance and management of the public sector, and more specifically about the link between politics and public policy implementation. It is appropriate for those interested in leadership and management careers in the federal government, state government, and/or local government including: city and county management, public finance administration, public personnel administration, and public policy analysis and program evaluation.

Public Administration majors can*:

  • isolate the specific from the general
  • simplify complex data
  • compare and compile research reports
  • develop research designs

The Public Administration major prepares students for continuation of their education in professional and graduate schools of public administration, public policy analysis, and related fields. It also serves as a course of pre-legal study.

Career options for Public Administration graduates include**:

  • city manager
  • community development director
  • homeland security coordinator
  • Congressional aide
  • legislative analyst
  • government relations director
  • organizational behavior specialist

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*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Public Administration majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Public Administration majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.