Your complete guide to a master's in Public Administration

Everything you need to know about studying a master's in Public Administration

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Public Administration is the study of government policies, decisions, and actions with a direct effect on the public sector and citizens’ wellbeing. Public Administration deals with social problems and prepares future leaders who can have a positive impact working for the local government, municipal authorities, or non-profit organisations (NGOs).

Public Administration is interdisciplinary and overlaps with other areas, like Social Sciences, Business, Finance, Communication, Data Science, Law, and Ethics.

Public Administration seeks to answer questions like: What are the consequences of this new policy plan? Is the current proposal aligned with democratic values and the interests of citizens? Are our plans feasible from a political, social, and economic point of view? Have the latest policies had the expected impact?

A typical Public Administration curriculum includes classes in Democratic Theory, Money, Markets and Economic Policies, International Politics, Governance, Public Finance, Constitutional Law, Comparative Politics, Strategic Planning, Social Change, etc.

Public Administartion graduates pursue successful careers in the public sector, working in governmental institutions, departments and agencies.Public Administration graduates can follow the following careers: charity officer, civil service administrator, local government officer, social researcher, education or health care administrator, public affairs/administration consultant, urban planner, budget analyst, labour relation specialist.

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Check out our list of Master's degrees in Public Administration. Keep in mind you can also study an online Masters in Public Administration.

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Best Universities for Public Administration on MastersPortal

Universities Location Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2017)
Erasmus University Rotterdam Rotterdam, Netherlands 1
London School of Economics and Political Science London, United Kingdom 2
University of Georgia Athens, United States 3
Cardiff University Cardiff, United Kingdom 4
Indiana University Bloomington Bloomington, United States 5
Aarhus University Aarhus, Denmark 6
Utrecht University Utrecht, Netherlands 7
Australian National University Canberra, Australia 8
Harvard University Cambridge, United States 9
University of Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom 10
University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom 11
University of Wisconsin Madison Madison, United States 12
Arizona State University Tempe, United States 13
University of Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 14
City University of Hong Kong Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR) 15
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 16
The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom 17
The University of Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom 18
The Ohio State University Upper Arlington, United States 19
University of Oslo Oslo, Norway 20
Texas A&M University College Station, United States 21
University of Toronto Pickering, Canada 22
KU Leuven Brussels, Belgium 23
UCL London, United Kingdom 24
University of Southern California Los Angeles, United States 25
Florida State University Tallahassee, United States 26
Melbourne Business School Melbourne, Australia 27
Syracuse University Syracuse, United States 28
The University of Exeter Exeter, United Kingdom 29
University of Antwerp Antwerpen, Belgium 30
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, United States 30
King's College London London, United Kingdom 32
The University of Arizona Tucson, United States 32
University of Copenhagen Copenhagen, Denmark 34
University of Sheffield Sheffield, United Kingdom 35
National University of Singapore Singapore, Singapore 36
University of Gothenburg Göteborg, Sweden 37
Georgia State University Atlanta, United States 38
American University Washington DC Washington, D. C., United States 39
University of Bern Bern, Switzerland 40
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, United States 42
Leiden University Leiden, Netherlands 43
University of Warwick Coventry, United Kingdom 44
University of Washington Seattle, United States 45
George Mason University Fairfax, United States 46
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, United States 47
University of Nottingham Nottingham, United Kingdom 48
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, United States 49
Copenhagen Business School (CBS) Copenhagen, Denmark 50
Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi Milano, Italy 51
Columbia University New York City, United States 51
Freie Universität Berlin Berlin Steglitz, Germany 51
Lund University Lund, Sweden 51
New York University New York City, United States 51
Seoul National University Anyang, South Korea 51
Stanford University Stanford, United States 51
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel 51
University at Albany Albany, United States 51
University of Bristol Bristol, United Kingdom 51
University of Colorado Denver Denver, United States 51
University of East Anglia Norwich, United Kingdom 51
University of Groningen Groningen, Netherlands 51
University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, United States 51
University of Kansas Lawrence, United States 51
University of Konstanz Konstanz, Germany 51
University of Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland 51
University of Leeds Leeds, United Kingdom 51
University of Oklahoma Norman, United States 51
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, United States 51
University of South Carolina Columbia, United States 51
University of Twente (UT) Enschede, Netherlands 51
Wageningen University and Research Wageningen, Netherlands 51
University of York York, United Kingdom 51
Yale University New Haven, United States 51
Carleton University Ottawa, Canada 76
Cornell University Ithaca, United States 76
Durham University Durham, United Kingdom 76
European University Institute (EUI) Fiesole, Italy 76
Ghent University Ledeberg, Belgium 76
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Indianapolis, United States 76
Maastricht University Maastricht, Netherlands 76
Monash University Clayton, Australia 76
Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands 76
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, Canada 76
Stockholm University Stockholm, Sweden 76
University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia 76
University of Texas at Austin Austin, United States 76
Tilburg University Tilburg, Netherlands 76
University of Bergen Bergen, Norway 76
University of Cambridge Cambridge, United Kingdom 76
University of Canberra Canberra, Australia 76
University of Kent Canterbury, United Kingdom 76
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis, United States 76
University of Ottawa Ottawa, Canada 76
University of Southampton Southampton, United Kingdom 76
University of Southern Denmark Neder Holluf, Denmark 76
University of Strathclyde Glasgow, United Kingdom 76
University of Zurich Zürich, Switzerland 76
Yonsei University Seoul, South Korea 76
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