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Bachelor’s Degrees in Public Administration

3,195 Yearly Graduations
$40,800 Median Salary
$24,627 Median Debt
There are 183 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a bachelor's degree in public admin. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 43% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 3.1% of public admin graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Public Admin Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3,195 students earned their bachelor's degree in public admin. This earns it the #101 spot on the list of the most popular bachelor's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in public admin at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 12,640
Bachelor’s Degree 3,195
Graduate Certificate 933
Doctor’s Degree 369
Basic Certificate 152
Associate’s Degree 138
Undergraduate Certificate 17

Earnings of Public Admin Majors With Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in public admin is $40,800. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $34,600 and the high is $52,700.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in public admin is $24,627. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $43,447 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $20,000.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $256.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their bachelor's degree in public admin. About 50.6% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,577
Women 1,618
Gender Diversity of Bachelor's Degrees in Public Admin

The racial-ethnic distribution of public admin bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 159
Black or African American 410
Hispanic or Latino 612
White 1,651
International Students 99
Other Races/Ethnicities 264
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Admin Bachelor's Degree Students

There are 183 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in public admin. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
614 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for public admin students seekinga bachelor's degree is Indiana University - Bloomington. Each year, around 43,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,575 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,501 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 614 people received their bachelor's degree in public admin from IU Bloomington. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 37% were women.

147 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Hawaii - West Oahu is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public admin. Roughly 3,100 attend the school each year. The public admin program at University of Hawaii - West Oahu awarded 147 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 69% were women and 81% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

109 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
92% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public admin. Each year, around 57,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,721 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,912 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 109 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at FIU. Around 92% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#4

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
98 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
79% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Diego State University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public admin. Each year, around 35,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 98 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at SDSU. Of these students, 53% were women and 79% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

89 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public admin. Roughly 61,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,197 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,560 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 89 people received their bachelor's degree in public admin from Ohio State. Of these students, 58% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

83 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public admin. Each year, around 29,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,580 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,826 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 83 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at IUPUI. Of these students, 40% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
82 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public admin. Each year, around 68,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 82 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at UCF. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

82 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Roughly 15,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

The public admin program at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice awarded 82 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 63% of this group were women, and 89% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan
81 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Grand Valley State University comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public admin. Roughly 24,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,180 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,208 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 81 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at GVSU. Of these students, 60% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

70 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - University College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public admin. Roughly 60,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,640 per year.

The public admin program at University of Maryland - University College awarded 70 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 27% were women.

#10

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
70 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Arizona is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public admin. Roughly 44,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,990 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,938 per year.

The public admin program at University of Arizona awarded 70 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 51% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

#12

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
65 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

James Madison University comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public admin. Roughly 21,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,250 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,848 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 65 people received their bachelor's degree in public admin from JMU. About 42% of this group were women, and 29% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
62 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Syracuse University. Roughly 22,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,616 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $38,880 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 62 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at Syracuse. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

60 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is The University of Texas at San Antonio. Each year, around 32,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,510 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,771 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 60 people received their bachelor's degree in public admin from UTSA. Around 82% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#14

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

New York, New York
60 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public admin. Each year, around 18,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,930 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,090 per year.

The public admin program at CUNY Bernard M Baruch College awarded 60 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 55% were women and 62% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Barry University

Miami, Florida
58 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Barry University comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering bachelor's degrees in public admin. Each year, around 7,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,700 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,820 per year.

The public admin program at Barry University awarded 58 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 43% of this group were women, and 69% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

57 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Dominguez Hills is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public admin. Each year, around 16,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 57 people received their bachelor's degree in public admin from California State University - Dominguez Hills. About 60% of this group were women, and 86% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, New Hampshire
55 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Southern New Hampshire University is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a bachelor's degree in public admin. Roughly 104,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,756 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,810 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 55 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at SNHU. Of these students, 56% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

54 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne. Each year, around 10,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,470 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,682 per year.

The public admin program at Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne awarded 54 bachelor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 67% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon
43 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their bachelor's degree is University of Oregon. Each year, around 22,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,440 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,958 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 bachelor's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at UO. Of these students, 67% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to public admin that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Social Work 22,681
Human Services 6,503
Public Policy 2,308
Community Organization & Advocacy 1,625
Other Public Administration 327

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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