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Doctor’s Degrees in Public Administration

369 Yearly Graduations
$66,250 Median Salary
$89,750 Median Debt
There are 48 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a doctor's degree in public admin. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 38% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 13.6% of public admin graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Public Admin Majors

In 2018-2019, 369 earned their doctor's degree in public admin. This earns it the #63 spot on the list of the most popular doctor'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 Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in public admin is $66,250. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $57,175 to a high of $75,325.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in public admin is $89,750. 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, $114,125 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $65,375.

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The median monthly payment of a public admin graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $1,046.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in public admin. About 52.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 174
Women 195
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Public Admin

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 7
Black or African American 104
Hispanic or Latino 22
White 134
International Students 50
Other Races/Ethnicities 52
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Admin Doctor's Degree Students

There are 48 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in public admin. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
160 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walden University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for public admin majors who are seeking their doctor's degree. Roughly 50,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,428 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,039 per year.

The public admin program at Walden University awarded 160 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

#2

California Baptist University

Riverside, California
15 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is California Baptist University. Roughly 10,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $32,942 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,830 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 doctor's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at Cal Baptist. Around 47% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 33% were women.

#3

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania
14 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public admin. Roughly 17,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,716 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,288 per year.

The public admin program at West Chester University of Pennsylvania awarded 14 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 43% of this group were women, and 36% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

13 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Arlington is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public admin. Roughly 47,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,624 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,474 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 doctor's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at UT Arlington. About 46% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Valdosta State University

Valdosta, Georgia
11 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Valdosta State University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in public admin. Each year, around 11,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,371 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,572 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 people received their doctor's degree in public admin from VSU. About 55% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
11 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Virginia Commonwealth University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in public admin. Each year, around 30,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,177 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,701 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 people received their doctor's degree in public admin from VCU. About 73% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
10 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capella University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public admin. Each year, around 37,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,148 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,767 per year.

The public admin program at Capella University awarded 10 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 50% were women and 60% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
9 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Virginia Tech. Roughly 34,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,420 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,701 per year.

The public admin program at Virginia Tech awarded 9 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 67% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

9 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Florida International University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 people received their doctor's degree in public admin from FIU. About 78% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
8 Yearly Graduations
38% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University - Bloomington comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in public admin. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 doctor's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at IU Bloomington. Around 12% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 38% were women.

#11

Jackson State University

Jackson, Mississippi
7 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Jackson State University is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public admin. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,270 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,270 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 people received their doctor's degree in public admin from Jackson State. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#12

University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, Illinois
6 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Illinois at Springfield is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public admin. Each year, around 4,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,520 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,270 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their doctor's degree in public admin from UIS. Of these students, 67% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
6 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Kentucky is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public admin. Roughly 29,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,011 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,055 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their doctor's degree in public admin from UK. Of these students, 17% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

5 Yearly Graduations
80% Women

The 14th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus. Roughly 25,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,786 per year.

The public admin program at University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus awarded 5 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

5 Yearly Graduations
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Nebraska at Omaha. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,224 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,558 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their doctor's degree in public admin from UNOMAHA.

#14

New York University

New York, New York
5 Yearly Graduations
20% Women

New York University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public admin. Roughly 51,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their doctor's degree in public admin from NYU.

#14

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women

University of Georgia comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in public admin. Roughly 38,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,790 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,878 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their doctor's degree in public admin from UGA.

#14

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women

North Carolina State University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in public admin. Roughly 35,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,535 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,095 per year.

The public admin program at North Carolina State University awarded 5 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#14

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women

Western Michigan University is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in public admin. Roughly 22,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,094 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,360 per year.

The public admin program at Western Michigan University awarded 5 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#20

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
4 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

The 20th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is American University. Each year, around 14,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,351 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 people received their doctor's degree in public admin from The American University.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Social Work 579
Public Policy 232
Human Services 55
Other Public Administration 50
Community Organization & Advocacy 10

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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