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Graduate Certificates in Public Administration

933 Yearly Graduations
$55,100 Median Salary
$24,494 Median Debt
There are 109 schools in the United States where you can get your graduate certificate in public admin. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 37% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 8.3% of public admin graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Public Admin Majors

In 2018-2019, 933 graduate certificates were awarded to public admin majors. This earns it the #18 spot on the list of the most popular graduate certificate 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 Graduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in public admin is $55,100. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $55,100 to a high of $55,100.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in public admin is $24,494. 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, $24,666 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $24,321.

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The median monthly payment of a public admin graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $285.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in public admin. About 57.6% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 396
Women 537
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificates in Public Admin

The racial-ethnic distribution of public admin graduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 16
Black or African American 183
Hispanic or Latino 111
White 456
International Students 77
Other Races/Ethnicities 90
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Admin Graduate Certificate Students

There are 109 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in public admin. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

77 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for public admin students seekinga graduate certificate is Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus. Each year, around 7,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,154 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $22,186 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 77 people received their graduate certificate in public admin from FDU. About 51% of this group were women, and 71% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
73 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Villanova University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in public admin. Each year, around 11,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,550 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,506 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 73 people received their graduate certificate in public admin from Villanova. Of these students, 58% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
56 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their graduate certificate 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, 56 graduate certificates were handed out to public admin majors at Syracuse. About 29% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

55 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Florida International University. 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, 55 graduate certificates were handed out to public admin majors at FIU. Around 89% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 73% were women.

#5

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
51 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Iowa State University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in public admin. Roughly 34,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,042 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,758 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 51 people received their graduate certificate in public admin from Iowa State. About 61% of this group were women, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

37 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates 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.

The public admin program at Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis awarded 37 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 49% were women.

#6

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
37 Yearly Graduations
49% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Missouri - Columbia comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in public admin. Roughly 29,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,120 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,264 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 graduate certificates were handed out to public admin majors at Mizzou. Of these students, 49% were women and 30% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

37 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Arlington is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 people received their graduate certificate in public admin from UT Arlington. Around 46% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#9

Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas
33 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Wichita State University. Each year, around 15,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,709 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,435 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 33 graduate certificates were handed out to public admin majors at WSU. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 36% were women.

#9

Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee
33 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tennessee State University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in public admin. Roughly 7,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,854 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,178 per year.

The public admin program at Tennessee State University awarded 33 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 73% were women and 42% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
27 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Auburn University. Roughly 30,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,816 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,828 per year.

The public admin program at Auburn University awarded 27 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. About 56% of this group were women, and 7% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

California State University - Northridge

Northridge, California
25 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Northridge is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in public admin. Roughly 40,200 attend the school each year. 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, 25 graduate certificates were handed out to public admin majors at California State University - Northridge. Around 48% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 76% were women.

25 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their graduate certificate 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 graduate certificates were handed out to public admin majors at UTSA. Of these students, 56% were women and 56% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
20 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johns Hopkins University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in public admin. Roughly 26,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 20 graduate certificates were handed out to public admin majors at Johns Hopkins. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

19 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
79% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY Graduate School and University Center is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in public admin. Roughly 8,000 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 $9,930 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 people received their graduate certificate in public admin from The Graduate Center. About 74% of this group were women, and 79% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota
17 Yearly Graduations
71% Women

University of South Dakota is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in public admin. Roughly 10,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,697 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,062 per year.

The public admin program at University of South Dakota awarded 17 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year.

#16

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
17 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Virginia Tech comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in public admin. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their graduate certificate in public admin from Virginia Tech. Of these students, 53% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Walden University

Minneapolis, Minnesota
17 Yearly Graduations
88% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Walden University. 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their graduate certificate in public admin from Walden University. Around 88% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 88% were women.

#19

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada
16 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Nevada - Las Vegas comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in public admin. Roughly 30,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,454 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,459 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 graduate certificates were handed out to public admin majors at UNLV. Around 56% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 94% were women.

#20

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia
13 Yearly Graduations
77% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Virginia Commonwealth University. 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 graduate certificates were handed out to public admin majors at VCU. Of these students, 77% were women and 46% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to public admin that offer graduate certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Social Work 455
Public Policy 250
Human Services 69
Community Organization & Advocacy 62
Other Public Administration 56

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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