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Master’s Degrees in Public Administration

12,640 Yearly Graduations
$48,100 Median Salary
$41,000 Median Debt
There are 372 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a master's degree in public admin. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 39% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 10.8% of public admin graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Public Admin Majors

In 2018-2019, 12,640 earned their master's degree in public admin. This makes it the 16th most popular master's degree program in the country.

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 Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in public admin is $48,100. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $44,500 and the high is $53,800.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in public admin is $41,000. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $57,249 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $35,300.

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The median monthly payment of a public admin graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $478.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in public admin. About 60.0% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 5,051
Women 7,589
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Public Admin

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 499
Black or African American 2,301
Hispanic or Latino 1,686
White 5,595
International Students 1,368
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,191
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Public Admin Master's Degree Students

There are 372 colleges that offer a master’s degree in public admin. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

451 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia University in the City of New York tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for public admin majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 31,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 451 master's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at Columbia. Of these students, 60% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
368 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harvard University is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public admin. Each year, around 31,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

The public admin program at Harvard University awarded 368 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 45% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
271 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their master's degree is Grand Canyon University. Each year, around 90,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,419 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,175 per year.

The public admin program at Grand Canyon University awarded 271 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 62% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

263 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Northridge is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public admin. Each year, around 40,200 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, 263 master's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at California State University - Northridge. Of these students, 70% were women and 52% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

New York University

New York, New York
241 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public admin. Each year, around 51,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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.

The public admin program at New York University awarded 241 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 72% were women.

239 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Washington - Seattle Campus is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public admin. Each year, around 47,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,370 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,198 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 239 master's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at UW Seattle. Of these students, 63% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

231 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public admin. Each year, around 15,300 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 231 master's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at John Jay. About 58% of this group were women, and 74% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

New York, New York
220 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their master's degree is CUNY Bernard M Baruch College. Roughly 18,000 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 $11,090 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 220 master's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at Baruch. Of these students, 66% were women and 55% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

214 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Phoenix - Arizona. Roughly 95,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,552 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,752 per year.

The public admin program at University of Phoenix - Arizona awarded 214 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#10

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
213 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for public admin majors who are seeking their master's degree is Indiana University - Bloomington. Roughly 43,500 attend the school each year. 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, 213 master's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at IU Bloomington. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 51% were women.

#11

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
206 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public admin. Roughly 14,300 attend the school each year. 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, 206 people received their master's degree in public admin from The American University. Around 26% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

#12

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
179 Yearly Graduations
45% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Syracuse University comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public admin. Each year, around 22,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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, 179 master's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at Syracuse. Of these students, 45% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
158 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public admin. Each year, around 47,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 158 people received their master's degree in public admin from USC. Of these students, 59% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Rutgers University - Newark

Newark, New Jersey
143 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - Newark comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public admin. Each year, around 13,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

The public admin program at Rutgers University - Newark awarded 143 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 66% were women and 68% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, California
137 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Long Beach comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public admin. Roughly 37,400 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.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 137 people received their master's degree in public admin from Cal State Long Beach. About 61% of this group were women, and 74% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

137 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arkansas State University - Main Campus is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public admin. Each year, around 13,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,540 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,986 per year.

The public admin program at Arkansas State University - Main Campus awarded 137 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

110 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public admin. Each year, around 25,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. 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 110 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 69% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
107 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public admin. Each year, around 14,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,484 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,682 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 107 people received their master's degree in public admin from Penn State World Campus. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

#19

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
103 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas A&M University - College Station is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in public admin. Roughly 68,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,941 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,677 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 103 people received their master's degree in public admin from Texas A&M. Of these students, 57% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan
100 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central Michigan University comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in public admin. Each year, around 21,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,383 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,700 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 100 master's degrees were handed out to public admin majors at Central Michigan. About 55% of this group were women, and 41% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Social Work 31,270
Public Policy 3,219
Human Services 1,236
Community Organization & Advocacy 469
Other Public Administration 280

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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