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Public Policy Schools in California

In 2018-2019, 742 students earned their Public Policy degrees in CA.

As a degree choice, Public Policy is the 127th most popular major in the state.

Education Levels of Public Policy Majors in California

Public Policy majors in the state tend to have the following degree levels:

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 519
Bachelor’s Degree 179
Postbaccalaureate Certificate 34
Post-Master’s Certificate 34
Doctor’s Degree (Research / Scholarship) 10
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 10
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 10

Gender Distribution

In California, a public policy major is more popular with women than with men.

Public Policy Majors in CA Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

The racial distribution of public policy majors in California is as follows:

  • Asian: 12.3%
  • Black or African American: 5.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 20.1%
  • White: 29.8%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 23.6%
  • Other Races: 9.3%
Public Policy Majors in CA Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for Public Policy Grads in California

In this state, there are 58,540 people employed in jobs related to a public policy degree, compared to 740,490 nationwide.

Public Policy Jobs Nationwide vs. CA

Wages for Public Policy Jobs in California

In this state, public policy grads earn an average of $84,160. Nationwide, they make an average of $99,480.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 23 colleges in California that offer public policy degrees. Learn about the most popular 10 below:

172 Degrees in Major Awarded
92% Graduation Rate
48,321 Total Students

Of all the teachers who work at the school, 59% are considered full time. The student loan default rate of 1.60% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments. This private institution charges an average net price of $30,453.

138 Degrees in Major Awarded
92% Graduation Rate
43,185 Total Students

67% of the teachers are full time. A typical student attending UC Berkeley will pay a net price of $14,846. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $48,700 after earning their degree at this institution.

89 Degrees in Major Awarded
73% Graduation Rate
25,547 Total Students

In their early career, UCR grads earn an average salary of $33,700. Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 22 to 1. Students who attend this public school pay an average net price of $12,743.

64 Degrees in Major Awarded
91% Graduation Rate
44,371 Total Students

It takes the average student 4.21 years to graduate. The student loan default rate of 1.30% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments. This public school has an average net price of $14,171.

45 Degrees in Major Awarded
87% Graduation Rate
38,736 Total Students

The 1.70% student loan default rate is lower than average. The full-time teacher rate is 85%. Graduates earn an average $43,400 after graduation.

33 Degrees in Major Awarded
94% Graduation Rate
17,249 Total Students

12 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. Most students complete their degree in 4.26 years. The full-time teacher rate is 99%.

28 Degrees in Major Awarded
66% Graduation Rate
4,303 Total Students

97% of students get financical aid. This private school has an average net price of $27,220. The average student takes 4.09 years to complete their degree at CLU.

26 Degrees in Major Awarded
72% Graduation Rate
4,931 Total Students

99% of students get financical aid. 12 to 1 is the student to faculty ratio. In their early career, University of Redlands grads earn an average salary of $43,700.

24 Degrees in Major Awarded
84% Graduation Rate
8,824 Total Students

Seeking financial aid? At this school, 91% of students receive it. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $47,800 after earning their degree at this institution. This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 1.40%.

#10

Pomona College

Claremont
23 Degrees in Major Awarded
94% Graduation Rate
1,637 Total Students

It takes the average student 4.06 years to graduate. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 94% are considered full time. An average student at Pomona will pay a net price of $13,622.

Public Policy Careers in CA

Some of the careers public policy majors go into include:

Job Title CA Job Growth CA Median Salary
Health Specialties Professors 30% $142,500
Medical and Health Services Managers 25% $116,080
Political Science Professors 18% $101,410
Education Professors 11% $75,360
Social Scientists 11% $77,750
Legislators 3% $53,930

Below are some popular majors in the state that are similar to public policy.

Major Annual Graduates in CA
Social Work 5,140
Public Administration 1,884
Human Services 1,687
Other Public Administration 244
Community Organization & Advocacy 58

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