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Public Policy Schools in District of Columbia

316 Public Policy students earned their degrees in the state in 2018-2019.

A Public Policy major is the 23rd most popular major in this state.

Education Levels of Public Policy Majors in District of Columbia

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 300
Doctor’s Degree (Research / Scholarship) 15
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 15
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 15
Post-Master’s Certificate 1
Postbaccalaureate Certificate 1

Gender Distribution

In District of Columbia, a public policy major is more popular with women than with men.

Public Policy Majors in DC Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 7.0%
  • Black or African American: 9.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 5.4%
  • White: 48.1%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 25.0%
  • Other Races: 4.7%
Public Policy Majors in DC Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for Public Policy Grads in District of Columbia

In this state, there are 11,480 people employed in jobs related to a public policy degree, compared to 740,490 nationwide.

Public Policy Jobs Nationwide vs. DC

Wages for Public Policy Jobs in District of Columbia

A typical salary for a public policy grad in the state is $120,610, compared to a typical salary of $99,480 nationwide.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 4 colleges in District of Columbia that offer public policy degrees. Learn about the most popular 4 below:


Georgetown University

174 Degrees in Major Awarded
94% Graduation Rate
19,204 Total Students

Seeking financial aid? At this school, 53% of students receive it. 48% of the teachers are full time. The student loan default rate is 1.20% which is lower than average.

90 Degrees in Major Awarded
83% Graduation Rate
28,172 Total Students

The student loan default rate of 1.90% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments. The average student takes 4.11 years to complete their degree at GWU. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 51% are considered full time.


American University

52 Degrees in Major Awarded
81% Graduation Rate
14,311 Total Students

56% of the teachers are full time. Roughly six years after entering college, graduates of this school earn $45,600 a year. 76% of students get financical aid.


Howard University

0 Degrees in Major Awarded
60% Graduation Rate
9,139 Total Students

Most students complete their degree in 4.43 years. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 78% are considered full time. Roughly six years after entering college, graduates of this school earn $35,800 a year.

Public Policy Careers in DC

Some of the careers public policy majors go into include:

Job Title DC Job Growth DC Median Salary
Health Specialties Professors 28% $0
Medical and Health Services Managers 16% $127,960
Education Professors 11% $0
Political Science Professors 11% $103,850
Political Scientists 4% $123,130
Social Scientists 1% $100,190

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

Major Annual Graduates in DC
Social Work 350
Public Administration 309
Human Services 17
Other Public Administration 1

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