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Public Policy Schools in North Carolina

In 2018-2019, 466 students earned their Public Policy degrees in NC.

As a degree choice, Public Policy is the 62nd most popular major in the state.

Education Levels of Public Policy Majors in North Carolina

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 363
Master’s Degree 90
Doctor’s Degree (Research / Scholarship) 13
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 13
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 13

Gender Distribution

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

Public Policy Majors in NC Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 10.3%
  • Black or African American: 7.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 9.2%
  • White: 59.0%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 7.7%
  • Other Races: 6.2%
Public Policy Majors in NC Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for Public Policy Grads in North Carolina

There are 23,390 people in the state and 740,490 people in the nation working in public policy jobs.

Public Policy Jobs Nationwide vs. NC

Wages for Public Policy Jobs in North Carolina

In this state, public policy grads earn an average of $90,070. Nationwide, they make an average of $99,480.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 4 colleges in North Carolina that offer public policy degrees. Learn about the most popular 4 below:


Duke University

272 Degrees in Major Awarded
95% Graduation Rate
16,606 Total Students

Of all the students who attend this school, 66% get financial aid. This private school has an average net price of $23,442. It takes the average student 4.10 years to graduate.

178 Degrees in Major Awarded
90% Graduation Rate
30,011 Total Students

The full-time teacher rate is 77%. Of all the students who attend this school, 67% get financial aid. Graduates earn an average $41,000 after graduation.

14 Degrees in Major Awarded
83% Graduation Rate
6,991 Total Students

Of all the teachers who work at the school, 76% are considered full time. This private institution charges an average net price of $35,160. Seeking financial aid? At this school, 74% of students receive it.

2 Degrees in Major Awarded
53% Graduation Rate
29,710 Total Students

Roughly six years after entering college, graduates of this school earn $35,900 a year. Seeking financial aid? At this school, 74% of students receive it. The full-time teacher rate is 71%.

Public Policy Careers in NC

Some of the careers public policy majors go into include:

Job Title NC Job Growth NC Median Salary
Political Scientists 50% $0
Health Specialties Professors 28% $105,520
Medical and Health Services Managers 19% $101,020
Political Science Professors 10% $73,920
Education Professors 10% $63,460
Social Scientists 8% $68,150

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

Major Annual Graduates in NC
Social Work 1,742
Public Administration 350
Human Services 138
Other Public Administration 76
Community Organization & Advocacy 17

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