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Public Policy Schools in Pennsylvania

In 2018-2019, 304 students earned their Public Policy degrees in PA.

In terms of popularity, Public Policy is the 120th most popular major in the state out of a total 328 majors commonly available.

Education Levels of Public Policy Majors in Pennsylvania

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 200
Bachelor’s Degree 88
Postbaccalaureate Certificate 11
Post-Master’s Certificate 11
Doctor’s Degree (Research / Scholarship) 5
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 5
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 5

Gender Distribution

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

Public Policy Majors in PA Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 5.6%
  • Black or African American: 6.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 7.6%
  • White: 46.4%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 25.7%
  • Other Races: 8.6%
Public Policy Majors in PA Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for Public Policy Grads in Pennsylvania

In this state, there are 34,570 people employed in jobs related to a public policy degree, compared to 740,490 nationwide.

Public Policy Jobs Nationwide vs. PA

Wages for Public Policy Jobs in Pennsylvania

In this state, public policy grads earn an average of $95,160. Nationwide, they make an average of $99,480.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 22 colleges in Pennsylvania that offer public policy degrees. Learn about the most popular 10 below:

146 Degrees in Major Awarded
88% Graduation Rate
14,029 Total Students

The student to faculty ratio is 10 to 1. In their early career, Carnegie Mellon grads earn an average salary of $69,800. The student loan default rate of 0.10% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments.

29 Degrees in Major Awarded
82% Graduation Rate
28,673 Total Students

The student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 76% are considered full time. Graduates earn an average $39,500 after graduation.

#3

Temple University

Philadelphia
26 Degrees in Major Awarded
71% Graduation Rate
39,740 Total Students

90% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. This public school has an average net price of $23,536. The 5.10% student loan default rate is lower than average.

23 Degrees in Major Awarded
95% Graduation Rate
25,860 Total Students

Of all the teachers who work at the school, 74% are considered full time. 58% of students get financical aid. An average student at UPenn will pay a net price of $25,033.

#4

Dickinson College

Carlisle
23 Degrees in Major Awarded
85% Graduation Rate
2,399 Total Students

The 1.90% student loan default rate is lower than average. Of all the students who attend this school, 77% get financial aid. Of all the teachers who work at the school, 82% are considered full time.

#6

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg
11 Degrees in Major Awarded
83% Graduation Rate
2,441 Total Students

This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 1.20%. This private institution charges an average net price of $27,803. Most students complete their degree in 4.04 years.

#7

Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove
10 Degrees in Major Awarded
71% Graduation Rate
2,396 Total Students

This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 4.10%. It takes the average student 4.07 years to graduate. The student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1.

#8

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh
7 Degrees in Major Awarded
72% Graduation Rate
9,274 Total Students

The student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1. Roughly six years after entering college, graduates of this school earn $48,700 a year. 51% of the teachers are full time.

6 Degrees in Major Awarded
57% Graduation Rate
2,428 Total Students

The student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1. Students who attend this private institution pay an average net price of $28,393. The student loan default rate is 8.00% which is lower than average.

5 Degrees in Major Awarded
52% Graduation Rate
7,310 Total Students

The student loan default rate of 7.40% is a good sign that graduates can afford their loan payments. Most students complete their degree in 4.36 years. The student to faculty ratio is 20 to 1.

Public Policy Careers in PA

Some of the careers public policy majors go into include:

Job Title PA Job Growth PA Median Salary
Health Specialties Professors 23% $79,920
Medical and Health Services Managers 21% $87,790
Education Professors 8% $63,530
Political Science Professors 8% $90,030
Legislators 4% $0
Social Scientists 3% $79,460
Political Scientists 0% $89,170

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

Major Annual Graduates in PA
Social Work 2,669
Public Administration 669
Human Services 585
Community Organization & Advocacy 48
Other Public Administration 19

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