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Public Policy Schools in Virginia

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

In this state, Public Policy is the 68th most popular major out of a total 292 majors commonly available.

Education Levels of Public Policy Majors in Virginia

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 294
Bachelor’s Degree 172
Postbaccalaureate Certificate 18
Post-Master’s Certificate 18
Doctor’s Degree (Research / Scholarship) 11
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 11
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 11

Gender Distribution

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

Public Policy Majors in VA Gender Diversity Statistics

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 3.8%
  • Black or African American: 9.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 6.3%
  • White: 60.0%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 6.5%
  • Other Races: 13.5%
Public Policy Majors in VA Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Jobs for Public Policy Grads in Virginia

There are 18,370 people in the state and 740,490 people in the nation working in public policy jobs.

Public Policy Jobs Nationwide vs. VA

Wages for Public Policy Jobs in Virginia

Public Policy grads earn an average of $110,090 in the state and $99,480 nationwide.

jobs nationwide vs. state.

There are 6 colleges in Virginia that offer public policy degrees. Learn about the most popular 6 below:

161 Degrees in Major Awarded
93% Graduation Rate
24,639 Total Students

This public college charges it's students an average net price of $20,281. 59% of students are awarded financial aid at this school. Most students complete their degree in 4.08 years.


Liberty University

140 Degrees in Major Awarded
49% Graduation Rate
79,152 Total Students

Graduates earn an average $32,100 after graduation. An average student at Liberty University will pay a net price of $27,883. 97% of students get financical aid.

89 Degrees in Major Awarded
69% Graduation Rate
37,316 Total Students

The 2.10% student loan default rate is lower than average. 52% of the teachers are full time. Grads earn an average early-career salary of $44,900 after earning their degree at this institution.

61 Degrees in Major Awarded
90% Graduation Rate
8,817 Total Students

Grads earn an average early-career salary of $43,900 after earning their degree at this institution. This school boasts a lower than average student loan default rate of 1.40%. The average student takes 4.08 years to complete their degree at William & Mary.


Regent University

Virginia Beach
28 Degrees in Major Awarded
47% Graduation Rate
9,889 Total Students

Graduates earn an average $31,400 after graduation. Students who attend this private institution pay an average net price of $18,403. It takes the average student 4.91 years to graduate.


Virginia Tech

16 Degrees in Major Awarded
83% Graduation Rate
34,683 Total Students

Students enjoy a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The full-time teacher rate is 98%. Of all the students who attend this school, 67% get financial aid.

Public Policy Careers in VA

Some of the careers public policy majors go into include:

Job Title VA Job Growth VA Median Salary
Health Specialties Professors 31% $0
Medical and Health Services Managers 24% $104,010
Social Scientists 16% $109,900
Political Science Professors 14% $0
Legislators 10% $18,950
Political Scientists 3% $141,340

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

Major Annual Graduates in VA
Social Work 977
Public Administration 472
Human Services 84
Community Organization & Advocacy 11
Other Public Administration 10

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