What Can You Do With a Degree in Public Administration?

Pursuing a public administration degree is a smart choice for business professionals who want their careers to span over multiple organizations or industries. However, there are so many career opportunities out there, many students have a hard time deciding exactly what to do after graduation. 

What is public administration? Public administration is the understanding and implementation of public or governmental policy. In other words, public administration exists to turn public policies into executive action. Here are four careers found within public administration:

  1. City Manager: City managers are the administrative force behind a city. Their role includes managing the city’s budget, attending city council meetings, supervising city departments and could even include serving as the city’s public relations contact.
  1. Housing Specialist: Housing specialists help to place families or individuals – particularly those experiencing homelessness – into temporary or permanent homes. This can include everything from helping clients create a housing plan to ensure their stability to being a liaison between the client and the property manager.
  1. Nonprofit Organization Executive Director: The executive director or manager of a nonprofit oversees all day-to-day activities within the organization and supervises its fundraising and grant-giving initiatives. The executive director may also serve as the main point of contact for the public or media. 
  1. Public Administration Consultant: Instead of staying with one organization or governmental body full time, many public administration professionals provide consulting to various entities. They might spend weeks, months or even years helping to improve an organization’s administration, budgeting, planning processes and more.

Interested in learning more about CSU’s online master’s in public administration degree? Visit ColumbiaSouthern.edu/Public-Admin.