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Public Administration Degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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  • FAFSA School Code: 003754
  • Phone: (540) 231-6000

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Public Administration Degree

The public administration program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University prepares students for careers as a budget analyst, city manager, county clerk, legislative support, lobbyist, non-profit manager, policy analyst, and more. The program focuses on serving as management in the executive arm of local, state, and federal government. Program courses include: roles of public administration, the management of public policy, executive-legislative relations, public budgetary processes and financial management, administrative law, professional ethics, and research methods. Get more details below including other Virginia colleges that offer public administration degrees.

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Students Enrolled in the Public Administration Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. Virginia Tech has offered the following academic levels for students:

  • Master's Degree
  • Post-Masters Certificate
  • Doctorate Degree
  • Students by Academic Level (2010-2011)

     Graduates
    Master's Degree19
    Post-Masters Certificate1
    Doctorate Degree8

    Students by Gender (2010-2011)

     Graduates
    Male14
    Female14

    Students by Race (2010-2011)

     Graduates
    Black2
    Hispanic1
    White22

Career Options for Graduates

Students who have completed the Public Administration program at Virginia Tech, have entered into some of these more popular career paths listed below:

Chief Executives

  • Description:

    Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, chief executives employment is expected to grow at a rate of 4.2% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
      • Total Employment: 70
      • Average Hourly Rate: $50.37
      • Average Annual Salary: $104,760

General and Operations Managers

  • Description:

    Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, general and operations managers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 4.6% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
      • Total Employment: 560
      • Average Hourly Rate: $43.86
      • Average Annual Salary: $91,230

Legislators

  • Description:

    Develop, introduce or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, legislators employment is expected to grow at a rate of 0.3% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
      • Total Employment: 40
      • Average Annual Salary: $19,270

Administrative Services Managers

  • Description:

    Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, facilities planning and maintenance, custodial operations, and other office support services.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, administrative services managers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 14.5% from 2010 to 2020

  • Salary & Wages
    • Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
      • Total Employment: 80
      • Average Hourly Rate: $28.02
      • Average Annual Salary: $58,290

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Other schools offering Public Administration Programs in Virginia

Public Administration programs are available at the colleges and universities listed below.

C = Certificate or Award | A = Associate Degree | B = Bachelor's Degree | M = Master's Degree | D = Doctor Degree (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

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Patrick Henry Community College

Martinsville, VA
Type: Community College

7 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Public Administration (C)
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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
Type: 4-Year Public College

61 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Public Administration (B,M)
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Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA
Type: 4-Year Public College

58 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Public Administration (B,M,D)
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Virginia State University

Petersburg, VA
Type: 4-Year Public College

6 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Public Administration (B)
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Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA
Type: 4-Year Private College

10 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Public Administration (B)
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George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
Type: 4-Year Public College

120 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Public Administration (B,M)
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Thomas Nelson Community College

Hampton, VA
Type: Community College

22 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Public Administration (C,A)
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Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA
Type: 4-Year Public College

56 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Public Administration (M,D)
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Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • Public Administration (B,M)