Public Administration Degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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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:

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree
  • Post-Masters Certificate
  • Doctorate Degree

Students by Academic Level (2014)

 Graduates
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate29
Master's Degree41
Post-Masters Certificate0
Doctorate Degree10

Students by Gender (2014)

 Graduates
Male41
Female39

Students by Race (2014)

 Graduates
Asian3
Black12
Hispanic3
White54
Unknown3

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

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: $48.35
    • Average Annual Salary: $100,570

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: 580
    • Average Hourly Rate: $48.51
    • Average Annual Salary: $100,900

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

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: 110
    • Average Hourly Rate: $27.98
    • Average Annual Salary: $58,210

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 = Doctorate Degree (PhD,MD,...)

University of Management and Technology

Arlington, VA
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School Details

  • Type: Career College

Programs

  • Public Administration (B,M)

Patrick Henry Community College

Martinsville, VA
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School Details

  • Type: Community College

Programs

  • Public Administration (C)

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • 7 students completed this program

Programs

  • Public Administration (M)

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Public College

Programs

  • Public Administration (B)

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • 68 students completed this program

Programs

  • Public Administration (B,M)

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • 46 students completed this program

Programs

  • Public Administration (B,M,D)

Virginia State University

Petersburg, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Public College

Programs

  • Public Administration (B)

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs

  • Public Administration (B)

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
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School Details

  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • 150 students completed this program

Programs

  • Public Administration (B,M)

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, VA
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School Details

  • Type: Community College

Programs

  • Public Administration (C)

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