Why Study Public Administration
Public administration is the process by which laws, rules, and policies of government are managed and implemented by individuals working for public organizations. The public administration major provides you with the professional skills for careers in government and
other public sector agencies. This major also provides you with a strong foundation of knowledge if you wish to pursue a graduate degree in public administration.
Why Study Public Administration at Ship
Shippensburg University is well suited for the study of public administration. Because the campus is 40 miles from the state capital and 95 miles from Washington, D.C., students are in a position to use organizations in these areas for internship opportunities. All of our
classes are taught by accomplished faculty who hold doctorates from major universities.
You will take core courses in state and local government, public policy analysis, budgeting and financial management, personnel administration, and research methods. The public administration curriculum emphasizes developing professional and analytical skills.
Internships are strongly encouraged. Our students have worked in the offices of US senators and representatives and members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. You can also complete internships with local, state, and national government agencies. Internships with not-for-profit
organizations are also available.
Ship has an impressive government documents collection housed in the
Ezra Lehman Memorial Library. The library also is home to the 8,000-volume Pennsylvania collection.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
The public administration major is beneficial for individuals planning a professional management career with local, state, or national governmental agencies. There is also a strong demand for the managerial skills of the public administration major in not-for-profit and private
organizations. The BS in public administration program is also appropriate for preparing students to enter law or graduate school. A public administration minor enhances employment in the public sector and provides professional support to many academic majors.
The average salary for public administration jobs in PA is $51,000.