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Public Administration

Are you inspired to tackle challenging problems in your community? Do you think about the role that government plays in the lives of residents? If you find yourself curious about how to change policies and programs, then a degree in Public Administration may be right for you.

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UTSA’s Public Administration Program

UTSA’s Public Administration degree prepares students to take on a wide range of issues such as environmental sustainability, affordable housing, educational equity, and walkable neighborhoods. This degree will prepare you for leadership roles in public service by giving you a strong foundation on how government works, a focus on urban planning and management, and tools to analyze complex problems. Students learn from scholars as well as experienced practitioners in the policy field.

With the program based at UTSA’s Downtown Campus, the city becomes part of our classroom experience. Students walk to City Hall for class field trips and complete internships at a range of agencies near campus. The program also offers students opportunities to study and gain professional experience in Washington, DC and at the state capitol in Austin, TX.

With a Bachelor of Public Administration degree, you will be able to develop the following skills:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Data analysis
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Teamwork & collaboration
  • Policy analysis and implementation
  • Project planning
  • Budgeting and Fundraising

Careers in Public Administration

Top job titles for Public Administration graduates include:

• Administrative Manager
• Operations Manager
• Chief Executive Officer
• Policy Analyst
• Communications/Human Services Manager

Public Administration and its related career pathways are currently in lower than average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-2019 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Denver, CO, Seattle, WA and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 Public administration-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

This degree program provides students with a lot of flexibility and opportunity as they enter the workforce. Our graduates are helping their communities to address pressing challenges in housing affordability, food security, health disparities, land use and transportation. Students go on to work for government agencies, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities. Some students also use the skills in this degree to pursue careers in the private sector including legal, healthcare and financial services work.

Many students use this program to prepare for Law School, or graduate studies in Social Work, Public Policy, Demography, Public Health, and other fields.

If you want to dedicate your career to serving others, Public Administration and Policy is a great choice.

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for Public Administration Graduates

Public Administration is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of public administration-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Government
• Higher Education
• Family Services
• Justice and Public Order Activities
• National Security and International Affairs

Salaries for Public Administration Graduates

The salary range for open public administration-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $45,977
median $68,535
top 10% $115,966

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Public Administration Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Public Administration graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Public Administration may be a good fit for you if:

• You are a good planner
• You enjoy communicating ideas
• You enjoy learning
• You like solving puzzles and problems
• You are well organized


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