Earning a BS in Political Science and Public Administration doesn’t limit you to positions in government or politics. In fact, the skills you can gain from this bachelor’s degree program can provide a strong foundation for careers in all sectors—public, private, and nonprofit.
What Can I Learn?
Some online BS in Political Science and Public Administration degree programs allow you to better focus your learning by offering concentrations in areas of study such as global issues and social justice, law and legal studies, managing in the public environment, public service through civic engagement, and social entrepreneurship. While each concentration offers its own focus and direction, political science and public administration degree programs typically include:
- The constitutional, legal, institutional, and political foundations of the U.S. government.
- Both the historic development of and the current context for public administration.
- The importance of ethical leadership in contemporary government and public administration.
- The principal scope of major global issues and their relevance to choices made at the national, state, and local levels.
- Key debates that have remained consistent over time, and their role in contemporary political controversies.
- How public policy is formulated and implemented.
- Ways in which political science, public administration, or social entrepreneurship can be used to solve problems and create positive social change.
Applying Your BS in Political Science and Public Administration
Even though public administrators often work for the government, their leadership skills in human resources, communication, planning, and budgeting can add a great deal of value for different types of companies and organizations. Additionally, businesses that regularly interact with federal and state agencies and community organizations need the expertise of professionals who understand how government works. Earning your public administration or political science degree online can help make you a more marketable employee in a variety of settings.
Advancing Your Public Administration Career
An online bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration can also provide the foundation needed for a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. An MPA degree offers a higher level of analytical, communication, and leadership skills that can help you coordinate and organize administrative duties, motivate employees, and build partnerships. Here are a few of the career options open to those with a Master of Public Administration degree:*
- Public sector—City housing administrator, foreign service officer, intelligence analyst, urban policy planner, budget analyst, congressional office staffer.
- Private businesses—Corporate public affairs advisor, communications director, corporate advisor for governmental relations, lobbyist, issues analyst.
- Law—Non-attorney careers in public agencies, courts, law firms, and private corporations.
- International and nonprofit organizations—Director, activist, advocate, organizer, administrator, policy analyst.
Job Market for Public Administrators
Nearly 40% (750,000) of federal employees work in administrative positions, according to a 2013 report from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Administrative workers may handle payroll, train new employees, and develop standard operating procedures. The median annual salary for federal public administrators was $85,343 in 2013.†
The job market for administrative services managers is projected to grow at an average rate of 8% by 2024. The median annual wage for administrative services managers was $83,790 in May 2014 while the lowest 10% earned less than $45,590 and the highest 10% earned more than $149,180.‡
Explore Walden University's online public administration and political science degrees and gain the skills you need to start or advance your career. Earn your degree in a convenient online format that fits your busy life.
*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
†Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Career Outlook, Working for the Federal Government, Part 1, September, 2014, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2014/article/federal-work-part-1.htm.
‡Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Administrative Services Manager, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/management/administrative-services-managers.htm#tab-5.