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Public Policy and Administration, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Harrisonburg, VA, United States
The major in Public Policy and Administration at the James Madison University provides students with a general foundation in the nature of the public workplace and its political and legal environments. This major prepares students for professional employment and leadership in government and non-profit organizations.
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Overview

This Public Policy and Administration program at the James Madison University provides specialized training in management and management-related skills. The public policy and administration program's courses provide students with knowledge of:

  • The political culture of public work
  • The economic environment of public work
  • The legal environment of public work
  • Organization theories
  • Management theories
  • Management best practices
  • Policy processes

In addition, the public policy and administration major heightens students critical, analytical and communication skills through case studies and exercises. The dual capstone requirement of a public management seminar and an internship demands integration of knowledge from both general studies and major studies by focusing students on specific cases and workplace applications.

Careers

Many graduates choose typical career paths associated with this major. However, some graduates choose unrelated careers that utilize skills and experiences developed during their years in college. Keep in mind, that some fields will require graduate study or further training. The listing below offers examples of possible career paths and is not meant to be comprehensive.

  • Advisor
  • Airport Manager
  • Building Code Compliance Officer
  • Campaign Manager
  • Chamber of Commerce Director
  • Child Welfare Administrator
  • City Manager / City Planner
  • College Student Services Director
  • Community Affairs Director
  • Community Development Advisor
  • Community Services Director
  • Comptroller

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

     15/01/2020  National Deadline 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • U.S. Government 
  • Introduction to Public Policy 
  • Public Administration 
  • U.S. Immigration Politics and Policy 
  • Regionalism and Urban Management 
  • Education and Social Policy 
  • Social Welfare and Local Government Policy 
  • Special Topics in Public Management 
  • Emerging Issues in Public Administration
  • Environmental Regulatory Policy and Politics 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Successful completion of the equivalent of a US secondary education
  • Minimal 2.5 GPA (Grade Point Average) - equivalent to 80% or a 'B-' average
  • Diploma or certification of graduation from High School in your home country
  • Undergraduate applicants who intend to major in theater, dance, music and studio art must also submit a portfolio and/or arrange an audition.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7250 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Harrisonburg

  • 1050 - 1720 USD/month
    Living Costs

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