Advantages to These Degrees

Public Administration

The National Center for Education Statistics Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code describes Public Administration as “A program that prepares individuals to serve as managers in the executive arm of local, state, and federal government and that focuses on the systematic study of executive organization and management. Includes instruction in the roles, development, and principles of public administration; the management of public policy; executive-legislative relations; public budgetary processes and financial management; administrative law; public personnel management; professional ethics; and research methods.”

Personal Growth and Career Enhancement

Public Administration programs offer training in skills applicable to many occupations. Sponsored by the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA), the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) identifies a number of occupations associated with Public Administration such as: public relations and fundraising managers, general and operations managers, education administrators, medical and health services managers, occupational health and safety specialists, social and human service assistants, first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers, government program eligibility interviewers, human resource specialists, social and community service managers, regulatory affairs managers, and compliance managers. Whether you are interested in nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or labor relations, Public Adminsitration provides the skills needed to succeed.

There are more than 50,000 nonprofit organizations in Illinois alone. That number will only rise as governments decrease spending and scope in social services and nonprofits are created to fill the void.

Labor Relations
Government agencies are currently in great need of trained specialists who can apply human resource and labor relations to the public sector. Many public agencies have their own personnel and labor relations offices with a need for employees trained in negotiations, grievance handling, personnel administration and contract administration. Unions desire people willing to provide organizing, leadership, and dispute resolution.

A Force in the Workplace
Our graduates hold executive, fiscal and administrative upper and middle management positions in local, state and federal agencies. They are also state-level legislators, police and fire chiefs, and directors of nonprofit organizations. Some students go on to earn advanced degrees – doctorates in public administration or public health, law degrees and more.