A UMassD bachelor's degree in Public Administration will train students to work in the public sector at the local, state or federal level. We aim prepare graduates who possess the analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills necessary for employment in the public sector.

As student in the Public Administration program, you will learn to:

  • understand concepts, theories and empirical findings in public administration
  • design research and perform data analysis and interpretation
  • understand and synthesize professional and popular writing on public affairs
  • formulate and analyze arguments including their structure and force
  • assess the relevance and weight of evidence
  • write clearly and persuasively
  • organize their ideas in a focused paper or presentation

You can choose to earn a BA or a BS in Public Administration. A BA in Public Administration focuses on communication and language skills as it relates to interacting in human and social services. A BS in Public Administration will require more intensive quantitative analytical skills and prepare you for budgetary and financial management.

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Shannon Jenkins

Professor / Chairperson
Political Science
Liberal Arts 318


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