Government & Public Policy

If you want to work with governments and leaders and help craft policies that will shape the future of the world and its peoples, a degree in Government and Public Policy may be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Government and Public Policy students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). Graduate level degrees typically lead to positions in academia, management, or analysis but bachelor's degrees are usually adequate for entry-level positions in the industry.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in English, communications, and social sciences coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Government and Public Policy Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Government and Public Policy include:

  • Public Affair Officer
  • Political Analyst
  • Government Official
  • Political Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Political Scientist was $122,220 in 2019 (1) while News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists earned a mean salary of $62,400 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

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