What are Public Affairs Graduate Programs?
Public Affairs graduate programs prepare students to serve society as well, but through public service, civic engagement, politics, communications, and non-profit areas. These programs offer leadership and decision-making skills to equip graduates to operate in the public interest, as well as address social needs and concerns. If you are looking for a graduate degree in a Public Affairs field, you might review:
- Conflict & Peace Studies
- Emergency Management
- Environmental Management/policy
- Human Services
- International Relations
- Non-profit Administration
- Political Science/military
- Public Administration and Policy (Government, labor relations. Public administration, public policy)
- Public Health (Bioethics, epidemiology, health education & communication, international health, occupational health and safety)
- Urban Affairs & Planning (urban studies)
DID YOU KNOW?
Coursework in statistics, program management and policy analysis is considered helpful if you aspire to work in social and community services management[i]
Choosing a Public Affairs and Social Sciences Graduate Program Format
Whether you hope to attend traditional classes on campus or prefer to find online degree programs available in public affairs and social sciences, GradSchools.com has some useful search tools.If you have narrowed down your subject, chosen your degree level, you can then click through on the program format that aligns with your lifestyle. Certainly, not all Public Affairs and Social Sciences Graduate programs are going to be available in both formats. Human centered programs typically require on-campus visits, so distance-learning may not be offered. However, online learning is becoming more and more mainstream, and many graduate schools actually offer both formats.
Click through either online, campus or hybrid. Hybrid is sometimes referred to as partially online as there are some onsite requirements but most of the courses are offered remotely. A great way to find graduate schools with the type of social science or public affairs graduate degree you seek is by location. Use the city, state or country tabs for a full selection of colleges and universities in your preferred area.
Both Program and Institutional accreditation are important, and should play a role in selecting a graduate program in social sciences or public affairs. There are different agencies committed to this process. You can check the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)[iii]. In the case of Public Affairs Graduate Programs, you can also check with NASPPA[iv]
Sources: [i] bls.gov/ooh/management/social-and-community-service-managers.htm | [ii] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_science | [iii] chea.org/public_info/index.asp| [iv] accreditation.naspaa.org