Public Administration

Public Administration

The public administration major provides an attractive and competitive blend of education and skill development. Students study management, policies and decision-making involved in the function of government and organizations in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Issues such as cost-effectiveness in government and questions such as how government carries out the demands of citizens are key areas of study. Students also explore how to make governmental and nonprofit entities work better. 


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Public Administration

The department's internship program provides opportunities for students to gain experience as well as practical knowledge about public administration. Students meet with the department's internship coordinator to discuss internship possibilities which can include local, state, or federal levels of the government or in the nonprofit sector.

Public Administration
Go Beyond the Classroom

Students can engage in learning outside the classroom through study abroad opportunities, internships, service learning projects, or individualized research with faculty. These opportunities allow students to employ the knowledge and research skills they have gained in their coursework.

Public Administration
Student Organizations

Many public administration students are active in Northern Iowa Student Government, the Political Science Society, and the Pre-Law Club. There are also many student organizations on campus related to politics and campaigns in which some students may be interested.


96% of last year's graduates are either continuing their education or employed


Policy Analyst

Nonprofit Manager

City Manager

Government Relations Specialist

Human Resource Manager


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Scott Peters
Head, Department of Political Science

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