Advance your government or public service career with Hopkins’ innovative and flexible MA in Public Management program. Whether an online or on-campus student, what you learn in class will help you to address real-world governance and policy issues.

Degree Type:
Master of Arts
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
Online, Onsite
Washington, DC
12 courses
Time to Complete:
16 – 24 months

Program Overview

Prepare to stand out from the rest in the complex and competitive landscape of the government and public service sectors.

Rigorous academics combine with strategic management skills to prepare part-time and full-time students with the fundamentals of public management such as policy analysis, financial management, economics and fiscal policy, and public policy and administration.

Named one of the best public affairs programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, our flexible program allows you to specialize by choosing among one of three Areas of Focus:

  • Public Administration and Leadership
  • Public Policy Evaluation
  • Public Financial Management and Budgeting

Careers in Public Management

Careers in public management and policy are on the rise. For example, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that positions in homeland security will grow by 22% through 2028, while Census Bureau data shows that government finance jobs are growing faster than any other in the public sector.

Other areas to consider are public policy think tanks, foundations, advocacy organizations, nonprofits, strategic communications, and congressional affairs.

Successful, Accomplished Alumni

Our alumni have careers across all levels of the public spectrum, including such places as the White House, Department of the Treasury, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, the Office of the Governor of Delaware, the U.S. House of Representatives, the United States Army, the Office of the President of Afghanistan, and the Embassy of Ecuador.

Why Study Public Management at JHU

Capitalize on Our D.C. Location

We’re in the heart of public policy in the United States. You will learn from a faculty with decades of experience in top government offices and other agencies, and you will have excellent access to internships and job opportunities.

Study With Esteemed, Experienced Faculty

You will learn from former and current senior government officials, economists, policy analysts, project directors, attorneys, and leaders of think tanks and foundations. In fact, the program director is a veteran of two presidential administrations, in roles such as Chief of Staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Align Electives With Your Interests and Goals

Choose from dozens of classes such as, Defense Policy, Negotiating as a Leadership Skill, The Budgetary Process, Legislative Language and Policymaking, Health Care Analytics and Policy, Energy and Security, Global Political Economy.

Complementary Credentials

Customize your studies in public management by pursuing two credentials at once and you may find exactly the right educational focus to help you to advance your career. In addition, these combinations will help you to earn the credentials in less time than if pursued separately.

Grow Your Professional Network

Our Alumni Advisory Board is composed of professionals with notable accomplishments in diverse fields in the private and public sectors. This group serves as a resource for students and alumni seeking career advice and networking opportunities.

Take the Next Step

Advance your career in public management, navigate the complex environments of policy, finance, and administration, and make a meaningful impact within today’s society.

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