MA in Public Management
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 8% through 20301, while Census Bureau data shows that government finance jobs are growing faster than most others in the public sector2.
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.
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.
Center for Advanced Governmental Studies
Our mission, to provide a strong foundation of knowledge upon which innovative policy programs and promising leaders can develop, informs all of The Center’s initiatives. The Center encompasses several degrees and certificate programs designed to enhance understanding of the processes of government and global security.
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.
The salary data for potential public management career options are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook:
1 “Protective Service Occupations.” Accessed online on November 19, 2021.
2 “2020 ASPEP Datasets & Tables.” The U.S. Census Bureau. Accessed online on November 19, 2021.