Master of Arts in Public Management

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Spark Positive Societal Change Through Public Management

Advance in a government or public service career with the Master of Arts in Public Management degree from the Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs division, offered online or at the Washington, D.C. campus. Develop specialized expertise that aligns with your professional interests with one of the three areas of focus: Public Administration and Leadership, Public Policy Evaluation, or Public Financial Management and Budgeting. Pursue this degree to:

  • Learn from faculty who are based in Washington, D.C., and have rich experience in top government offices and agencies.
  • Develop the necessary skills to analyze policy, manage financials, and lead at the local, state, or federal levels.
  • Position yourself to excel in your career through rigorous academics combined with strategic management skills.

Alumni from the Master of Arts in Public Management program have worked at the White House, Department of the Treasury, the U.S. House of Representatives, and additional high-profile organizations.

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Professional Opportunities

This degree could lead to a position at a variety of federal entities, including the Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, and FEMA. Students may also advance with rewarding careers in advocacy, nonprofit management, strategic communications, and congressional affairs. One career option, government affairs director, has an average salary of $98,739.1

Target Your Professional and Personal Interests

This program’s leadership and faculty are located in D.C., which means you’ll learn from current and former government officials and economists with first-hand knowledge of policymaking on Capitol Hill. Additionally, you can select from three areas of focus that can lead to advancement in your ideal career.

Gain the skills to become an effective leader or administrator in many settings. Learn to manage public and private entities, assess missions and visions, determine an organization’s capabilities, achieve goals for the general public, and more.

Build a foundation of knowledge and practices relevant to the public policymaking process. Learn to analyze public policies, develop new policies, effectively implement approved policies, and speak to current debates regarding various public policies.

Focus on the fundamental financial aspects of public sector organizations and institutions, including budgeting, accounting, financial reporting, and assessment of financial conditions.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

Pursue an optional certificate to enhance your education and accelerate your career.

Earn this graduate certificate online to acquire foundational skills in statistical analysis. You will also develop expertise in specialty areas that include advanced statistics, geospatial analysis, political behavior, public policy analysis, and public management.

Requirements: 5 courses

Duration: 9-12 months

Course Delivery: Online

A bachelor’s degree is required for this certificate.

This online program provides a deep understanding of the ways that the United States practices intelligence. Explore challenges that limit intelligence organizations in the U.S., such as practical, legal, ethical, and theoretical factors, along with important debates around this issue. By pursuing this certificate, you will take part in an education that is shaped by scholars and practitioners with many years of experience in the field.

Requirements: 5 courses

Duration: 9-12 months

Course Delivery: Online

A bachelor’s degree is required for this certificate.

Specialize in the interdependence of the governmen

Enhance your analytical skills and gain a global perspective to grow as a leader in the nonprofit space in as little as nine to 12 months. You may earn this certificate on its own or in addition to other AAP graduate degrees, such as the master’s degrees in museum studies, cultural heritage, public management, or communication.

Requirements: 6 courses

Duration: 9-12 months

Course Delivery: Online

A bachelor’s degree is required for this certificate.

Not quite what you are looking for? Explore our other government programs.

State-Specific Information for Online Programs

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  1. “Government Affairs Director Salary.” Payscale. Retrieved 12 November 2021.