Public Policy and Administration by the Numbers


  • 205 schools of public policy, affairs, and administration in the U.S. are accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
  • 11 countries have NASPAA-accredited programs.
  • 4.5 percent of average enrollment at public policy schools in 2016-2017 was international.
  • 60 percent of students enrolled in NASPAA-accredited graduate programs from 2013 to 2017 were women.
  • 30 percent of enrolled students are “Persons of Diversity,” an increase of 5 percentage points since the 2013-2014 school year.
  • In keeping with national enrollment trends, the number of students in public policy and administration degree programs has slightly declined in recent years:

Fall 2014
19,693 students enrolled


In 2017-2018, public policy and administration graduates worked in the following sectors:

  • Government
    (49 percent)
  • Nonprofit
    (23 percent)
  • Private
    (17 percent)
  • Unemployed
    (5 percent)
  • Pursuing further education
    (3 percent)

Of the public policy graduates working in government in 2015-2016,

  • 14 percent
    were employed at the national level,
  • 15 percent
    at the state or regional level,
  • 20 percent
    at the local level, and
  • 2 percent
    worked for foreign governments.