Updated on Friday 1 March 2013
There are many reasons for an international student to study public administration, yet the biggest one may be the ability to make a difference in your own community. The decisions a public administrator makes help transforms his or her own town (or perhaps, even country) into a better and more pleasant place to live. The issues dealt with are sometimes challenging and complex, taking many years to solve. However, if they are successful, a sense of personal pride can be maintained as a difference is truly being made.
Another reason to study public administration is to prepare international students for a career in government or non-profit work. Public administration jobs may be in demand in the future because budgetary funds are low. When there is this competition for money, every dollar that is earned is expected to be put to good use and only a select group of people will have to skills to manage it. A public administration degree will provide international students with strong communication skills, critical thinking, deductive reasoning, analytical, and fundraising capabilities that are necessary to this position.
In conclusion, a public administrator manages public agencies, set budgets, and creates government policies. International students who seek a public administration degree may find a rewarding career where they make a difference in the community and become an active part of government.