Why earn your Bachelor of Public Administration at Washburn?

Are you passionate about advancing the public good, sustainability, and equity? Earning your Bachelor of Public Administration at Washburn will prepare you to become an exceptionally versatile leader in public service. You will gain the skills to solve your community’s biggest challenges using a foundation of critical thinking across political, social, economic, legal and analytical spectrums.

In addition, if you are looking to specialize in the non-profit sector, you can enhance your expertise with our Certificate of Nonprofit Management, jointly offered by the Political Science Department and the Family and Human Services Department. This specialized program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in nonprofit management.

Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $126,930 depending on field and degreeon campus

What is Public Administration?

Public administration can be referred to as "government in action" or "the business of government". Public and non-profit administrators lead implementation of legislation and public policy for the betterment of their respective communities. They also help shape those laws and policies as city/state/federal administrators, non-profit leaders, school administrators, urban and regional planners, grant writers, human resource professionals, etc.

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What sets Public Administration at Washburn apart?

Because of Washburn's location in Topeka as the capital of Kansas, the relationships with State, Local, and Non-Profits agencies, and a network of professional alumni in the area, you will have unique access to public administration internship, work placement and mentoring opportunities unlike anywhere else in Kansas.

With a revamped curriculum and a faculty emphasis on seasoned practitioners applying real-world experiences, you will learn today's best practices and skills for a dynamic public service career including many study abroad choices and exposure to inter-disciplinary fields outside the Political Science Department.

Set for Success

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook

Common internship sites

City government

Non-profit agencies

Kansas Governor’s Office

Student/faculty ratio


Our graduates are respected for

Critical thinking

Professionalism and ethics

Written and oral communication and research skills

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science
Henderson Learning Resource Center, Room 215
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1737

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