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Public Administration

Public administration houses the implementation of government policy and an academic discipline that studies this implementation and that prepares civil servants for this work. As a "field of inquiry with a diverse scope" its "fundamental goal... is to advance management and policies so that government can function." Some of the various definitions which have been offered for the term are: "the management of public programs"; the "translation of politics into the reality that citizens see every day"; and "the study of government decision making, the analysis of the policies themselves, the various inputs that have produced them, and the inputs necessary to produce alternative policies."

Public administration is "centrally concerned with the organization of government policies and programmes as well as the behavior of officials (usually non-elected) formally responsible for their conduct" Many unelected public servants can be considered to be public administrators, including heads of city, county, regional, state and federal departments such as municipal budget directors, HRadministrators, city managers, Census managers, state [mental health]directors, and cabinet secretaries. Public administrators are public servants working in public departments and agencies, at all levels of government.

In the US, civil servants and academics such as Woodrow Wilson promoted American civil service reform in the 1880s, moving public administration into academia. However, "until the mid-20th century and the dissemination of the German sociologist Max Weber's theory of bureaucracy" there was not "much interest in a theory of public administration." The field is multidisciplinary in character; one of the various proposals for public administration's sub-fields sets out five pillars, including human resources, organizational theory, policy analysis and statistics, budgeting, and ethics.

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Indiana University-Bloomington
Four or more years; Public; $28,449 average out-state tuition; $8,433 average in-state tuition
Harvard University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $36,305 average out-state tuition; $36,305 average in-state tuition
Columbia University in the City of New York
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $43,088 average out-state tuition; $43,088 average in-state tuition
California State University-Northridge
Four or more years; Public; $16,632 average out-state tuition; $5,472 average in-state tuition
New York University
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CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
Four or more years; Public; $11,040 average out-state tuition; $5,130 average in-state tuition
Walden University
Four or more years; Private for profit; $10,400 average out-state tuition; $10,400 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Public Administration Majors

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APIASF/Frances Sonn Nam Memorial Scholarship

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

$4,000 January 10, 2019 See Details

APIASF/Frances Sonn Nam Memorial Scholarship

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

award

$4,000

deadline

January 10, 2019
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Sheila Tarr-Smith Memorial Scholarship

Clark County Public Education Foundation

$2,500 January 31, 2019 See Details

Sheila Tarr-Smith Memorial Scholarship

Clark County Public Education Foundation

award

$2,500

deadline

January 31, 2019
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John Self Rehabilitation Scholarship

Montana State University-Billings

$1,200 February 01, 2019 See Details

John Self Rehabilitation Scholarship

Montana State University-Billings

award

$1,200

deadline

February 01, 2019
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College of Education Graduate Scholarship - MSU

Montana State University-Billings

$1,000 February 01, 2019 See Details

College of Education Graduate Scholarship - MSU

Montana State University-Billings

award

$1,000

deadline

February 01, 2019
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College of Education Undergraduate Scholarship - MSU, Billings

Montana State University-Billings

$500 February 01, 2019 See Details

College of Education Undergraduate Scholarship - MSU, Billings

Montana State University-Billings

award

$500

deadline

February 01, 2019
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Lorena Roseberry and Dumas L. Smith Scholarship

William Carey University

Varies April 01, 2019 See Details

Lorena Roseberry and Dumas L. Smith Scholarship

William Carey University

award

Varies

deadline

April 01, 2019
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Max and Gene Alice Sherman Public Affairs Scholarship

West Texas A&M University

Varies February 01, 2019 See Details

Max and Gene Alice Sherman Public Affairs Scholarship

West Texas A&M University

award

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deadline

February 01, 2019
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Jerry Sturm Memorial Scholarship

Wright State University

Varies January 08, 2019 See Details

Jerry Sturm Memorial Scholarship

Wright State University

award

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deadline

January 08, 2019
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