Can anyone give me a good, layman's description of the difference between a Public Policy program vs. a Public Administration program vs. a Political Science program?
The one I'm most confused about is the Public Admin one....All the descriptions are always too ensjbvfsb for me. So can anyone here lay out what exactly it is I'd be learning about doing in a Public Administration program?
I just finished my MPA a few weeks back....It was a mish mash of various Governmental concepts/programs. I took courses in government organizational changes & development, organizational behavior, finance/government fiscal responsibility and then some courses in various topics such as human resources, CIS for Public Administrators, and some Homeland Security courses.
I already work in the public sector so that is what initially led me into this program and looking back on it now, I'm glad I did it but I did leave feeling a bit underwhelmed in that I didn't necessarily feel that much more ready in any particular field due to things being really spread out in terms of learning concepts. It's a good program if you know you want to be in the public sector in some facet but maybe you're just not 100% sure where exactly that is yet.
I work in Immigration right now but I'm not sure I want to do this forever (in fact, I'm almost certain that I don't) so it was good for me in that it'll allow me to explore a bit and eventually fall into something that works for me. Hope this helps a little bit in terms of MPA knowledge, I don't know much about the other two.