To date, we’ve asked 114 current and past public administration and social services students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it above average.

Choosing a degree to pursue is not a quick and easy task.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a public administration and social services degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a public administration and social services degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are public administration and social services students compared to other degrees?

Overall, public administration and social services students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.4 out of 5. This is standard compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, public administration and social services students rate their happiness similarly to students in Computer Science and Related Studies, Computer Science and Project Management.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to public administration and social services

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Mathematics and Statistics$82,132
Visual Communication$54,616
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics$61,782
Project Management$71,031
Public Administration and Social Services$60,690
Computer Science and Related Studies$94,623
Computer Science$94,623
Ecology and Related Studies$55,837
Biological and Biomedical Sciences$64,845
Early Childhood Education$39,871

Let's break that down further.

Are public administration and social services students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.8 out of 5 stars
134 ratings
5 stars
35%
4 stars
31%
3 stars
22%
2 stars
4%
1 stars
7%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.6 out of 5 stars
129 ratings
5 stars
29%
4 stars
31%
3 stars
19%
2 stars
12%
1 stars
9%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in public administration and social services experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did public administration and social services graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what public administration and social services grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.3 out of 5 stars
126 ratings
5 stars
19%
4 stars
22%
3 stars
37%
2 stars
10%
1 stars
11%

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were public administration and social services students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
114 ratings
5 stars
24%
4 stars
24%
3 stars
29%
2 stars
14%
1 stars
10%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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