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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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Matching Public Administration Colleges

Name
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
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $39,344 average out-state tuition; $39,344 average in-state tuition
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

Public Administration Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Naperville Rotary Charities and The Rotary Club of Naperville Scholarship $5,000 November 01, 2016
Chad Edward Pearson Memorial Scholarship Up to $5,000 April 01, 2017
Lawrence K. Roos Scholarship Fund for Public Service Up to $2,500 April 01, 2017
John Self Rehabilitation Scholarship $1,200 February 01, 2017
Wood/Ward Pass It On MBC/BRCC Scholarship $1,000 April 15, 2017
Volunteers in Action Scholarship - College of DuPage $1,000 November 01, 2016
College of Education Graduate Scholarship - MSU $1,000 February 01, 2017
Social Work Club Scholarship $500 December 04, 2016
Wendell Wood Memorial Scholarship $500 November 01, 2016
College of Education Undergraduate Scholarship - MSU, Billings $500 February 01, 2017