What will I learn?

What is Public Administration:

Miami's program in public administration gives you the insight you need to work in a public agency. This major is for students interested in public service careers, including work for federal, state, or local government; city management; international organizations; nonprofit institutions; government relations in private firms; consulting firms; or post-graduate education in public administration, policy analysis, or law.

What are the features of Miami’s program:

Personal attention

Our students study with an engaging faculty, who themselves are involved in a wide range of research projects. Several members of our faculty have received awards for outstanding teaching and in recognition of their scholarly research. Many of our faculty have experience working in government and politics, and bring that experience to the classroom.

Variety of courses

Because of the department's sizable faculty, we can offer a broad range of courses that reflect the diversity of faculty interests.


The Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs is housed in the Department of Political Science and provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity for internships and research. The Center engages in applied research, training and education, data base development and information services, and technical assistance in local government management.

Study abroad

The Department of Political Science encourages students to study abroad. Students may choose to study abroad for a semester, a full academic year, or during the summer, and options are available in English and other languages.

High law school acceptance rates

Students of any major may be admitted to law school, but many come from the Department of Political Science. Miami's pre-law advisers will help you plan your program and guide you through the law school admission and testing process.

What courses would I take:

We regularly offer a range of courses that cover central issues and questions in the study of politics and government, including courses on the American political system (e.g., constitutional rights and liberties, the American presidency, Congress, parties and interests groups, and political behavior); World Politics (e.g., international relations, international law and organizations, American foreign policy); Comparative Politics (the politics and government in the major regions of the world, e.g., Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and Asia); Political Philosophy; and Public Administration.

What can I do with this major:

We prepare our students for their futures, whether in advanced studies or careers, and as citizens. Our alumni go on to study at top graduate and professional schools. Other alumni find careers in business, the Foreign Service, the armed forces, federal, state, and local government, law enforcement, lobbying, and non-profit organizations. Some of our alumni serve in Congress, at the White House, and in U.S. embassies abroad. Some of our alumni have successful careers in academic political science, including the president of a university, deans, and department chairs.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (124 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$37,379.12 per year
Instructional Fee: USD $13,790.16; Non-Resident Surcharge: USD $20,674.80; General Fee: USD $2,714.16; Career Development Fee: USD $200

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 December 2021, 1 February 2022

Start date

24 January 2022


College of Arts and Science

143 Upham Hall,



45056, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: TOEFL with a minimum score of 550; Pearson Test of English(PTE) with a overall score of 53.

For international students

Completion of formal secondary education in a pre-university curriculum

This education must culminate in the award of a diploma or the issuance of a leaving certificate or matriculation certificate generally recognized as the educational qualification necessary for admission to higher studies.

English Language Requirements:

To be considered for direct admission into an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree program at Miami University, international students whose native language is not English should have earned the following minimum scores:


Internet-based: 80

Paper-based: 550

IELTS (and IELTS Indicator) - Overall band: 6.5

Duolingo English Test - Overall score: 110

PTE Academic - Overall Score: 53

Application deadline: Feb/01 for fall; Dec/01 for spring.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Miami University

Students who are driven to achieve the highest quality education will be given every tool to succeed at Miami University.

  • Diverse selection of quality study programs available
  • Above-average graduate salaries and employment rates
  • Modern, well-maintained facilities cater to every need
  • Many internship and study-abroad opportunities