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Old 03-22-2013, 07:31 AM
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Looking at Georgetown's Policy Management, LBJ's Public Affairs and GWU's Public Administration programs. Are there any substantitive differences between these long-term from a career/employment perspective given similar coursework, or is this a matter of terminology?
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:06 AM
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Public Policy is more theoretical and you work with policy think tanks, legislative agencies, and people directly in policy.
Public Adminstration is the most practical of course. I mean you can work in any facet of the public sector. It is like the MBA of the public world.
Never heard of Policy Managment but Georgetown is king in DC.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:21 PM
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Public Administration is like the MBA of non-profits and government orgs. It basically teaches you how to be the boss in the public sector.

Public Policy is more theoretical, and incorporates more law. In some ways it is similar to HR type degrees because you graduate prepared to read and understand complicated policy and well as write complicated policy. There is also a lot of sociology and the accompanying theories of government involved.

From what I know of policy management it is closer to public administration, but with a focus on, say, managing a Think Tank.

ETA: Or what barcelonafan said. LOL
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