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What kinds of careers do students typically pursue with a degree in international affairs, public policy, or public administration?

There are opportunities across the public, private, and non-profit sectors. In fact, more than 42% of APSIA graduates go into the private sector (including contractors). See the APSIA Career Guide for an overview of different areas, suggested organizations, and tips for each area.

What funding options are available to pay for graduate school?

Students can find a range of options to pay for their graduate education: funding from the schools themselves, from the university, external organizations, and bank loans. Before students borrow from banks or similar institutions, encourage them to research funding from these other sources. Suggest that they consider funding that might be available in relation to their gender, race/ethnicity, citizenship, nationality, geographic origin, and other factors.

Should students take time off between undergrad and graduate school?

We suggest students take 1-2 years between undergraduate and graduate school if they can. This time can help with their discernment about what careers they want to pursue and what they want to master during a graduate program. It can help with their competitiveness for graduate school as well.

What are the primary differences between public policy, public administration, and international affairs degrees?

See this handy comparison chart for the basics or listen to this presentation by Christine Omolino, Director, Admission and Financial Aid at the Syracuse Univeresity Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (approx. 30 minutes).

What are the primary differences between these degrees and other professional degrees, such as in law or business?

See this handy comparison chart for the basics.