Since public administration studies are often pursued by those either looking to upgrade skills or change careers, the program is offered in a variety of ways, as traditional undergraduate or graduate degrees, but also as shorter-term or part-time certificate or diploma programs. At any level, however, graduates may choose to work in any number of realms, including health care, economic development, social programs, employment, public works, or urban development. They may become policy and program coordinators, human resource management professionals, public relations officers, government policy analysts, researchers, or managers in government departments and non-profit agencies. Many graduates of public administration programs also choose to pursue further studies in the law or management.
The Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) has links to information about public service careers: