Letter from the Director

What are your plans after you graduate?

The economy is not creating enough new jobs for graduates, and law schools are cutting the number of students who are admitted. If you want to be in a graduate program that will permit you to continue to study issues related to governance and politics and provide a good opportunity for a job, consider the Public Affairs Program at the University of Florida.

The Public Affairs Program will prepare you for jobs at all levels of government — federal, local, and state government. In addition, many of our graduates have jobs in nonprofit organizations and also in the private sector. Our graduates have jobs related to local government administration, law enforcement, health policy, legislative program analysis, nonprofit administration, and many more. The Public Affairs Program provides its students with many options for employment after they graduate. The Public Affairs faculty work closely with students to select the courses and internships that best prepare them for jobs in the field in which they are most interested.

Law school graduates are having a difficult time getting a job; many students who graduated from law school several years ago are still looking for positions. Students who want to attend law school can increase their chance of getting a job by enrolling in the Juris Doctor/Master of Arts Joint Degree Program. The Joint program enables students to earn both the J.D. and the M.A. in less time that would be required to earn both degrees consecutively. Full-time students who make satisfactory progress can usually earn both degrees in four years.

If you want a job in a field related to your major, consider earning a Master of Arts with a Certificate in Public Affairs at the University of Florida. This web site will provide you with more information about the UF Public Affairs Program.


David Hedge
Director, Public Affairs Program