Top Business Schools for Public Sector Management / Government 2023

For some students, an MBA in Government or Public Sector Management can be a very rewarding choice. After all, governments and other public sector organizations function differently from commercial businesses, and as such, managers can require a more specialized understanding when running them.

MBA students that are interested in government or public sector work can look into programs that offer specialized curriculum or internships in public agencies. Very few business schools offer specialized MBAs in Public Sector Management or Government, but tor a more nuanced understanding of how these organizations work, students can pair their MBA with a Master of Public Administration or a Master of Public Policy, in a dual-degree program.

Depending on their goals, other students might find that one of the best MBA programs in nonprofit management is a good fit. 

See below for the 10 best MBA programs for public sector management / government. 

New Haven, Connecticut 42 Followers 62 Discussions

Although many of the school’s MBA grads go into the consulting and financial services sectors, a small but steady contingent also goes into the government sector each year. Recent recruiters have included the FBI, the National Parks Service, and the New York State Governor’s Office.

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Singapore, Singapore 82 Followers 170 Discussions

Asia-bound MBA students interested in government should consider NUS, which offers the opportunity for students to pair their MBA with a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree from NUS’ Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

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Boston, Massachusetts 163 Followers 109 Discussions

With electives like “Government, Society, and Sustainable Development," the school’s Public and Nonprofit MBA is a great option for public sector-bound students. And the “Public and Nonprofit Management Club” is a great networking resource.

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Toronto, Canada 88 Followers 112 Discussions
York - Schulich

The school’s MBA concentration in the Public Sector is designed for both those who want to go into government roles and those who will work in highly-regulated industries like mining and financial services. Recent grads have been recruited by public agencies like Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and the government of Ontario.

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Oxford, United Kingdom 70 Followers 278 Discussions
Oxford - Said

Oxford’s 1+1 MBA program offers students the chance to pair their MBA with a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree. A small but steady stream of Oxford MBA grads go into government roles, all over the world.

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Washington, District of Columbia 27 Followers 57 Discussions
Georgetown - McDonough

Although the school does not offer a concentration in government, it does offer a dual-degree MBA/MPP as well as a joint Master of Science in Foreign Service. In recent years, the FBI has been a top recruiter of MBAs at the school. In 2016, Georgetown announced that it would begin offering an MA in International Business and Policy.

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Washington, District of Columbia 37 Followers 64 Discussions

The school's MBA concentration in “Government Contracts” and its Washington, DC location mean that many students go into government roles, in organizations like the US Environmental Protection agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs. In recent years, upwards of 12 percent of the MBA grads went into government roles.

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Baltimore, Maryland 13 Followers 24 Discussions
Johns Hopkins - Carey

The recently-launched MBA/MA in Government dual-degree prepares students to enter the public sector, and its Baltimore location—not far from Washington, DC—makes networking with government agencies easier.

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Edmonton, Canada 50 Followers 53 Discussions

In recent years, upwards of 15 percent have gone into government roles. Students can pursue the school's specialization in “Public Policy & Management.” The school, through its executive education department, has a long-standing partnership with the Government of Alberta.

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Williamsburg, Virginia 8 Followers 31 Discussions

In recent years, Mason grads have been snapped up by a range of government agencies and departments, including the National Park Service, the US Department of State, and the Environmental Protection Agency. In past years, over 12 percent Mason’s MBA grads went into the government or nonprofit sectors.

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