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Public Administration A degree in Public administration is primarily concerned with the governance and daily operations of institutions within the public's domain; i.e.…: those whose funding is derived from tax revenues or charitable donations, for example, a public hospital, a county-run library or a local Red Cross. Additionally, some academic institutions use the term "public affairs"; however, the two are not interchangeable, in that, public affairs connotes the implementation of public policy, while the former -- public administration -- refers more closely to how the policies are actually carried out on the ground. In other words, public affairs programs are more theory-based, while public administration programs tend to be more technical. For example, a "public affairs" program would be primarily concerned with, say, building a policy to increase housing for the homeless; the "public administration" aspect, however, would be more concerned with budget, personnel and resource allocation issues. Conversely, a business administration degree is more concerned with preparing candidates for managing either their own businesses (entrepreneurship) or that of a corporatation, where the primary revenue source is derived from the sales of goods and services and thus is considered private. In the United States, Public Administration degrees are available as a Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. The same is true of Business Administration, though Ph.D's are not very common, most candidates obtain their MBA (Masters of Business Administration) and terminate their formal business education there. The following websites have information regarding public administration: 
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