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Bachelor's degree

Bachelor of Science in Public Administration​ Degree

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4 years

Approximate Program Length

120

Total Credits

$398

Cost per Credit

Online

Format

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Register by: Mar 3, 2021

Gain an understanding of public policy and how it’s implemented in government, nonprofit or public institutions. Our Bachelor of Science in Public Administration degree prepares you for roles in both the public and private sectors and covers everything from civil leadership, business and governmental law to finance and budgeting. Courses are just five weeks long, so they fit into your busy life.

You'll learn how to:

  • Use organizational management and behavioral theories

  • Apply human capital theories and concepts in the administration of diverse public service organizations

  • Employ finance and accounting theories and generally accepted accounting principles

  • Explain how federal, state, and local policies affect public administration

  • Practice the values and ethical principles of administration

  • Collaborate with diverse groups of stakeholders to solve problems and address societal needs

  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses in the administration of diverse public service organizations

Courses

1

Course at a time

5

Weeks per course

10

Courses per year

Schedule

Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration.

What you'll learn

When you earn your bachelor’s in public administration online, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Public sector communications
  • Critical thinking and decision-making in the public sector
  • Principles of governmental accounting
  • Personnel management

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Bachelors in Public Administration program is to prepare students for entry into or advancement of an administrative career within federal, state, local, and non-profit public service organizations and communities. The program provides students with knowledge and skills in administrative management, public financing and budgeting, civic leadership, business and governmental law, and risk management congruent with the ethics and values of the public administration profession.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a bachelor’s in Public Administration?

A BSPA can prepare you to be a:

  • Operations manager
  • Program manager
  • Regulatory affairs manager
7 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for management occupations is projected to be faster than average between 2018 and 2028.

Tuition

Paying for school

locked-in tuition

$398

Cost per credit

Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: No matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

Earn your degree without starting from scratch

On average, students with prior eligible college credits and relevant life experience saved  $11k and 1 year on their undergratuate degree.

Up to $1 million a month in available scholarships
Apply for one of 400 scholarship opportunities this month.

Earn your degree faster 

Transfer eligible college credits or, if you have a certification such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, you can apply to have relevant experience evaluated for potential college credit.

Get credit for what you already know
Earn your degree without starting from scratch. Have previous relevant work and life experience evaluated for potential credit.

NEED SOME HELP?

Our enrollment representatives can help answer your questions, so you can make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at (844) 937-8679 or chat with us 5 days a week.

NEED SOME HELP?

Our enrollment representatives can help answer your questions, so you can make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at (844) 937-8679 or chat with us 5 days a week.

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org. Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Real-world faculty

25

Average years of industry experience

12

Directors of Programs and Grants

19:1

Student-faculty ratio

Faculty Spotlight

As a faculty member, I'm on your team. I'm your coach and your cheerleader."

Doris Savron

Vice Provost of Colleges, University of Phoenix

While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.