Change your life by serving others

Contribute to your community — earn a public administration degree.

You’re dedicated to serving your community and contributing to the greater good. Why not enhance your leadership and decision-making skills with a public administration degree? You’ll take just one 5- or 6-week course at a time, taught by instructors who have an average of 23 years of experience working in the public and nonprofit sectors. You can transfer eligible credits from classes previously taken and apply to have relevant work experience evaluated for potential credit — saving you time and money when earning your degree in public administration.

When earning your public administration degree online, you’ll learn the skills needed to grow in your profession by taking classes scheduled around your life as a working adult. You’ll collaborate with your peers in interactive, virtual classrooms that introduce you to real-life scenarios you might face working in the public sector. Whether you’re looking to help others directly or improve operations in your community, you’ll benefit from a curriculum that teaches you what it takes to lead.

Many who graduate with a degree in public administration pursue careers in policy planning, operations, finances, communications and administration. Graduates often look for higher management positions with the state, county and local government— but some also choose to work in the private, nonprofit and public service organizations for their communities.



Take advantage of our public administration offerings and start earning your degree:




Bachelor of Science in Public Administration:

Earn your public administration degree online with this program that focuses on how government, public organizations and private agencies function and learn the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to enhance your career path in those industries. Your courses will provide you with instruction in:

  • Administrative Management
  • Civic Leadership
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Business And Governmental Law
  • Risk Management
  • Ethics
  • Public Programs
  • Human Resources
  • Public Finance And Budgeting





Master of Public Administration:

This graduate-level public administration degree program will help you develop the skills necessary to effectively create and implement public policy. With a curriculum based on the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) standards, you’ll be exposed to theories and concepts that influence a variety of public service organizations, programs and processes, as well as the values and ethical principles of the public administration profession. You’ll learn about:

  • Regulations
  • Political Climates
  • Economics
  • Social And Cultural Environments



Why Phoenix?

Part of the College of Humanities & Sciences, you can be confident in the quality of these programs when you’re earning your public administration degree online. We're accredited, and our public administration programs are taught and developed by experienced professionals who worked in the field. This kind of first-hand collaboration allows you to learn from programs that go beyond theory to provide real-world insight.

One course at a time

You’ll get to take just one 5- or 6-week class at a time when earning your public administration degree.

Finish your degree faster

Transfer prior college credits or have relevant work experience evaluated for potential credit.


University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (

If you have questions about how to enroll at University of Phoenix, simply fill out the request for information form and we’ll put you in contact with an Enrollment Representative.

Keep up your dedication to the community serving the greater good by earning a public administration degree.

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.