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University of Phoenix launches new bachelor’s in public administration

By Sharla Hooper

New program offers degree path preparing students for careers in government and nonprofit sectors

University of Phoenix College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has launched a new Bachelor of Science in Public Administration (BSPA) program that prepares students for government careers at the federal, state, and local levels and in nonprofit entities. The program provides students with skills related to communication, ethics, civic leadership, law and policy, research and planning, public finance and budgeting, public programs, and human resources to positively impact communities.

“Our versatile Bachelor of Science in Public Administration program equips students with an understanding of public policy and how it’s implemented across government, nonprofit, and public institutions,” states Christina Neider, Ed.D., dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “Individuals who enter this field often have a passion for the work as well as a desire to make a measurable positive impact in their communities. We are excited to welcome students to this program and support their aspirations for roles in both private and public sectors.”

The BSPA focuses on laws and policies, finance and budgeting, research and planning, human resources, and public programs. Students earning a BSPA degree gain skills in communication, ethics, civic leadership, and fiduciary practices and research methodologies for public administration.

Each BSPA course is mapped to three skills and skills outcomes the students will learn. In developing the program, the University worked with labor market researchers to align in-demand skills that ensure students have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate them in coursework.

University of Phoenix has generous transfer policies and provides a supportive transfer pathway to all students. Prior eligible credits can cover up to 75% of a student’s bachelor’s degree. Additionally, the University provides the opportunity for students to earn college credit for prior learning; this process allows individuals to demonstrate learning gained from work and life experience that may count towards a degree and includes evaluation of on-the-job training, workplace certifications, military service and other life experiences. It can help students save money and graduate faster. The University offers assessment of credit for prior learning at no cost

The BSPA degree program requires a total of 120 credit hours to completion. Learn more about the BSPA program here.

About University of Phoenix

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