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Bachelor of Science in Public Administration鈥 Degree

Start your online public administration degree

Gain an understanding of public policy and how it鈥檚 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.

Transfer credits

Save time and money on your bachelor's degree with eligible transfer credits.

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Your work, life, and school experiences may give you a head start on your degree.

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Courses

Browse courses for your online public administration degree

Education should hold practical value. That鈥檚 why our courses meet rigorous academic standards and provide you with skills and knowledge immediately applicable to your career.

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Requirements: 120 credits

You鈥檒l need 120 credits to complete this Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. Your course schedule may vary based on transferable credits or credits earned through the University鈥檚 Prior Learning Assessment.

14 Core Courses

Here鈥檚 where you鈥檒l pick up your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in a public administration environment.

14 Core Courses

12 Gen Ed Courses

These courses lay the foundation for all our degree programs. Because communication, math and writing skills aren鈥檛 just universally applicable in this field 鈥 they鈥檙e useful in daily life.

12 Gen Ed Courses

14 Elective Courses

Elective courses allow you to learn about topics you鈥檙e interested in. That means you鈥檒l have a degree that鈥檚 unique to you and your education goals.

14 Elective Courses

Schedule

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

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Earn career-relevant skills in weeks 鈥 not years.

Learning shouldn鈥檛 take years to put into practice. That鈥檚 why we鈥檙e empowering you to build career-relevant skills with every five- to six-week course.

We鈥檝e worked with the labor market researcher Lightcast to identify in-demand skills for occupations and mapped those to our related associate, bachelor鈥檚 and master鈥檚 degree programs.

Tuition

Transfer credits

Get credit for what you already know.聽Earn your degree without starting from scratch. Have previous relevant work and life experience evaluated for potential credit. If you have military or law enforcement training, such as Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy training, you can apply to have that experience evaluated for up to 30 credits.

Save time and money when you transfer in eligible credits toward your degree.

Affordable, fixed tuition

Lock in the peace of mind that comes with fixed, affordable tuition. You鈥檒l enjoy one flat rate from the moment you enroll until the day you graduate from your program. That鈥檚 your Tuition Guarantee.

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七色视频 public administration degree vs other universities

Phoenix ASU Online (BAB) Capella DeVry GCU Purdue Global SNHU Strayer
Cost per credit
Cost per credit
Cost per credit
$398
Cost per credit
$563
Cost per credit
$365/415[1]
Cost per credit
$514
Cost per credit
$485
Cost per credit
$371
Cost per credit
$330
Cost per credit
$338.89
Credits per course
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3
Credits per course
3
Credits per course
3-6
Credits per course
2-4
Credits per course
4
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5-6
Credits per course
3
Credits per course
4.5
Tuition per course
Tuition per course
Tuition per course
$1,194
Tuition per course
$1,698
Tuition per course
$1,095-
$2,490
Tuition per course
$1,028-
$2,056
Tuition per course
$1,940
Tuition per course
$1,855-
$2,226
Tuition per course
$990
Tuition per course
$1,525
Total program length in credits
Total program length in credits
Total program length in credits
120
Total program length in credits
120
Total program length in credits
180
Total program length in credits
124
Total program length in credits
120
Total program length in credits
180
Total program length in credits
120
Total program length in credits
180
Length of course in weeks
Length of course in weeks
Length of course in weeks
5
Length of course in weeks
7.5
Length of course in weeks
10
Length of course in weeks
8
Length of course in weeks
7-8
Length of course in weeks
10
Length of course in weeks
8
Length of course in weeks
11
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One fee per course
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NO
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NO
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NO
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NO
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NO
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NO

Data pulled on March 26, 2024

[1] $365 per 1000-2000 level credit; $415 per 3000-4000 level credit

Source of data: For each institution, the data are publicly available in multiple locations, including Academic Catalogs, Program pages, Tuition and fees pages, and syllabi. All data are publicly available on the websites.聽

Certain licensure programs and coursework in other degree programs may have additional fees. Please check with your advisor or聽course catalog聽for additional info.

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Eligible students saved:

$11,000 & 1 year

Students with eligible credits and relevant experience on average saved $11k and 1 year off their undergraduate degree聽with 七色视频.

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Eligible students saved:

$11,000 & 1 year

Students with eligible credits and relevant experience on average saved $11k and 1 year off their undergraduate degree聽with 七色视频.

Financial aid

You may have options when it comes to paying for college tuition and expenses, such as federal grants and loans. Our finance advisors can answer your questions about financial aid and can help guide you through the process.

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Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a聽Bachelor of Science in Public Administration Degree?

Discover where your degree might take you and make informed choices about your future.

A聽BSPA can prepare you to be a:

  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • General Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager
  • Program Manager

Top skills learned in this program:

  • Public Administration

  • Management

  • Data Driven Decision Making

  • Problem Solving

  • Budgeting

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Start your application for free or request additional information.

What you鈥檒l learn

When you earn your bachelor鈥檚 in public administration online, you鈥檒l be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. You鈥檒l learn how to:

  • Analyze public administration concepts
  • Apply public administration management practices
  • Analyze research methodologies for public administration
  • Apply the ethical standards of public administration
  • Examine fiduciary practices in public administration

9% Growth

According to the聽, job growth for Social and Community Service Managers is projected to be聽much faster than average聽between 2022 and 2032.

The BLS Projected Growth for 2022-2032 is published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This data reflects the BLS鈥 projections of national (not local) conditions. These data points are not specific to 七色视频 students or graduates.

Admissions

Apply for free 鈥 no application fee, no obligation.

Starting your degree is a big decision 鈥 and we want you to feel great about it. That鈥檚 why we remove obstacles from your application.

  • No SAT/ACT required聽
  • No essay required聽
  • No cost, risk-free trial for eligible students
  • We鈥檒l request transcripts at no cost to you, when possible, and we accept eligible credits from over 5,000 accredited institutions.
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You have a support team of real people you can lean on. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 85% of our surveyed students.[1]

[1] Transactional Survey, September 2022-August 2023 (23,739 respondents)

Start a conversation with an enrollment representative today.

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Receive 1-on-1 support

You have a support team of real people you can lean on. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.摆1闭听Start a conversation with an enrollment representative today.

[1] Transactional Survey, August 2021-22 (18,645 respondents)

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Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 14 hours a day, 5 days a week.聽

Computer requirements for courses

Many course assignments will require you to use a computer to complete and submit your assignment.聽

Phoenix provides support and resources for busy students

Faculty Spotlight

Professionals dedicated to you

Your success is a top priority for our deans and faculty members. They bring an average of聽29+ years of experience and hands-on perspective to the classroom, and help bridge the gap between academics and industry knowledge.

Doris Savron

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

Doris Savron
Vice Provost of Colleges, 七色视频

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

Accreditation

Count on the quality of your education

七色视频 has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), , since 1978.

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Frequently聽asked questions about the Bachelor of Science in Public Administration鈥 degree

Public administration consists of services we all rely on in every community to implement government policy and public service. Public administrators work in local and federal entities and departments in the public sector, as well as in non-profit organizations.

A public administration degree helps prepare you for roles in both the public and non-profit sectors. The degree covers topics such as civil leadership, city and county operations, finance and budgeting, grant writing, public policy and ethics, and many more public admin related topics.

Our online public administration degree is designed specifically so that working professionals like you can earn it without leaving your current role. The degree helps you build a strong foundation in public administration while teaching the leadership skills to help prepare you for a career in the field. You鈥檒l learn from faculty who are currently working in the public sector, and you鈥檒l be able to join our large alumni network. Additionally, our Career Services for Life庐 commitment helps students in their current position and prepares them for career enhancement with career planning, resum茅 help and more.

While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.