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Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration

Your Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration prepares you for entry into a career in the public sector with an emphasis on government management, either in a non-profit organization, or at federal, state, or local government. This online degree is designed for those who seek to apply management theory to the practice of public administration. Take the lead in public service by earning your Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration with Ashford University.

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What you will learn

During your bachelor’s in public administration, you will complete coursework in urban management, budgeting and finance, political science and intergovernmental issues, and public policy development. This degree's curriculum also provides you with a breadth of complementary studies in the social sciences. Upon completion of this online public administration degree, you will be able to:

  • Organize theoretical knowledge for understanding, developing, and implementing public policy and administration
  • Integrate academic theory and practical applications
  • Apply management theory to the practice of public administration
  • Analyze relevant political and legal factors in the policy process and analyze their roles 
  • Judge the ethical components of public responsibility

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Your Courses in Public Administration

Contribute to your career in public service! Your public administration degree demonstrates your proficiency and competence as a professional in the modern public sector. Courses cover several relevant topics, from public budgeting and finance to political science and intergovernmental issues. These key public administration topics can help advance your understanding of the field, giving you a strong foundation for a career in public administration. You can also add a specialization to your online bachelor’s degree, or pursue an online MPA, to provide further focus to your studies.

Introductory Courses
To help students acclimate to the online classroom, you may be required to complete Introductory Course requirements. Learn more about Introductory Courses.

Major Course Requirements (45 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)

Specializations in Public Administration

You may choose to delve into other areas of public administration when you add a specialization to your public administration degree program. A specialization consists of four (4), three (3) credit courses. Choose from the following specialization(s):

Logistics Management

Sports & Recreation Management

Careers in Public Administration

When you complete your bachelor’s in public administration, you will have what you need to begin any number of public administration careers in which diverse knowledge is a must. You will have the opportunity to explore a career in government, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Take a look at your potential career options below.

Public Administration Careers

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Are you currently a licensed RN?

This program requires you to be a current licensed registered nurse. Please check out other programs to reach your education goals such as the BA in Health and Wellness.