Bachelor - Public Administration

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You can learn how to develop and implement public policy in Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration program. Read here to discover more about the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration program offered through the Forbes School of Business & Technology™ at Ashford University introduces you to management theory, leadership theories, the Constitution of the United States, and administrative law. Explore the many elements of public finance, including public revenue, budgetary activities, taxation, spending, debt financing, and expenditure policies. The program also examines intergovernmental relationships, urban management systems, public personnel management, and factors impacting public policy agenda and content. You can choose a specialization in either logistics management or sports and recreation management.

What are the Prerequisites?

You must be at least 22 years old. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements. Additional computer hardware and software requirements apply to online students.

What are the Course Requirements?

The Bachelor of Arts, Public Administration is a 120-credit program, of which 45 are major credits, 32 are elective credits, and 52 are general education credits; nine of the major credits may fulfill general education requirements. Transferring students may have varying requirements.

Public Administration Course Requirements

Course CodeCourse Name
Introductory Courses
EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202 Adult Development & Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
MGT 330 Management for Organizations
MGT 380 Leadership for Organizations
POL 303 The American Constitution
POL 310 Environmental Policies
ECO 203 Principles of Macroeconomics
BUS 308 Statistics for Managers
PHI 445 Personal & Organizational Ethics
PPA 301 Principles of Public Administration
PPA 303 Finance for Public Administrators
PPA 305 Budgeting for Public Administrators
PPA 307 Intergovernmental Relations & Issues
PPA 401 Urban Management
PPA 403 Administrative Law
PPA 405 Personnel Management
PPA 497 Public Policy Formation

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts, Public Administration program is designed to offer you the skills and knowledge you need to begin a career in the public sector. After completing the program, you could seek employment opportunities in non-profit organizations and local, state, or federal government agencies. Examples of positions you could be prepared for include:

  • Non-profit program manager
  • Urban planner
  • Department manager
  • Social services administrator
  • Non-profit organization manager

Advanced Degrees

You can enhance your Bachelor of Arts, Public Administration degree by earning a master's degree in a related field. Students who complete a master's degree program may be better prepared for advanced roles in the field. A degree program you may be interested in includes:

  • Master of Public Administration

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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