About the Program

Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA)

The Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) is the most acceptable undergraduate degree for professional employment in general public administration and is highly desirable for most of the special applications such as police, fire and planning.

The public administration degree is of special interest to the working professional in public and not-for-profit organizations and those who wish to pursue a career in public management. The purpose of the Bachelor of Public Administration degree is to provide the student with an understanding and working application of the principles essential to the effective management of all public agencies.

Program Outcomes Include:

  • Apply the Judeo-Christian ethical framework to public policy.
  • Identify the theories and principles controlling public finance, and create budgets at the state, county, and municipal levels of government.
  • Apply the techniques of planning in public administration.
  • Implement the principles of personnel management, including affirmative action, collective bargaining and civil service.
  • Apply valid statistical analysis to public sector decision-making and evaluate the principal approaches to research design.
  • Synthesize policy issues as they are framed by political and administrative perspectives.

Barry University understands the needs of the adult learner:

  • Classes meet once per week for 8 weeks (evenings or Saturday) or fully online
  • Earn up to 30 college credits from learning acquired through professional work experience and/or community service
  • Transfer previous college credits from accredited institutions
  • Financial aid and grants available for eligible learners (Ask about our financial worksheet to see how affordable a Barry degree is compared with a state university)
  • Personal and professional academic advising

Barry is a military friendly institution