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Bachelor of Public Administration

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. For those not going on to graduate school but who wish a professional career with government, the BPA is undoubtedly the degree of choice.

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

Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits

Portfolio Option - Up to 30 Credits

Electives - Variable

Required Courses - 45 Credits

Students should plan their programs with advisor assistance so that courses can be completed in the sequence which follows.

COURSE SEQUENCING

PUB 301 Principles of Public Administration must be taken in the first term. To comply with course sequencing, all 300 level courses must be taken first prior to enrolling in 400 level coursework in the major core. 400 level course (except PUB 499) can be taken in any order.

BACHELOR OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (45 CREDITS)

REQUIRED MAJOR COURSES (36 Credits)

  • PUB 301 Principles of Public Administration
  • PUB 302 Values and Ethics in Public Administration
  • PUB 310 Research Methods & Techniques in Public Administration
  • POS 303 Public Policy & Administration
  • PUB 403 Public Budgeting & Finance
  • PUB 404 Concepts & Issues in Public Planning
  • PUB 405 Administrative Law and Process
  • PUB 406 Human Resources in the Public Sector
  • PUB 407 Productivity Improvements in the Public Sector
  • PUB 408 Public Administration & the Political Process
  • PUB 409 Contemporary Issues in Public Safety
  • PUB 499 Public Administration Capstone Project

REQUIRED ELECTIVES (9 Credits)

Any three ADM, EMA, HSA, IT, PLA, PFP or PUB prefix courses not used to satisfy the above Required Major Courses.

PORTFOLIO AND/OR TRANSFER CREDITS

Up to 6 credits of upper level coursework may be accepted in transfer or applied through discipline specific portfolio credits in general administration, social sciences, special topics, Information technology, legal studies; upper level licensure credits may apply with Academic Coordinator's approval.

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