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Bachelor of Science

Public Administration

Coming Fall 2019

The Public Administration degree program prepares individuals for leadership positions within the governmental, nonprofit, law enforcement and health care arenas. In this curriculum, students learn to implement complex public programs, while troubleshooting community and governmental issues successfully. They also learn business management techniques and the moral implications behind those actions so that programs can function effectively. Graduates are prepared to effectively evaluate economic markets then determine and implement effective plans or policies to help advance a business, either domestically or internationally.

This degree program is multidisciplinary. As such, graduates are versatile workers with strong problem solving skills. These characteristics tend to be quite appealing to potential and current employers.

Course topics include:

  • Public policy and organizations
  • Human resource management
  • Ethics in Public Policy
  • Budgeting & Financial Management
  • Legislative Process
  • Macroeconomics

Program Details

Many who graduate with a degree in public administration pursue careers in policy planning, operations, finances, communications and administration. Graduates often look for higher management positions within the state, county and local government— but some also choose to work in the private, nonprofit and public service organizations for their communities. Upon completion of this public administration degree, graduates will be able to:

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

Graduates of our B.P.A. program may work in many different industries, including nonprofit agencies, government, education, research institutions and businesses. Depending on the profession, the employment outlook varies. For instance, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that employment for human resource managers was expected to increase 9% from 2014 to 2024, while human resource specialists were expected to see 5% growth in that time frame ( Some possible career options include:

  • Director of a state or local agency
  • Probation officer
  • Human resources director
  • Community service manager
  • Public relations specialist
  • Health service administrator

Coming Soon

Complete list of courses will be available in 2019.

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Bachelor of Science

BS in Public Administration



Program Advisor

Keith Bolte, M.A., M.Ed.

Lead Faculty Criminal Justice and Public Administration


Keith Bolte, M.A., M.Ed.

Associate Professor - The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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