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BA in Public Administration

The curriculum in Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration program is based on developing effective leadership and communication skills and applying those skills to public policy, government, or non-profit organizations. Read more about the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration

School Offering Program:

Ashford University

Degree Level:

Bachelor

Forbes School of Business & Technology

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to Ashford's Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration program should have graduated high school and should be at least 22 years old.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration program prepares students for entry into careers in the public sector, either in a non-profit organization, or at federal, state, or local government. The coursework includes topics in urban management, budgeting and finance, political science and intergovernmental issues, and public policy development. This degree's curriculum also provides students with a breadth of complimentary studies in the social sciences. This program is part of the school's Forbes School of Business & Technologyâ„¢, and online business students have access to a variety of unique resources and online events, such as webinars that feature business experts from Forbes.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid:

Ashford University offers students several payment options, including cash plans, employer tuition reimbursement, direct employer billing, and military tuition assistance. Qualifying students may be eligible for financial aid.

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit:

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Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Ashford University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Requirements

Students must complete 52 credits in general education courses.

Introductory Course Requirements

  • EXP 105: Personal Dimensions of Education (3 credits)
  • PSY 202: Adult Development and Life Assessment (3 credits)

Major Course Requirements

  • MGT 330: Management for Organizations (3 credits)
  • MGT 380: Leadership for Organizations (3 credits)
  • POL 303: The American Constitution (3 credits)
  • POL 310: Environmental Policies (3 credits)
  • ECO 203: Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • BUS 308: Statistics for Managers (3 credits)
  • PHI 445: Personal & Organizational Ethics (3 credits)
  • PPA 301: Principles of Public Administration (3 credits)
  • PPA 303: Finance for Public Administrators (3 credits)
  • PPA 305: Budgeting for Public Administrators (3 credits)
  • PPA 307: Intergovernmental Relations & Issues (3 credits)
  • PPA 401: Urban Management (3 credits)
  • PPA 403: Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • PPA 405: Personnel Management (3 credits)
  • PPA 497: Public Policy Formation (3 credits)

Electives

Students must complete 32 credits in elective courses.

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit:

http://ashforddisclosures.com/

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration program who are interested in furthering their education have a number of master's degree options. Earning an advanced degree could provide students with the qualifications needed for a leadership or managerial position in public administration.

Master's degrees that graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Public Administration

Career Paths:

Graduates of Ashford University 's Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration program may wish to pursue entry-level employment in fields linked to some aspect of public administration, human resources, or leadership.

Positions that graduates could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • Program manager
  • Social service administrator
  • Department manager
  • Non-profit organization manager

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit:

http://ashforddisclosures.com/