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BS in Public Administration

In Liberty University's Bachelor of Science in Public Administration program, students have the opportunity to learn about theories and concepts in areas of economics, management, finance, politics, and leadership. Get more details about this online bachelor's program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

School Offering Program:

Liberty University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of this program might have taken prior coursework in government, economics, or business. Strong organizational, math, and leadership skills could prove beneficial. Applicants to Liberty University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Liberty University's Bachelor of Science in Public Administration program offers courses in business, government, and health in addition to public administration. Topics addressed in major courses might include public administration theory and history, government budgeting and taxation processes, economic and management theories, public administration operations, decision-making processes, and Biblical and community principles of leadership. In a final seminar course, students apply concepts and theories studied throughout the program as they produce a paper addressing and analyzing a public management or policy issue. Other courses might discuss labor and employee relations, general management principles, administrative techniques in nonprofit organizations, state and local government frameworks, and community health.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Liberty University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration:

Students of this BS degree program must complete 39-42 credits in the general education curriculum, 42 credits in the major area of study, and 36-42 credits in electives.

General Education Requirements (39-42 credits)

  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Communications Elective
  • Information Literacy Elective
  • Information Literacy Elective
  • Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning
  • Math Elective (MATH 114 or higher)
  • Christian Life and Biblical Worldview
  • Critical Thinking Elective
  • Cultural Studies Elective
  • Natural Science Elective
  • Social Science Elective
  • Survey of Old and New Testament
  • Introduction to Theology Survey

Major Core Courses (42 credits)

  • Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise
  • American Government
  • Organizational Behavior I
  • Principles of Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Non-Profit Management
  • State and Local Government
  • Public and Community Health for Business
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Public Financing & Budgeting
  • Advanced Public Administration
  • Legal & Political Issues in Public Administration
  • Public Administration Leadership & Community Engagement
  • Public Administration Seminar

Elective Courses (36-42 credits)

  • Students choose 36-42 credits in free electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the BS in Public Administration program who intend to pursue advanced administrative positions in public institutions might enroll in a master's degree program. A master's degree program might provide a more in-depth study of public policy analysis, public sector leadership, and the management of public organizations.

Master's degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Business & Government
  • Master of Public Administration - Law & Public Policy
  • Master of Public Administration - Public & Nonprofit Management

Career Paths:

After completing the Bachelor of Science in Public Administration program, graduates could seek entry-level or possibly mid-management positions in government institutions or nonprofit organizations. They might assist in or oversee areas of budgeting, public policy development, community program development, or policy analysis.

Potential careers for graduates include:

  • General operations manager
  • Public relations specialist
  • Public utility specialist
  • Public program analyst

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