Bachelor of Public Administration Online

This online program is designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of working applications within effective public agency management.

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10/17/22 Next Class Start Date
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Program Overview

Get to know our 100% online Public Administration degree

$265 per credit* Tuition
As few as 12 months for core coursework Program Duration
30 core/120 total Credits

Highly affordable and accessible for adult learners, the Bachelor of Public Administration online program from Barry University can increase career opportunities for working professionals in public and not-for-profit organizations, emergency services administration, as well as students who wish to pursue a career in public management.

Our online Bachelor in Public Administration degree provides an ideal background for students interested in pursuing careers in the police force, fire service, public safety, governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, management in public health institutions, and more. Other potential careers include positions in agencies, urban or regional planning, city management, or public finance at the local, state/provincial, national/federal levels, as well as in the nonprofit sector.

We offer a generous transfer credit policy—up to 90 credits may be transferred. There are also multiple options to earn up to 90 credits toward the 120 required for graduation through professional licenses and certifications, testing, nontraditional transfer credit and the optional Experiential Learning Portfolio.

In this online Bachelor of Public Administration program, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the current public management environment, including the ethical issues inherent in public administration decisions
  • Begin to identify the theories and principles controlling public finance and create budgets at the state, county, and municipal levels of government
  • Obtain a knowledge of the structure of federal, state, and local governments, with an emphasis on public administration processes, issues, and the policy formulation required at each level
  • Learn about contemporary issues in public safety, including the roles of fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical practice and emergency transportation, police protection, patrol, community policing, creation of public safety departments, and collective bargaining in public safety
  • Study public personnel practices including the role of civil service systems, merit retention systems, labor relations, and collective bargaining
  • Master techniques for measuring and improving productivity in public organizations, including an analysis of Total Quality Management (TQM) in the public sector

Public Administration career opportunities

A BPA provides an ideal background for students interested in pursuing careers in the police force, fire service, public safety, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, management in public health institutions, and more. Other potential careers include positions in agencies, urban or regional planning, city management or public finance—at the local, state/provincial, national/federal levels, as well as in the nonprofit sector.

Online Bachelor's degrees also available:

Barry University offers a variety of undergraduate programs. Check out all of our bachelor’s degree programs.

$265 per credit* Tuition
As few as 12 months for core coursework Program Duration
30 core/120 total Credits

Barry University is a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)—The Global Standard in Public Service Education.

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Tuition

Budgeting for our affordable tuition

Barry offers pay-as-you-go tuition for our online undergraduate programs. A separate schedule of fees will apply for credits earned via the Experiential Learning Portfolio, transfer credits, licensure/certification, and testing.

Tuition breakdown:

$265* Per Credit
$795 Per 3-Credit course

No application fee

*Tuition and fees subject to change.

Tuition breakdown:

$265* Per Credit
$795 Per 3-Credit course

No application fee

Calendar

Important dates for your student journey

With six start dates each year, the Bachelor of Public Administration online program is convenient and accessible. Before beginning, you should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes, and pay tuition to begin on your desired start date.

Now enrolling:

10/3/22 Next Application Due Date
10/17/22 Next Class Start Date
SessionProgram Start DateAdmissions & Financial Aid DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment Deadline *Last Class DayTerm Length
Fall A8/22/228/8/228/13/228/15/228/17/2210/8/227 weeks
Fall B10/17/2210/3/2210/8/2210/10/2210/12/2212/3/227 weeks
Spring A1/9/2312/26/221/2/231/2/231/4/232/22/237 weeks
Spring B3/6/232/20/232/27/232/27/233/1/234/22/237 weeks

*Payment must be received in full by the stated deadline regardless of financial aid arrangements. Failure to pay, or a balance on the account, will result in the student being dropped from courses, regardless of when the student registered. Students who do not register prior to the registration deadline must wait for the following term.

Now enrolling:

10/3/22 Next Application Due Date
10/17/22 Next Class Start Date

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Admissions

Follow our streamlined requirements

As an applicant for the Bachelor of Public Administration online, you must submit transcripts indicating graduation from a regionally accredited high school as well as official transcripts from any colleges attended. You must also have at least 2 years of work experience or be an active military member or veteran.

Admission Requirements:

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Official transcripts from all accredited colleges/universities attended
  • Professional resume with two references
  • 2 years of work experience unless a military applicant

Courses

The blueprint for our online Bachelor of Public Administration curriculum

In order to earn the Bachelor of Public Administration online, you must earn a total of 120 credits—30 credits of public administration core coursework, 15 credits of major electives, 45 hours of distribution (general education) requirements, and a variable number of other elective credits. Credits toward the 120 total may also be awarded for the optional Experiential Learning Portfolio, traditional and non-traditional transfer credits, licensure/certification and testing. All courses are seven weeks in length. Students should consult with their academic advisor to create their individual degree plan and to answer any questions about required, elective and transfer credits.

For the Bachelor of Public Administration online, the core curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credits). Students must take the following courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course features an overview of the governmental processes in the United States. The structure of federal, state, and local governments will be taught with an emphasis on public administration process issues and the policy formulation process required at each level. The development of modern public administration will be reviewed and new directions in public management practice will be highlighted.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to outline the current public management environment and to create an awareness and sensitivity to the values and ethical issues inherent in public administration decisions. The Judeo-Christian moral basis for the values and ethical practices in governments today will be taught together with the legal requirements for complying with legislated ethical standards.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an overview of policy formulation and administration in the context of U.S. federal, state, and local governments. The relationship between politics and administration will be taught with reference to the classical policy/administration dichotomy.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to teach research methodologies including research design, hypothesis formulation, descriptive statistics, analytical statistics, sampling and survey techniques, consensus-building techniques, and public participation approaches as applied in public administration settings.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the very special nature of revenue sources (taxes) and the expenditure of tax dollars through the budgeting (political) process.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will review the classic management function of planning in the context of state and local governments. Emphasis will be placed on planning for growth management and on strategic planning in public decision-making.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will explain the role of administrative procedure in state and local governments with the principles of administrative procedure, administrative due process, and regulatory procedures (same as PLA 405).
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will be an overview of public personnel practices including the history and changing role of civil service systems, merit retention systems, labor relations, and collective bargaining. Supervisory practices for public administrators will be taught in the context of the several personnel systems.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will provide information on the techniques for measuring and improving productivity in public organizations. Current management thought such as Total Quality Management (TQM) will be taught and analyzed for its potential in the public sector.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a course in which students integrate and synthesize the learning experiences acquired in the Public Administration undergraduate degree program. Students will demonstrate mastery through various applications including case-study analyses and the development and presentation of an applied project. Prerequisites: completion of core courses

Students must complete 5 major-related elective courses (15 credits). Any 3 courses from ADM, EMA, HSA, or IT. Two courses from PUB.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will examine the classic confrontation between "politics" and "professional management." The historical context of the "Good Government Movement" of the nineteenth century, the rise of the professions in public management, and the issues of responsiveness and patronage will be taught with applications made to the current management practices of state and local governments.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will focus on issues of public safety as addressed by state and local governments. The traditional roles of public safety will be studied: fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical practice and emergency transportation, police protection, patrol, and community policing. Issues such as contracting with other organizations, creation of public safety departments, and collective bargaining in public safety are examples of those which will be addressed.
The number of elective credits required is variable, depending on previous transfer credits, advisement, and individual student degree plan.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores current leadership theory and practice. Emphasis is on both understanding and developing effective leadership approaches for contemporary work environments.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of the impact on the health status of individuals as a result of public health practices and services, including topics in epidemiology and preventive measures.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an examination of current issues facing the healthcare industry including delivery of care, access to care, costs, and quality of services as well as national and state health policy.

Distribution Courses

To graduate, students must have 45 distribution (general education) credits. You must have 9 credits in each of the following categories:

  • Theology and Philosophy
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Humanities and Arts

Experiential Learning Portfolio

The portfolio is optional for the BPA online program and can count for up to 30 credits. Students will work with their academic advisor throughout the development of the portfolio. The portfolio is a vehicle through which students can demonstrate college-level learning in order to receive credit for professional work experience and/or community service in one or more of the following categories: administration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, interpersonal relations, investigation and research, leadership and supervision.

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*Tuition and fees subject to change. Based on 120 undergraduate credits needed for graduation. Total program cost varies based on number of transfer and experiential credits accepted.

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