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Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months for core coursework Credit Hours: 30 core/120 total Tuition: $247 per credit

Designed to give you a deeper understanding and working application of effective public agency management, the Bachelor of Public Administration degree from Barry University offers an accelerated path to achieve your academic and professional goals. Highly affordable and accessible for adult learners, the BPA 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.

In this online program, you will learn how public administrators create and implement policies to help build and strengthen communities. The program gives you a broad understanding of all things related to managing public agencies.

Recognizing that adult learners bring a wealth of knowledge gained outside the classroom, the School of Professional and Career Education (PACE) at Barry values and gives credit for work and service experience. We offer a generous transfer credit policy—up to 90 college 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. To learn more about receiving credit for prior learning, view credits.

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

In this BPA online 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

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.

Courses

In order to earn the Bachelor of Public Administration online, you must earn 120 credits—30 credits of public administration core credits, 15 hours of major electives, 45 hours of distribution (general education) requirements, and a variable number of other electives. 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.

To see the full list of BPA online courses, view courses.

Admissions

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.

To learn more about the BPA online admission requirements, view admissions.

Credits

There are multiple options to earn and transfer up to 90 credits toward your undergraduate degree—including, but not limited to, previous coursework, work experience, and community service (Portfolio program). All undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Barry University and meet any specific program requirements. The 120-credit program requires 48 upper-level credits.

To learn more about receiving credit for prior learning, view credits.

Tuition

Barry offers pay-as-you-go tuition for our online undergraduate programs. Students must also pay a one-time $30 application fee. A separate schedule of fees will apply for credits earned via the Experiential Learning Portfolio, transfer credits, licensure/certification, and testing.

To learn more about our BPA online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

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.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the BPA online, view calendar.

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Courses

The Bachelor of Public Administration online curriculum is comprised of 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.

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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

Note: PUB 301 Principles of Public Administration must be taken in the first term. All 300-level courses must be taken before enrolling in 400-level coursework. 400-level courses (except 499) can be taken in any order.

Students must complete 5 major-related elective courses (15 credits) from:

  • ADM
  • EMA
  • HSA
  • IT
  • 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.

Other options to meet these requirements include transferring up to 6 credits of upper-level credits and/or earning 15 upper level, discipline-specific portfolio credits.

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

The number of elective credits required is variable, depending on previous transfer credits, advisement, and individual student degree plan.

The portfolio is optional for the BPA online program and can count for up to 30 credits. Specific requirements for the portfolio can be reviewed in the PACE Student Bulletin. 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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Admissions

Let's get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with the requirements for the online Bachelor of Public Administration program.

Programs within the School of Professional and Career Education (PACE) are designed to meet the needs of working adults seeking to complete an undergraduate degree and are not designed for recent high school graduates seeking to enroll in college for the first time.

BPA Online Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age
  • Official transcripts from any colleges attended
  • If fewer than 12 college credits have been earned, official transcript indicating graduation from a regionally accredited high school, or GED
  • A resume with 2 references listed and reflecting at least 2 years of full time work experience
  • There is no minimum years of service or work experience for military applicants
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended should be mailed directly from the institution(s) to Barry at this address:

    Mail to:

    Office of Graduate Admissions
    Barry University
    11300 NE 2nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33161
  • OR

    Electronic:

    • By email, sent directly from the institution to myapplicationdocs@barry.edu
    • SPEEDE (also known as EDI Service)
    • Parchment Exchange
    • National Student Clearinghouse
    • eScrip-Safe
    • JST System (military)
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Credits

The School of Professional and Career Education (PACE) at Barry University values and gives credit for life experience and knowledge gained outside the classroom—including, but not limited to, previous coursework, work experience, and community service.

There are multiple options to earn and transfer up to 90 credits toward your undergraduate degree. All undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Barry University and meet any specific program requirements. The 120-credit program requires 48 upper-level credits.

Transfer Credits—Up to 90 Credits
Up to 90 credits from regionally accredited 4-year colleges or 64 from community or 2-year colleges.

Non-traditional Transfer Credits—Up to 90 Credits
Nontraditional transfer credit includes the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®), which includes credit recommendations for courses or examinations offered by various organizations to their employees or members and the military and coursework recommended for credit by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS). Barry does not charge administrative fees for CREDIT or NCCRS credits but students may incur transcript fees.

Experiential Learning Portfolio—Up to 30 Credits (Optional)
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. The portfolio is optional for the BPA online program and can count for up to 30 credits. Specific requirements for the portfolio can be reviewed in the PACE Student Bulletin. Students will work with their academic advisor throughout the development of the portfolio.

In addition to potentially reducing the cost and time to degree completion, the Experiential Learning Portfolio is an opportunity to increase writing and organizational skills, and enables students to evaluate past and present abilities in order to formulate future goals. The portfolio can be used to demonstrate learnings and competencies to current and future employers. There is a $1,950 administrative fee (in lieu of tuition) for the Experiential Learning Portfolio. The portfolio does not qualify for Financial Aid.

Testing—Up to 30 Credits
Testing includes examinations of the Educational Testing Service, including the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Advanced Placement program (AP), the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), and Barry University Challenge Exams.

  • CLEP: There is a $100 per credit administrative fee if CLEP is taken after the student enrolls at Barry University. No fee if transferred before initial registration. There will be an additional test fee payable at the test site and a fee for the test transcript.
  • Advanced Placement: Barry University does not charge any fees for AP credits but students may incur a transcript fee(s).
  • DANTES: No fees
  • DSST: $100 per credit administrative fee if DSST is taken after the student enrolls at Barry University. No fee if transferred before initial registration.
  • Challenge Exams: Challenge exams are university-constructed tests which allow students to demonstrate previously acquired knowledge and earn credit for CAT 102 (Basic Computer Applications), IT 190 (Microcomputer Basics) and IT 200 (Foundations of Information Technology). There is a $75 dollar fee for each challenge exam, payable prior to examination.

Licensure/Certification—Up to 90 Credits
Licensure/certification is the awarding of transfer credits to students who hold one or more of 24 professional licenses, 13 technical certifications and/or the courses leading up to the license. Credit is awarded for the license(s)/certificate(s) itself or for courses completed at federal and state institutions leading to issuance of the license(s)/certificate(s). All license credits appear as General Electives on students' transcripts. An administrative fee will be charged of 10% of current PACE regular credit tuition for each credit awarded. There is no charge for licensure credits obtained from coursework appearing on a transcript from a regionally accredited college or university.

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Tuition

Tuition for the Bachelor of Public Administration online is $247 per credit. It is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Students must also pay a one-time $30 application fee. A separate schedule of fees will apply for credits earned via the Experiential Learning Portfolio, transfer credits, licensure/certification and testing.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-credit course Per Program
Bachelor of Public Administration $247 $741 $29,460*

*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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Calendar

Barry offers six start dates each year for your convenience. Following acceptance into the program, please submit all required documentation, register for classes, and pay your tuition. These steps are necessary in order to begin on your chosen start date.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Fall B Term 2018 Oct. 22, 2018 Oct. 8, 2018 Oct. 15, 2018 Oct. 17, 2018 Oct. 19, 2018 Dec. 8, 2018
Spring Term A Jan. 14, 2019 Dec. 21, 2018 Jan. 7, 2019 Jan. 9, 2019 Jan. 11, 2019 March 4, 2019
Spring Term B March 11, 2019 February 25, 2019 March 4, 2019 March 6, 2019 March 7, 2019 May 4, 2019
Summer Term A May 13, 2019 April 30, 2019 May 6, 2019 May 7, 2019 May 9, 2019 June 29, 2019
Summer Term B July 1, 2019 June 17, 2019 June 24, 2019 June 25, 2019 June 27, 2019 August 17, 2019
Fall Term A August 26, 2019 August 12, 2019 August 19, 2019 August 20, 2019 August 22, 2019 October 14, 2019
Fall Term B October 17, 2019 October 4, 2019 October 10, 2019 October 11, 2019 October 14, 2019 December 7, 2019
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