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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.

06/21/21 Next Application Due Date
07/05/21 Start Classes

Program Overview

$255 per credit Tuition
As few as 12 months For core coursework
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.

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.

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.

NASPAA

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.

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

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.

$255 Per Credit
$765 Per 3-Credit course
No application fee

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Program Per Credit Per 3-Credit Course Per Program
Bachelor of Public Administration $255 $765 $30,600*

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.

Now Enrolling:

06/21/21 Next Application Due Date
07/05/21 Next Class Start Date

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Please refer to the full academic calendar for more details, including refund policies and dates.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline * Last Class Day
Spring A January 11, 2021 December 28, 2020 January 4, 2021 January 4, 2021 January 6, 2021 February 27, 2021
Spring B March 8, 2021 February 22, 2021 March 1, 2021 March 1, 2021 March 3, 2021 April 24, 2021
Summer A May 17, 2021 May 3, 2021 May 10, 2021 May 10, 2021 May 12, 2021 July 3, 2021
Summer B July 5, 2021 June 21, 2021 June 28, 2021 June 28, 2021 June 30, 2021 August 21, 2021
Fall A August 23, 2021 August 9, 2021 August 16, 2021 August 16, 2021 August 18, 2021 October 9, 2021
Fall B October 18, 2021 October 4, 2021 October 11, 2021 October 11, 2021 October 13, 2021 December 4, 2021

*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.

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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.

Must be 21 years of age
Official transcripts From all colleges/universities attended
Professional resume With two references
2 years of work experience Unless a military applicant

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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 [email protected]
    • SPEEDE (also known as EDI Service)
    • Parchment Exchange
    • National Student Clearinghouse
    • eScrip-Safe
    • JST System (military)

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Courses

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.

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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   |   Credits: 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   |   Credits: 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   |   Credits: 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   |   Credits: 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   |   Credits: 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   |   Credits: 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   |   Credits: 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   |   Credits: 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   |   Credits: 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   |   Credits: 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   |   Credits: 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   |   Credits: 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. 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.

*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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