Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Public Administration

An online bachelor’s degree in public administration may equip individuals with the skills needed to coordinate social service and community programs. In this four-year program, students may learn how to analyze data, manage public funds, and lead community departments. Program coursework may include general education courses, electives, and major-specific courses including public fiscal management, sustainable communities, and economic development.

Upon completion of the program, students may either seek entry-level employment or enroll in a graduate degree program. Baccalaureate-level graduates may seek employment in government, human services, finance, healthcare, and public relations.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Four years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Master’s / Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 27% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for baccalaureate-level degree programs in public administration may integrate general education requirements, electives, and core coursework. Core courses may teach students how to prepare budgets, coordinate emergency services, and create a sustainable community. Some online public administration classes may include the following:

  • American Politics
  • Disaster Recovery and Response
  • Public Fiscal Management
  • Public Administration
  • Community Economic Development
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Municipal Government Organizations

Career Options

Baccalaureate-level graduates may gain employment in a variety of sectors including public relations, human resources, government agencies, finance, and social services. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social and community services management employment is projected to increase by 27% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Program Development Specialist
  • Public Affairs Coordinator
  • Human Resources Associate
  • Project Coordinator
  • Public Relations Representative

Continuing Education

Those who successfully complete a baccalaureate degree may have the opportunity to further their education by enrolling in a graduate degree program. A graduate degree in public administration may provide enhanced communication, leadership, and decision-making skills.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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