Bachelor of Public Administration
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Cities, towns, and villages depend on advocates who are sensitive to the needs of their community and possess the specialized knowledge and skills to make improvements that benefit the people who live there. National University’s Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) is designed to prepare you for an important career in a dynamic and growing field.
Our public administration degree can qualify you to pursue a wide range of professional roles and responsibilities at the local, state, and federal levels. From writing grant proposals and speaking at fundraising events, successful completion of NU’s BPA program can prepare you for mid-level positions in government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Public administration is an important and respected career path ripe with opportunities for advancement, and our curriculum is designed to prepare you with the industry-current qualifications to pursue them.
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Program Learning Outcomes
- Synthesize the theories of public administration
- Analyze the operations and procedures of public management and nonprofits
- Develop skills in managing a public sector or nonprofit organization
- Apply the theories and practices in program and resource management
- Apply the theories and practices of accounting and budgeting in government and nonprofits
- Evaluate the role of community groups in local government
- Analyze ethical situations in the public sector
- Utilize research processes to address a current problem in public administration
- Analyze complex database queries for real-world analytical application platforms
- Design medium-to-large data warehouses
- Collect and analyze data, conduct literature reviews, and present findings
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“The BPA program at National University has been a profound experience, expanding my understanding of topics relating to urban environment, government operations, and even social justice. The program encompasses the foundations of the public sector while also empowering students with the knowledge to make positive contributions in their future endeavors.”
–Erika Torres., 2021 Graduate
Frequently Asked Questions
Public administration is a high-growth career field offering a diverse range of opportunities for professionals who have a strong foundation in public management, ethical leadership, and local, state and federal procedures and practices.
Public Administrators oversee budgets and allocations of resources and services in a variety of capacities to implement public policy within public governments and companies that provide services to support their efforts. Backgrounds and knowledge in finance, accounting, and auditing reflect the importance of budget related skills.
Key skills associated with BS in Public Administration are:
- Public Administration
- Strategic Planning
- Social Work
- Data Analysis
- Procurement, Purchasing, Financial Tracking
- Human Services
The public sector is always in need of professionals with the rigorous training to meet the complexities of the management of public programs and assets. Your career path could include teaching or training assignments, research, or a variety of roles within government and nonprofit organizations including business administrators, government relations managers, budget specialist, policy analyst, and many others.
According to Emsi labor market analytics and economic data1, employers seeking Bachelor of Public Administration graduates are primarily public sector entities or contractors who provide consultation and software solutions. Emsi also confirms some of the top job titles for professionals who have earned this degree include:
- Federal (US Government, US Dept of Veterans Affairs)
- State Government Administrations
- City Government Administrations
- Nonprofit Social Assistance Organizations
- Local Government Services Providers
- Management Consulting Companies
SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (Report viewed: 2/17/2022). DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.
The general education program consists of a minimum of 70.5 quarter units. Of the 70.5 units, students must complete at least 4.5 units at the upper-division level and 4.5 units in diversity-enriched coursework. To prepare for the major, students must complete:
- MNS 205* Intro to Quantitative Methods
- ECO 203* Principles of Microeconomics
- ACC 201 Financial Accounting Funds
* May be used to meet a General Education requirement.
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