Learn how to analyze the operations and procedures of public management as well as nonprofits, and develop relevant management skills with the Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA). In the program, you’ll be exposed to the central theories of public administration. You’ll find ways to apply public administration theories and practices in program and resource management, and understand accounting and budgeting for government agencies and nonprofits.
Careers in the public administration field are varied and challenging. If you choose to pursue this dynamic degree, there are wide career opportunities you can pursue in government at the local, state, and federal levels. Your career path could include teaching or training assignments, or research in government organizations and in nonprofit organizations. 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.
Program Learning Outcomes
- 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 process to address a current problem in public administration.
Why Choose National University?
We’re proud to be a veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 175,000 alumni worldwide.
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