What will I learn?

If you have completed or will complete an associate degree from a community college, you may pursue this bachelor's degree.

Our goal in offering the B.A.S. degree is to provide you with a general knowledge of management, organizational, and policy issues and to advance your communication, computer, and quantitative skills. This degree also offers you the opportunity to complete a specialization that will broaden your career horizons, promote life-long learning, and enrich your life. Northern Arizona University offers this degree at selected campuses throughout Arizona.

A Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Science - Public Administration allows you to gain an understanding of leadership, management, ethics, budgets, critical thinking and problem solving. This degree plan emphasizes experiential learning by linking theory to specific problems and case studies. This program will provide you with the knowledge and skills applicable to careers in the public, non-profit and private sectors, and can also prepare you for graduate and/or law school.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Administrative Specialist
  • Non-profit Program Manager
  • Program Coordinator
  • Executive Assistant to the City Manager

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • City/County Manager
  • Management/Budget Analyst
  • Non-profit CEO
  • Performance Auditor

Which department am I in?

Northern Arizona University

Study options

Online/Distance (At least 120 units of credit)

Tuition fees
USD $8,190 for 18 credit hours

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A student must have a secondary (high school) and post-secondary/university education, as well as any vocational with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for first-year and transfer students.

For international students

A student must have a secondary (high school) and post-secondary/university education, as well as any vocational with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for first-year and transfer students.

English Proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): an overall score of 70 (School code 4006)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.0

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) - 56

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Northern Arizona University

Teaching is world-class and led by expert faculty who know how to nurture student talent.

  • Bachelor’s and graduate degrees
  • English language and exchange programs
  • Located in the stunning natural U.S. state of Arizona
  • 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio

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