What will I learn?

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.

Which department am I in?

College of Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (180 quarter units)

Tuition fees
US$13,320.00 per year
USD $370 per Quarter Unit for Course level 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500

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

Start date

Expected January 2021

Venue

College of Professional Studies

11255 North Torrey Pines Road,

LA JOLLA,

California,

92037, United States

Online/Distance (180 quarter units)

Tuition fees
US$13,320.00 per year
USD $370 per Quarter Unit for Course level 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500

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

Start date

Every month

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High school graduates transferring from regionally accredited colleges and universities are admitted as degree students if their cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher.

For international students

Successful completion of year 12 or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.0. ACT/ SAT recommended.

TOEFL score - 70 (IBT); IELTS score - 5.5, with no band lower than a 5; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA) – 50; International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) – 5; Certificate of Proficiency in English with a C grade or higher; Certificate of Advanced English with a C grade or higher.

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About this uni

Degrees are WSCUC accredited, and graduates join a global network of over 150,000 talented alumni who are making a positive impact on the world.

  • Campuses in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Jose
  • Average student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1
  • Concentrated learning model, one-course-per-month
  • International and domestic students pay the same tuition rate