Public Administration

Serve your community through leadership and policy-making for a dynamic world.

Park University’s Bachelor of Public Administration programs prepare you for careers in public administration at the municipal, state or federal levels. With a strong foundation, you’ll be ready for a number of entry-level positions, as well as graduate studies and continued professional development.

BPA Public Administration: Business Relations (45 hours)

  • Online
  • Kansas City Metro
  • Phoenix, AZ – Luke AFB
  • Barstow, CA- Barstow Community College
  • Oceanside, CA – Camp Pendleton
  • Fort Irwin, CA – Fort Irwin Base
  • Victorville, CA – Victor Valley College
  • Mountain Home, ID – Mountain Home AFB
  • Lenexa, KS
  • Great Falls, MT – Malmstrom AFB
  • Beaufort, SC – MCAS Beaufort
  • Austin, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • San Angelo, TX – Goodfellow AFB
  • Spokane, WA – Fairchild AFB

BPA Public Administration: Criminal Justice (45 hours)

  • Online
  • Kansas City Metro
  • Barstow, CA – Barstow Community College
  • Oceanside, CA – Camp Pendleton
  • Fort Irwin, CA – Fort Irwin Base
  • Victorville, CA – Victor Valley College
  • Mountain Home, ID – Mountain Home AFB
  • Lenexa, KS
  • Knob Noster, MO – Whiteman AFB
  • Great Falls, MT – Malmstrom AFB
  • Beaufort, SC – MCAS Beaufort
  • Austin, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • San Angelo, TX – Goodfellow AFB
  • Spokane, WA – Fairchild AFB

BPA Public Administration: Fire Service Management (45 hours)

  • Online
  • Kansas City Metro
  • Barstow, CA – Barstow Community College
  • Oceanside, CA – Camp Pendleton
  • Fort Irwin, CA – Fort Irwin Base
  • Victorville, CA – Victor Valley College
  • Mountain Home, ID – Mountain Home AFB
  • Lenexa, KS
  • Knob Noster, MO – Whiteman AFB
  • Great Falls, MT – Malmstrom AFB
  • Beaufort, SC – MCAS Beaufort
  • Austin, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • San Angelo, TX -Goodfellow AFB
  • Spokane, WA – Fairchild AFB

BPA Public Administration: Homeland Security (45 hours)

  • Online
  • Kansas City Metro
  • Barstow, CA – Barstow Community College
  • Oceanside, CA – Camp Pendleton
  • Fort Irwin, CA – Fort Irwin Base
  • Victorville, CA – Victor Valley College
  • Lenexa, KS
  • Mountain Home, ID – Mountain Home AFB
  • Waynesville, MO – Fort Leonard Wood
  • Knob Noster, MO – Whiteman AFB
  • Great Falls, MT – Malmstrom AFB
  • Beaufort, SC – MCAS Beaufort
  • Austin, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • San Angelo, TX – Goodfellow AFB
  • Spokane, WA – Fairchild AFBs

BPA Public Administration: Public Service (45 hours)

  • Online
  • Kansas City Metro
  • Barstow, CA – Barstow Community College
  • Oceanside, CA – Camp Pendleton
  • Fort Irwin, CA – Fort Irwin Base
  • Victorville, CA – Victor Valley College
  • Lenexa, KS
  • Mountain Home, ID – Mountain Home AFB
  • Knob Noster, MO – Whiteman AFB
  • Great Falls, MT – Malmstrom AFB
  • Beaufort, SC – MCAS Beaufort
  • Austin, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • San Angelo, TX – Goodfellow AFB
  • Spokane, WA – Fairchild AFB

Minor in Public Administration (18 hours)

  • Online

Locations & Learning Options

  • Online
  • Kansas City Metro
  • Phoenix, AZ- Luke AFB
  • Barstow, CA-Barstow Community College
  • Oceanside, CA- Camp Pendleton
  • Fort Irwin, CA – Fort Irwin Base
  • Victorville, CA- Victor Valley College
  • Mountain Home, ID- Mountain Home AFB
  • Lenexa, KS
  • Great Falls, MT- Malmstrom AFB
  • Beaufort, SC- MCAS Beaufort
  • Austin, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • San Angelo, TX- Goodfellow AFB
  • Spokane, WA- Fairchild AFB
  • Online
  • Kansas City Metro
  • Barstow, CA – Barstow Community College
  • Oceanside, CA- Camp Pendleton
  • Fort Irwin, CA – Fort Irwin Base
  • Victorville, CA- Victor Valley College
  • Mountain Home, ID-Mountain Home AFB
  • Lenexa, KS
  • Knob Noster, MO- Whiteman AFB
  • Great Falls, MT- Malmstrom AFB
  • Beaufort, SC- MCAS Beaufort
  • Austin, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • San Angelo, TX- Goodfellow AFB
  • Spokane, WA- Fairchild AFB
  • Online
  • Kansas City Metro
  • Barstow, CA- Barstow Community College
  • Oceanside, CA- Camp Pendleton
  • Fort Irwin, CA- Fort Irwin Base
  • Victorville, CA – Victor Valley College
  • Mountain Home, ID- Mountain Home AFB
  • Lenexa, KS
  • Knob Noster, MO- Whiteman AFB
  • Great Falls, MT- Malmstrom AFB
  • Beaufort, SC- MCAS Beaufort
  • Austin, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • San Angelo, TX- Goodfellow AFB
  • Spokane, WA- Fairchild AFB
  • Online
  • Kansas City Metro
  • Barstow, CA – Barstow Community College
  • Oceanside, CA- Camp Pendleton
  • Fort Irwin, CA – Fort Irwin Base
  • Victorville, CA- Victor Valley College
  • Mountain Home, ID-Mountain Home AFB
  • Lenexa, KS
  • Knob Noster, MO- Whiteman AFB
  • Great Falls, MT- Malmstrom AFB
  • Beaufort, SC- MCAS Beaufort
  • Austin, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • San Angelo, TX- Goodfellow AFB
  • Spokane, WA- Fairchild AFB
  • Online
  • Kansas City Metro
  • Barstow, CA – Barstow Community College
  • Oceanside, CA- Camp Pendleton
  • Fort Irwin, CA – Fort Irwin Base
  • Victorville, CA- Victor Valley College
  • Mountain Home, ID-Mountain Home AFB
  • Lenexa, KS
  • Knob Noster, MO- Whiteman AFB
  • Great Falls, MT- Malmstrom AFB
  • Beaufort, SC- MCAS Beaufort
  • Austin, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • San Angelo, TX- Goodfellow AFB
  • Spokane, WA- Fairchild AFB
  • Online

MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics …… 3 cr.

AC 201 Principles of Financial Accounting …………. 3 cr.

PO 200 American National Government ……………. 3 cr.

PO 201 State and Local Government ………… 3 cr.

PA 330 Public Administration ………….. 3 cr.

PA 333 Public Management and Leadership ……….. 3 cr.

PA 334 Public Personnel Administration ……. 3 cr.

PA 350 Budget and Finance …………….. 3 cr.

PA 380 Public Service Values ……. 3 cr.

PA 390 Administrative Law ……… 3 cr.

PA 404 Capitalism and Societal Issues ……….. 3 cr.

The Bachelor of Public Administration degree includes coursework in government, finance, law, management and public service. You’ll choose from five areas of emphasis: Business Relations, Criminal Justice, Fire Service Management, Homeland Security and Public Service.

We also offer an associate degree and a minor in Public Administration.

Careers

  • City Manager
  • Tax Assessor
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • Public Works Director
  • Parks and Recreation Superintendent
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Program Highlights

Blended courses

Veterans Administration (VA) guidelines require at least 60% face-to-face content. Because many of our students are veterans, our Bachelor of Public Administration programs feature blended courses. These courses are partially online, though they require weekly student activities and contact with instructors. You’ll benefit from the convenience of online learning while building strong relationships with your colleagues and professors.


Air Force programs

The Bachelor of Public Administration program is part of the Community College of the Air Force’s (CCAF) General Education Mobile (GEM) Program and the Air University – Associates to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC) program (AU-ABC).


Early access to MPA program courses

If you’re a Public Administration senior interested in pursuing master’s level studies, you may seek the approval of the Director of the MPA Program and Associate Dean of the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs to take up to 12 credit hours at the graduate level. You must have a 3.0 GPA or higher to participate in this program. These classes can count toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Faculty

Bachelor of Public Administration faculty hail from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. They’re committed to offering you the skills and the opportunities required for a successful career in government, nonprofit work and other public service sectors.


 

Dr. Melanie Smith

Assistant Professor of Public Administration
msmith@park.edu

Dr. James Vanderleeuw

Professor of Public Administration
james.vanderleeuw@park.edu

Related Programs

If you want to pursue graduate work in this area, explore our Master of Public Administration program.

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.