Bachelor's in Public Administration

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Why Study Public Administration? 

Our dedicated and experienced faculty provide hands-on learning opportunities that prepare you for careers such as urban planning, city management, hospital administration, fundraising or international humanitarian relief. Workplaces from government to health care to non-profit organizations value the skills and knowledge you’ll receive in financial management, research, human resource administration and organizational psychology. 

What You'll Learn 

Through our leading-edge curriculum, you’ll gain insights into the planning, coordination and management that help public service organizations fulfill their missions. You’ll study the many elements that go into public decisions, from values and ethics to economics to psychology. You can choose whether to focus on the science and analysis that inform decisions or on the human impacts of those decisions within the communities you serve.

Program Details

A Bachelor’s degree prepares you for a rising career and for future graduate study by emphasizing clear communication, critical thinking, and a leading-edge understanding of your chosen field. View the core requirements and electives needed to earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Columbia College.

A Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science require slightly different coursework. A Bachelor of Arts allows you to take more classes in the humanities, specifically foreign language. A Bachelor of Science requires more courses specific to your major.

  • Public Policy 
  • Non-Profit Organization and Management 
  • Public Financial Resources Management 
  • Public Human Resources Management 
  • Public Decision Making 
  • Values and Ethics in Public Administration

Pair your degree with a related minor or explore your other interests without taking on a full course load.

Careers & Outcomes 

The decisions public administrators make can have far-reaching impacts. In this program, you will learn to weigh both the outcomes of past decisions and the possibilities for the future when you address current issues. 

At Columbia College, you will be prepared to work in a variety of careers such as urban planning, city management, hospital administration, fundraising or international humanitarian relief. You’ll also be ready for a graduate program or law school. 

Some possible paths include: 

  • Public official 
  • Policy analyst 
  • Lobbyist 
  • City management 
  • Health care administration 
  • Urban planner 
  • Journalist 
  • Non-profit administration

Flexible Education

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.


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