Program Overview

Our society depends on public servants. While elected officials make the news, it is the professionals behind the scenes who can have the biggest impact. Now, get the skills and credential you need to make a difference with the online Bachelor of Science in Public Administration degree from Point Park University.

Curriculum Overview

Our fully online degree program is designed for public servants by public servants. Our courses are created and taught by professors with years of experience in their fields. With courses in public budgeting, public policy and decision analysis, this degree gives deep insight into relevant public policy topics and prepares you with the real-world knowledge you need for a public administration career. Whether you are looking to move off the front lines and into management or whether you want to start your public administration career, you’ll get the support you need to succeed in a flexible, fully online environment that works with your schedule.

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  • Next Start Date:August 20, 2017
  • Est. Program Length:2-4 Years
  • Credit Hours:120
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$433

Available Concentrations

EMS Administration Concentration

Advance beyond entry-level positions and become an emergency medical services administrator with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration – EMS Administration at Point Park University. You will gain the skills community leaders are looking for to keep emergency services running smoothly.

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Fire Service Concentration

Become a community leader in fire service with Point Park’s Bachelor of Science in Public Administration with a concentration on Fire Service Administration. If you’re a firefighter wanting to move into management roles, this program gives you everything you need to advance your career.

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General Concentration

Serve your community and advance in your career with the Bachelor of Science in Public Administration - General concentration at Point Park University. This program prepares you for public leadership positions by training you to excel at making decisions, applying information and solving organizational problems. Upon completion of your degree, you’ll have the educational foundation you need to get ahead in all areas of public service.

Thematic Core Courses (42 credits)
  • COMM 101 Oral Communications and Presentation
  • ENGL 101 College Composition
  • UNIV 101 City-University Life
  • Explore the World – Choice 1
  • Explore the World – Choice 2
  • Investigative Science
  • Investigative Mathematics (MATH 150 Math Experience)
  • Interpret Creative Works
  • Understand People – Choice 1 (PSYC 150 Psych. Foundations)
  • Understand People – Choice 2
  • Succeed in Business
  • Appreciate and Apply the Arts
  • Discover Technology (CMPS 114 Problem Solving w/ IT)
  • Capstone

*Math course level dependent on results of placement exam.
**One Writing Intensive course in addition to ENGL 101 is required for graduation.

Department General Requirements (15 credits)
  • ENGL 121 Effective Speech
  • PSYC 203/210 Theories of Personality OR Industrial Psychology
  • Choose any three (3) POLS OR ECON classes
Department Major Requirements (12 credits):
  • PADM 210 Public Administration
  • PADM 211 Principles of Management
  • PADM 214 Public Budgeting and Finance I
  • PADM 301/303 Methods of Public Management OR Policy and Decision Analysis
General Concentration Requirements (21 credits)
  • Choose any six (6) PADM 300+ courses
  • Choose any one (1) PADM 400+ course

Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s B.S. in Public Administration program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Degree admission requires a satisfactory transcript from either a high school or postsecondary institution. Transcripts from postsecondary institutions must include a minimum of 12 earned credits or six months of training. A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. Students with a lower GPA may be considered for admission by the program director based on additional information in support of the application.
  2. The University reserves the right to require an interview or supplementary materials for any applicant (degree or non-degree) and to use these as a means for making an admission decision.

Career Outcomes

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for public servants was $54,120 annually in 2015. By pursuing further education, you can tap into these rewarding careers through a variety of careers, including:

  • Fire Services Manager
  • EMS Manager
  • Budget Advisor
  • Labor Relations Coordinator
  • Community Programs Director
  • Non-Profit Director
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