Public Administration

Public Administration Program prepares students for careers in a number of administrative-focused public sector jobs or private organizations with a public service mission.

At UC, you can.

With a Public Administration degree, you could work as a civil servant working in government agencies at the federal, state and local levels. You could also work with non-profit organizations that provide a range of community services.

Public administration classExamples of relevant professions include government, social and community service, law enforcement, public safety and emergency services personnel, health care providers and educators.

Program Options

Associate of Science in Public Administration

Click to Open

Associate of Science degrees are eligible to students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program within University College.

See Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

Click to Open

The Bachelor of Science in Public Administration program prepares students for careers in public service that require various administrative skills including federal, state and local government agencies, nonprofit organizations and other public sector-oriented entities. Courses focus on building skills around the topics of budgeting, personnel and financial administration, the management of organizations, public service leadership, law, political and government institutions, ethics and global awareness that are critical for not only public administration, but all global citizens.

The curriculum of the BS in Public Administration program is based on the standards of the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and emphasizes the following public service values:  accountability; transparency; respect for citizen privacy; ethical actions and values; and participatory processes that encourages citizen engagement.

As the basis for the curriculum, the program adheres to the following competencies related to the public service values. The competencies include five domains: the ability

  • to lead and manage in public governance;
  • to participate in and contribute to the policy process;
  • to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions;
  • to articulate and apply a public service perspective;
  • to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

See Course Requirements

Certificate in Municipal Management

Click to Open

Designed for adults working (or seeking to work) in municipal and local government settings who need to upgrade skills, acquire new skills, or attain additional credentials. Prospective students may be interested in both the certificate and an undergraduate degree. Many may already have college degrees but which may not be appropriate to their employment duties and responsibilities.

See Course Requirements