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Public Administration Degree Online BS in Business Administration Concentration

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Register By: February 25 Classes Start: February 27

Earn a Public Administration Degree Online

  • $320/credit (120 credits)
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required
  • Program accredited by ACBSP
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Gain valuable communication and public interaction skills
  • Fill a growing need for public administrators with specialized skillsets

Public Administration Degree Concentration Overview

Are you ready to be the face of change and gain an understanding of social issues and strategies? In Southern New Hampshire University's online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a concentration in Public Administration, you'll learn how administrators make policy and enforce programs to help build and strengthen communities and society. Public administrators play an important part in ensuring that laws, regulations, civil rights, municipal budgets and health and safety codes are enforced to protect the communities they serve.

This online degree gives you a solid business foundation and develops your knowledge of government structure, administrative management, fiscal budgeting, community dynamics, politics and public policy. After completion of the program, you'll be prepared to pursue a career path or advance your current career in public service.

The BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Public Administration is a unique field of study that incorporates tools and theories from diverse disciplines, such as public policy, political science, organizational management, and business administration. The tools of public administration are similar to those in business-related fields, but its goals are uniquely the public good and public welfare.

In this program, you can receive credit for prior learning if you have compelted an accredited Certified Manager Program (CPM) from the National Certified Public Manager® Consortium (NCPMC). State restrictions may apply.

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What You'll Learn

  • Development and maintenance of public policy and programs
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Communication tactics to inform, negotiate and persuade
  • Processes and techniques to secure and manage public funds
  • How ethics drive conduct in public policy

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How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Career Outlook

An online public administration degree translates well to a variety of career options, whether you're looking to work in a sector of the government, make a difference in the town you live in or serve a specific community or nonprofit. According to the Princeton Review, a degree in public administration could lead you down a number of diverse career paths at the state or local level, including working in federal housing, law enforcement, labor relations, healthcare or social services.1

Here are just a few ways you could put your degree to use to protect the needs of the public:

Administrative Services Manager

Supervise staff, manage records, recommend policy changes, monitor facilities to ensure safety, security and regulatory compliance.

Social and Community Service Manager

Coordinate and supervise programs and organizations that support the public well-being.

Budget Analyst

Help public and private institutions organize their finances to ensure proposed budgets are used for the greater good of the community.

Other career options include municipal manager, legislator, solicitor, treasurer, emergency management official, grant writer or public information officer. You might work for employers such as an environmental agency, health department or the federal government.

Additionally, when you enroll in SNHU's public administration degree program, you'll be eligible to join the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) to fast-track your career and begin building your own network while completing your coursework.

Michael Ramella with the text Michael Ramella For Michael Ramella '20, the BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Public Administration offered an opportunity to advance an already established career.

"Before the pursuit of my bachelor’s degree, I knew that I had obtained the highest level I could without a degree," he said. "What I lacked is what I believe many adult learners lack – not a lack of intelligence but a lack of education demonstrating that intelligence. The workplace is still set to reward those with a degree and I needed the education to move even further forward."

Today, his degree helps him bring newfound confidence to the workplace.

"I work alongside people with Ivy League degrees every day," he said. "My degree and education are competitive with theirs and no one questions the validity of my education. I obtained a competent education at SNHU that has given me the confidence to share knowledge and ideas no matter where the audience has a degree from."

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Job Growth

Job growth through 2031 is estimated at 12% for social and community service managers, 3% for budget analysts, and 7% administrative services and facilities managers.2

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Salary

The median annual salary in 2021 was $74,000 for social and community service managers, $79,940 for budget analysts, and $99,290 for administrative services and facilities managers.2

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Public Administration Degree Concentration

Help Shape Public Policy

Michelle CaronDr. Michelle Caron, associate dean for business

"What sets public administration apart from other business-related fields is that this concentration prepares you to develop, shape and implement public policy for government institutions, non-profit organizations and businesses. It also explores how the public influences policy, how to interact with them and their impact on decision-making."

Courses & Curriculum

In the coursework for this program, you'll develop skills and strategies to make informed recommendations for policies and programs based on the best interest of the community, constituents and businesses.

The courses for SNHU's public administration degree online include Policy Analysis and the Role of the Public and American Politics and Public Fiscal Management. The business core, in addition to your 5 concentration courses, can also set you up for success in this life-changing and personally fulfilling field.

This concentration includes authentic projects and interactive activities that have been developed and delivered by experienced public administrators who demonstrate an ability to connect aspects of the public administrator role to various real-world scenarios.

“Coursework builds from analyzing key theories of the role of government and regulation in developing public policy, to program development and evaluating its success,” Caron said.

Ramella noted the value in being taught by instructors who care about the success of their students.

"The instructors have been great with providing guidance and direction along the course of my 4 years and 2 degrees at SNHU," he said. "I don’t necessarily like a lot of 'hand holding' and they were able to quickly determine what the right amount of intervention was for my needs. The consistent feedback helped to form the skills I needed to finish the coursework."

The online program gave Ramella the opportunity to learn from professionals of diverse backgrounds.

"Being able to interact with professors from all around the country helped to provide different views and considerations that I wouldn’t have had in a regional classroom," he said. "Having the resource of professors serving in a variety of different institutions helped make my education of higher ed stronger."

Chris Insco with text Chris Insco

Chris Insco '21 similarly applauded the support he received from his instructors.

"Every instructor I had at SNHU was amazing," he said. "Some pushed me harder than others but I think that is to be expected because they see the full potential that each student has and brings to the class."

Ultimately, this push was what Insco needed to excel as an online student.

"Studying online was a new venture for me versus being in a classroom but it was good to get that kind of exposure of having to be self-efficient and having the self-discipline to be able to complete the assignments and tasks on time," he said.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

Business Core

Business programs require learners to complete the Business core program, which includes a variety of business-specific courses. This program focuses on 10 core competencies to prepare you for success wherever you go.

General Education

All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

Technology Resources

We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.

Earn Math Credits

Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

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