Gain an understanding of social issues and strategies for facilitating change through government systems in Southern New Hampshire University's online Bachelor of Science 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.
Why earn a public administration degree online at SNHU?
Our 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.
When you add a public administration concentration to your business degree, you strengthen the skills that help you make informed recommendations for policies and programs based on the best interest of stakeholders such as the community, constituents and businesses.
Your degree prepares you to back up your ideas for policies and programs through an analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. It also gives you the tools to communicate strategies for informing, negotiating with and persuading constituents on public programs.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your degree in public administration at SNHU include:
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment projects the need for administrative services managers to increase 10% by 2026.* Growth will come from the continued need for municipal governments to provide services such as fire protection, criminal justice systems, public works, libraries, schools, public health, transportation, housing and development due to an expanding population.
Our bachelor's degree program prepares you for roles like:
The courses for SNHU's public administration degree online include Policy Analysis and the Role of the Public, American Politics and Public Fiscal Management. The business core - plus your 5 concentration courses - can set you up for success in this life-changing field.
SNHU's bachelor's in public administration program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All undergraduate students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Business Core Program
Programs in the School of Business 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.
This course offers a broad introduction to the structure and function of the American political system at the national level, including the roles played by the president, Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy, political parties, interest groups and the mass media in the policy- making and electoral processes. This course places special emphasis on how the efforts of the framers of the Constitution to solve what they saw as the political problems of their day continue to shape American national politics in ours.
Explore the field of public administration through the analysis of key theory and career possibilities. Examine the role of government and regulation in public policy development. Analyze how ethics drives conduct within the field.
Analyze the processes and techniques used to secure and manage public funds. Examine considerations public administrators utilize when making fiscal decisions. Explore the role of oversight committees, audits, and other accountability measures to ensure accuracy of financial documents and processes.
Explore the role of policy in public administration, how the public influences policy, and the impact of policy on decision-making. Learn the stages of the public policy process and how the public's involvement in policy making has evolved. Develop techniques for managing and interacting with the public.
Learn the six steps of program development and evaluation, including designing program evaluation processes to measure outcomes and analyzing data to assess program success. Create purpose-driven communications to gain support for programs, disseminate program information, and report to stakeholders.
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We 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.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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