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Public Administration, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Chico, CA, United States
The BA in Public Administration at California State University Chico provides training for careers in public service or non-profit organizations. The MPA program at California State University Chico offers outstanding program options in Health Administration and Local Government Management. A major feature of this program is administration in a non-metropolitan setting.
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Overview

The BA in political science at California State University Chico offers great flexibility; students choose courses from a rich curriculum, providing close student-faculty contact. Significant work experience and internship opportunities are offered in the state legislature, with lobbying groups, political parties, candidates, and in the offices of U.S. Senators and Representatives. The MA program offers preparation for community college teaching, work in government and politics, and for the PhD in political science, international relations, or public policy.

The BA option in legal studies provides students with an innovative course of study with a law-related emphasis. The Legal Studies Option at California State University Chico provides students with an opportunity to gain practical experience in internships, giving students practical experience through contact with lawyers, judges, prisoners, and persons in the community. Students work in areas of the law such as housing, criminal, consumer, welfare, and the environment. Students also participate in moot court in a simulated courtroom.

The BA in Public Administration explores the institutions involved in the administration of justice (e.g., policing, corrections) as well as a multidisciplinary examination into the social and psychological issues associated with criminal behavior and crime control. Students who are interested in why individuals commit crime, how governments respond to behaviors they deem undesirable, and the effects of the criminal justice system's actions on different communities will find the Criminal Justice major a perfect academic home. Our graduates pursue careers in various aspects of public safety, private enterprise, social welfare, and law and graduate school.

The BA in international relations combines intensive study of international relations with area and interdisciplinary study. Maximum latitude is allowed in selecting courses offered in political science and related departments. In addition to gaining a broad liberal arts education, students receive excellent preparation for advanced graduate study, the foreign service, or careers in international affairs, business, or non-profit institutions.

Career Outlook

Our department's graduates fill staff and management positions in local, state, and federal government, as well as business and industry. Some sit in Congress and in statehouses. A large number work as staff to elected political officials. Many work as lobbyists, journalists, and in government and public relations. Because our department sponsors a legal studies and paralegal certificate program, many excel in careers in law.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Techniques of Research
  • State and Local Government
  • Methods of Political Inquiry
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Administration of Public Financial Resources
  • Organizational Theory
  • Public Policy Formation
  • Policy Analysis Capstone Seminar
  • Recent American Political Thought
  • Origins of Western Political Thought
  • Contemporary Political Thought

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    500

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:

    47

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General Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);
  • Have completed with grades of C or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements also known as the “a-g” pattern (see “Subject Requirements”).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    17368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7864 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chico

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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