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Public Administration, B.A.

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Your Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Ashford University prepares you for entry into a career in the public sector with an emphasis on government management, either in a non-profit organization, or at federal, state, or local government. This online degree is designed for those who seek to apply management theory to the practice of public administration. 
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During your Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Ashford University, you will complete coursework in urban management, budgeting and finance, political science and intergovernmental issues, and public policy development. This degree's curriculum also provides you with a breadth of complementary studies in the social sciences. Upon completion of this online public administration degree, you will be able to:

  • Organize theoretical knowledge for understanding, developing, and implementing public policy and administration
  • Integrate academic theory and practical applications
  • Apply management theory to the practice of public administration
  • Analyze relevant political and legal factors in the policy process and analyze their roles 
  • Judge the ethical components of public responsibility


The single largest employer in the world is the US government. When you complete your degree in public administration at the undergraduate or graduate level, you will have what you need to begin any number of public administration careers in which diverse knowledge is a must. Among the many public administration areas you could pursue with a BA in Public Administration include:

  • Program Management
  • Urban Planning
  • Social Service Administrator
  • Department Management
  • Non-profit Organization Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details:
    • The academic calendar is continuous, rather than defined by semesters. Opportunities to enroll in an undergraduate program are available most every week. 
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Duration description
      • 5 Week Courses
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Attendance
      No Attendance

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Service Leadership
  • Principles of Public Administration
  • Finance for Public Administrators
  • Budgeting for Public Administrators
  • Intergovernmental Relations & Issues
  • Public Organizational Theory & Behavior
  • Urban Management

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    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.

General Requirements

Earned an equivalent to a US high school diploma at an international high school according to approved Foreign Evaluation services.

  • Qualified applicants will self-certify as to their high school education on the application for admission. Ashford University will also require that an applicant or student provide a high school transcript, high school diploma, and/or evidence of passing the GED or state certificate awarded.
  • Failure to provide documentation by Day 7 of Week 3 will result in the student being denied admission.

Technological Requirements


Getting a Student Visa

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    510 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    510 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
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