Public Administration

Undergraduate Major - 46 Credit Hours

Program Description:

Public Administrators are responsible for making communities work. From school program administration to community planning, public administrators get involved in the every day operations, where government and community interests meet.

BVU's public administration major gives you a firm grounding in political science so you have the necessary background in politics and theory, while also closely studying major issues of concern directly to communities.

Employment opportunities include:

  • Elected or appointed official
  • Public interest advocates
  • Urban or regional planners
  • Community project administration
  • Carroll
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Mason City
  • Online
  • Ottumwa

Public Administration Major Courses

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • MGMT 306 Principles of Management
  • MGMT 320 Human Resource Management
  • PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
  • PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
  • PSCN 240 Judicial Process or PSCN 245 Introduction to American Law
  • PSPA 165 Introduction to Public Administration
  • PSPA 320 State and Local Politics or PSCN 245 Introduction to American Law
  • PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs
  • PSPA 400 Pre-Professional Seminar

Public Administration Option A (choose 6 credit hours from)

  • SPA 485 Special Topics in Public Administration
  • PSPA 495 Senior Internship
  • Additional PSCN or PSPA course at the 300 level or higher not previously completed to

Public Administration Option B

  • PSCN 490 Washington Center Internship Program
Admissions criteria for the Public Administration program

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

Admissions process for the Public Administration program
  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

Tuition & Fees

BVU offers a quality, affordable education, and our financial specialists are here to help as you navigate the costs of your educational investment so you can move forward with your career.

Financial Aid

BVU's Institution code: 001847

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The G.I. Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program

All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

  • Operating System: Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Or Macintosh OS X with RAM at or above OS recommendations
  • Processor: A PC with a Pentium IV or newer, or a Macintosh with a G3 or newer
  • Internet Connection: DSL or cable modem (high speed internet). Dial-up will not be sufficient.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari, Chrome.
  • Software: A current installation of Java ( Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, (Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2001, 2004, 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh). Newer versions are recommended (Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh).


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