PLNU’s fully online Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration is designed to build your expertise in grant writing, policy, planning, management, and finance while equipping you to make a difference in your community. Earning your B.A. in Public Administration can help you advance your career, increase your salary, and gain greater opportunities for leadership positions.
Whether you’re new to the field or have first-hand experience working in various degrees of government or the public sector, our degree program supports you to take the next step in pursuing your calling.
Prepare for Leadership & Responsibility
PLNU’s B.A. in Public Administration — taught by experienced public administration faculty and leaders — will prepare you to make a positive impact in your community, and step into true leadership roles with greater responsibility and influence.
PLNU offers one of the few online public administration programs that include a budgets and grants writing course in order to uniquely position you as a more marketable hire after graduation.
Classroom discussions focus on topics and themes such as leading and managing public governance, addressing pressing societal issues, social stratification, state and local policy, administrative law, understanding the workings of government, and more.
As part of the curriculum, each student completes a capstone course that weaves together what you’ve learned through a proposed partnership with organizations from other sectors to address a pressing societal issue of interest. Students will assess all aspects of their proposed partnership and produce a final project. The capstone can be used in collaboration with a current employer or it can be created with a prospective or future employer in mind.
Our program emphasizes service to others inside and outside of the classroom. You’ll learn how to engage in the community, focus on social issues, and develop the skills and relationships necessary to step into roles that make a tangible difference.
We believe that by pouring into those who work in the public, private, and social sectors, we’re being good stewards of the resources and connections we’ve established throughout San Diego County and beyond.
As part of the PLNU community, students will be instructed and mentored by expert faculty and staff dedicated to shaping the next generation of public administrators and leaders. Tap into our faculty and staff’s expansive network to apply classroom knowledge to the real world.
PLNU is committed to providing outstanding professional education rooted in a solid foundation of Christian values, the humanities, and practical application. Students will grow in knowledge and develop skills established in virtue while exploring questions of ethical application across the curriculum.
Career Support That Helps You Succeed
Receive guidance from career advisors who help you succeed while you work through the program, as well as support you in reaching your professional goals after graduation.
Students who complete the public administration program will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical skills to lead and manage in public governance.
- Appraise pressing problems using critical thinking, ethical thinking, and analytics to consider solutions and apply best practices.
- Articulate and apply a public service perspective to their role in their institution.
- Evaluate the role of public administration officials as participants in the public-policy-making and implementation process.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate and interact productively with a diverse population with varying needs.
Convenience to Fit Your Life
Our curriculum is designed with busy, working professionals in mind with an entirely online format. The fully asynchronous program allows you to tailor your own schedule to progress at your own pace. Coursework is designed to be flexible to your needs and help you balance your other life commitments.
Students applying for the program can start with as little as zero college credits completed.
PLNU’s online public administration program offers the flexibility of online learning and the ability to set your own schedule while also providing the benefit of participating within community. Make your schedule and add the unit course load that works best for you.
All courses are three units spanning eight weeks with the exception of the Biblical Perspectives course, which is four units.
|Who is it for?||Busy working adults who prefer independence.|
|Program Start||Six start dates year-round.|
|Program Structure||100% online and asynchronous (fully flexible).|
|Location||Online, at your own pace.|