Government & Public Administration Degree Programs
Become a Leader. Impact the World.
Prepare for your government or public administration career with a degree from the Helms School of Government at Liberty University. Our programs offer associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as minors and certificates, all taught from a Christian perspective.
In our government programs, you’ll learn how a system of limited government, along with a commitment to free enterprise allows for the fullest and freest expression of human community.
With our political science degrees, you learn about the theory and study of politics. And in public/fire administration, you’ll prepare for a career in the management and administration of public sector organizations.
Our goal is to inspire and produce action-oriented students who will become Christ-centered statesmen, administrators, scholars, and policymakers. Prepare to become a highly qualified leader in your chosen career field where you can impact the world.
See Our Government & Public Administration Degrees
Certificate in Public Administration (Undergraduate)
Obtaining a certificate in public administration allows you to quickly add to your professional development.
A.A. in Government
Gain a clear understanding of the issues, interest, and institutions of American politics, and study the ongoing struggle between liberalism and conservatism.
B.S. in Fire Administration
Gain a broad knowledge base and training that will increase your ability to think critically and make sound and effective decisions under the pressures of emergency management.
B.A. in Government
Learn more about the close relationship between a system of limited constitutional government and the free enterprise economy. With the B.A., you’ll incorporate a liberal arts focus into your degree with a language component.
B.S. in Government
B.S. in Political Science
Gain insight into the concepts, methodologies, and theories of the science of politics.
B.S. in Public Administration
Develop the critical thinking skills and gain the knowledge necessary to lead as a Public Administrator.
Minor in Government
Add knowledge about the field of government to your degree. Courses like Constitutional Govt. & Free Enterprise and American Government will give you a well-rounded approach to your career.
Minor in Public Administration
Adding a minor in public administration will give you an idea of how the present political and economic culture was formed.
Certificate in Public Administration (Graduate)
This certificate provides the essential training you need for a successful career in public administration while giving you the flexibility to fit the degree into your current schedule.
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)
Become equipped for a career in government, the private sector, or nonprofit organizations by being educated to master the necessary written and verbal communications skills essential in public administration.
M.S. in Political Science
Develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of politics, both domestically and internationally.
Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A.)
Throughout this degree, you’ll explore the administrative functions of governmental agencies and gain experience in strategic planning, program implementation, advanced management techniques, and results-based leadership. You can take on positions in higher education as an administrator or professor. You’ll have the option of working as a civil servant, politician, consultant, or grants writer.
Find What You’re Looking for at Liberty
Helms School government graduates have gone on to work on Capitol Hill, in the White House, at federal agencies, and in numerous state and local positions.
Build your career credentials through one of Liberty’s government internship networks which can include a semester in Washington, D.C. or New York City.
Enter a program that seamlessly combines political philosophy, practical instruction, and real-world experiences in government, political science, and public/fire administration.
Student & Alumni Focus
John Maher, Abigail Taylor
Kelsey Gold and Ashley Traficant
Professor of Government
With specializations in Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise, State and Local Government, Political Economy and Public Policy, among others, Dr. Gai Ferdon brings to the classroom a vast amount of political knowledge.
Her educational background has been interspersed with life-changing missionary experiences and teaching positions in many interesting and intriguing parts of the world.
Associate Professor of Government
Dr. Mary Prentice graduated from the University of Florida with a Ph.D. in Political Science. She is currently engaged in research on faith and American foreign policy.
Some of her areas of specializations include American Foreign Policy, Political Geography, International Relations, and National Security Law.