BS In Public Administration
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Oct 26, 2020
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Make a Difference in Your Community with an Online Public Administration Bachelor’s Degree

Are you passionate about serving the common good? Do you want to use your leadership skills in government roles? Are you seeking a job that lets you effect positive change in society? If so, you may want to consider a career in public administration! Liberty’s online Bachelor of Science in Government – Public Administration will equip you to work in the private or public sector. From government agencies to nonprofit organizations, you can pursue many jobs that require strong leadership and communication skills.

Public administrators are responsible for implementing government policies on a practical level. With careful planning, they can carry out government directives in a cost-effective manner and design programs that benefit the public. Our bachelor’s in public administration provides the skills you need to oversee government projects, balance budgets, and ensure laws are enforced.

At Liberty, we have created our B.S. in Government degree with your success in mind. We offer affordable tuition rates, quality academics, and a flexible online format — all with the goal of helping you pursue a rewarding career. Partner with us and prepare to give back to your community.

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Why Choose Liberty University’s Public Administration Program?

If you’re worried that school will get in the way of your other commitments and priorities, we have just what you need. This government degree is offered 100% online, which means you can complete your coursework wherever and whenever it’s most convenient for you! Our classes are only 8 weeks long and have no set login times, providing the flexibility you need to take the next step in your academic journey.

Liberty’s bachelor’s degree in public administration is designed to help develop leaders who are guided by duty, honor, and morality. In this program, you’ll study under professors who have years of experience working in government. They will take what they have learned in their own careers and translate it into practical applications that bring your classroom experience to life.

As a Christian university, we believe moral integrity is an essential part of a functional government. To fulfill our mission of Training Champions for Christ, we’ll equip you to analyze political theories and practices through the lens of a biblical worldview.

What Will You Learn in Our Online Degree in Public Administration?

Our public administration online degree dives into various aspects of government processes, policies, personnel, and politics. You’ll gain the knowledge you need to become an effective leader in public administration. You will examine various political ideologies and positions, allowing you to find innovative solutions to government problems. Throughout this program, you will learn how to manage public projects and programs that improve the lives of everyday citizens.

Liberty’s online government classes will also help you understand how to resolve various conflicts within the global community. You’ll take an in-depth look at aspects of American government, including American exceptionalism, foreign policy, and constitutional history. Whether you want to serve in your local government, lead at the national level, or manage projects for a nonprofit, we can help you achieve your goals.

Explore how government agencies can impact the private business sector. With this knowledge, you can help implement programs that protect individuals’ constitutional rights and promote the general welfare. You will also learn about the financing and budgeting aspects of public administration, allowing you to carry out government policies in a cost-effective manner.

Ultimately, you’ll be able to integrate economic theory, management principles, administrative law, and political theory to resolve various problems in the public sector. Our senior seminar will help you synthesize what you’ve learned and apply it to the real world.

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Military Benefits for Liberty’s Online Bachelor of Science in Public Service and Policy

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $565 per course)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times
  • Potential college credit for military training

What Can You Do with a Degree in Public Administration?

Our public administration degree online will help you succeed in a variety of career paths. You’ll develop practical skills that can be applied to many jobs in government and public administration. Some of the roles you may qualify for include:

  • Administrative officer
  • City manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Nonprofit manager
  • Politician
  • Public administration consultant
  • Public interest advocate
  • Research associate
  • Urban planning specialist

Admission Requirements for Our Online BS in Public Service

Applicants must have a 2.0 or above cumulative GPA for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions related information. 

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • A High School Self-Certification form
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses — documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.

Highlights of Liberty’s Bachelor’s in Government Management Program

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by — and one of the top 10 online schools in America by Earning your public administration bachelor’s degree online from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we’re committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we’ve frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 6 years — and counting.
  • To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for all undergraduate courses at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!
  • Our online courses are only 8 weeks long, with 8 different start dates offered each year and no set login times.
  • Liberty is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). You can be confident that your degree from Liberty will be respected in the workplace.
  • You can access a wealth of resources through our top-notch research portal while completing your government administration degree online.
  • By earning this government studies degree, you’ll be equipped to succeed in many government, administration, and development careers.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Administrative Services Managers (viewed online September 3, 2020). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.