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Bachelor of Public Administration

Apply by:

Dec. 02

To begin:

Jan. 06


Do you have a passion for public service? FIU Online's fully online Bachelor in Public Administration (BPA) can prepare you for a fulfilling career in government and nonprofit organizations, or provide a solid foundation for graduate studies.

The BPA curriculum will help you gain the skills you need to enter or advance in the public sector, with courses that introduce you to public sector policies and practices that are taught by faculty with real-world experience in both governmental and nonprofit arenas.

FIU Online's Bachelor in Public Administration is designed to produce effective managers who have a keen understanding of analytical research, budget management, policy development, and community involvement. Whether you're interested in entering the public administration field or want to enhance your experience, this degree program will nurture your commitment to public service in an increasingly diverse society.

With FIU Online, you can learn anywhere, anytime. Our interactive technology enables you to watch lectures, get real-time feedback from your instructors and collaborate with classmates on projects. Plus, we provide you with a personal success coach who will provide you with one-on-one guidance every step of the way.


  • Why Apply?

    With an emphasis on creative problem-solving, leadership and management in complex urban environments in this country and internationally, The FIU Department of Public Administration is a highly regarded program that produces graduates who have ascended to the highest levels of local government and nonprofit administration within South Florida and beyond.

    BPA Career Opportunities

    The FIU Online bachelor's in public administration degree gives you tremendous flexibility in career choices. You may conduct fundraising campaigns for a nonprofit organization, negotiate city and state vendors for public services as a contract administrator, supervise public policy for healthcare research that leads to legislation, or manage municipal finances. Potential job titles may include town manager, public affairs officer, state finance officer, program review officer, legislative analyst, and regulatory agency manager, among others.

    Wages and Employment Trends for Public Administration Graduates

    According to the U.S Department of Labor–Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social and community service managers is predicted to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by the needs of an aging population, as well an increase in health services. Additionally, an expected wave of retirements by city, state and federal government managers will open up opportunities for skilled public administration professionals. (Occupation Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Courses

    Program Completion Requirements

    Total Credits: 120 
    Public Administration Credits: 60

    If you are an entering freshman or a transfer student, who has not yet earned an Associate's degree, you must complete the 60 credits of general education courses, in addition to the 60 credits for the BA in Public Administration.

    If you have completed an associate's degree from an accredited Florida Institution, you will move directly into completing required courses for the Bachelor in Public Administration.  If your associate's degree is from outside the state of Florida or from a private institution within the state, your credits will be examined on a case-by-case basis to ensure they meet Florida International University's core curriculum requirements.

    Students must complete 60 credit hours at the 3000 or 4000 level.

    (Pending final approval, the Bachelor in Public Administration Curriculum is listed below)

    Core Requirements

    Eight core courses. (24 credits), including a three credit seminar, PAD 4934 (Integrative Seminar in Public Administration).

    Introduction to Public Administration PAD 3003

    The course will provide an overview of the field of public administration by focusing on its development and importance in modern government operations. The course will also review operation of government at local, state, and federal levels.

    Policy Development and Implementation - GL PAD 3034

    Examines the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of governmental efforts at federal, state, and local levels.

    Managing Global Cities - GL  PAD 3800

    Introduction to principles of urban governance in order to manage specific development problems of global cities.

    Public Sector Budgeting PAD 4223

    The theory and practice of various approaches to budgeting, including line-item, performance, PPBS budgeting. Special emphasis on the role of the budget in shaping the program and performance and policy direction of public organizations.

    Applied Research Methods for Policy & Management PAD 4723

    Research design, sampling, critical evaluation, basic research ethics, experiments and quasi experiments, reliability and validity surveys, design-implementation, qualitative and quantitative methods, secondary analysis evaluation and presentation.

    Personnel Skills for Public Administrators PAD 4414

    The general nature of public personnel administration; the development of the civil service system; concepts and issues currently applicable at the federal, state, and locallevels of government.

    Administrative Leadership and Behavior PAD 4432

    Designed to expose students to a systematically related set of concepts for diagnosing human behavior in organizations; and to establish a positive value for the analysis of problems involving people, structure, environment, task technology, and situational climate.

    Integrative Seminar in Public Administration PAD 4934

    The terminal course of the program. Students will integrate coursework and theory into the analysis of a public policy or public management problem and produce a final seminar paper. Prerequisites: Successful completion of required courses and a total of at least 108 credits.

    Concentration Electives:

    Four courses (12 credits) of concentration electives to be taken from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at the 3000 level or greater

    General Electives:

    Eight courses (24 credits) of general electives from any department at the 3000 level or greater

    Please contact the Department of Public Administration for a list of Recommended Minors and Undergraduate Certificates to fulfill Elective Requirements.

  • Requirements

    To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

    FIU Admission Requirements

    A student must complete an Associate in Arts degree at a Florida public community college or have earned 60 semester hours of college credit at any other accredited institution at an acceptable performance level to be considered for admission.

    Students with an Associate in Science degree not from a Florida public community college or 60 semester hours will be accepted, but must complete the University’s Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements before the bachelor’s degree can be awarded.

    To qualify for admission to the program, FIU undergraduates must have completed 60 semester hours, including all CLAS requirements, and have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better.

    Undergraduate Application: Click here

    Lower Division Preparation

    It is recommended that applicants complete the Associate of Arts degree (60 semester hours) in the lower division and the University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements.

    It is recommended that students complete a course in American Government (POS 2041/2042). Three credits in History, and three credits in Public Administration are recommended.

    Foreign Language Requirement

    Students must demonstrate competency in a foreign language or American Sign Language at the level of the second semester of a college language sequence. (High school courses cannot be used to fulfill this requirement). This requirement may be met by successfully completing with a grade of ‘C’ or better (C- does not count): a) the second semester of a two-semester sequence basic language course or b) any second-year or third-year foreign language course. This requirement may also fulfilled by presenting acceptable scores in the Advanced Placement Exam, the SAT II, the CLEP exam, or other approved instruments. Students should consult their advisors for more specific information.

  • Tuition

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  • Top Faculty

    Dr. Howard Frank

    Dr. Frank is the Chair of the FIU Dept. of Public Administration and Director of the FIU Metropolitan Center, an applied research and training institute that provides policy solutions to public, private and non-profit organizations in South Florida. Professor Frank has written extensively in the areas of local government budgeting, budgetary forecasting and performance measurement, and is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management.

    Dr. Agatha Caraballo

    Dr. Caraballo is the program coordinator for the Bachelor of Public Administration degree. Her areas of specialization include professional development, corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion. She is a board member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) South Florida Chapter and acting Director of the Council for Corporate Responsibility.

    Dr. Valerie Patterson

    Dr.  Patterson is a Clinical Associate Professor in the public administration program. She teaches courses in human resource policy and management, administrative and governmental ethics, organization theory and behavior, and courses examining contemporary race and gender issues. She is a board member of ASPA South Florida and chair of the ASPA Section on Historical, Artistic and Reflective Expression.

    Dr. Keith Revell

    Professor Revell’s research interests include urban planning, politics, infrastructure development, legal and institutional change, public sector leadership, and political culture. He is the author of Building Gotham: Civic Culture and Public Policy in New York City: 1898-1938.



120 Credits Required


$228.81 Per Credit Hour (In-State) + Fees


$345.87 Per Credit Hour (Out-of-State) + Fees


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