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Public Administration Online

Advance your education at UMassD

With a BA degree in Public Administration, you'll acquire the analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills necessary to excel in your career. You will be prepared to work in the public sector at the local, state, or federal level, particularly in human or social services. 

You will learn to:

  • understand concepts, theories and empirical findings in public administration
  • design research and perform data analysis & interpretation
  • understand and synthesize professional and popular writing on public affairs
  • formulate and analyze arguments including their structure and force
  • assess the relevance and weight of evidence
  • write clearly and persuasively
  • organize your ideas in a focused paper or presentation

If you're interested in preparing to take on a role in budgetary or financial management, learn about what our Bachelor of Science in Public Administration offers. 

Transferring to UMassD

With our generous transfer policy, students with existing credits may transfer up to 90 credits from a regionally accredited institution.

To earn your degree, you'll need 120 credits, with 36 credits in your major. 

Sample Course Offerings

Examples of courses offered in the Public Administration program include (course offerings subject to change):

  • Civil Rights in the U.S.
  • State & Local Government
  • Public Policy
  • Urban Politics
  • Urban Economics

Required courses

  • Introductory-level American government course
  • Upper-level public administration course
  • Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
  • Business Communication
  • Internship course
  • Senior capstone in Public Administration. 

Course descriptions, schedules and requirements

UMassD advantages

Customize your education and receive the help and guidance to finish as planned:

  • Generous transfer policy
  • Value and affordability of a UMass education
  • One-on-one personal advising from enrollment through graduation
  • Free online and in-person tutoring and writing center


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UMass Dartmouth advanced degrees

Learning Style: Online

Online courses are taught by UMass Dartmouth faculty to provide high quality instruction and personal attention. Students have the flexibility to accommodate work and home responsibilities within the structure of defined assignment due dates. The majority of our online courses are taught asynchronously.

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