Earning a Degree in Public Administration at Regis

Public service is more than simply performing a process. Innovative leaders evaluate, plan and implement public sector programs in the face of greater demands and diminishing resources. A business degree in public administration will prepare you to shape policies that impact the community around you.
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B.S. in Public Administration

Before applying to Regis, you should ask yourself the following questions:

Why should I pursue a BS in Public Administration?

A bachelor’s degree in public administration will prepare you will the skills and leadership abilities to take on complex societal issues while managing the evolving expectations of the community. Local, state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private sector business that closely interact with the government are all facing unprecedented pressure to succeed while improving in areas like:

  • Technology
  • Process efficiency
  • Budget and cost reduction
  • Accountability and transparency

If you want to have a role improving public services and social programs, then a degree in public administration may be right for you.

Is a bachelor’s degree in publication administration for me?

What types of people are drawn to roles in public service? For one, strong leadership abilities are key for a successful career in public service. You’ll also rely on traits like compassion, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and consensus building. Further, you’ll always be focused on working to advance the concept of "the public good." If solving problems and serving others moves you, a bachelor’s degree in public administration may be the perfect path to start your career in this dynamic field.

What will I learn in Regis’ public administration program?

Students in Regis University’s Bachelor of Science in Public Administration program learn to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of public policies, consider the interests of stakeholders and influence those who make public policy happen. You’ll learn the value and necessity of building public/private partnerships as the creative way to deliver public service.

Through practical, career-focused coursework, you’ll learn to think critically and analytically about the development and implementation of public policy issues. As a result, you’ll be prepared to better understand the political dynamics in your own community and to be a more effective public official by understanding how to achieve goals through collaboration and consensus-building.

Public Administration majors have the opportunity to work on a BS in Public Administration degree in tandem with one of the School of Management's graduate degree programs. Learn how you can complete both degree programs at a faster pace and a more affordable cost.

What class formats are available?

Bachelor’s courses in public administration are held online and on campus. Courses are offered in five and eight-week formats to help working adults accommodate school without putting your career on hold.

Career Opportunities

What careers can I get with a bachelor’s degree in public administration?

As a graduate of Regis University's Public Administration program, you’ll be qualified to pursue a position in city/county management, policy analysis, budget consulting and analysis, human resource management, occupational safety coordination, lobbying, information specialization, or grant writing.

Career support from Regis

Career Services at Regis provides you with the resources, training and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose an academic major, explore and find a new career path, or create the tools for a successful job search that will promote your career. To learn more, visit our Career Services page.

What salary can I get with a degree in public administration?

With a bachelor’s degree in public administration, you’ll find yourself prepared to work in a variety of roles in the public, nonprofit and private sector. Here are just a few potential careers are median salaries as reported by payscale.com:

  • Budget manager - $73,994
  • City manager - $84,727
  • Human resources manager - $61,186
  • Public relations manager - $61,067
  • Project/Program manager - $88,515
  • Payroll manager - $61,378

Program Requirements

General Undergraduate Core Requirements (45 credit hours)

Oral Communication Skills (3 credit hours): COM 210, COM 211
English Composition (3 credit hours): EN 203
Advanced Oral or Written Communication (3 credit hours): COM 406, COM 437, COM 455, EN 325, EN/PL 482, EN 475
Literature/Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • Literature/Humanities (6 credit hours) (3 credit hours)
  • Literature/Humanities Elective (3 credit hours) Any 300-400 EN, all HU courses, all COM courses (excluding COM 210, COM 211, COM 406, and COM 437)
Global Issues (6 credit hours): COM 400, COM 412, CR 466, EC 335, EC 400, CIV 410, CIV 420, HS 240E-W, HU 435E-W, HU 421E-W, SO 204, SO 340, SO 341, SO 446, SO 469F, SO 472, IRSH 410E-W, RC 450, RC 458, RC 459

Social Sciences (6 credit hours): CIV 410, CIV 420, CIV 430, CIV 440, COM courses (excluding COM 210, COM 211, COM 406 and COM 437), all EC, all ED, all HS, all PY, all SO courses, all CR courses

Mathematics (3 credit hours) 
  • (College-level algebra or higher)
  • MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, all 300-400 level MT courses 
Natural Sciences (3 credit hours): SCI 205E, SCI 206E, SCI 410E, SCI 411E, all CN, CIS or CS courses 
Philosophy (6 credit hours): All PL courses
Religious Studies (6 credit hours): All RC, all RS courses 
Foundational Courses (24 credit hours)
BA 300 Business Systems in a Sustainable Society
BA/EC 335 Global Business Issues
BA 366 Management Essentials
EC 320 Principles of Macroeconomics
EC 330 Principles of Microeconomics
MT 270 Introduction to Statistics
PA 300 Government Role in Society
PA 400 Public Policy

Upper Division Major Requirements (30 credit hours)

BA 452 Management of Human Resources
BA 454 Organizational Behavior
BA 458 Project Management
BA 479 Managing Technology for Business Strategies
BA 493A Business Research
BA 493B Senior Capstone
PA 410 Public Finance
PA 430 Community Influences on Governments
PA 450E-W Topics in Public Management
PA 495F Ethics in Government

Optional Minor

0-12 credit hours

General Electives (17-29 credit hours)

If a minor is completed: 17 credit hours 
If a minor is not completed: 29 credit hours 

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

How to Apply

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Students with prior college credit, military credit, professional licenses or certificates or several years of work experience may be able to translate this experience directly into college credit.

Your admissions counselor will help evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance, recommend courses and help you get started with the application process.

At a minimum, applicants seeking a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the College for Professional Studies must either:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent (from a regionally accredited high school) AND
  • Transferable credit from a regionally accredited college or university AND
  • Evidence of work experience

Applicants who do not meet each of these requirements may submit a letter of exception to the Assistant Dean of the school in which the applicant seeks to enroll. The letter should describe the applicant's goals and substantiate his/her ability to be successful at Regis University. Download guidelines for work experience admission appeal.

Application Process:

  1. Complete the undergraduate application form online
  2. Pay the $50.00 application fee. The fee is waived if you have applied to Regis previously or if you are a Regis graduate.
  3. Complete the personal statement essay. A short personal statement is required to be considered for admission. Download a copy of the personal statement guidelines.
  4. Request official transcripts from accredited institutions that you have previously attended. Download the transcript request form. Official transcripts are those that come directly from one college or university to another college or university. Official transcripts must be received no later than 30 days after the date of application. If not received, course registrations will be suspended.
  5. Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens.

Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

Applications due two weeks prior to start date. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.

Non Degree-Seeking Applicants Submit the Following:

  • Complete the undergraduate non-degree online application form
  • Pay the $50.00 application fee
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Possess transferable college credit from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Provide evidence of work experience
  • No official transcripts are necessary. The writing skills placement essay is not required.

Applications due two weeks prior to start date. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.


2015-2016 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2015

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $13,850 - $58,930 30 - 128 $460 $50
Online $13,850 - $58,930 30 - 128 $460 $50

2016-2017 Academic Year Tuition: Effective Fall 2016

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $14,250 - $57,000 30 - 120 $475 $50
Online $14,250 - $57,000
30 - 120 $475 $50

Additional fees may apply. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information. Click here for information regarding student parking fees.