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Public Administration Degree

Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

Offered on campus and fully online

Expand Your Education, Pave the Way for a Promotion

Do you aspire to be manager of a government agency, director of a nonprofit organization or district chief of an EMS department? 

Our public administration degree program, offered on campus and fully online, is designed for working adults with busy schedules, will prepare you for a career managing government, nonprofit and public service organizations, as well as businesses in the health care, environment and energy industries. Our public administration courses are designed and taught by professors who are veterans of the field. You will explore relevant topics that are grounded in industry best practices and real-world examples, such as public budgeting public policy and decision analysis.

We offer tuition discounts for Allegheny County, City of Pittsburgh and EMS employees and volunteers.

In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration, we offer a fully online public administration certificate program


Fully Online Accelerated Degree Option

Whether you're pursuing your B.S. degree or a certificate, Point Park’s online programs are presented in a flexible format at an affordable cost. Online courses are 8 weeks long and are always offered asynchronously for your convenience. 

Online students have access to the same great benefits as on-campus students:

  • Point Park faculty with real-world experience.
  • Small online class sizes for individualized attention.
  • A full spectrum of University resources.
  • A student success advisor offering support from application to graduation, who will guide you to successfully complete your degree.

Cohorts begin every eight weeks. Apply now!

Why Study Public Administration at Point Park University

Concentration Options

Choose from one of four concentration options to align your public administration degree with your career goals:
  • Public administration (general)
  • Emergency medical services
  • Fire service administration
  • Law enforcement administration

We also offer a nonprofit management minor to help you further customize your education to match your goals.

Courses & Topics

Courses in Point Park's public administration program include:

  • Public Budget and Finance
  • Policy and Decision Analysis
  • Critical Issues in Risk Communication
  • High Impact Event Planning
  • Theories of Public Organizations
  • Principles of Management
  • Managing Nonprofit Organizations
  • Disaster and Emergency Management
  • EMS Community Risk Reduction
  • Planning and Change in Public Organizations
  • Special Employee Relations
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Advanced Seminar in Applied Public Management

National Fire Academy

Students who successfully complete courses in the Fire Service Administration concentration are eligible to receive course completion certificates from the National Fire Academy. Additionally, Point Park is one of just a few universities in the country, and the only one in Pennsylvania, that has an academic partnership with the National Fire Academy through which we can accept NFA coursework for credit toward your degree. 

Point Park's public administration program is the first institution in Pennsylvania — and one of only 13 colleges and universities nationwide — to be recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration for its concentrations in fire service administration and emergency medical services administration. Learn more.

Fast-Track Bachelor’s to Master’s Program

This degree program is included in our Fast-Track Bachelor’s to Master’s Program, through which students have the option to take two core classes from one of our master's programs. This program enables students to earn a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from Point Park in as little as five years. Visit our Fast-Track Bachelor’s to Master’s Program webpage for more information.

Public Administration Certificate Program

Our 18-credit certificate program is available to students who hold a bachelor's degree. The program takes one year to complete and cohorts begin each semester. Apply online today!


Career Options

With a degree or certificate in public administration, you will have the option to pursue various career opportunities, such as:

  • Pictured is student Amera Gilchrist. File photo.City Manager
  • Director of Public Works
  • Department Head, County Government
  • Deputy Mayor
  • State or Federal Agency Director
  • Disaster and Emergency Services Manager
  • Community Affairs Manager
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Grant Writer
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Health Care Administrator

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