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Public Administration, BA

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Online Division, Sarasota Campus, Tallahassee Campus, Tampa Campus

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration explores government structures, administrative management, fiscal budgeting, community dynamics, politics and public policy for facilitating change through government systems. The degree has a strong liberal arts and research focus designed to prepare students for graduate level training in a variety of disciplines along with entry-level work in a host of disparate fields.  This is a broad-spectrum program that introduces students to the general study of the field of public administration and is suited for students with an interest in public policy, politics, issues in immigration and the environment as well as those seeking an academic foundation for work in public service.  Students select a specialization in Politics, Communication Studies, or Emergency Management.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its goals:

  • Demonstrate basic understanding of theories, concepts and practices relevant to public administration and its sub-fields;
  • Analyze contemporary social problems in America through the application of public administration concepts and theories;
  • Explain the differences between various government and economic systems;
  • Demonstrate the appropriate skills to be able to administer public programs in their chosen subfield of public administration in particular public management, healthcare administration, nonprofit management, and environmental administration;
  • The ability to understand that public policies shape, and are shaped by, the institutional, legal, political and economic contexts in which they occur;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in clear oral and written communication by presenting succinct, well-organized materials and analysis tailored to the needs of their audience.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

The following lower division courses, if not taken as part of an associate’s program, must be successfully completed before beginning upper division major courses (Course equivalency is established by the dean of academic affairs from official transcripts received from regionally accredited institutions):

  • 3.0 credit hours – Political Science (required)
  • 6.0 credit hours from any lower division Natural Science courses
  • 6.0 credit hours from any lower division Mathematics courses above Intermediate Algebra
  • 3.0 credit hours – Macroeconomics or Microeconomics
  • 3.0 credit hours – English Composition II

Program Outline

The curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration requires 36 credits in lower division general education courses, 30 credits in open electives, 9 credits in upper division general education courses, 30 upper division major credits, and 15 credits in a specialization. One specialization must be chosen. A total of 120.0 semester credit hours are required for the degree.

NOTE: Political Science (POS1041) is a prerequisite for ALL courses in the major, both lower division and upper division.

Lower Division Courses

Recommended Open Electives (30.0 credit hours) - Student may substitute others with Dean’s approval
American History Pre 1876 3.0 credit hours
American History Post 1876 3.0 credit hours
Intercultural Communication 3.0 credit hours
Criminal Law 3.0 credit hours
Intro to Homeland Security 3.0 credit hours
Entrepreneurship 3.0 credit hours
Principles of Management 3.0 credit hours
Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Social Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Strategies for Success 3.0 credit hours
Leadership 3.0 credit hours
Constitutional Law 3.0 credit hours
Immigration Law 3.0 credit hours
Organizational Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Sociology of the Social Urban Community 3.0 credit hours
Critical Thinking 3.0 credit hours
Behavioral/Social Science (6.0 credit hours)
6.0 credit hours from any lower division Behavioral/Social Science courses
Political Science (required) 3.0 credit hours
Political Science (required) 3.0 credit hours
American History Pre 1876 3.0 credit hours
American History Post 1876 3.0 credit hours
Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Communications (3.0 credit hours)
Speech 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
Economics (3.0 credit hours)
Microeconomics 3.0 credit hours
Macroeconomics 3.0 credit hours
English (6.0 credit hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
English Composition II 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
English Literature 3.0 credit hours
Contemporary World Literature 3.0 credit hours
General Humanities 3.0 credit hours
Intro to Philosophy 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)
College Algebra 3.0 credit hours
College Math 3.0 credit hours
Applications of Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
Statistics 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (6.0 credit hours)
General Biology 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Biology 3.0 credit hours
Environmental Science 3.0 credit hours
General Marine Biology 3.0 credit hours

Upper Division Courses

Upper Division Public Administration Major Courses (30.0 credit hours)
Intro to Public Policy 3.0 credit hours
Intergovernmental Relations 3.0 credit hours
Environmental Politics 3.0 credit hours
Info Resources Management in the Public Sector 3.0 credit hours
Foundations of Public Safety Admin 3.0 credit hours
Administrative Law 3.0 credit hours
Issues in International Policy 3.0 credit hours
Urban Government Social Policy 3.0 credit hours
Public Finance 3.0 credit hours
Public Sector Labor Relations 3.0 credit hours
Upper Division General Education Courses (9.0 credit hours)
History of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 3.0 credit hours
Workforce Diversity 3.0 credit hours
Professional Writing 3.0 credit hours
Specializations (15.0 credit hours)
Politics - Choose 5 Courses
The American Presidency 3.0 credit hours
The Campaign Process 3.0 credit hours
Conflict Resolution 3.0 credit hours
Great Political Thinkers 3.0 credit hours
Middle East Foreign Policy 3.0 credit hours
Politics of U.S. Immigration 3.0 credit hours
Communication Studies
Interpersonal Communication 3.0 credit hours
Communication, Tech & Change 3.0 credit hours
Public Relations 3.0 credit hours
Conflict Resolution 3.0 credit hours
Cross-Cultural Communication 3.0 credit hours
Emergency Management
Public Relations 3.0 credit hours
Tactical Communications 3.0 credit hours
Business Ethics 3.0 credit hours
Catastrophic Event Response Planning 3.0 credit hours
Issues in Disaster Response 3.0 credit hours

Program Outcomes

My instructors believed in me. They were more than instructors, they tried to get to know you as a person and tried to understand your goals so they could push you towards them. Student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. Everyone was dedicated to my overall success.

Jessica Kircher

Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.

Belinda Haney

The instructors at Keiser University impacted my life. They believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. KU helped to prepare me for the real world and got me to where I am today.

Justin Pugh

If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.

Anthony Sassano

The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.

Ty Fitzgerald

The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.

Jackson Tejada

Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…

Dale Caverly

Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!

Meisha Ebanks, R.N.

I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.

Nidia Barrios

I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.

Carlos Ramirez Flores

Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose.  The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.

Connie Sue Centrella

It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University.  Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors.  The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.

Annelise Merriner, PA-C

Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made.  The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly.  The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.

Dedrick Saxon

I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you.  I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.

Natalie Dou

After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education.  Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.

Laurie Williams

Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.

Ryan Bushey

Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.

Nadege Dor

My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.

Marla Hadley

The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.

Vivian R. Howard, BA in Business Administration Graduate

I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.

Gustavo Gonzalez, Nuclear Medicine Technology Graduate