Earning a Degree in Public Administration at Regis

Regis University’s Bachelor of Science in Public Administration degree is designed to provide students with the essential knowledge and skills to become innovative leaders who can effectively evaluate, plan and implement public sector programs.
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B.S. Public Administration

Bachelor’s Degree Overview

The B.S. in Public Administration degree teaches students that public service is not simply performing a process. The outstanding government leader is one who knows the process and has the skills to deliver service in the face of greater public demands and diminishing resources.

Public Administration degree program students advance the concept of "the public good," learn to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of public policies, consider the interests of stakeholders and influence those who make public policy happen. Students will also learn the value and necessity of building public/private partnerships as the creative way to deliver public service. This comprehensive, accelerated program is taught by professionals with public, private and nonprofit sector experience who will bridge the gap between theory and practical application. Both on-campus and online public administration courses are offered at Regis.

As a graduate of Regis University's College for Professional Studies Public Administration degree program, you will 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. You will learn to think critically and analytically about the development and implementation of public policy issues, enabling you 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.

A Faster Path to Success Through Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

Public Administration majors have the opportunity to work on a B.S. 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.

Total Bachelor's Public Administration Degree Requirements: 128 Credit Hours

  • Core studies requirements: 45 credit hours
  • Foundational courses: 24 credit hours
  • Upper division requirements: 30 credit hours
  • Minor (optional): 0 or 12 credit hours
  • General electives: 17 credit hours (if minor is selected); 29 credit hours (if minor is not selected)

Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree in Public Administration at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

CPS: Undergraduate Core

Advncd Oral/Written

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(3SH)
COM 406, COM 437, COM 455, EN 325, EN/PL 482, EN 475

English Composition

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EN 203 (3SH)

Global Issues

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Global Issues (6SH)

HU 366 - Leading Lives That Matter

Provides an opportunity to explore the question, "How ought we to live?" in light of educational and professional goals within the context of the Jesuit tradition.

Literature/Hum

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Literature/Humanities (3SH)

Mathematics

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MT 201, MT 204, MT 270 (3SH)

Natural Science

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Natural Science (3SH)

Oral Communication

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COM 210 or COM 211 (3SH)

Philosophy

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All PL courses (6SH)

Religious Studies

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all RC and RS courses (6SH)

Social Science

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Social Science (6SH)

Public Administration Major Foundational

BA 300 - Business Systms in a Sustainable Society

Applies individual skills in a systems approach to business, probes individual and organizational functional dependencies, and responsibility to internal and external stakeholders in the context of social responsibility, sustainable growth, and the Jesuit world view questioning 'How ought we to live?'

BA 366 - Management Essentials

Examines managerial principles, theory, practices, and problems applicable to a variety of modern organizationals through a study of the fundamental functions of management. Specific trends, techniques, principles, and skills for life-long learning, critical thinking, ethics and awareness of organizational and social issues are explored.

BA/EC 335

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(3SH)
Global Business Issues

EC 320 - Principles of Macroeconomics

Introduces macroeconomics, emphasizing the forces that determine the level of national product and national income, and the fiscal and monetary policies that are designed to influence their level. Explores the areas of public finance, money and the banking system, economic growth and international trade.

Cross listing(s): EC 320C.

EC 330 - Principles of Microeconomics

Analyzes economic models of consumer and producer decision-making, demand, supply, equilibrium in markets. Examines the causes of different market structures and their influence on market conduct and performance. Explores microeconomic issues related to market outcomes, such as market power, market failure, efficiency, equity, and international economic interdependence.

MT 270 - Introduction to Statistics

Presents standard topics in introductory statistics for students whose major is not mathematics. Topics include descriptive statistic, probability distributions, estimations, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation and other topics.

Cross listing(s): BA CITI MT 270C.

PA 300 - Government Role in Society

Examines the role and social responsibility of various government levels in our society. Explores how the levels of government (local, state, federal) are structured and provide services to their citizens.

PA 400 - Public Policy

Analyzes how governments determine priorities and implement policies. Investigates factors that influence policy making, implementation, and assessment.

Public Administration Upper Division Major

BA 452 - Management of Human Resources

Examines the nature and challenge of personnel management from mechanics to social responsibility, the organization of a work force and the development and management of human resources. Studies creating a favorable work environment, including management and labor relations, remuneration and security for employees.

BA 454 - Organizational Behavior

Emphasizes organizational environment and behavior concepts. Focuses on human resources and system ideas, motivating employees, job satisfaction, leadership, managing change, communication and group processes, employee counseling, and interpersonal and group dynamics.

BA 458 - Project Management

Identifies tools and processes of project management with emphasis on organizational structures and resources for successful management. Includes tools and techniques for project planning, staffing, and budgeting.

BA 479 - Managing Tech for Business Strategies

Provides executive perspective on management information systems, systems analysis and database management. Develops an understanding of strategic issues underlying information systems, technical issues in developing systems, strategic issues related to critical business success factors. Includes information's role in competition, industry leadership, and business planning. Covers alternative development methods and addresses issues of databases, projected management, and functional management. NOTE: Not for CIS majors.

Cross listing(s): CS 480 MCMT 480 CIS 480 BA 479.

BA 493A - Business Research

Applies business theory and research methodology to develop the proposal for Senior Capstone--BA 493B. Focuses on problem definition, research design, data acquisition, and analysis.

Pre-requisite: TAKE BA*300 AND MT*270;

BA 493B - Senior Capstone

Provides culminating experience of the major, focusing on integrating theory with application and implementation of research to a complex business problem, need, or opportunity.

Pre-requisite: BA*493A

PA 410 - Public Finance

Evaluates how governments spend the taxpayers' money and how they collect the revenue to carry out programs and services. Analyzes the various types of budgets utilized by governments. Explores how cost-benefit analysis is used for making allocation decisions in government. Practice how to set goals, develop performance criteria and evaluate performance of government programs.

PA 420/430

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Three (3) semester hours selected from:
PA 420 or PA 430

PA 450E-W - Topics in Public Management:

Explores concepts of innovation and change, the use of conflict resolution for communicating while developing a model of strategic management in order to identify and evaluate opportunities. Develops an understanding and an appreciation for ethical decision-making in government using the above concepts.

PA 495F - Ethics in Government

Focuses on ethical problems that arise and role of the individual decision-maker in the entry-level position as opposed to the managerial level. Studies the various philosophical and social/psychological decision making systems which can be used to resolve ethical problems. Includes case studies and role-playing in the government setting.

Cross listing(s): BA 495F.

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as courses. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

BA 300 Business Systms in a Sustainable Society (3.00)

Applies individual skills in a systems approach to business, probes individual and organizational functional dependencies, and responsibility to internal and external stakeholders in the context of social responsibility, sustainable growth, and the Jesuit world view questioning 'How ought we to live?'

BA 335 Global Business Issues (3.00)

Assesses global impacts from historical, cultural, social, economic, government, and business perspectives. Analyzes how changes affect decision-making, ethical and justice concerns.

Cross listing(s): EC 335.

BA 366 Management Essentials (3.00)

Examines managerial principles, theory, practices, and problems applicable to a variety of modern organizationals through a study of the fundamental functions of management. Specific trends, techniques, principles, and skills for life-long learning, critical thinking, ethics and awareness of organizational and social issues are explored.

BA 452 Management of Human Resources (3.00)

Examines the nature and challenge of personnel management from mechanics to social responsibility, the organization of a work force and the development and management of human resources. Studies creating a favorable work environment, including management and labor relations, remuneration and security for employees.

BA 454 Organizational Behavior (3.00)

Emphasizes organizational environment and behavior concepts. Focuses on human resources and system ideas, motivating employees, job satisfaction, leadership, managing change, communication and group processes, employee counseling, and interpersonal and group dynamics.

BA 458 Project Management (3.00)

Identifies tools and processes of project management with emphasis on organizational structures and resources for successful management. Includes tools and techniques for project planning, staffing, and budgeting.

BA 479 Managing Tech for Business Strategies (3.00)

Provides executive perspective on management information systems, systems analysis and database management. Develops an understanding of strategic issues underlying information systems, technical issues in developing systems, strategic issues related to critical business success factors. Includes information's role in competition, industry leadership, and business planning. Covers alternative development methods and addresses issues of databases, projected management, and functional management. NOTE: Not for CIS majors.

Cross listing(s): CS 480 MCMT 480 CIS 480 BA 479.

BA 493A Business Research (3.00)

Applies business theory and research methodology to develop the proposal for Senior Capstone--BA 493B. Focuses on problem definition, research design, data acquisition, and analysis.

Pre-requisite: TAKE BA*300 AND MT*270;

BA 493B Senior Capstone (3.00 - 6.00)

Provides culminating experience of the major, focusing on integrating theory with application and implementation of research to a complex business problem, need, or opportunity.

Pre-requisite: BA*493A

BUS 493 Capstone: Applied Project (3.00)

Culminating experience for the major, requiring students to utilize integrated program concepts and theories to investigate and address a complex business problem, need or opportunity. Note: Majors only. Senior class standing required.

Pre-requisite: BA*493A

EC 320 Principles of Macroeconomics (3.00)

Introduces macroeconomics, emphasizing the forces that determine the level of national product and national income, and the fiscal and monetary policies that are designed to influence their level. Explores the areas of public finance, money and the banking system, economic growth and international trade.

Cross listing(s): EC 320C.

EC 330 Principles of Microeconomics (3.00)

Analyzes economic models of consumer and producer decision-making, demand, supply, equilibrium in markets. Examines the causes of different market structures and their influence on market conduct and performance. Explores microeconomic issues related to market outcomes, such as market power, market failure, efficiency, equity, and international economic interdependence.

MT 270 Introduction to Statistics (3.00)

Presents standard topics in introductory statistics for students whose major is not mathematics. Topics include descriptive statistic, probability distributions, estimations, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation and other topics.

Cross listing(s): BA CITI MT 270C.

PA 300 Government Role in Society (3.00)

Examines the role and social responsibility of various government levels in our society. Explores how the levels of government (local, state, federal) are structured and provide services to their citizens.

PA 400 Public Policy (3.00)

Analyzes how governments determine priorities and implement policies. Investigates factors that influence policy making, implementation, and assessment.

PA 410 Public Finance (3.00)

Evaluates how governments spend the taxpayers' money and how they collect the revenue to carry out programs and services. Analyzes the various types of budgets utilized by governments. Explores how cost-benefit analysis is used for making allocation decisions in government. Practice how to set goals, develop performance criteria and evaluate performance of government programs.

PA 430 Community Influences on Government (3.00)

Examines the dynamics involved when governments interact successfully with the communities they serve by analyzing factors that influence public and private arrangements. Develops an appreciation for the political processes needed in a free and open market system.

PA 450E-W Topics in Public Management: (3.00)

Explores concepts of innovation and change, the use of conflict resolution for communicating while developing a model of strategic management in order to identify and evaluate opportunities. Develops an understanding and an appreciation for ethical decision-making in government using the above concepts.

PA 495F Ethics in Government (3.00)

Focuses on ethical problems that arise and role of the individual decision-maker in the entry-level position as opposed to the managerial level. Studies the various philosophical and social/psychological decision making systems which can be used to resolve ethical problems. Includes case studies and role-playing in the government setting.

Cross listing(s): BA 495F.

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.
Apply a minimum of 14 days before the start of classes to ensure optimal course selection.

Non Degree-Seeking Applicants Submit the Following:

  • 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.

Class Starts

Term Class Start Date
Spring 5W2 - 2014 February 10, 2014
Spring 8W2 - 2014 March 3, 2014
Spring 5W3 - 2014 March 17, 2014
Summer 8W1 - 2014 May 5, 2014
Summer 5W1 - 2014 May 5, 2014
Summer 5W2 - 2014 June 9, 2014
Summer 8W2 - 2014 June 30, 2014
Summer 5W3 - 2014 July 14, 2014

Tuition

Regis University Degree Tuition: B.S. Public Administration

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $13,100 - $55,730 30 - 128 $435 $50
Online $13,850 - $58,930 30 - 128 $460 $50

Directed study costs $460 per credit hour

Please note: Additional fees may apply to Regis University students. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information.