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Online Bachelor's in Politics, Policy and Public Administration

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Earn an Online B.S./B.A. in Politics, Policy and Public Administration from EOU

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Rural-informed and Global Perspective

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  • Duration 2-4 years
  • Cost per Credit $316
  • Credit Hours 180

Program Benefits

  • Comprehensive overview of the three dimensions of public service: politics, policy and administration
  • Unique rural-informed curriculum with a global perspective

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Build a Successful, Change-Making Career with an Online Public Administration Degree

The online bachelor’s in politics, policy and public administration program at Eastern Oregon University is an interdisciplinary degree designed to bring you a deeper understanding of your role as a public servant. You’ll gain the substantive knowledge, analytical skills and perspective that you’ll need to respond effectively and fairly to major issues affecting our communities globally. Graduate prepared to take responsible and reflective action. Finish in as little as two years with our generous transfer credit policy, ready to make a difference.

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Make an Impact with a Career in Public Administration

Students who graduate with a public administration degree have the opportunity to make a difference in a variety of growing careers. For example, employment of urban and regional planners is expected to grow seven percent between 2020 and 2030.1 Explore other career areas you’ll be prepared for with a bachelor’s degree in public administration.

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Real-World Coursework on Your Schedule

Broad-based curriculum

Gain public service skills

The in-depth coursework in the bachelor’s program covers political issues, policy processes and administrative aspects of public service. This breadth of public service knowledge is essential for individuals seeking to serve in public administration roles.

Some courses include:

  • Democracy & Public Service
  • American National Government
  • Rural Governance
  • Budgetary Politics & Process
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Apply to Earn Your Online Public Administration Degree

135 transfer credits

No entrance exams

To apply for EOU’s bachelor’s in public administration program, you’ll need:

A completed application
Application fee
Transferring less than 30 credits: 2.75 high school GPA and a 2.25 college GPA
Transferring more than 30: 2.25 college GPA
For students with an AAOT and ASOT, a 2.0 college GPA
Official copies of transcripts from all institutions attended
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Tuition and Aid

$316 per credit hour

$56,880 total tuition*

EOU is committed to providing an affordable education to all students. About 92 percent of our online students utilize financial aid and scholarships to cover part of these costs.

E O U $5,688 versus Average Competitor $8,802

Based on 2024-25 academic year. Average competitor is based on a sampling of similar undergraduate regionally accredited universities at 18 credit hours per term.

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*This is an estimate of the total tuition based on the current school year and is subject to change. Fully online students are subject to a one-time matriculation fee of $250.

Learn More About Your Financial Aid Options

Your education is an investment in your future. We take your commitment seriously and are here to support you in finding ways to pay for your degree.

Options to consider are:

  • Loans
  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Employer Benefits
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What You’ll Learn

In our public administration program, you’ll explore and analyze themes in all three dimensions of public service: politics, policy and administration. Students will examine these elements from a rural-informed perspective, while still understanding issues on a global scale.

Program Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Lead and manage in public governance.
  • Participate and contribute to the policy process.
  • Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions.
  • Articulate and apply a public service perspective.
  • Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

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What It’s Like to Study Online

Earning your degree online from Eastern Oregon University is a great opportunity because there are no on-campus requirements. You will have access to the same professors, content and opportunities as on-campus students while learning online in a creative digital format. Our professors work on campus and are experts trained to deliver innovative, engaging online education.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Explore answers to common questions about the Bachelor’s in Politics, Policy and Public Administration online program. For information not covered here, you can visit our FAQ page.

You can complete the program in as little as two years based on transfer credits. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

Tuition for the program is $56,880. You can review all tuition costs here.

The first step is to start your application.

For students transferring less than 30 quarter college credits, both high school and college transcripts are considered. GPA requirements include a 2.75 high school GPA and a 2.25 college GPA.

The program is only available online. This allows you to study in the times and locations that are best for you throughout your entire program without a requirement of ever coming to campus.

Our graduates pursue careers as policy analysts, community development managers and environmental specialists at local, state and federal levels. Explore careers.

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  1. Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Retrieved March 4, 2022,