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B.S./B.A. in Public Administration

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B.A. or B.S. Degree Paths

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  • Duration 2-4 years
  • Cost per Credit $265
  • Credit Hours 180

Program Benefits

  • Gain leadership and management skills
  • Tenured faculty share diverse knowledge
  • Transfer up to 135 credits
  • Career support and services to aid your job search

*Price reflects tuition for Oregon residents. Non-resident tuition is $305/credit hour. Speak to an enrollment counselor for more information.

The Only Fully Deliverable Online Public Administration Program Offered by a Public Institution in the U.S.

EOU’s high quality, affordable public administration degree online helps you develop analytical and problem-solving skills for public or private administration. It answers your desire to understand the political, economic and legal environments of our society so you can become a well-compensated analyst1. The BLS lists an annual salary of $95,2202 for administrative services roles in local government.

As you interface with public officials, you’ll develop a strong voice and exceptional leadership and management skills. Engaging coursework supplies you with public policy, macroeconomics, government and administrative law. Tailor your online public administration bachelor’s with your choice of electives and a liberal arts or science-based curriculum.

Public Administration Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The online bachelor’s in public administration requires a core of courses including lower- and upper-division courses. Lower-division courses give a background in macroeconomics, U.S. national government, public administration and research methods in the social sciences.

The upper-division courses will keep building on public policy, state and local government while introducing you to administrative law. Then, you can choose three courses from a list of electives including budgets, city planning, personnel management, organizational behavior and constitutional law. The electives depend on your individual interests and career goals. Earn your B.A. with a foreign language requirement, or your B.S. with just 12 more science credits.

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Have Credits to Transfer?

The option to transfer credits makes your program more affordable and can help you get on the job sooner. We allow up to 135 credits from previous college coursework to be transferred into EOU. All EOU majors require a minimum of 20 EOU credits.

To see how your credits will transfer, use our Transfer Equivalency tool.

“The public administration program at EOU provided me with the knowledge and skills that I needed to be successful in the public sphere. From the U.S. Congress to the Oregon Senate, I would not have had these opportunities without the strong education I had through this program.”
– Evan Bryan, 2015; Legislative Director, Oregon Senate; Portland, Oregon

Admission Requirements

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*Only needed for students transferring fewer than 30 credit hours, fewer than three years after high school graduation.

What It’s Like to Study Online

Earning your degree online at 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, only in a creative digital format. Our professors work on campus and are professionals and experts who are trained to deliver innovative, engaging online education.

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Tuition Details

We feature affordable tuition, especially when compared to similar universities. The total cost of your program (assuming no transfer credits) is just under $47,700. The cost per credit hour for EOU online courses is $265.*

About 92 percent of online students benefit from financial aid and scholarships to cover part of these costs.

*Price reflects tuition for Oregon residents. Non-resident tuition is $305/credit hour. Speak to an enrollment counselor for more information.

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Per Term: Based on 18 credits. Costs for average competitors are estimations of state schools found on public university websites.

Program Outcomes

  • Develop workplace success skills via practicum and internships
  • Learn from nationally respected authorities and experts
  • Gain leadership and management skills
  • Strengthen critical thinking and problem-solving skills in real-life situations
  • Understand political, economic and legal environments in public and nonprofit organizations
  • Practice influencing political and social decisions
  • Make reliable policy recommendations

Career Outlook

Payscale reports that city managers, a popular career with a public administration degree, make an average annual salary of $90,019.3 Policy analysts make an average of $57,213 per year, although salary is higher for higher levels of government, and lower for smaller organizations.4

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that administrative managers who work with policies and procedures can make up to $96,180.5 Urban and regional planners make a median annual salary of $73,050.6 Larger organizations and larger planning regions mean a higher salary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about this program.

Yes, the bachelor’s in public administration can be completed 100 percent online, because there are no on-campus requirements. Eastern Oregon University’s online B.S./B.A. in public administration is one of the first of its kind.

After securing your online bachelor’s in public administration from EOU, you can work in many positions, such as a city planner, manager for a nonprofit, county and regional planning, policy advisor, budget analyst, mayor or even a law student.

A cost differential of $13.50 will be applied to ACCT, BA and ECON prefix courses. You can learn more about all tuition fees here.

Currently, this program does not offer scholarships. Please consider the following options regarding finances:

  • Complete the FAFSA® to determine financial aid eligibility. EOU’s FAFSA® code is 003193.
  • Apply for a Sallie Mae loan.

You’ll complete 180 credits to earn the Bachelor’s in Public Administration. You can review courses here.

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