The Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration (BAPA), offered by the School of Public Affairs, prepares the next generation of civic-minded leaders to take active roles in organizations that promote the common good, such as local, state, and federal government agencies and nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Coursework explores the history and values of public service while building real-world capacity in areas such as managing people and resources, designing and evaluating programs, collaborating with others and across sectors, making ethical decisions, and communicating effectively in diverse environments. All courses are available online, and many are also offered in person on campus. The program provides students with the flexibility to schedule courses around the reality of family and work demands while also engaging both local and fully online students in public service opportunities in their own communities. The BAPA program has been ranked #9 overall by SR Education Group’s 2018 Best and Most Affordable Online Colleges, based upon a mix of #3 for quality and #22 for affordability.
Recognizing the breadth of career opportunities in public administration, students may choose to focus on emergency management, environmental policy and management, international development, or nonprofit management. Students who choose to focus on nonprofit management also have the option to earn the nationally recognized Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. As workforce demand increases in the government and nonprofit sectors, students will be ready to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to make a difference in the world.
Most courses are offered online, although others may be offered on campus and in remote and hybrid formats.
Declaring This Major
To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
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The Public Administration major requires 48 credit hours of coursework, 36-39 of which must be PUAD courses offered by the School of Public Affairs.
A maximum of 12 transfer credits may be applied to the major.
Students must receive a minimum C- grade in each undergraduate course applied to satisfy major or minor degree requirements and must maintain a 2.0 GPA overall.
|PUAD 1001||Introduction to Leadership and Public Service 1||3|
|PUAD 2001||Management for Public Service||3|
|PUAD 3001||Financial Management for Public Service||3|
|PUAD 3002||Program Design, Evaluation, and Decision-Making||3|
|PUAD 4001||Ethics in Public Service||3|
|PUAD 4002||Leading for the Public Good||3|
|PUAD 4003||Effective Communication for Public Service||3|
|PUAD 4939||Public Service Internship 2||3|
|Students must take a total of 24 credit hours of elective courses. A maximum of 9 credit hours of electives can be taken outside of Public Administration electives.||24|
This class also fulfills a Social Science requirement of the CU Denver core curriculum.
The internship requirement may be waived by the BAPA program director in the case of prior significant professional public service experience, in which case an additional elective is required. See SPA Graduation Requirements for more information.
|PUAD 1000||Public Service Online Success and Career Exploration||1|
|PUAD 3005||Collaboration Across Sectors||3|
|PUAD 3110||Seminar in Nonprofit Management||3|
|PUAD 3500||Managing and Leading in Environmental Organizations||3|
|PUAD 3600||Managing and Leading in International Development||3|
|PUAD 4006||Organizational Development||3|
|PUAD 4008||Current Issues in Public Sector Organizations||3|
|PUAD 4009||Human Service Organizations||3|
|PUAD 4010||Public Service in Emergency Management and Homeland Security||3|
|PUAD 4012||Principles of Emergency Management||3|
|PUAD 4020||Social Entrepreneurship||3|
|PUAD 4140||Nonprofit Financial Management||3|
|PUAD 4160||Nonprofit Boards and Executive Leadership||3|
|PUAD 4220||Human Resource Management||3|
|PUAD 4325||Public Private Partnerships||3|
|PUAD 4440||Negotiation and Conflict Resolution||3|
|PUAD 4600||Special Topics in Public Service||1-6|
|PUAD 4630||Economic Development||3|
|PUAD 4638||Colorado Politics, Policy, and Administration||3|
|PUAD 4740||Sustainable Energy Policy||3|
|Special Topics courses include Study Abroad in East Africa in addition to other topics, and new courses are frequently added. Please consult your advisor for any other PUAD course you are considering as an elective in advance of enrolling in the course.|
All courses taken from another department that you would like to count as an elective for the Public Administration major must be approved by your advisor in advance. Please contact your advisor directly to discuss any class you may be considering for elective credit that is not listed above.
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