Why This Matters


    According to a survey conducted by O*NET, around one-fourth of those working as administrative services managers said they needed a bachelor’s degree for their positions. Around 13% said they only required a post-secondary certificate.


    Administrative services and facilities manager jobs are expected to grow at an above-average rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and 21,200 new jobs are expected by 2029.

  • EARN AN AVERAGE OF $98,890

    The BLS reports that administrative managers earn an average of $98,890, but those in the finance and insurance industries average above the six-figure mark.

Our Research

When you are pursuing a public administration program, you can choose to concentrate on the sciences or the humanities. Our research includes both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs, and they can all be completed entirely online or through a hybrid course format.

All of the programs featured in this guide are accredited by institutions such as the WASC Senior College and University Commission, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and the Higher Learning Commission.

  • 53 hours to write this article
  • 54 universities and colleges we assessed
  • 100 education programs we compared

The Top 50 Online Bachelor’s in Public Administration Programs

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What You Should Know About This Degree

Those interested in public administration programs may also want to consider more specialized degree programs in fields such as social work and human resources. Social work degrees let you be involved in the direct application of social services to vulnerable populations, and a degree in human resources focuses on understanding policy and supporting workers in their positions.

Most online bachelor’s in public administration programs are accredited at the regional level, so accreditations from bodies such as the New England Commission of Higher Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education are common.

The job outlook for those working in public administration is strong, with projected growth expected to be slightly above average.

There are no specific certifications or licenses to be aware of for this degree; however, those working in government positions may be required to attain a certain level of security clearance.

What’s Next?

Here are some questions to ask when researching online bachelor’s in public administration programs:

  • Am I eligible for this program? These programs generally just require a high school diploma. However, you may also need to take a test such as the ACT or SAT, submit high school transcripts, or provide letters of recommendation. Some programs may also require demonstrated volunteer experience in the public sector.
  • How long does it take to complete this online degree? Almost all of the bachelor’s in public administration programs we listed require 120 credits to graduate. That’s an average of four years going full-time. Those who go part-time will take longer, and those who are able to take summer classes or who may have taken post-secondary classes in high school may be able to complete the degree more quickly.

Once you are ready to apply for your degree program, make sure to submit all required materials by the due date to ensure that you don’t have to delay a semester due to missing paperwork or a technicality. It’s also a good idea to research financial aid options, including grants, scholarships, and student loans.