BSBA in Public Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program in Public Administration is designed for students who are:

  • Employed in public service at the municipal, state and federal levels
  • Employed in the non-profit sector related to public policy or government regulation
  • Interested in entering the public administration field

What You Will Learn in the BSBA in Public Administration Program

The BSBA in Public Administration degree covers the practice and practical relationships in public administration, budgetary function and public policy. All students pursuing a BSBA in Public Administration must complete a capstone requirement, Strategic Management, which integrates content across the degree program and validates the students' knowledge. The degree is a 120-credit program.

BSBA in Public Administration Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
(3)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
(3)
  • College Algebra or Quantitative Analysis
(3)
  • Managerial Communication
(3)
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
(3)
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Macroeconomics (ECO-111)
(3)
  • Microeconomics (ECO-112)
(3)
  • Statistics (STA-201)
(3)
  • Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science or Interdisciplinary Electives
(9)
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
(3)
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
(3)
  • Ethics or Diversity Elective
(3)
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Professional Business Requirements 54
A. Business Core 27
  • Business Law
(3)
  • Computer Concepts and Applications/Introduction to Computers/CIS
(3)
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
(3)
  • Principles of Managerial Accounting
(3)
  • Principles of Finance
(3)
  • Introduction to Marketing
(3)
  • Business in Society or International Management
(3)
  • Strategic Management
(3)
  • Principles of Management
(3)
B. Area of Study: Public Administration 18
  • Required
    • Introduction to Public Administration
3
  • Recommended
    • Accounting and Budgeting in Public Sector
    • Administrative Law
    • Administration of Metropolitan Areas
    • Budgetary Decision-Making in the Public Sector
    • Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector
    • Government Budgeting
    • Introduction to Local Planning
    • Land Use Regulation
    • Local Government and Regional Administration
    • Management Information Systems in the Public Sector
    • Management in the Public Sector
    • Problems of Public Administration Management
    • Public Administration II
    • Public Finance
    • Public Policy
    • Public Personnel Administration
    • Urban Economics
15
C. Business Electives 9
III. Free Electives 6
Total 120

  • Required Course: Introduction to Public Administration
  • How Students Earn Credit in the Area of Study: Credits in this area of study may be completed through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), examinations or courses from other colleges.

Note 1: The above list of subjects is offered as a guide. Other subjects may also be considered appropriate for this major area of study.

Note 2: Thomas Edison State College examination refers to the College’s own exam program— TECEP®.

Note 3: Other subjects listed can either be courses transferred from other colleges/universities or credits earned through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL BSBA STUDENTS, REGARDLESS OF AREA OF STUDY, INCLUDE A BUSINESS ETHICS SUBJECT AS PART OF THE GENERAL EDUCATION OR FREE ELECTIVES COMPONENT OF THEIR DEGREE.