Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Public Administration

From state and local government to nonprofit organizations, public administration specialists use fundamental business knowledge in the public sector to evaluate and improve governing policies and day-to-day operations. CTU’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree - Public Administration (BSBA-PA) degree is designed to offer the skills and practices for a business-oriented career opportunity in public service.

The BSBA-PA concentration involves studying management and business principles and the workings of public agencies. The curriculum introduces students to the basic concepts and methodologies in the field of Public Administration. Students may gain an understanding of businesses and government agency operations, as well as insight into how to solve the challenges facing these agencies. For the third year in a row, CTU’s online bachelor’s degree programs were ranked among the Best Online Programs by U.S. News and World Report.*

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org

This business degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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    180
  • Program Availability

    Online

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  • Program Outline

    CTU’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Public Administration degree program includes 180 total credit hours of required instruction. These include 66 hours of general education courses, 86 hours of core business administration courses, and an additional 28 hours of concentration credits. In total, the BSBA-PA degree consists of:

    General Education: Students admitted to the BSBA - Public Administration program must complete CTU’s general Bachelor of Science education course requirements. This coursework is designed to help provide students fundamental knowledge across a range of disciplines, including math, science, history and writing. General education courses include Composition and Critical Thinking, Algebra for Business, Environmental Science and Sustainability, and more.

    Core Education: The core Bachelor of Science in Business Administration coursework provides a foundation of business administration concepts, theories and practices. Core education courses in the program include Accounting, Global Managerial Economics, Business Law, and Spreadsheet Applications. Students will also complete a Public Administration Capstone where they will apply their core knowledge to an issue impacting their industry or specific area of interest.

    Concentration: Students who pursue a BSBA - Public Administration degree will take an additional 28 hours of 300 or 400-level courses relevant to this specific area of concentration. This part of the curriculum addresses industry-relevant theories and real-world public administration practices. Courses under this concentration include State and Local Government, Grant Writing Basics, Nonprofit Organizations and Public Policy, and Administrative Law and the Adjudicatory Process.

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    Degree Requirements

    Courses- Public Administration Concentration
    PBAD201Public Administration4
    PBAD210State and Local Government4
    PBAD301Grant Writing Basics4
    PBAD311Shaping Public Policy: Politics and the Legislative Process4
    PBAD350Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation4
    PBAD360Nonprofit Organizations and Public Policy4
    PBAD411Administrative Law and the Adjudicatory Process4
    Total Credit Hours:28
    Courses: General Education
    COMS201Technical and Professional Writing4.5
    or
    COMS203Speech Communications4.5
     
    ECON210Principles of Macroeconomics4.5
    ECON212Principles of Microeconomics4.5
    ENGL104Introductory Written Communication 4.5
    ENGL105Professional Written Communications 4.5
     
    GOVT201American Government and Public Affairs4.5
    or
    HIST101Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century4.5
     
    MATH102Introduction to College Math4.5
    MATH106Algebra for Business4.5
    MATH301Data Driven Statistics4.5
    MATH451Data Driven Decision Making4.5
    PHIL101Introduction to Ethics4.5
    SCI101Introduction to the Sciences4.5
    SCI103Science and Technology- Laboratory Course1.5
    SCI201Environmental Science and Sustainability4.5
    SCI203Environmental Science and Sustainability - Laboratory Course1.5
     
    UNIV104Academic and Career Success4.5
    or
    HUMNELEHumanities Elective4.5
    Total Credit Hours:66
    Courses: Core
    ACCT201Accounting I4
    ACCT202Accounting II4
    BADM440Research Design Methods and Applications4
    ECON310Global Managerial Economics4
    FINC225Financial Statement Analysis4
    HRMT215Management of Human Resources4
    HRMT440Managing Organizational Change4
    IT254Spreadsheet Applications4
    MGM255Management Fundamentals4
    MGM316International Business Communications4
    MGM335Organizational Behavior Principles4
    MGM355International Business Practices4
    MGM365The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business4
    MGMT235Business Law I4
    MGMT345Operations Management4
    MGMT455Business Policies and Strategies4
    MKTG225Introduction to Marketing4
    MPM210Introduction to Project Management6
    PBAD480Public Administration Capstone4
    SCM210Introduction to Logistics/Supply Chain Management4
     
    UNIV201Career Planning and Management4
    or
    MGMT115Introductory Business Practices4
    Total Credit Hours:86

    Total Credit Hours: 180

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    Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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    Ways to Save

    Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:

    Students in CTU bachelor's degree programs may bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. CTU Fast Track™ lets students earn college credit for what they already know. As a result, students can complete their degree up to 30% faster. Just as important, by passing multiple Fast Track exams, students can save up to 30% on tuition because they won’t have to pay for the classes they test out of. There’s no additional cost for the exams and no penalty if a student fails to pass.*

    Take a look at the list of current Fast Track courses and see how many courses you may be able to earn credit for.

    *The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track™ tests successfully passed. Fast Track™ program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible subject to change.

  • Outcomes

    Graduates of CTU’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Public Administration degree program should be equipped to:

    • Employ tools, principles, and techniques of continuous process improvement in order to achieve quality and excellence in the workplace
    • Apply appropriate concepts and principles of finance, accounting, and statistics to make effective decisions in public administration
    • Explain how managers assist organizations, individuals, and teams to adapt to continuous change in government agencies
    • Demonstrate competencies and professional skills in management and business
    • Analyze business and government organizations from a managerial perspective

    These skills may be applied to a wide range of industries. Students who complete the degree program may consider a number of different opportunities including1:

    • Business Analyst
    • Program Manager
    • Management Analyst
    • Store Manager
    • Operations Manager
    • Production Manager
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Employment Rates:

Given the fact that all of the rates reflected below are based on historical data and were subject to varying levels of audit and re-interpretation, students should not rely on them as an implicit or explicit representation or promise of future outcomes or employability following completion of a program of study. Indeed, there are numerous factors that affect a student’s ability to graduate and secure employment over which we have little or no control. Therefore, our school cannot and does not guarantee or estimate the likelihood of on-time completion, graduation, or employment for any student.

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Reporting Period: 7/1/2015 through 6/30/2016

Date Submitted: 12/2016

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  • 58.3%Actual Rate
The program rate shown corresponds to the Business Administration program.

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The Special New York Employment Rate

Number of Placed graduates/completers(1), divided by the number of eligible(2) graduates/completers

(1) In calculating the Special New York Placement Rate, Colorado Technical University counts graduates/completers as "Placed" if they obtained a permanent position that is either a full-time position or a part-time position of at least 20 hours per week, and have completed a minimum of 18 days worked, and:

  • the position was included on the list of job titles published by the school for which the program prepares them;
  • the position requires the use of the skills learned in the graduate/completer's program as a predominant component of the job; or
  • for those graduates/completers continuing in a position held prior to enrolling in the program, the graduate/completer attests in writing that the training received enabled the graduate/completer to maintain or advance in the graduate/completer's position.

(2) The number of eligible graduates/completers excludes graduates/completers in the following categories: (i) pregnant or has a medical condition or disability that results in the graduate/completer's inability to work or the graduate/completer has a parent, child or spouse who has a medical condition that requires the care of the graduate; (ii) engaged in full-time active military duty; (iii) enrolled in an additional program of post-secondary education; (iv) deceased; (v) not eligible for placement in the United States because of visa restrictions; (vi) a completer/graduate of a stand-alone English as a Second Language program; (vii) spouse or dependent of military personnel who have moved due to military transfer orders; or (viii) not seeking employment or not seeking new employment but remaining in a position held before graduation and not seeking to obtain promotion or move up over time.

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Online Programs - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2010 and 10/15/2010 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 20%

All Colorado Technical University campuses and both ground and online enrollments are included in this Graduation Rate.

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A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes. These rates are calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, full-time and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. This statistic is not specific to one program alone; rather, all applicable undergraduate programs are included in this overall rate. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website. http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

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1http://burning-glass.com/job-market-data/; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.