Public Administration (B.S.) - Online

Public Administration (B.S.) - Online

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2024 through summer 2025. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

General Education/Foundational Skills Requirements

Communication & Information Literacy 1
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric3
Communications Elective3
Information Literacy Elective3
Information Literacy Elective3
Technological Solutions & Quantitative Reasoning 1
UNIV 104Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning0-3
Math ElectiveMATH 114 or higher3
Critical Thinking 1
RLGN 104Christian Life and Biblical Worldview 24
Critical Thinking Elective3
Civic & Global Engagement 1
Cultural Studies Elective3
Social & Scientific Inquiry 1
Natural Science Elective3
Social Science Elective3
Christianity & Contexts 1
BIBL 104Survey of Old and New Testament4
THEO 104Introduction to Theology Survey 24
Total Hours39-42

Refer to the list of approved general education electives before enrolling in foundational skill requirements


Students transferring in 45 or more UG credit hours will have the requirement of RLGN 104 Christian Life and Biblical Worldview (4 c.h.) waived; Students transferring in 60 or more UG credit hours will also have the requirement of THEO 104 Introduction to Theology Survey (4 c.h.) waived

Major Requirements

Major Foundational Courses
GOVT 200Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 13
GOVT 220American Government 13
Total Hours6

Course may fulfill select general education requirements.

Major Core
BUSI 240Organizational Behavior & Management3
BUSI 310Principles of Management3
BUSI 342Human Resource Management3
BUSI 409Nonprofit Management & Governance3
GOVT 230Public Policy Research and Writing3
GOVT 327State and Local Government3
HLTH 349Public and Community Health for Business3
PADM 360Introduction to Public Administration3
PADM 462Public Financing & Budgeting3
PADM 475Advanced Public Administration3
PADM 480Legal & Political Issues in Public Administration3
PADM 485Public Administration Leadership & Community Engagement3
PADM 492Public Administration Seminar3
Total Hours39
Free Electives
Choose 33-39 credit hours of Free Electives33-39
Total Hours33-39

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • 120 Total hours
  • 2.0 Overall grade point average
  • 30 Hours must be upper-level courses (300-400 level)
  • Grade of ‘C’ Minimum required for all courses in the major
  • 25% Of major taken through Liberty University
  • 30 Hours must be completed through Liberty University
  • Grad App Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
BIBL 104 Survey of Old and New Testament 4
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
RLGN 104 Christian Life and Biblical Worldview 4
UNIV 104 Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning 0-3
Social Science Elective (GOVT 200) 1 3
Second Semester
THEO 104 Introduction to Theology Survey 4
Communications Elective 1 3
Information Literacy Elective 1 3
MATH Elective 1 3
GOVT 220 American Government 3
Second Year
First Semester
Critical Thinking Elective 1 3
Information Literacy Elective 1 3
BUSI 240 Organizational Behavior and Management 3
BUSI 310 Principles of Management 3
GOVT 230 Public Policy Research and Writing 3
Second Semester
Cultural Studies Elective 1 3
Natural Science Elective 1 3
HLTH 349 Public and Community Health for Business 3
PADM 360 Introduction to Public Administration 3
Elective 3
Third Year
First Semester
BUSI 342 Human Resource Management 3
GOVT 327 State and Local Government 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Second Semester
PADM 462 Public Financing & Budgeting 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Fourth Year
First Semester
BUSI 409 Nonprofit Management and Governance 3
PADM 480 Legal & Political Issues in Public Administration 3
PADM 485 Public Administration Leadership & Community Engagement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Second Semester
PADM 475 Advanced Public Administration 3
PADM 492 Public Administration Seminar 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Total Hours120-123

Refer to the list of approved general education electives at before enrolling foundational skills requirements.

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