Adult Learners

Public Administration

Application Deadline

July 1, 2014

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Public Administration at St. Edward’s prepares you for a variety of jobs in the public sector, such as managing city budgets, enforcing public safety policies, or launching new programs in areas like human and social services.

A degree in public administration from St. Edward’s lets you focus on different disciplines as they relate specifically to public service, such as business, political science, public safety, ethics, organizational leadership and criminal justice.

Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Public Administration


As a BLS in Public Administration major, you’ll discover what it takes work in a large public organization, and create campaigns and initiatives — such as environmental, transportation or education — that have far-reaching effects on society. Ideal traits for this field include strong communication and organizational skills and the ability to interact with diverse audiences.

Career options include managing the daily operations of a city government and supervising public policy development, in areas like healthcare research, that translates into legislation.

Graduates of this program also can use their skills in the private sector — for example, as a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization or as a contract administrator who negotiates with city and state vendors for public services. Recent graduates have found employment with the Texas Department of Transportation, the State of Texas, the City of Austin, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas State Comptroller.

Course Preview:

BLS in Public Administration majors take courses from these groups:

Students who major in public administration complete required courses, including Public Policy, Organizational Leadership, Intergovernmental Relations, Public Finance, Legislative Process, Emergency Management and Statistics.

All New College programs require general education and mission courses designed to refresh and expand your knowledge and skills in research methods, critical thinking and writing, and oral presentation, among others.

Students complete support courses that broaden their knowledge in public administration.

Students choose elective courses that focus on their interests in public administration.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Public Administration.

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