Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Public Administration

Here's how you can climb the ranks in your public sector job:

  1. Enrol in the Bachelor of Public Administration program.
  2. Transfer credits from your relevant and recognized certificate or diploma to reduce the time and money required to complete your degree.
  3. Complete the strategic planning, accounting, research and law courses that provide you the skills you need to get those highly desirable public sector management and leadership positions.

And, do all of this without ever leaving your job.

This online, part-time degree is specifically designed for individuals working in government, First Nations government or non-profit sectors.

 Careers

With a Bachelor of Public Administration degree, you can start your career in any level of government or within a non-profit organization. Some of these positions include:

  • Budget analyst
  • City/regional district manager
  • Fundraising manager
  • First Nation Band administrator
  • General operations manager
  • Grant administrator
  • Human services director
  • Legislative support
  • Policy analyst
  • Program director
  • Public works director
  • Parks and recreation superintendent
  • Treaty researcher
 Calendar Description

The Bachelor of Public Administration program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become an effective manager and leader in federal, provincial, municipal and First Nations government, as well as in the non-profit sector.

 Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

You can ladder into the Bachelor of Public Administration program from the Public Sector Management Diploma or Local Government Management diplomas offered by the University of Victoria's School of Public Administration. You are encouraged to complete one of those diplomas before entering the Bachelor of Public Administration, as 11 of the courses in each of the UVic programs transfer to the Bachelor of Public Administration.

You may be eligible to receive credits through prior learning assessment and recognition.

To apply for the Bachelor of Public Administration, please complete the Program Admission Form.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Degree Requirements

120 credits total, including 51 upper-level credits, with a GPA of 2.00 (a grade of C-) or higher in all courses required to complete this credential, as follows:

General Education Requirements (12 credits)

Six credits in Humanities
Six credits in Social Sciences

Core Knowledge Requirements (48 credits)

MATH 1071, Fundamentals of Mathematics for Business and Economics (3)
ENGL 1101, Composition (3)
POLI 1111, Canadian Government and Politics (3)
STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
CMNS 1291, Introduction to Professional Writing (3) or PADM 3169, Written Communications in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors (3)
ECON 1901, Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 1951, Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ACCT 2211, Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 2251, Management Accounting (3)
ECON 2331, Economics and Business Statistics (3) (in development)
MKTG 2431, Marketing (3)
MIST 2611, Management Information Systems (3)
ORGB 2811, Organizational Behaviour (3)
BLAW 2921, Law for Public Sector Managers (3)
CMNS 3241, Advanced Professional Communications (3) (in development)
IBUS 3511, International Business (3)

Specialization Requirements (30 credits)

PADM 3119, Introduction to Public Administration (3)
PADM 3129, Managing in Public and Non-Profit Sector Organizations (3)
PADM 3149, Public Sector Research and Analysis (3)
PADM 4079, Managing Service Delivery (3)
PADM 4209, The Public Policy Process (3)
PADM 4219, Financial Management (3)
PADM 4229, Ethical Public Management (3)
PADM 4319, Public Sector Human Resource Management (3)
PADM 4379, Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement (3)
PADM 4779, Strategic Planning and Implementation (3)

Elective Requirements (30 credits)

An additional 30 credits consisting of ADMN courses from the University of Victoria's School of Public Administration, or approved electives
Electives in economics, history, political science or business are recommended; choose your electives to fulfill the 51 upper-level credits required for graduation.

Student Responsibility

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select are available and appropriate for your program of study and educational goals. Otherwise, you may find that a course does not meet the program's requirements and cannot be applied toward that program's credential.

 Fees

Please see Tuition and Fees for details.

 Contact

Email Business and Management Studies with questions specific to Business and Management Studies programs and courses.

Email Student Services to speak with us about Open Learning and its programs and courses.

Stephanie Beerling