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.

The Bachelor of Public Administration online part-time degree 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 governments and in non-profit sectors.

Stephanie Beerling

Stephanie, BPA grad

I often find myself reading a chapter or completing a course assignment that directly relates to my work tasks and position, so I can apply my skills to the workplace.

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

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 program.

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

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

Residence requirements

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

Degree requirements

120 credits, 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, Introduction to University Writing (3)

Either CMNS 1291, Introduction to Professional Writing (3) or PADM 3169, Written Communications in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors (3)

  • POLI 1111, Canadian Government and Politics (3)
  • STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (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 2 (3)
  • MKTG 2431, Marketing (3)
  • MIST 2611, Management Information Systems (3)
  • ORGB 2811, Organizational Behaviour (3)
  • IBUS 3511, International Business (3)
  • MNGT 3711, Business Ethics and Society (3)
  • BLAW 2921, Law for Public Sector Managers (3)

Specialization requirements (30 credits) (non-TRU courses)

  • 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)

30 credits of ADMN courses from UVic's School of Public Administration, or approved electives; courses in economics, history, political science or business are recommended

Select your electives so that you complete the 51 upper-level credits required for graduation.

Student responsibility

Consult with your program advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a letter of permission. Otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.

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