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Public Administration

The field of public administration focuses on the formation and management of public agencies. Public administration considers public resources, accountability, analysis and contemporary management of public agencies, including criminal justice agencies. Public administration careers exist at every level of government.

Once You Complete the Program

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, you’ll be uniquely prepared for leadership positions within law enforcement, fire/emergency medical services, emergency management and non-profit agencies at the local, state and national level. Begin with your Associate in Arts Degree, and continue your education at IRSC.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways for Public Administration

To view and print an Academic Plan/Guided Pathway, double-click on the program title.

For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.

Public Administration A.A.

Complete your first two years of college at IRSC, and you’re guaranteed the right to transfer as a junior to a Bachelor’s Degree program at a Florida public university—or continue in a Bachelor’s Degree program at IRSC.

Bachelor's of Science

Increase your earning power, and build on your Associate Degree by earning your Public Administration B.S.* Degree at IRSC. IRSC offers two public administration concentrations:

The Emergency Planning and Management concentration is designed for students who want to work in the emergency planning field. Students will gain a solid educational foundation for a fulfilling career helping others.

The Policy and Leadership concentration is designed for people who want to be managers and leaders in their organizations. Many students choose this concentration to prepare them for management positions with their current employer while others use it to establish a solid foundation for a public-sector career. Students who enroll in this concentration will gain a solid foundation in strategic planning, public personnel management, and leadership.

*One of 14 degree programs with courses that can be completed online through the IRSC Virtual Campus. At least one proctored assessment is required for each online course. Some programs may also require the student to complete a practicum experience.

Career Coach Employment Outlook

Wage and employment data for the example careers that follow is provided by Career Coach (powered by EMSI). EMSI uses data, reports and forecasts that are generated using government data sources and proprietary analytical processes. Educational requirements vary by career.
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