Bachelor of Professional Studies in Public Administration
Prepare for meaningful work in an exciting field
Examine the nature of public sector leadership. Study how government agencies serve a variety of constituencies and respond to economic pressures, all of which factors into effective and ethical public administration. In less than two years, you’ll be prepared to work in government agencies, nonprofit organizations or governmental relations departments.
A program designed with you in mind
Dominican is the right place to relaunch your academic journey. We understand the unique needs of today’s busy adult learners, and we value the experience you bring. We’re prepared to help you clear obstacles and balance academic demands, full-time work and family responsibilities.
Easily transfer credits for classes you’ve taken previously. Plus, you can study remotely from anywhere by taking your classes fully online. The university offers courses year-round in an accelerated eight-week format that allows you to finish in as little as 20 months. You can also choose our in-person evening classes, offered at Triton College.
This empowers you to:
- Start the BPS program whenever it’s convenient
- Take courses throughout the year— online or in person
- Tailor your degree to your career goals by choosing 21 hours of social science courses
- Complete the program in about 20 months
- Learn efficiently in accelerated eight-week sessions
- Transfer prior college credits toward your Dominican degree
- Earn college credit for learning experiences beyond the classroom
Never taken an online course before? Don’t worry. Our Adult Learning Seminar will help you navigate and enjoy the online learning experience. You’ll receive all the tools and skills you need to succeed in your studies and earn your degree.
“I knew that if I wanted a chance for a better career, I had to get my bachelor’s degree. Dominican’s curriculum stood out, and the online program gave me the freedom to set a schedule of study that would fit into my day. I’ll never forget walking across that stage at graduation.”
Let’s finish what you started—together
Finishing your degree is a transformative achievement. At Dominican, we take pride in partnering with you, and we are fully invested in your success. You will be assigned a dedicated advisor who will check in with you regularly to ensure nothing stands in the way of achieving your goals. You’ll have access to tutoring, research and writing assistance, and more. Our Office of Career & Professional Success can connect you with job opportunities. And whether you study in person or online, you will feel connected and welcomed. Our curriculum—which includes an emphasis on ethics, global citizenship, and communication—will ensure you’re ready for anything.
Prepare for a career—and a lifetime of impact
At Dominican, you’ll find multiple pathways to your goals. You’ll be ready for a wide range of jobs in public administration, as well as further study in graduate or professional school. Our adult and continuing studies programs are a natural bridge to some of our most high-impact master's degrees. High-achieving undergraduates can apply for the Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution accelerated degree option. This allows you to take graduate courses even before finishing your baccalaureate degree—so you can complete your master’s faster and save on tuition.
Coordinator, Continuing Studies
Assistant Dean, College of Applied Social Sciences
“We’re honored to become partners in achieving your dreams. We’re here for you every step of the way, whether you are completing your degree as a stepping stone to a new career or to further study in graduate or professional school.”