Associate Degree in Public Administration

Interested in public service? Rio's Associate degree in Public Administration is a great first step towards a future in government. With over 40 start dates, you can start taking online classes as soon as next week!

Degree Stats

Associate in Applied Science (64 credit hours)

Cost per credit hour: $250

Career Choices

The Public Administration Associate degree program will give you the policy-making skills and management training you need to prepare you for jobs that include:

  • Housing manager
  • Local government officer
  • Policy officer
  • Human resources
  • Analyst
  • Government social research officer
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Charity officer
  • Social researcher
  • Educator
  • Consultant
  • Health service manager

Classes You’ll Take

This accredited program will give students the knowledge and skills they’ll need to make their next step towards a future in civil service. You’ll learn about finance, management styles, teamwork, information systems, organizational behavior, communication, and economics. And with our flexible scheduling, you can earn your degree at your own pace. Whether you do it part-time or full-time, you’re free to pursue your education on your time.

  • What Will I Learn?
    • Procedures for public policy. (PAD100)
    • Careers in public service. (PAD100)
    • Public sector budgeting process. (PAD107)
    • Financial restraint and auditing. (PAD107)
    • Human resources, performance appraisal, collective bargaining, and grievances. (PAD122)
    • Equal employment opportunity. (PAD122)
    • Organizational behavior. (PAD170)
    • Relationship between attitudes and behavior. (PAD170)
    • National Government and the two major political parties. (POS110)
    • Voting systems and lawmaking processes for the U.S. Congress. (POS110)
  • Full-Time Schedule

    Earn your degree in just four semesters on a full-time schedule.

    SEMESTER 1 (15 CREDITS)

    COM100 (3): Introduction to Human Communication

    ENG101 (3): First-Year Composition

    HIS103 (3): United States History to 1865

    PAD100 (3): 21st Century Public Policy and Service

    CIS114DE (3): Excel Spreadsheet


    SEMESTER 2 (15 CREDITS)

    CIS105 (3): Survey of Computer Information Systems

    ENG102 (3): First-Year Composition

    PAD107 (3): Public Finance Administration

    PAD122 (3): Public Sector Human Resources Management

    CRE101 (3): College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking


    SEMESTER 3 (16 CREDITS)

    MAT142 (3): College Mathematics

    GPH113 (4): Introduction to Physical Geography

    POS110 (3): American National Government

    PAD170 (3): Public Sector Organizational Behavior

    SOC101 (3): Introduction to Sociology


    SEMESTER 4 (18 CREDITS)

    ECN211 (3): Macroeconomic Principles

    ECN212 (3): Microeconomic Principles

    SOC212 (3): Gender and Society

    GBS233 (3): Business Communication

    PSY101 (3): Introduction to Psychology

    MGT229 (3): Management and Leadership I

    *Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites

  • Part-Time Schedule

    The part-time schedule breaks down the curriculum into eight semesters.

    SEMESTER 1 (9 CREDITS)

    COM100 (3): Introduction to Human Communication

    ENG101 (3): First-Year Composition

    HIS103 (3): United States History to 1865


    SEMESTER 2 (6 CREDITS)

    PAD100 (3): 21st Century Public Policy and Service

    CIS114DE (3): Excel Spreadsheet


    SEMESTER 3 (9 CREDITS)

    CIS105 (3): Survey of Computer Information Systems

    ENG102 (3): First-Year Composition

    PAD107 (3): Public Finance Administration


    SEMESTER 4 (6 CREDITS)

    PAD122 (3): Public Sector Human Resources Management

    CRE101 (3): College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking


    SEMESTER 5 (7 CREDITS)

    MAT142 (3): College Mathematics

    GPH113 (4): Introduction to Physical Geography


    SEMESTER 6 (9 CREDITS)

    POS110 (3): American National Government

    PAD170 (3): Public Sector Organizational Behavior

    SOC101 (3): Introduction to Sociology


    SEMESTER 7 (9 CREDITS)

    ECN211 (3): Macroeconomic Principles

    ECN212 (3): Microeconomic Principles

    SOC212 (3): Gender and Society


    SEMESTER 8 (9 CREDITS)

    GBS233 (3): Business Communication

    PSY101 (3): Introduction to Psychology

    MGT229 (3): Management and Leadership I

    *Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites

  • Flexible Block Calendar Scheduling

    Rio offers flexible start dates and class times, so you can create a schedule that works for you. Plan out your degree and certificate classes by checking out our Block Calendar System.

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