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MVNU’s School of Graduate & Professional Studies is proud to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration degree program that is intentionally designed for the busy, working adult. As a student in the program, you will not only receive a quality education that will help you develop a strong, ethical foundation upon which to make decisions, but you will also receive so much more. The program offers students an engaging curriculum that equips them with the skills necessary to become competent, confident and informed leaders — leaders who are able to plan projects, achieve goals and meet the expectations of today’s world with integrity. The program has been designed within a format that, from start to finish, keeps convenience, flexibility and affordability in mind.

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To earn your BA in Public Administration degree, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours, which includes all of your required courses as well as any additional general education and/or elective credits you will need in order to graduate.

The BA program can be completed in as little as 21 months (depending upon your previous college experience), and will cover a variety of courses that will not only help strengthen your biblical worldview and encourage your personal and professional development, but also enhance your research, oral, and written communication skills. This program prepares you for a management career in public administration. It is ideal for those presently working in various public environment and first responder roles.

Course topics include public policy, serving in communities, and political theory. Students must successfully complete ITDS2061 (Student Success Strategies) before continuing into the remainder of the BA program. In addition, LEDR4093 (Applied Leadership Project) may only be taken after successful completion of all other BA Core courses.

BAPA Course Descriptions


Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration Course Cost Breakdown

Additional Important Information

• Program schedule and costs are subject to change and are provided for students during the enrollment process.

• Course-by-course payment is due no later than the first day of each course.

• Textbook costs are not included in the total cost of the program.

*A $100 Graduation Fee is charged to all students, regardless of degree type, when the Registrar's Office receives their Intent to Graduate Form.


  • Completion of an online application;
  • Submission of official transcripts of all previous college or university courses completed to date;
  • Completion of 56 transferable credit hours from a regionally-accredited institution(s) of higher learning with a grade of C- or better (Students who do not meet the 56 credit requirement to enter the program may be eligible to enroll in our General Studies or Associate of Arts programs to prepare for the program);
  • An overall GPA of 2.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) for all previous college or university coursework completed to date (an applicant with a GPA less than 2.00 may apply for probationary admittance);
  • Completion of a Registration Agreement Form.

Applicants from countries and U.S. territories in which English is not the primary language must also provide recent evidence of proficiency in English by scoring 80 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL with subscores in writing, reading, speaking, and listening of at least 20; or scoring 550 or above on the written TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with subscores in both writing and reading of at least 50. All tests of English proficiency must have been taken in the last 2 years to be considered for acceptance.


MVNU is proud of the diverse backgrounds of our students. Your work experience is important to us. Because of this, MVNU awards prior learning credit (PLC) for non-traditional education. We welcome students who have experienced learning opportunities outside of the classroom, such as on-the-job training, seminars, specific government and industry experience, military experience, professional schools and trainings, and other activities completed through credible associations and agencies. Once you apply to the program, your Enrollment Specialist can discuss our PLC policies and assist you through the evaluation process for awarding PLC credit as general education credit towards your degree.


Students are expected to virtually attend class and fully participate in each course (will include a variety of weekly readings and assignments, as well as a required number of weekly discussion forum postings).

Students must successfully complete the “Preventing Sexual Harassment” online training session (required of all MVNU faculty, staff, and students) and abide by the university’s policies in this area.


In order to earn your BAL degree, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale), including:

  1. The BA Program (40 credit hours). A minimum grade-point average of 2.50 must be earned in all BA courses, and no grade of less than C- will count toward graduation requirements.
  2. 2. Successful completion of the SGPS General Education Core (39 credit hours):
    • 15 credit hours in Arts and Humanities (Minimum of 3 credit hours in an English composition course with a research writing component; minimum of 3 credit hours in Bible/Theology)
    • 15 credit hours in Natural and Social Sciences, and Mathematics
      (Minimum of 3 credit hours in Mathematics; minimum of 3 credit hours in Social Science; and minimum of 3 credit hours in Natural Science with laboratory)
    • 9 credit hours in Liberal Arts electives
  3. Completion of at least 39 credit hours of upper division coursework (3000 level or higher).
  4. Successful completion of the 40-credit hour BA curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. A student who receives a grade below “C-” in any BA course will be required to repeat that course until a grade of “C-” or better is earned. All repeated coursework to replace grades of D+, D, F, W, or X is at the student’s expense.


Any undergraduate student who is currently enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program, and who is within the final twenty-four (24) credit hours needed to graduate, will be permitted to complete two (2) graduate courses for dual credit, totaling no more than six (6) credit hours, based upon the following criteria:

  • A student who has a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher will receive unconditional approval to complete graduate courses for dual credit.
  • A student who has a cumulative GPA between 3.00-3.49 will be considered for approval pending review of a letter of recommendation from an undergraduate instructor. This letter should list each business course(s) taught by the recommending instructor that the student has completed to date, the student’s overall academic performance in those courses, and the instructor’s view of the student’s ability to successfully complete advance coursework at the graduate level.
  • A student with a GPA under 3.00 will not be approved to complete graduate courses for dual credit unless unforeseen or extreme, extenuating circumstances have had a significant, negative impact on the student’s overall undergraduate academic performance. In this case, the student must submit a detailed letter of explanation to the SGPS Business Program Coordinator that explains these negative effects in great detail, and that also discuss how the student now intends to successfully complete coursework at the graduate level.

Graduate courses that an approved student may complete for dual credit include ECON6083 (Managerial Economics), MANG6023 (Organizational Behavior), MANG6093 (Global Business), MANG6113 (Ethical Leadership), MARK6003 (Marketing Management), and MANG6123 (Legal Issues in Management). Approval to complete ACCT6003 (Managerial Accounting) or FINC6013 (Corporate Finance) may also be considered in specific cases that include an undergraduate Accounting major or minor who is within the final twenty-four (24) hours needed to graduate and who also meets the minimum GPA criteria listed above. MANG6043 (Strategic Management) and all concentration courses will not, under any circumstances, be considered as options for dual credit.


The BA in Public Administration program has been designed with both affordability ($398/credit hour) and student convenience in mind. Payment is made on a course-by-course basis and our advisors will work with you on a variety of financial aid options, including employer tuition reimbursement. You may be able to reduce your cost further if you are proactive and fully explore your financial aid opportunities. You can pay for your degree in many different ways, so taking the time to apply for financial assistance from as many sources as possible is worth the effort. In addition to completing your online application for admission, you should also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at Filling out the FAFSA is an important step in the financial aid process and is required for any financial aid to be awarded. Finally, please remember that applications that contain incorrect information will delay the approval process, so accuracy is extremely important!

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