Bachelor - Business: Public Sector

Are you interested in gaining business skills that can be applied to government or non-profit sectors? If so, then consider earning a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Public Sector degree. Read more about this University of Phoenix major here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration* in Public Sector program is designed to teach students the effective use of public resources to achieve the public purpose within a state, local, or not for profit environment. The program is intended to teach you how to lead in an ethical manner, learning techniques for effectively managing change,, finances and operations. What's more, the program is designed to build students' critical-thinking and decision-making skills as well as provide them with a foundation in budgeting, financial reporting, economics, marketing and public relations. This University of Phoenix® program is available at select campuses.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Applicants to University of Phoenix® programs should have a high school diploma or GED. If you're interested in this program, you may have an interest in helping your community or working for a philanthropic organization. You may have leadership experience and possess good communication skills.

What Are the Course Requirements?

This bachelor's degree program requires the completion of 48 business credits, 15 public sector credits and 57 general education credits, totaling 120 (124 for Kansas) credit hours. Within the public sector concentration, you will have the opportunity to elect a not-for-profit or public administration specialization.

Business foundation courses

  • GEN 200: Foundations for General Education and Professional Success
  • BCOM 275: Business Communications and Critical Thinking
  • BIS 220: Introduction to Computer Applications and Systems
  • MGT 230: Management Theory and Practice
  • ACC 290: Principles of Accounting I
  • ACC 291: Principles of Accounting II
  • RES 351: Business Research
  • ETH 316: Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • MGT 311: Organizational Development
  • ECO 372: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • LAW 421: Contemporary Business Law
  • ECO 365: Principles of Microeconomics
  • FIN 370: Finance for Business
  • MKT 421: Marketing
  • QNT 351: Quantitative Analysis for Business
  • BUS 475: Integrated Business Topics

Public sector courses

  • BPA 303: Public Programs - Implementation and Evaluation in a Dynamic Environment
  • BPA 406: The Public Leader - Integration and Application
  • Students choose three of the following elective courses:
    • BPA 301: Foundations of Public Administration
    • HRM 330: Human Resources and Labor Relations in Public Service
    • FIN 380: Financial Management of Non-Profit Organizations
    • ACC 460: Government and Non-Profit Accounting
    • MKT 438: Public Relations

What Are My Post-Graduation Opportunities?

Further Education

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Public Sector degree, you may decide you'd like to continue your training and enroll in a related master's degree program. Participating in an advanced degree program could allow you to gain a deeper grasp of business concepts. It could also provide you with an opportunity to fine-tune your administrative skills.

Master's degree options include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Management with a concentration in human resource management

*Maryland residents completing this program will earn a Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Public Sector.