Applied Science – BA in Public Administration Transfer

AAS/ BA in Public Administration Completion Degree

The AAS/BA in Public Administration completion option offers students with Associate of Applied Science degrees in career and technical fields the opportunity to attain a baccalaureate degree that will enable them to capitalize on their specialized field while preparing them for management and supervisory positions in public service and nonprofit organizations. Typically, a student who has earned an AAS degree has earned 15 hours of general education credit and will then complete their remaining general education courses at UIS. AAS career and technical courses will be reviewed to determine what credits can be awarded in transfer, and the student will be notified about what will be applied to the requirements for the BA in Public Administration degree. Upon transfer into the BA in Public Administration program, the student with a 60+ semester hour AAS degree from an accredited institution would need to complete at least 60 hours at UIS for the BA in Public Administration depending on the transfer of credits. Of these, the remaining general education credits needed to complete their general education requirements would include nine credits (ECO 201, PSC 242, and PSC/LES 201) that would also satisfy part of the BPA program core. Thus, after transfer, most AAS degree holders would complete 60 hours at UIS: 27 of which would typically be general education hours with 9 overlapping in the public administration core, leaving 27 more public administration courses and six electives to complete the degree. University ECCE hours also need to be included in this total (10 more hours).

Sample Curriculum

AAS Degree Plan

(60 hours total, including at least 15 general education hours)

Gen Ed/BPA core

ENGL 101* and 102* – 6 hours

Speech* – 3 hours

Gen Ed courses accepted toward the BA in Public Administration core degree requirements:

Math (Introduction to Statistics or Statistics for Social Science) * – 3 hours

Intro to American Government * – 3 hours

Introduction to Microeconomics * – 3 hours

(These 3 courses meet the following BA in Public Administration course requirements. If not taken at the community college, they will need to be taken at UIS after transfer.

PSC 242 – Statistics for Social Studies or other approved course (satisfies the applied math requirement) – 3 hours

ECO 201 Introduction to Microeconomics – 3 hours

PSC/LES 201 Introduction to the American Political System – 3 hours)

Remaining hours in AAS applied content courses are accepted as elective credit in transfer.

UIS BA in Public Administration Courses for Completion

Students will complete 60 hours at UIS after transfer for a total of 120 hours in the BPA. Students will be required to complete the remainder of their general education courses after transfer as well as their university required ECCE hours.

BA in Public Administration Core Courses (24 hours remaining after the 9 already taken as part of general education at the community college)

PAD 301 Introduction to Public Service Management – 3 hours

PAD 302 Leadership and Management of Public Organizations – 3 hours

PAD 303 Public Policy for Managers – 3 hours

PAD 470 Research Methods and Management – 3 hours

PAD 471 Public Administration Senior Capstone – 3 hours

Public Administration tracks

BPA students must take at least 12 hours of electives in the major. These courses should be taken as part of one of the following tracks: Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy, State and Local Government Management, or Management of Public Policy


The remaining hours to complete the 120 hour total for the BA in PA are taken as general education, ECCE, and electives.



* Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) approved course options