Management Training for the Governmental and Nonprofit Sectors

The Bachelors of Public and Nonprofit Administration will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead and manage people, programs, and organizations in the governmental and nonprofit sectors. In addition to analytical and communications skills relevant to the management professions, you will receive a broad background and understanding of the political, social, and economic environment in which public issues exist.

You'll graduate with the leadership skills to thrive in the board room, to network with public officials and other stakeholders, to negotiate agreements and manage contracts, and to design/improve programs and interventions that improve people's lives.

Program Facts

Total Credits
27-credit hours of core course and 9-credit hours of elective coursework for a total of 36-credit hours in the major and 120 overall.
Online Course Delivery
Earn your degree completely online to allow the flexibility you need for your busy schedule.
Transfer Friendly
Students may count up to four courses as transfer credit to the major. Please contact us for information on our Associate of Applied Science/Bachelors completion option.
Accelerated Master's Degree
The Integrated BPA/MPA in Public Administration you can waive the requirement for PAD 501 (Intro Course) and apply up to 6-credit hours of 400-level elective credit toward the Master of Public Administration Degree

Join us in Changing Policy & Changing Lives

Why UIS?

Develop your Managerial Skills

Gain an understanding of economic, legal, and political systems; and governmental institutions and processes

Develop the analytical/quantitative abilities to analyze, define, and solve problems

Examine the intricacies of human behavior (individual, group, and organizational) and gain an in-depth understanding of how to lead and manage people, projects, and programs

Learn skills in organizational design, strategic planning, budgeting, and performance management

Become a better communicator—written, oral, and electronic

BPNA Curriculum

The BPNA core includes coursework in the principles of management, public administration, organizational theory, public policy, public budgeting, financial management, law, ethics, and social science research methods. You’ll study many of the same topics as in a business management major but with a special focus on the governmental and nonprofit arenas. 

Voluntary Concentrations

Students may choose one of three voluntary concentrations and prepare for management positions in organizations addressing some of society's most pressing challenges.

Child Advocacy Studies

Increase your knowledge of key child maltreatment concepts.

Environment & Society

Prepare to tackle environmental problems & support a sustainable future.

Global Public Health

Learn about global issues important to improving population health.


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