Walden’s B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration program can prepare you to advance your career in the private sector or public service—empowering you to navigate among private, government, and non-profit sectors to positively change your organization, community, and world.

This online political science degree program uses the latest interactive media to deliver a unique blend of political theory and application and give you a deeper understanding of political and social organizations.

To further focus your area of study on your personal interests, choose from the General Program or one of our concentrations. Your degree can also build a foundation for graduate study, including law.

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Choose the General Program or one of five concentrations:

You also have the option to pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

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General Program

Create your own learning experience to help broaden your understanding of both political science and public administration through the General Program. You have the flexibility to design a program that may include social entrepreneurship and social justice or leadership and communication. Explore the topics that interest you most and closely match your personal and professional goals. The program is completed by choosing any five courses from among the Political Science and Public Administration degree program’s concentration courses.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (36 cr.)
    • Concentration Courses (25 cr.)
    • Elective courses (70 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Choose any five courses from B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration concentrations in Global Issues and Social Justice, Law and Legal Studies, Managing in the Public Environment, Public Service Through Civic Engagement, and Social Entrepreneurship. Three of the courses should be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Elective Courses

Choose 14 courses from general education, B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 70 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

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Global Issues and Social Justice

When you understand the global implications of local decisions—and vice versa—you can start to develop effective solutions that positively impact communities locally and globally.

This concentration focuses on how major social and economic trends impact the daily lives of individuals in communities around the world with a special emphasis on social justice. You will study the people and groups who are working on the front lines of social problems while you examine the communication, administrative, and cultural skills that are necessary to promote social justice.

Through a variety of perspectives, you will:

  • Explore such matters as environmental justice, economic disparity, the promotion of diversity, and the role of women in the new global community.
  • Study how international organizations promote social justice.
  • Examine the organizations, strategies, and techniques that have been most successful in responding to such global challenges as natural disasters, HIV/AIDS, hunger, and healthcare.
  • Be exposed to ways to apply effective cross-cultural communication skills to academic, personal, and professional settings.
  • Consider your role in global health promotion, protection, and maintenance.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (25 cr.)
    • Elective courses (70 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Students are required to complete five concentration courses, four of which are prescribed. Students choose a fifth concentration course from any of the remaining B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration concentration courses.

Elective Courses

Choose 14 courses from general education, B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 70 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

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Managing in the Public Environment

In government agencies and the many private and nonprofit organizations that work with them every day, managers face challenges that differ significantly from those in the corporate environment. This concentration introduces you to the differences and helps you polish your own management skills for success in today’s environment.

To help prepare for management positions, graduate education, or positions that interact with the public sector, you will:

  • Study the tools, techniques, and challenges of managing organizations and people successfully in the public and nonprofit sectors.
  • Study basic leadership principles, strategic planning, modern personnel systems, and performance management.
  • Study the new skills that public administrators need to be successful in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Examine issues such as teambuilding, contracting, procurement, compliance, grant writing, and outsourcing/insourcing.
  • Study short- and long-term financial analysis, policy development, and budget development.
  • Examine how the structure of an organization, its culture and climate, and its leadership contribute to its ability to accomplish its mission and goals.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (25 cr.)
    • Elective courses (70 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Students are required to complete five concentration courses, four of which are prescribed. Students choose a fifth concentration course from any of the remaining B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration concentration courses.

Elective Courses

Choose 14 additional electives from any B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration concentration or take advantage of any bachelor’s course—in program areas such as Criminal Justice, Psychology, Communications, or Business Administration—to fulfill your elective requirement. At least three elective course(s) must be at the 3000 level or above. These 70 credits of electives are in addition to the five-credit general education elective.

Capstone Course

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Public Service Through Civic Engagement

Take the opportunity to become a catalyst for positive change at the local, national, and international levels. Study the latest proven strategies for recruiting and organizing a team of qualified volunteers. In this concentration, you will explore the keys to developing meaningful activism through grassroots and intercultural communication and organization.

In preparing for a career as a change agent, you will:

  • Explore how positive social change takes place at the community level.
  • Examine the major obstacles to positive social change efforts and the key features of effective strategies. 
  • Identify and apply the skills that individuals and groups need to produce positive social change.
  • Study how to use popular social networking techniques and other modern communications as catalysts for social change.
  • Develop a cross-cultural communication strategy targeting current social issues.
  • Study how successful leaders recruit and retain volunteers.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (25 cr.)
    • Elective courses (70 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Students are required to complete five concentration courses, four of which are prescribed. Students choose a fifth concentration course from any of the remaining B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration concentration courses.

Elective Courses

Choose 14 courses from general education, B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 70 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor. 

Capstone Course

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    • Course Title
    • Credits

Social Entrepreneurship

Discover what it takes to create and maintain a successful business focused on social change, from the development of a business plan to day-to-day management. You will study how social entrepreneurs break through the status quo, reallocate resources, and creatively address their communities’ challenges.

This concentration is a direct reflection of Walden’s social change mission and helps empower individuals to effect positive change by developing products, services, and solutions that address specific societal needs.

Whether you work in a public service organization or are aiming for a new direction in your life, Walden will help you develop an entrepreneurial mindset that can open new doors.

In preparing for a career as a change agent, you will:

  • Study how you can join other social entrepreneurs who are taking the lead nationally and globally in addressing poverty, responding to HIV/AIDS, and making nonprofit organizations more effective.
  • Examine many of the substantive and procedural aspects of social entrepreneurship.
  • Identify key challenges facing organizations that rely heavily on volunteers—and the most effective solutions.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (25 cr.)
    • Elective courses (70 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Students are required to complete five concentration courses, four of which are prescribed. Students choose a fifth concentration course from any of the remaining B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration concentration courses.

Elective Courses

Choose 14 courses from general education, B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 70 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

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    • Course Title
    • Credits

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost
Fundamentals Courses (MATH 0090) Based on individual student requirements $50 per credit hour
Courses 181 total quarter credit hours $310 per quarter credit hour
Technology Fee per quarter $120

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Accelerate Your Degree Completion

Your B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration from Walden can enhance your ability to find a meaningful career in which you can truly make a difference.

To help you succeed across a variety of sectors and newly emerging disciplines, you will examine the knowledge and skills in high demand, such as:

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication

This degree can provide a solid foundation for graduate school, allowing you to pursue additional opportunities and advancement in a broad range of professional settings:

Private Business

Today’s businesses—particularly those that interface with government and community organizations—face legal, ethical, and cultural challenges that require the expertise this degree provides.

Career examples: Banking analyst or executive, communications director, corporate public affairs advisor, corporate economist, corporate information analyst, corporate advisor for governmental relations, financial consultant, information manager, issues analyst, corporate social policy director, lobbyist, systems analyst

Law

You can apply your B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration with a Law and Legal Studies concentration to a variety of careers in private corporations, law firms, public agencies and the courts. It can also be the foundation for law school success. Those with law degrees have options in private practice or as legal counsel for private corporations or public agencies.

Prepare for a career: Lobbyist, activist, advocate/organizer, paralegal, legal assistant

International and Nonprofit Organizations

You can work directly with the people and organizations that implement change on the ground, in your community, and around the world.

Career examples: Nonprofit or association director, activist, advocate/organizer, administrator, policy analyst

The public sector offers numerous opportunities across the federal, state, and local levels for you to apply your skills for the betterment of society.

Career examples: Budget examiner or analyst, city planner, city housing administrator, congressional office/committee staffer, federal or state aid coordinator, Foreign Service Officer, intelligence analyst, urban policy planner

Journalism

Your degree will give you the foundational knowledge to analyze the political landscape and play a major role in helping others to understand what is happening around the world.

Career Examples: Editor, freelance writer, political commentator

Electoral Politics

Apply your knowledge of the political and legal system at the frontlines of American democracy.

Career Examples: Campaign operative, pollster, survey analyst

In addition to career advancement opportunities, earning your bachelor’s degree at Walden is a stepping stone to graduate school. Walden offers Bachelor’s Plus options that can lead to an advanced degree from Walden for B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration students.

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Through Walden’s B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration program, you have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the foundations of U.S. government, as well as contemporary issues and debates related to constitutional law and the judicial process.
  • Study the tools, skills, and strategies of today’s successful public-sector leaders and the intricacies involved in shaping public policy.
  • Examine the ethical considerations facing leaders today and learn how to build organizations that reflect strong values.
  • Address top issues and challenges in 21st-century global politics, from energy and trade to human rights and healthcare.
  • Develop essential leadership skills in human resources, communications, planning, and budgeting.

When you choose Walden’s B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration program, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration program:

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Explain the constitutional, legal, institutional, and political foundations of American government.
  2. Explain the historical development and contemporary context of public administration in the United States.
  3. Define ethical leadership and evaluate its importance in contemporary government and public administration.
  4. Explain the principal dimensions of major global issues and their relevance to choices made at the national, state, and local levels.
  5. Identify key debates over political principles that have endured over time and describe how these debates manifested in several contemporary political controversies.
  6. Explain how public policy is formulated and implemented.
  7. Describe how public sector organizations function with their political, social, and economic context.
  8. Demonstrate how the methods of political science, public administration, or social entrepreneurship can be used to solve problems and create positive social change.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Global Issues and Social Justice Concentration

  1. Describe current social, political, and economic issues and trends around the world.
  2. Discuss ways to promote social justice in communities around the world.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Law and Legal Studies Concentration

  1. Analyze legal debates surrounding key social issues.
  2. Explain key legal concepts and cases.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Managing in the Public Environment Concentration

  1. Develop solutions to challenges faced by managers in the public and nonprofit sectors.
  2. Describe the skills and leadership characteristics that are necessary in effectively managing public programs, processes, and personnel.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Public Service Through Civic Engagement Concentration

  1. Develop a plan of action for mobilizing individuals and groups to effect positive changes in their communities.
  2. Articulate the skills necessary for an effective social change agent and explain their role in leading communities toward positive social change.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Social Entrepreneurship Concentration


  1. Identify entrepreneurial opportunities that can positively impact local, national, and global communities.
  2. Explain the key concepts and methods of social entrepreneurship.

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

For assistance in deciding which concentration fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States