Public Service and Administration

One of CPS's online undergraduate degree options, the Bachelor of Arts in Public Service and Administration (PSA) is an interdisciplinary course of study that prepares students to be responsibly engaged citizens, government managers, and community leaders working in the “new public sector.”  The “new public sector” refers to the complex relationships that exist between government at all levels, nonprofit organizations, higher education, and the private sector.  Now more than ever before, these groups have been called upon to cooperate in order to address society’s most pressing and challenging problems.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics data, occupations related to public administration will have about a 13% increase in employment opportunities between 2012 and 2022. 


The BA in PSA is an online undergraduate degree program that can be completed on a part time basis by working professionals. CPS offers a variety of accelerated 7 week courses that enable degree completion at a faster pace. Course credits from prior institutions can be transferred in and will be evaluated by the College of Professional Studies Admissions Team.

In the PSA Major, students will be introduced to ethical, philosophic, theological, historical, social, and political perspectives that influence the leadership and management of government and nonprofit organizations.

The goals of this major are to help prepare students to:

  • Understand and pursue the common good
  • Assist in the creation, implementation, and analysis of public programs
  • Strengthen communities through innovative leadership and engaged citizenship
  • Reflect on how the citizen as public servant discovers meaning and purpose in his or her life by forging and developing the bonds of community.


BA Core =  16 courses, 50 credits

Students must complete 50 credits in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) core curriculum

Public Service and Administration Major Core = 10 courses, 30 credits

PA 4100* - Public Budgeting
PA 4200* - Organizational Development
PA 6000* - Vocation of Public Service

* Denotes a course in development


Free Electives = 42 credits


Complete the online application: Visit the CPS Apply webpage to apply to the degree program. Application requirements include:

  • Application fee: $50. Can be waived by attending select on campus open houses or online information sessions. Visit the CPS Events webpage to see all upcoming events.
  • Transcripts: High school transcripts and official transcripts from all institutions of higher education where applicant completed coursework are required. Official transcripts may be submitted directly by the student rather than mailed by the institution but will only be accepted if received in a sealed envelope which has been signed or stamped by the appropriate official at the issuing institution.  If the student uploads the document into the student application, it will be considered an “unofficial” transcript. Villanova allows students to transfer up to 60 credits from other regionally accredited institutions; course grade is a C or higher; Villanova will evaluate its transferability towards the Villanova degree.

The College of Professional Studies Admissions Committee convenes bimonthly to review applicants. All documents must be received before the Admissions Committee will review an applicant.


Official Transcripts should be sent to:

  • Mail – Villanova University, College of Professional Studies, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085
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Contact Information

Villanova University
College of Professional Studies
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Vasey Hall, Room 104
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610-519-4300
Fax:     610-519-7910

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