Bachelor of Liberal Studies in
Public Service Administration


  • Evening schedule is designed for working professionals.
  • Hybrid online courses are available.
  • Six-week courses help you complete your degree faster.
  • Become equipped to provide leadership in the public or nonprofit sector.
  • Pursue a career managing and engaging others in public service.

Degree Snapshot

Evening, six-week courses (with occasional Saturdays)
Hybrid online courses available
North Spokane, U-District
Application Deadline
4 weeks prior to start date (view course schedule)
Cost per Credit
$540 for the 2017-18 academic year
Books and related course materials are provided free of charge.
Financial aid is available.
Average Completion Time
Transferring with A.A. degree: 2-2 1/2 yrs
New students with no transfer credits: 4-5 yrs
  • Program Details

    Whitworth's Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Public Service Administration Program is designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the public service or nonprofit arena. This evening degree program is a perfect fit for those who already work in the public sector or who may be interested in how government contributes to the common good. Throughout the program, you'll gain a better understanding of legal policies and of federal and local government interventions. Students explore topics such as leading sustainable organizations, adapting to social change, and ethics in public service. And you'll learn to recognize and make connections between government roles and faith-based values to help inform ethical decisions in a professional work environment. The Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Public Service Administration Program is also designed as an alternative for individuals who may be interested in the Whitworth Criminal Justice Administration Program, but who do not yet have the work experience necessary to enter the program.

    Graduates with this degree will leave Whitworth equipped for administrative roles within government, nonprofit and other social agencies, or to add value as a volunteer or board member for these agencies. Students who enroll in the public service concentration may also be interested in running for elected office, understanding the world of philanthropy, or better understanding how nonprofit or for-profit organizations interact with the government.

    For Those with an A.A.S. Degree

    With an approved A.A.S. degree from the community college, you may transfer to Whitworth's public service administration program as a junior, receiving 60 semester credits toward your bachelor's degree as part of Whitworth's "upside-down" degree program. Attending part time, you can complete your degree in as little as two years.

    More information regarding Whitworth's "upside-down" degree program.
    List of A.A.S. degrees eligible for transfer.

    • Classes meet in the evenings only once or twice weekly, with an occasional Saturday session.
    • Hybrid online classes usually meet three times during each six-week course; the rest is online.
    • Your books are provided free of charge and are delivered to you the first night of class.
    • Courses are available in North Spokane or downtown, in the U-District.
    • Through your classes, you'll become familiar with government and legal policies.
    • You'll also learn how businesses, social agencies and nonprofits interact with the government.
    Courses Designed for Working Professionals

    Whitworth's adult education programs are designed to enhance the skills that working professionals possess within their current roles. As an adult student in one of our evening degree programs, you bring a wealth of valuable experience and knowledge to the classroom, and so do your peers. The collaborative learning environment allows you to benefit from others' experiences and from the professional expertise and practical knowledge of each of your instructors.

  • Degree Requirements

    Courses for the major may be completed in less than two years. Time to degree-completion varies, depending on course load and transfer credits. Please speak with one of our academic advisors and receive a complimentary transcript evaluation.

    Learning Objectives
    • Understand legal and ethical issues in the public sector.
    • Understand and articulate the role of public service in society.
    • Understand the role of government and how non-governmental actors can function in society to promote or undermine the common good.
    • Understand different kinds of leadership situations and how to choose appropriate leadership styles.
    • Understand the nature of social problems, and demonstrate effective ways to treat harmed persons.
    • Demonstrate clear and persuasive verbal and written communication skills.
    • Engage in sound self-management practices.
    • Demonstrate public speaking and presentation skills required by leadership roles in the public sector.
    • Apply communications skills in cross-cultural settings.
    • Demonstrate quantitative and qualitative critical-thinking skills required in today's public service entities to maintain an organization's sustainability.
    General Education Requirements & Electives

    All adult education programs from Whitworth must include general education and elective coursework that allow the student to complete degree requirements. Some of the requirements may be met by courses offered in the major. Check with an advisor for details.

    Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate 126 credits

    Total credits needed at Whitworth will vary, depending on credits transferred from other institutions and/or earned on college-level examinations.

  • What type of Job Can I get?

    What type of Job Can I get?
    Leadership and management roles in government and nonprofit organizationsCity management
    Financial administrationProject management
    PhilanthropySocial services
    LegislativeElected office
    Board memberVolunteer positions
  • Where Public Service Adminsitration Students Work

    Where Public Service Adminsitration Students Work
    State governmentFederal government
    Nonprofit agenciesPolitical support
    BusinessState agencies
    City and county officesSchool districts
    International affairs 


Whitworth's mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.

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