Program Overview

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Public Administration is designed to meet the needs of employees of government agencies and those desiring employment or advancement in government agencies. The program covers the history, present and future of public administration. Courses include topics on finance, communication, organizational behavior, teamwork and management styles.

This program enhances the administrative knowledge and skills of professionals. The primary purpose of the Public Administration program is to provide knowledge and skills for students who wish to prepare themselves for management careers in government, community agencies, private not for profit organizations, planning and consulting firms and private sector organizations that work in partnership with the public sector.

The total number of credits required for this degree is 64. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Rio Salado College is a community college located in Tempe, Arizona that was originally founded in 1967 as one of the 10 Maricopa County community colleges. Since 1996, the school has offered online classes and, starting in 2006, a majority of the courses have been transferred online. The school is recognized as a leader in Higher Education with specialization in distance learning and online education. Part of the mission of Rio Salado is to aim to transform the experience of learning through offering students choice, access, and flexibility; customized high quality learning designs; and personalized services and organizational responsiveness.

    RSC offers online programs, certificates, academic certificates, and associate's degrees. Online education is one of the most prominent academic programs at the college. 

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