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Bachelor of Public Administration in the Philippines

Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) is a four-year degree program in the Philippines that will prepare you for a career in public service.

Enrolling in this program will help you become more familiar with the different agencies that make up the government, their relationship with each other, the people that run them, the policies they make, and how they implement them.

It will also help you gain a better understanding of the proper management of public resources through budget preparation and expenditure control, the proper administration and evaluation of government programs, and ethical decision making.

Some examples of courses that you may take while enrolled in this program include:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Sociology/Psychology
  • Business Math
  • Basic Accounting
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Philippine Government and Constitution
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Philippine Administrative Thought and Institutions
  • Ethics and Accountability in the Public Service
  • Governance and Development
  • Knowledge Management
  • Leadership and Decision Making
  • Local and Regional Governance
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Human Behavior in Organization
  • Public Fiscal Administration
  • Public Accounting and Budgeting
  • Organization and Management
  • Office and Systems Management
  • Public Policy and Program Administration
  • Administrative Law
  • Politics and Administration
  • Good Governance and Social Responsibility

In addition to taking the courses mentioned above, you may also undergo a minimum of 200 hours of On-the-Job Training (OJT) at select government agencies in order to give you a closer look at their constitution and how they work.


Qualified graduates of Bachelor of Public Administration can find employment as any of the following:

  • Technical Assistant
  • Researcher in government agencies, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), and academic institutions
  • Development Manager of small or medium-sized voluntary sector or Non-Government Organizations
  • Executives in government institution and Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs)
  • Executives in national, regional, and international organizations
  • Ambassador
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Politician
  • College Instructor

Professional Certification

Individuals aspiring for a career in foreign service are required to pass the Foreign Service Officers Examination to become eligible to apply for a foreign service post.

Individuals aspiring for any other post in the government, on the other hand, are required to pass the Civil Service Examination (Sub-professional or Professional Level).

Please visit the official website of theĀ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) or the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for more information.

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