Public administration is a broad concept that focuses on economic growth, workforce development, public resources, and urban issues. It impacts everything from government agencies, non-profit organizations, and human/social services agencies to private enterprise and residents. It teaches skills in program planning and management, budgeting, the use of public and private funding sources, event planning, human resources, and city planning.

Lorain County Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Public Administration was the first two-year degree in Public Administration in Ohio. The program was designed to foster community collaboration and bring growth to Northeast Ohio – and anywhere that its graduates live. It was built to be beneficial to professionals already working in public administration who wish to further their education or sharpen specific skills. However, it is equally beneficial to traditional students who want to find employment in city planning, non-profit organizations, community action agencies, human services, criminal justice, health services and other public sector settings.

The program offers a one-year certificate as well as an Associate Degree. Of course, you may choose to further your education beyond LCCC through our University Partnership or transfer programs.

Public Administration Programs at LCCC


One-Year Certificate

Public Administration


Associate Degree

Public Administration


University Partnership Programs

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree – On LCCC’s Campus

Our Public Administration Program courses are designed to transfer seamlessly to these university partnership programs:

  Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University

  Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies/Public Safety Management from Cleveland State University

  Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies/Urban Services Administration from Cleveland State University


Transfer to another college or university

LCCC is a great place to start. You can complete the first years of your education at LCCC at our lower tuition rate and then transfer your credits to another college or university to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

  Learn more about how to transfer LCCC credits to another college or university

Getting started while you’re still in high school

You don’t have to wait to graduate from high school to start earning college credit.

The College Credit Plus program offers you an opportunity to earn college credit as early as seventh grade. Courses are frequently offered on-site at local high schools. Students may also have the option of taking LCCC classes online or on our campus. Classes taken through CCP count for both high school and college credit and are FREE for most students. 

The MyUniversity program, a unique partnership between LCCC and area high schools, provides a pathway for high school students to the full college experience – starting in high school!

   Learn more about earning college credit in high school.