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2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017)

Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)


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The DPA program is designed to prepare students to engage in and address the problems and challenges associated with the administration of public and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and the world. Through their coursework, students explore the practice of public administration, management, and applied research in a global context, thereby enabling them to gain expertise in solving the complex problems that public organizations encounter. Graduates with a DPA degree are positioned for career opportunities in applied research, management, leadership, and the administration of public and nonprofit organizations; they can also pursue careers in consultancy with organizations that contract with public entities. Students in this program may choose may choose from several specializations, including Geographic Information System (GIS) systems, and select elective courses that support their own career and professional objectives. 

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate effective leadership/management principles (including theory, concepts, and practices) utilized in the public sector.
  2. Evaluate solutions to practical problems in public administration using evidence-based practices and research.
  3. Apply ethical concepts of public administration within organizations.
  4. Apply culturally sensitive public administration research to meet the needs of diverse populations at local, state, national, and international levels of government.
  5. Utilize analytic methods in making decisions related to public administration that contribute to positive social change.
  6. Engage in scientific inquiry to advance practice in the field of public administration.

Degree Requirements


  • Foundations course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (30 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Doctoral study (20 cr.)
  • 2 four‐day residencies
  • Time to completion: 40 months

Core Curriculum


Elective Courses


The General Program for the Doctor of Public Administration requires 15 credits of electives in an area that interests you. To meet this requirement, you must choose three elective courses from the list below.

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