2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (September 2019) 
    Aug 17, 2022  
2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (September 2019) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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DDPA 8400 - Professional Administrative Study

(5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms until completion) The professional administrative study results in a formal manuscript designed and written to address a problem in public administration practice. Each DPA student is required to complete a professional administrative study paper and four quarters of DDPA 8400 with a satisfactory grade. The professional administrative study paper involves students’ completing an applied research project that addressed an actual problem or planning situation. Students work under the direction of a faculty chair and a second faculty mentor. The professional administrative study paper takes the format of a consulting report and, at a minimum, includes the following sections:

  • Executive Summary
  • Situation or Problem Description
  • Conceptual Approach
  • Detailed Process
  • Evaluation
  • Recommendations or Plan

Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their doctoral study with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the chief academic officer. Students must also publish their doctoral study on ProQuest before their degree is conferred.

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