• Doctorate of Public Administration

    Real leaders, real world.

    If you're a seasoned public employee who wants to strengthen your knowledge and skills—or you’re preparing for a career transition to consult or teach—Hamline’s Doctorate of Public Administration (DPA) degree is the ideal program for you.

    Skills learned in the DPA degree program allow you to advance your career, as well as improve the field of public administration and enhance overall public leadership.

    Why a Doctorate of Public Administration?

    Beyond Your Master's

    When the lines between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors blur, certain fundamental leadership skills are often required across all three. No doubt, as a seasoned, top-performing professional with a master’s degree, you already possess these fundamentals. 

    But if you are ready to move further — to the more challenging and complex level of executive responsibilities and influence — Hamline’s DPA will ensure your success in this high-profile realm

    Putting Theory into Practice

    Leveraging the knowledge of academics and executive-level professionals, our program is specifically structured to make practical use of your current role or work environment as a “lab” for research and exploration, using situations you face at work to complete assignments.

    And because public administrators today encounter increasingly complex global issues — diverse populations, bonds and world banking, world trade, pandemics, critical infrastructure needs, and homeland security to name a few — this curriculum will expand your skills, crossing not only other sectors but local, national, and inter-continental boundaries.

    Via our unique DPA framework, you will gain practical application and executive expertise — high-level management tools,elevated analytical thinking and amplified leadership skills — in real-world situations.

    Outside of the Norm

    Our rigorous candidate selection process assures that you, along with a small cohort of other exceptional local and international people, will experience in-depth immersion into public administration topics, research, and study. Through an intense exchange of ideas, worldviews, and cultures you will create a powerful learning community, forging friends, colleagues and alliances for life.

    Program Overview

    Program Format

    • On campus

    Program Begins

    • Offered every other year. Next start September 2017

    Time to Complete

    • Approximately four-five years

    Program Details and Courses

    48 credits: Program details


    View current tuition rates.


    Hamline offers learning partner scholarships and discounts for many city and county employees and their families.

    Discount Alumni

    Hamline undergraduate alumni receive a 10% discount on tuition when they enroll in the DPA program.

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    Contact a Graduate Admission counselor and request information to learn more about pursuing a Doctorate of Public Administration.

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