• DPA Program Requirements

    Core Courses (6 Required)

    Core Courses cover management essentials such as organizational theory and research methods, as well as courses unique to public administration, including history, policy, critical issues and professional development. You will acquire both critical advanced management competencies and in-depth sector-specific skills needed to successfully lead at the executive level.

    • Historical Foundations and Professional Development
    • Research Methods
    • Advanced Organizational Theory
    • Advanced Seminar in Public Policy
    • Critical Issues for Public Administration
    • Dissertation 1

    Elective Courses (4 required)

    Opportunities for additional depth or breadth are available through a wide range of elective course offerings. While subject to change, recent elective offerings have included:

    • Alternative Service Delivery
    • Comparative Public Administration
    • Comparative Social Policy Issues
    • E-Government
    • Housing and Economic Development Policy
    • Strategic Planning in the Public Sector
    • Independent Study

    Comprehensive Exam

    After Completion of core and elective coursework you must complete and pass the written comprehensive exam before defending a dissertation proposal.

    Doctoral Dissertation

    Working at your own pace you will propose, research, and write a dissertation with guidance from a faculty advisor. Approval by a faculty committee will follow you successful oral defense of the completed project.

    Program Options

    The Department of Public Administration has published a recommended course sequence and schedule.

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