• DPA Program Details

    Courses and Degree Requirements

    Join the region’s leader in public administration education and equip yourself to lead the next generation of public administration professionals.

    Degree Requirements

    Required Courses: (24 credits)

    • Historical Foundations and Professional Development
    • Research Methods
    • Advanced Organization Theory
    • Advanced Seminar in Public Policy
    • Critical Issues for Public Administrators
    • Dissertation I: Advanced Research Methods

    Elective Courses: (16 credits)

    Opportunities for additional depth or breadth are available through a wide range of elective course offerings. Recent courses have included:

    • Alternative Service Delivery
    • Contemporary Social Policy Issues
    • Social Demographics
    • Housing and Economic Development Policy
    • Strategic Planning in the Public Sector

    Comprehensive Exam:

    After completion of core and elective coursework, you must pass a comprehensive exam.

    Doctoral Dissertation: (8 credits)

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

    Time Limit

    New students enter in the fall semester and complete most or all of their core courses together. (Exceptions can be arranged with the approval of a student’s advisor and the program director.) Satisfactory/steady progress is typically completion of one course per term, two or three terms per year. Normally students complete all required core courses within the first three years of study.

    Note: Seven years is the maximum time allowed for students to finish their DPA core coursework. Ten years is the maximum time allowed for students to complete entire DPA program, including their dissertation.

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