Public Administration

Make an Impact in the Field of Public Administration

As governments and organizations struggle to do more with fewer resources, individuals with expertise in public administration are needed. The NCU public administration specialization focuses on research related to government and public agency budgeting, government relations, public personnel policy management, political systems, and urban planning. The programs emphasize strategic planning including contemporary program evaluation, complex public organizations, and environmental compliance, along with strategies needed to meet the challenges in government management at the local, state and federal levels. You will learn a wide range of managerial skills to prepare you to oversee local, state and federal government activities. Graduates are prepared for management roles in the nonprofit and government sectors.

The NCU Difference

In today’s competitive global marketplace, business professionals are called upon to help their organizations run more efficiently and effectively. Northcentral University's School of Business and Technology Management has a results-oriented approach to online education, delivering rigorous doctoral, master's, bachelor's and graduate certificate programs to help you develop the business acumen that companies seek. NCU’s education approach was developed to meet the needs of your busy life and schedule. Ideal for self-starters and independent thinkers who want a premier education with unprecedented flexibility, we use a unique one-to-one learning model that pairs one student with one doctoral professor for each course. With no teaching assistants, you learn directly from experts who provide personal feedback and professional insights. With NCU’s online learning model, there are weekly starts for every program or course. None of our programs have residency requirements, allowing flexible access to you no matter where you live. When you enroll in NCU to earn an advanced degree in business, you will become part of a community of professionals who are already making a difference around the world.

“I chose Northcentral University due to the flexibility. Because of the 24-hour schedule, even down to the technical assistance online, to the professors and other classmates, you could get help no matter where you were.” – Trisha Haberbosh, Master of Business Administration (2016)

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PHD-BA 60 20 45 months View Course Catalog
DBA 54 18 39 months View Course Catalog
MBA 30 10 16 months View Course Catalog
MSOL 30 10 16 months View Course Catalog
Post-Master's Cert 18 6 9 months View Course Catalog

Beyond the specialized courses designed to help you expand your abilities in your chosen field of study and profession; NCU offers the following benefits to students and alumni:

Unmatched Flexibility
Many online programs offer the ability to take courses without leaving your home, but few offer weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations. The option to turn in your assignments as early in the week as you want, provide you the ability to schedule school around your life, not the other way around.

100% Doctoral Faculty
Whether you are completing your bachelor's degree, pursuing your graduate degree, or on the path to earning your doctoral degree, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
Not only will you learn from a doctor in the field, but you won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor to get personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration Program Learning Outcomes
  • Develop business knowledge based on a synthesis of current theory
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about theories, applications, and perspectives related to business
  • Evaluate business practices that positively impact society
  • Evaluate the relationship between the global environment and business decisions
  • Formulate solutions to problems identified in extant business research
Doctor of Business Administration Learning Outcomes
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about practices, solutions, and perspectives related to business
  • Construct socially responsible and ethic business strategies
  • Evaluate the relationship between the global environment and business decisions
  • Formulate solutions to practical business problems based on original research
Master of Business Administration Program Learning Outcomes
  • Evaluate the health of an organization
  • Effectively communicate - in media appropriate to purpose, occasion and audience - ideas and arguments associated with business issues
  • Evaluate the challenges and opportunities presented by the global business environment
  • Evaluate legal compliance, ethical concerns of stakeholders, and social responsibility in terms of their impact on the conduct of business
  • Deliver effective business solutions
Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Program Learning Outcomes
  • Assess the current state of leadership practice within a given profession
  • Evaluate the components of leadership that contribute to the health of an organization
  • Apply best leadership practices within a given organization
  • Evaluate themselves as leaders

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

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