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Doctor of Public Administration

Critical knowledge for public administration professionals

Public administrators are tasked with the challenge of helping to develop and implement policies within government agencies and nonprofit entities. The work they do can have a profound impact on the agencies and communities they serve. This is a tremendous responsibility requiring strong leadership skills, extensive knowledge and the ability to think critically and solve problems.

Elevate your public administration knowledge

Our Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) degree can help public administration professionals prepare for executive level leadership roles. This program is aligned with key industry standards. Upon graduation students will be able to evaluate problems and ethical issues within an organization, find practical solutions using evidence-based research and contribute to the body of knowledge within the field.

This program provides students with a deep understanding of the values that guide the practice of public administration, including administrative law, public management theory and the principles of organization and management. It also covers key topics such as budgeting, the role of information technology in public administration as well as public personnel management. Additional areas of focus include public policy analysis, critical thinking and applied quantitative reasoning and qualitative analysis.

Earn your graduate public administration degree online

At Northcentral University, you can complete your Doctor of Public Administration program online, when it’s best for you. We have no GRE/GMAT requirements, no residency requirements, no group projects and convenient weekly start dates. This provides you the flexibility you need to continue your education without putting your life on hold. Additionally, we provide a unique one-to-one learning model that offers you the personal guidance, attention and support you deserve.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate current problems and ethical issues in public organizations
  • Formulate domestic and global solutions to public service and policy issues
  • Create practical strategies for public organizations from evidence-based research
  • Contribute to the applied literature within the field of public administration

Career Potential*

  • Chief Executives
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Transportation Managers
  • Logistics Managers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Regulatory Affairs Managers
  • Compliance Managers
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

Doctor of Public Administration: Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 54 Hours
Courses: 18 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 42 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One