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Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)

Northcentral University's Doctor of Public Administration program can help prepare students for executive leadership roles in public organizations. Read more about this online DPA program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Public Administration

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

The Doctor of Public Administration program at Northcentral University accepts applicants who are interested in a leadership career in public organizations; these individuals may already have some work experience in the field. Applicants to Northcentral University's doctoral programs should have a master's degree or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Northcentral University's Doctor of Public Administration program is intended for those working at the mid- and senior-manager level of public organizations who want to gain the skills to pursue leadership positions. The curriculum covers many areas of public management and policy and includes courses focusing on administrative law, budgeting, technology in public administration, and personnel management. Students will also have the opportunity to study research methods in order to prepare them to contribute new content to the field's existing body of knowledge. The program concludes with a dissertation.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

54 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Northcentral University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Doctor of Public Administration:

This Doctor of Public Administration program has a set course sequence of 18 classes, which makes up 54 credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (54 credits)

  • Public Administration
  • Administrative Law
  • Public Management Theory
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • Principles of Organization and Management
  • Executive Leadership in Public Administration
  • Strategic Management in the Public Sector
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Public Policy Administration
  • Scholarly Literature Review
  • Statistics I
  • Quantitative Research Design & Methodology
  • Qualitative Research Design and Methodology
  • Pre-Candidacy Prospectus
  • Components of the Dissertation
  • Dissertation Proposal
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Students who successfully complete the Doctor of Public Administration program at Northcentral University could be prepared for executive leadership roles in a variety of public organizations. This doctoral degree could open up doors to a broad range of roles in the non-profit sector, city planning, or state and local governments. Graduates could also have the opportunity to contribute further research to this field.

Possible careers include:

  • Public policy director
  • Non-profit executive
  • Urban planner
  • City manager
  • Healthcare administrator

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