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DPA Doctor of Public Administration General Public Administration specialization

Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People likely to choose an online general public administration degree include public administrators who want to pursue leadership positions in government agencies, public service organizations, or the political arena; or faculty positions in the fields of public administration, public affairs and political science.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Consulting firm
  • Government — local, state, federal
  • Educational organization
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Political association
  • Professional association
  • Research organization
  • Special interest group
  • Think tank
  • Trade group

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Administrator
  • Administrator of outreach
  • Analyst
  • Budget director
  • Chief of police/fire
  • City manager
  • Congressional policy advisor
  • County director
  • Data manager
  • Director
  • Economic development director
  • Full-time faculty
  • Government relations manager
  • Human services director
  • Lobbyist
  • Manager
  • Nonprofit executive
  • Parks and recreation director
  • Policy advisor
  • Policy analyst
  • Program officer
  • Public safety director
  • Public works director
  • Research assistant

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

†Some positions require licensure and/or other designations. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Doctoral degree graduates

Data from graduates across all doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella University doctoral graduates report satisfaction with salary, benefits, and responsibilities. Half of the graduates surveyed work in higher education and another 12 percent hold positions in the P–12 environment.

Satisfaction with Job Doctoral Degree Graduates

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Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.


Doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Around half those surveyed have advanced in their careers and just over a third have presented at a professional conference or worked as a consultant.

Career & Professional Accomplishments Doctoral Degree Graduates

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Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.