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Total program credits needed for graduation: 84

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5954, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Required Courses

52 course quarter credits.

PSL8002
Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners (4 quarter credits)
DPA8400
Theories of Leadership and Public Administration (4 quarter credits)
DPA8404
Principles of Organization Theory and Practice (4 quarter credits)
DPA8408
Ethics and Social Responsibility (4 quarter credits)
DPA8412
Global and Diverse Societies (4 quarter credits)
DPA8416
Public Administration and Community Collaboration (4 quarter credits)
DPA8420
Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy (4 quarter credits)
DPA8424
Theories and Practices of Public Human Resource Management (4 quarter credits)
DPA8428
Public Needs Assessment and Planning (4 quarter credits)
DPA8100
Fundamentals of Public Administration Research* (4 quarter credits)
DPA8103
Theory Development in Public Administration Research* (4 quarter credits)
DPA8106
Program Evaluation and Participatory Research* (4 quarter credits)
DPA8432
Public Administration Topic Exploration and Analysis* (4 quarter credits)
PSLR8900
Professional Doctorate Colloquium (non-credit)*†

Three Elective Courses

12 course quarter credits.

Choose any graduate course(s).

Active Research Dissertation Courses

20 course quarter credits.

DPA9920
Action Research Dissertation Courseroom* non-credit
DPA9921
Action Dissertation Research 1* - 5 quarter credits
DPA9922*
Action Dissertation Research 2 - 5 quarter credits
DPA9923
Action Dissertation Research 3* - 5 quarter credits
DPA9924
Action Dissertation Research 4* - 5 quarter credits

Residency Requirement

As part of your program, you will attend one Professional Doctorate Colloquium (PSL-R8900) in addition to your online courses.

Concentrations

Add a concentration to your DPA — allowing you to further specialize in one of these areas:

  • Forensics
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Public Health
  • Public Safety Leadership

If you elect to add on a concentration, you will need to complete the full 84 credits

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

+Learners are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with this course.

Arkansas residents must complete Arkansas general education requirements.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5954, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.