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General Public Administration Doctor of Public Administration

School of Public Service Leadership

Overview

Make an impact in multidisciplinary public policy. Capella University’s online doctor of public administration program prepares you to impact multidisciplinary public policy and administration issues. The program uses current case studies and advanced learning technologies to strengthen your collaboration and leadership skills, and identify community issues that could benefit from an action-based research project.  

This specialization allows you to expand upon your prior learned knowledge and leverage what you already know. You will have the opportunity to sharpen your skill set in all aspects of public or military organizations, whether you have a background in HR, city planning, leadership, or other. 

You can complete your DPA program in as little as 3 years thanks to a streamlined curriculum designed to deliver the specific skills and knowledge needed for leadership roles in public administration.

The Building Blocks of Your DPA

Your DPA in General Public Administration program includes 3 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called residencies), and dissertation focused on action research. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a DPA.

Degree Outcomes

With your Doctorate in General Public Administration from Capella, you'll evaluate current theories and practices in the public administration field and conduct valid, reliable and ethical public administration research. You'll also integrate citizen involvement and community advocacy in public sector decision making. 

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online Doctorate in General Public Administration include adjunct, part-time or full-time faculty, administrator, analyst, budget director, chief of police/fire, city manager, congressional policy advisor, economic development director, government relations manager, lobbyist, parks and recreation director, policy analyst, public safety director or public works director. Potential workplaces include: consulting firm, government, educational organization, land-based or online college or university, nonprofit organization, political association, professional association, research organization, special interest group, think tank or trade group.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start November 6th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future. 

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Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$697 per credit, 84 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable–there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

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Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Learn about Transfer Credits »

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Sample Courses

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
DPA8408 Ethics and Social Responsibility
DPA8420 Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy
DPA8428 Public Needs Assessment and Planning
DPA8416 Public Administration and Community Collaboration
DPA8412 Global and Diverse Societies

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty holds top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now. 

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning–beyond graduation.

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.