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Total program credits needed for graduation: 84

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

To learn more, call 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

Seventeen Required Courses, 72 course quarter credits.

PSL7010
21st-Century Communication and Leadership (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 (4 quarter credits)
DPA8424*
Theories and Practices of Public Human Resource Management (4 quarter credits)
DPA8428*
Public Needs Assessment and Planning (4 quarter credits)
DPA8109*
Program Evaluation and Action Research (4 quarter credits)
PSL7860
Survey of Research Methods (4 quarter credits)
PSL7864
Quantitative Design and Analysis (4 quarter credits)
PSL7868
Qualitative Design and Analysis (4 quarter credits)
PSL-R8910
Professional Doctorate Residency (non-credit)†

Three Elective Courses

12 quarter credits.

Choose any graduate course(s).

Active Research Dissertation Courses

Learners must register for DPA9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

DPA9960*
Dissertation Courseroom (5 quarter credits)

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

What Can I Expect?

Courses are divided into 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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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing additional credits for your own education, 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 with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 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.