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General Public Administration Doctor of Public Administration

School of Public Service Leadership


Total program credits needed for graduation: 84

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

Required Courses

17 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

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


What Can I Expect?

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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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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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.

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