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Evaluate current theories and practices to make decisions that create
value in diverse communities or organizations.
Conduct valid, reliable, and ethical public administration research to effect positive change.
Create public value through public administration policies, administrative processes, and leadership.
Integrate citizen involvement and community advocacy in public sector
Assess social and ethical implications in decisions that affect the public sector.
Create equitable solutions for diverse populations in the global community.
With over 25 years of experience in online doctoral education, we understand the unique needs of doctoral students, and have designed our programs to meet those needs. We've structured our programs to help you reach your goals and obtain critical skills—with our expert faculty, support teams, and online resources to help guide you every step of the way.
Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.
The expertise, diversity, and real-world experience of our doctoral faculty can guide you in your career.
Capella’s DPA is designed to meet professional standards. This means you’ll learn what the profession has determined is most important.
Our competency-based education approach allows you to immediately apply coursework learnings to the work you do every day.
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
Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who
want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
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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.
If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.
We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.
If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.
In our DPA program, you'll evaluate current theories and practices in the public administration field and conduct valid research. You'll learn to integrate citizen involvement and community advocacy in public sector decision-making. This program includes professional doctorate research seminars which allow you to gain momentum toward your doctoral capstone early in your program.
Theories and Concepts in Public Administration
Learners in this course investigate the structures, practices, and
theoretical underpinnings of public administration. Learners acquire
and demonstrate public administration knowledge and skills to provide
high-quality professional services to the communities they serve.
Prerequisite(s): PSL7020, completion of or concurrent
registration in PSL7030. Cannot be fulfilled by
|4 quarter credits|
Public Sector Policy Analysis
Learners in this course gain knowledge of differing theories
associated with organizational structure, organizational environments,
and organizational leadership in public sector settings. Learners also
determine ways to effectively apply theories and skills needed to
collaborate with diverse populations; manage human, technological,
information, financial, political, and networking resources; analyze
and formulate appropriate responses to public administration, public
health, and public safety issues; communicate clearly and effectively;
and maintain professional ethics and integrity.
Prerequisite(s): PSL7030 and PUAD7015; or
|4 quarter credits|
Operational Strategic Management and Planning
Learners in this course build their understanding of operational
strategic management and planning concepts. Learners analyze processes
as well as collaboration, cooperation, and coordination practices
within and among organizational operations. Learners apply these
concepts to real-life situations and organizational operations through
the examination of their internal and external environments, the
allocation of resources, and the translation of strategic plans into
Prerequisite(s): PUAD7015, PUAD7025.
|4 quarter credits|
Public Administration Strategic Accounting and Finance
In this course, learners analyze and implement strategic finance and
accounting concepts within public administration. Learners investigate
the policies and practices associated with public organizations in
conjunction with the operational fiscal climate. In addition, learners
apply the skills required to construct and evaluate budget documents
and assess the strategic operational financial needs.
|4 quarter credits|
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Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.
Doctoral programs are specific and challenging. That's why you'll have access to expert support at every step along the road to your degree.
For the culminating project of your doctoral degree, you’ll be paired with a mentor who can support and assist you along the way.
Nonprofit management and public administration are similar. So which doctoral program is right for you?
It takes a range of public service professionals, from law
enforcement to case managers, to respond to a crisis.
Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our Doctor of Public Administration degree.
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some
positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure,
certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because
many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella
cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a
promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you
to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
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