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Public Administration


Doctor of Public Administration

Develop advanced skills in critical thinking, communication, and leadership with an online Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) degree from Capella University. In this program, you can gain a deep understanding of how public policies and practices enhance public value and collaboration. Discover how earning a DPA can help you make an impact on public policy, protect the public interest, and maintain community trust.

Capstone vs dissertation

A capstone is designed to help you solve a real-world problem using applied research instead of a traditional dissertation.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Learn the latest in academic theory and applied practice from experienced doctoral faculty members who are actively engaged in their professions.

Doctoral research seminar

Work on your capstone topic, methodology, application to theory, and project plan from the beginning of your program. Learn More

Classes start January 11

Use the code FALL to waive the $50 application fee

At a Glance

  • Online & in-person
  • 16 Core courses
  • 2 Residencies
  • Doctoral capstone
  • 62 Coursework credits
  • 18 Max transfer credits

Reduce your tuition by $5,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.