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Designed around cultural awareness, diversity, and ethics, the DPA program can help increase your professional leadership.
Source: Alumni Outcome Survey, 2018.
This program is designed to teach critical skills, knowledge, theories, and abilities that employers want to add to their workforce.
Learn from and consult with experts who have worked in the field and understand the needs of the industry.
Source: Alumni Outcome Survey, 2018
A capstone is designed to help you solve a real-world problem using applied research instead of a traditional dissertation.
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.
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.
A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
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If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.
Our public administration doctorate can help you evaluate current theories and practices in the public administration field and conduct valid research. 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 transfer.
|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 PSY8002.
|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 tactical operations. 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. Prerequisite(s): PUAD8025.
|4 quarter credits|
The right education can change everything. Discover your path to gaining real-world leadership skills with a DPA.
Public administrators need a broad range of skills and an understanding of how different civic and governmental entities function. Learn the most important things you need to know about public administration.
Federal agencies are facing one of their greatest challenges—attracting and retaining the upcoming generation in government.
See why Dean Charlyn Hilliman’s broad education background makes her a perfect fit to guide the Capella School of Public Service Leadership.
Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to consider with a DPA.
*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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