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Public Administration Doctor of Public Administration

School of Public Service Leadership


Total program credits needed for graduation: 74

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

20 Required Courses, 74 course quarter credits

PSL7010, PSL7020, and PSL7030 taken in a prescribed sequence.

PSL7010 21st-Century Communication and Leadership 4 quarter credits
PSL7020 Professional Practice and Collaboration in a Diverse and Dynamic World 4 quarter credits
PSL7030 Introduction to Critical Analysis and Research 4 quarter credits
PUAD7015 Theories and Concepts in Public Administration 4 quarter credits
PUAD7025 Ethics in the Public Sector 4 quarter credits
PUAD7035 Public Sector Policy Analysis 4 quarter credits
PUAD8015 Operational Strategic Management and Planning 4 quarter credits
PUAD8025 Organizational Leadership and Theory within Public Administration 4 quarter credits
PUAD8035 Diversity within the Global Society 4 quarter credits
PUAD8045 Public Administration Strategic Accounting & Finance 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-R8941 Professional Doctorate Research Seminar for Public Service Leadership Track 1 3 quarter credits
PSL-R8942 Professional Doctorate Research Seminar for Public Service Leadership Track 2 † 3 quarter credits

Choose one from the following courses:

PSL8130 Action Research for Public Service Leadership 4 quarter credits
PSL8140 Program Evaluation for Public Service Leadership 4 quarter credits

Upon completion of all required and elective coursework, you must register for PSL9971 a minimum of four times to fulfill their program requirements.

PSL9971* Doctoral Capstone 3 quarter credits each

*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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