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Take on a New Role in Public Administration

Embrace promising career opportunities as a researcher, educator, or leader in the government, nonprofit, or private sector. At Capella, you’ll find a multidisciplinary public administration doctoral program to help you effectively address social and community issues and make an even bigger impact on public policy.

Which Degree is Right for You?

Explore your goals to choose the right doctoral program for your career path. Consider a Doctor of Public Administration program to impact multidisciplinary public policy and administration issues and strengthen your collaboration and leadership skills.

Whether you want to better understand human service leadership, elevate your professional practice, or bring your research and ethics studies to a new level, a PhD in Human Services can help you reach your goals.

If you’d like to dive into curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, action research, and the integration of theoretical knowledge with practical experience, the Doctor of Social Work program may be a better fit. Your DSW studies will focus on the growing use of technology to expand the reach or effectiveness of social service programs, build awareness of important social issues, and enhance professional development.

Reach Your Goals with Comprehensive Support

Your Doctor of Public Administration program includes online coursework and comprehensive exams as well as a dissertation. Writing a dissertation can be a challenge, but at Capella, you’ll find expert support at every stage to keep you moving forward, including:

  • Your mentor has subject matter and theoretical knowledge, as well as practical experience to offer ongoing support through frequent, regular contact
  • Dissertation advisor who specializes in problem solving at the dissertation stage, including questions about integrity, time management, and professional conduct
  • Additional specialized personnel including Disability Services, Career Center, or Financial Counseling are ready to provide support as needed

Accelerate Toward Your Goals

Capella’s streamlined curriculum provides maximum efficiency and cost savings while ensuring that you develop skills aligned to your professional goals.  With no residency requirement and transfer opportunities, you can complete your Doctor of Public Administration in as little as three years and gain the knowledge needed for a leadership role in public administration.

Scholarships and Other Savings

Keep your tuition costs down as you increase your earning potential. Savings opportunities include:

  • Transfer up to 12 credits into your program
  • 10% tuition discount for those with military affiliation

Distinguished Faculty

Every faculty member in the Capella School of Public Service Leadership holds a doctoral degree. Our experienced instructors provide expertise to regional, national, and international public service organizations and government agencies.

View all public service faculty.


Aligned with the Public Administration Profession

Capella is a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)—a global standard in public service education—ensuring your degree is highly recognized and respected in the public administration field. Capella’s public administration programs are designed around national public administration curriculum standards, including those from the NASPAA.

Capella is a proud partner of the YMCA, providing employees with a flexible format to advance their education and further improve the communities they serve. We have aligned our competencies within the nonprofit management and leadership doctoral and master's degree programs to match what nonprofit employers, such as the YMCA, are seeking.

Gainful Employment & Learning and Career Outcomes

Investing in a college degree is no small thing. At Capella, we’re proud to share our learning and career outcomes—along with gainful employment results—so that you can make the most informed decisions about the programs that interest you.