Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)
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Doctor of Public Administration
Prepare for executive-level leadership roles with the fully-online Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) degree program at National University. No GRE/GMAT required. This advanced degree provides a deep understanding of public administration values and practices, including administrative law, public management theory, and the principles of organization and management.
The DPA concentrates on the most essential and timely administration topics, such as budgeting, information technology, personnel management, policy analysis, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and qualitative analysis. It’s all offered within NU’s unique one-to-one learning model, giving you the attention, personal guidance, and ongoing support necessary to get the most from this comprehensive curriculum.
Elevate Your Public Administration Expertise
Our DPA degree program will help you build the skills and experience needed to pursue executive leadership roles, find practical solutions using evidence-based research, and contribute to the body of knowledge within the public administration field.
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Program Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of National University’s Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) program, you’ll be able to:
- Evaluate current problems and ethical issues in public organizations
- Formulate domestic and global solutions to public service and policy issues
- Create practical strategies for public organizations from evidence-based research
- Contribute to the applied literature within the field of public administration
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