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Doctor of Public Administration

With a Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) from Walden, you can lead social change and work to solve problems of governance. This career-oriented, practitioner-directed doctoral program helps to prepare you for key roles in government, public, and nonprofit organizations.

In this professional doctorate program, you will apply your research to create tangible solutions and become an effective manager. Through learning with real-world relevance and hands-on residencies, you’ll collaborate with faculty, professional clients, and fellow students in addressing issues that affect people today.


Receive a 20% tuition reduction if you reside outside the US and start this program today. Contact one of our enrollment advisors at +1-443-627-7222 to learn more.


Enrollment process

  1. Complete the Request Information form

  2. An enrollment advisor will contat you to answer your questions.

  3. Choose the proper program that's right for you, then submit your application.

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Learning Outcomes

The DPA program can help you develop and refine the leadership skills that will empower you to create lasting change. This online doctoral program can enable you to:

  • Evaluate effective leadership/management principles (including theory, concepts, and practices) utilized in the public sector.
  • Evaluate solutions to practical problems in public administration using evidence-based practices and research.
  • Apply ethical concepts of public administration within organizations.
  • Apply culturally sensitive public administration research to meet the needs of diverse populations at local, state, national, and international levels of government.
  • Utilize analytic methods in making decisions related to public administration that contributes to positive social change.
  • Engage in scientific inquiry to advance practice in the field of public administration.

Specializations

Choose from the General Program or a range of specializations:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Management
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Global Leadership
  • Health Policy
  • Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
  • International Nongovernmental Organizations
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Policy Analysis
  • Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace

Career Options

Whether you’re interested in working in a governmental, nonprofit, or private organization, a DPA can position you for a range of careers in which you can make a difference. Career options include:*

  • Senior-level public executive
  • Legislative aide
  • Government affairs officer
  • Senior-level nonprofit manager
  • Policy analyst
  • Research director
  • Private consultant

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Why a Walden MBA?

11-Week Courses - Each course is followed by a 2-week break.
Charrette Model Residency — This team-based, hands-on experience directly connects you with clients in local government and nonprofit organizations. You will collaborate to solve real problems that can have a tangible impact on your community. 
Exceptional Student Services - Benefit from our 24/7 support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.
Social Change - Become more than a scholar; gain skills to help you make a difference in your community.
Applied Doctorate — In this professional program, you apply your skills to solve real problems of practice in government or the workplace.

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