Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A.)

College of Business and Public Management
Doctoral Study
DPA 700Pre-Doctoral Seminar in Public Policy and Administration1
Administrative Core
DPA 701Advanced Practice and Applied Theories of Public Policy and Administration3
DPA 702Strategic Public Sector Management and Governance3
DPA 703Advanced Public Sector Economic and Financial Decision Making3
DPA 704Advocacy and Leadership in Public Policy and Administration3
Methods Sequence
DPA 705Research Design for Program and Policy Evaluation3
DPA 706Quantitative Methods of Program and Policy Evaluation3
DPA 707Qualitative Methods of Program and Policy Evaluation3
Concentration Area
May be selected from among the following departments: public policy and administration, criminal justice, geography and planning, and graduate social work
Capstone Project
DPA 801Capstone Seminar I: Research Questions and Framing the Literature3
DPA 802Capstone Seminar II: Data and Measurements3
DPA 803Capstone Seminar III: Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis3
DPA 804Capstone Seminar IV: Findings and Recommendations3
Total Credits Required43

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via my WCU and consult their Graduate Coordinator.  For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
DPA 700 Pre-Doctoral Seminar in Public Policy and Administration 1
DPA 701 Advanced Practice and Applied Theories of Public Policy and Administration 3
DPA 705 Research Design for Program and Policy Evaluation 3
PPA/CRJ/GEO/GSW Concentration Elective Course 3
 Credits10
Semester Two
DPA 703 Advanced Public Sector Economic and Financial Decision Making 3
DPA 704 Advocacy and Leadership in Public Policy and Administration 3
DPA 706 Quantitative Methods of Program and Policy Evaluation 3
 Credits9
Year Two
Semester One
DPA 702 Strategic Public Sector Management and Governance 3
DPA 707 Qualitative Methods of Program and Policy Evaluation 3
PPA/CRJ/GEO/GSW Concentration Elective Course 3
 Credits9
Semester Two
DPA 801 Capstone Seminar I: Research Questions and Framing the Literature 3
DPA 802 Capstone Seminar II: Data and Measurements 3
PPA/CRJ/GEO/GSW Concentration Elective Course 3
 Credits9
Year Three
Semester One
DPA 803 Capstone Seminar III: Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis 1 3
DPA 804 Capstone Seminar IV: Findings and Recommendations 1 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits43
1

 These courses may be taken during the summer to complete the program in two years.