Class Enrollment Stage

Taking Classes

Register as early as you can. Classes fill up. See the Student Handbook for information on course plans, transfer courses and more on electives.

Course Requirements

Each student must complete at least 40 hours of course work plus a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation credit. Students may petition for up to 12 hours of transfer credit for post-master’s graduate work deemed appropriate for the DPA. All students are required to complete all courses with a grade of B or better in each course.

Please note that the university has a higher academic standard for doctoral level students. A class with a grade below a “B” will not count towards the DPA. To clarify, a “B-” will not count and the class will need to be taken over or another elective taken.

Core Courses (20 hours) (Course Descriptions)

DPA 651 Conduct of Inquiry & Theoretical Foundations of the Field
DPA 652 Public Management
DPA 653 Public Policy
DPA 654 Research Design
DPA 655 Research Design Practicum.

Electives (20 hours)

Twenty hours of elective coursework are chosen from a menu of 500-level courses in public management or public policy approved by the doctoral program faculty.

One elective course must be a quantitative analysis course selected with the approval of the student’s advisor, who upon admission will assess the student’s level of preparation. To ensure the student has the minimum level of competence required, the advisor will direct him or her to the appropriate 500-level quantitative analysis course.