Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A.)
The purpose of the Doctor of Public Administration is to prepare students to become leaders and managers of public-sector and public-focused non-profit organizations, implementing public policy and delivering public services to constituents at all levels of government, or to become subject matter experts in the discipline of public administration, teaching and developing tools and methods for effective public sector administration and management.
Program Specific Admissions Requirements
In addition to the general admission requirements, specific requirements for admission to the Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A.) are as follows:
- Earned Master's degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
- An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale).
- TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper-based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)
Students may transfer up to 12 hours of graduate-level credit from an accredited institution. In order to transfer credit, students must have earned the minimum grade of B-, and courses must have been completed within seven (7) years of the start date of the student’s program at Liberty University. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Evaluate the theories within the fields of public administration.
- Construct innovative change proposals to policies that address public needs and problems.
- Synthesize a Christian model of statesmanship that incorporates a Biblical worldview in public administration.
- Conduct independent research that contributes to the public administration field.
In addition to other regulations governing graduation as stated in this Catalog, Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A.) graduates must:
- Complete 48 total hours.
- A minimum number of 36 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
- A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
- No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree.
- For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
- Students must complete all work for the degree within five years of initial enrollment in the program.
- Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.
Delivery Format: Online Only
- Budget analyst
- City Manager
- Elected Official
- Foundation Program Officer
- Legislative aide
- Lobbyist Professor
- Lobbyist Teacher
- Management consultant
- Nonprofit Leader
- Nonprofit Manager
- Policy analyst
- Public Affairs Officer
- Public Agency Manager
- Research scientist
- Sustainability consultant
- Urban planner
This course provides a foundational perspective on the study of public administration. Students will research key areas relating to public administration, leadership, ethics in the public administration context, and governance. Students will be challenged to synthesize these concepts with a Biblical perspective on statesmanship.
This course provides an analysis of the key challenges associated with finance and budgeting in the public administration context. Students will conduct doctoral level research on best practices associated with both, predicated upon a Biblical perspective on ethics and statesmanship.
Students will examine the interplay of human resources, legal precedent and regulatory guidelines within the public administration context. Key court cases, regulations, and HR challenges will all be examined from the perspective of HR best practices and a Biblical perspective on ethics and statesmanship.
Students will be challenged to investigate key issues and best practices related to urban planning and challenges of local government administration. This course will provide a synthesis of these topics with a Biblical perspective on ethics and statesmanship.
This course examines the major trends in information management (IM) and the challenges associated with IM best practices within the public sector. Students will research key IM issues and make appropriate recommendations related to the effective practice of public administration and leadership.
This course examines key organizational leadership and behavior best practices within the public administration context. These best practices will be examined from a Biblical perspective on ethics and statesmanship.
The purpose of this course is to present an examination of quantitative methods and designs that are used in the public sector. Areas of focus include measurement, sampling, and design issues in generating and testing research questions and hypotheses. Quasi-experimental and non-experimental designs will be used including survey research to assess public input on government service quality and applied to practice and policy issues. IBM SPSS software will be used to analyze government datasets using descriptive and inferential statistics including correlations, cross-tabulations, t-tests, ANOVA, and regression.
Online Prerequisite: PADM 810
The purpose of this course is to introduce the field of qualitative research and preparation for public administration doctoral students. This course addresses how to apply advanced, qualitative research principles, and data collection and analysis methods. Ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, and case study designs will be applied. Interviewing techniques, focus groups, field work, open-ended surveys, and observations will be discussed. Qualitative analyses include manual coding and developing themes.
Online Prerequisite: PADM 812
This course will focus on students completing a comprehensive exam, preparing a concept paper, and preparing for their dissertation.
Online Prerequisite: PADM 885
This course is the first step for DPA doctoral candidates in the process of developing and completing their research study and dissertation. Doctoral candidates will develop Section 1, which includes the Foundation of the Study, to include a detailed Literature Review relevant to the proposed research study.
Online Prerequisite: PADM 987
This course is the second step for DPA doctoral candidates to develop and complete their dissertation. Doctoral candidates will develop Section 2, which includes their methodology for conducting the study, and combine it with Section 1 into a single document. Candidates will also complete and submit their IRB package to complete their proposal defense.
Online Prerequisite: PADM 988
This course is the final step in developing the dissertation manuscript. Doctoral candidates will conduct their field study, analyze their data, and present their findings and develop Section 3 of their dissertation. Candidates will combine all three sections into their completed dissertation manuscript in preparation for their dissertation defense.
Online Prerequisite: PADM 989
This course is the last step in the DPA program. Doctoral candidates will defend their dissertation and finalize their dissertation manuscript for publication.