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Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)

Prepare for executive-level leadership or consulting roles in our Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) program.

Next Start Date:

August 31, 2020

Limited-Time Offer:

Receive a $4,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on August 31, 2020.

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Transfer Credits:

Up to 44 credits

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You’re ready for what’s next. Shape the future of public policy and drive positive social change with a top-level degree. When you choose Walden’s online DPA program, you will:

  • Hone your leadership acumen: Use relevant theories and practices to analyze and apply ethical solutions to real-world public sector problems.

  • Develop 21st-century skills: Gain proficiency in evidence-based decision-making, basic grant writing, and data analytics.

  • Build cultural competency: Learn to better serve diverse populations using applied research and practice.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: August 31, 2020

Transfer Credits: Up to 44 credits

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Designed for students with a master’s degree or higher, Walden’s DPA program helps elevate your skills as a leader or consultant in government and nonprofit organizations. You will gain hands-on expertise through in-person residencies and master key competencies through courses such as:

  • Ethics and Social Justice
  • Public Policy and Finance
  • Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

More about our DPA program

DPA is a distinctive credential that can competitively position you for roles such as:

  • Social and community services manager
  • Government affairs director
  • Mayor, city manager, county manager
  • Senior policy analyst
  • Executive director
  • Division chief

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

A master's degree or higher is required for entrance into this program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

Your enrollment specialist will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

Tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with a Walden Enrollment Specialist today at 855-203-5779, to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

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Our Enrollment Specialists are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted or call 855-203-5779.

Why earn your DPA at Walden?

Kenisha

“I was inspired to pursue a degree with Walden because I was hoping to advance my career.”

Kennisha Minks | Master of Business Administration (MBA) Graduate & Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) Student

Note: The number of credits for completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate, call an enrollment specialist at 1-866-492-5336.

ONGOING MILITARY OFFER:

A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, https://www.hlcommission.org/.

NEW MILITARY OFFERS:

*A reduced tuition fee of $1,125 per subscription period is available to eligible new students who are active duty or reservist members of the Military or National Guard, and enroll for the June, July, August, or September 2020 start dates in one of the following eligible Tempo Competency-Based Learning programs: BS Health Studies - Healthcare Management, BS in Business Administration, BS in Health Studies, BS in Healthcare Management, BS in Nursing, BS in Public Health, BS Public Health - Healthcare Management, Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Administration, Management, & Leadership, Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration - Project Management, Master of Healthcare Administration– General, MS in Early Childhood Studies - Administration, Management & Leadership, MS in Early Childhood Studies - Teaching & Learning in Early Childhood Settings, and MS in Criminal Justice. Students must be enrolled continuously in their designated program (without break) to continue receiving the tuition reduction. No tuition reduction will be made retroactively. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course. Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. This offer cannot be used by a student in combination with any other tuition reduction benefit. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

*A reduced tuition fee of $1,312.50 per subscription period is available to eligible new students who are Veterans and enroll for the June, July, August, or September 2020 start dates in one of Walden’s Tempo Competency-Based Learning programs. Students must be enrolled continuously in their designated program (without break) to continue receiving the tuition reduction. No tuition reduction will be made retroactively. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course. Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. This offer cannot be used by a student in combination with any other tuition reduction benefit. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

*A reduced tuition fee of $875 per subscription period is available to eligible new students who are Military Spouses and enroll for the June, July, August, or September 2020 start dates in Walden’s Tempo Competency-Based Learning BS in Early Childhood Studies program. Students must be enrolled continuously in their designated program (without break) to continue receiving the tuition reduction. Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. This offer cannot be used by a student in combination with any other tuition reduction benefit. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.