Doctor of Public Administration
Northcentral University

Program Details

Northcentral’s online DPA (Doctor of Public Administration) is a comprehensive degree that prepares students for senior leadership roles.  Across all levels of government, local, state or federal, you’ll enhance your professional knowledge, while gaining new applied-research skills.  You’ll study theoretical and practical aspects of PA, ultimately applying your experience and skills to publish your own dissertation, adding to the existing body of knowledge in the profession.  At NCU, you will benefit from engaged faculty, who will mentor you through this online doctoral program, as you take classes such as:

  • Public Policy Administration
  • Statistics
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Administrative Law


Must have a conferred master's degree from an accredited academic institution. In addition, there are two options for entry:

  • Direct entry: Master’s program must be in a generalized business area such as business management or business administration OR a specialized business area (e.g., Master of Finance, Master of Human Resources Management) AND an undergraduate degree in business
  • Evaluation track: Individuals not meeting the direct entry requirements must have their transcripts evaluated to determine if previous coursework meets some or all of the Standard Curriculum requirements.

Special Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

School Accreditation Statement

NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).