Doctor of Public Administration
Northcentral University

Program Details

The Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) at Northcentral University provides leadership and management skills for those seeking mid to senior executive-level positions in a variety of public administration settings, including government agencies, private organizations and nonprofit entities. This degree program will help students gain the knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to become a leader in organizations that benefit the communities they serve. 

This program provides a deep understanding of the guiding values behind public administration such as administrative law, ethics and accountability, theories of public management and public personnel management. Additional areas of focus include analyzing public policy, using technology to assist in public administration and using evidenced-based research to contribute to the body of knowledge within the field. Students will also explore applied quantitative reasoning and qualitative analysis, including research techniques and data analysis.


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).