Program Overview

The Doctor of Public Administration offered by Valdosta State University is designed for mid-career professionals with a desire to grow their knowledge and develop skills in the field of public and nonprofit administration. The DPA is a practitioner-oriented degree that offers students the opportunity to advance their careers. The majority of the degree is completed online, but students are required to attend select residencies and seminars on the first weekend of each fall and spring semester.

This program aims to blend theoretical learning and practical training with a strong and thorough understanding of work in the public sector in order to best prepare students for positions in the Public Administration field. The faculty promotes an “atmosphere of enthusiastic learning” and places high value on life-long learning. Faculty can also offer expert insight to their students as they themselves are members in the field. Faculty field experience is a critical part of the high standard of teaching each student can expect to receive at VSU. This method of instruction can be utilized and applied to students’ future careers in several fields within the public sector.

The DPA program consists of 15 credit hours of foundation or core courses, 9 credit hours of methods and theory courses, 15 credit hours in the student’s concentration (which must be approved by his/her DPA coordinator), 6 hours of elective courses, and 9 capstone credit hours. As a graduation requirement for the DPA program, the student’s final semester must consist of Capstone Seminar and Final Project. Courses throughout the program are available in a variety of focus areas including political, social, financial, and legal. The deadline for applications for Fall admission is April 15. The Doctor of Public Administration program does not accept applications for Spring or Summer admission.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Minimum GRE requirement of 1000 combined Verbal and Quantitative - OR - 500 Verbal AND 5.0 Analytical. Must hold a minimum of a master’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution.


    VSU is not authorized to deliver online programs to residents of Florida and Alabama. They are currently working to secure authorization. Residents of other states should check with the office of admission to verify their authorization.

    School Overview

    Valdosta State University, founded in 1906, is a public institution located on an urban campus in Valdosta, Georgia. Valdosta State is one of two regional institutions that exist in the University System of Georgia. Throughout its history, Valdosta State University has been known as South Georgia State Normal College, Georgia State Woman’s College, Valdosta State College, and the institution got its current name in 1993.

    The academic unit of Valdosta State consists of colleges that offer associate's, bachelor's, master's, post-master's certificates and doctorate degrees, including

    • College of Arts
    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Nursing
    • Langdale College of Business Administration
    • Jams L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education

    Valdosta State offers programs through distance learning and at off-campus locations to reach students that are not able to attend traditional on campus classes.


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