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Program Details

Valdosta State University offers the online Doctor of Public Administration. The DPA is a practitioner-based terminal degree designed for those wanting to advance their careers in government, non-profits, or non-government organizations (NGOs). Coursework further enhances the essential leadership, management, communication, and problem-solving skills required in today’s professional environment. The program builds upon the students’ experience and aids in the development of information and applied research skills needed for professionals currently in the field of public administration. 

Potential career opportunities:

  • Environmental Health Administrator
  • Nonprofit Chief Operation Officer
  • Parks and Recreation Management
  • Economic Development Director
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • College Professor
  • Town Manager
  • and much more


  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  • A satisfactory score on the GRE;
  • An acceptable cumulative undergraduate GPA;
  • A comprehensive resume;
  • A statement on goals for advancing intellectual abilities; and
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges