Doctor of Public Administration Degree

  • Total Credit Hours: 54
  • Degree Format: Online


The DPA 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 VSYOU Difference

Curriculum is web-based allowing students to earn their degree without relocating or disrupting professional and personal commitments at in-state based eTuition rates. Access to coursework 24/7 on your own schedule and location!

What You'll Learn

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. Core courses are offered on a two-year cycle. The program allows a broad array of concentration areas with the ability to transfer up to 15 hours of certain graduate course work.

Admissions Requirements

  • 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.

For full program admission requirements follow this link to the Graduate School at Valdosta State University.


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  • College Professor
  • Research Analyst
  • Assistant City Manager
  • Budget Director
  • City Administrator
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