Doctor of Public Administration
The Doctor of Public Administration at Valdosta State University is a practitioner-oriented degree that helps students develop the essential leadership, management, communication, and problem solving abilities necessary to succeed in today's professional environment. The courses in the program are designed to suit the information and skill needs of professionals currently in the field. The DPA program consists of 54 semester-hours of coursework, divided among foundation and core courses, theory and methods courses, elective courses, and capstone/project credits. The majority of the DPA program is designed around the use of web technology. Students will participate in selected residency seminars and meetings during the first weekend of each fall and spring semesters on the VSU main campus; the remainder of the coursework will be completed online.
Application to the VSU Graduate School requires submission of the following: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended that verify receipt of an undergraduate bachelor's degree and a regionally accredited graduate level master's degree; A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination; An acceptable cumulative undergraduate grade point average; Submission of a comprehensive resume; Submission of a career goal statement; Three letters of recommendation; Other information deemed necessary.