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Doctor of Public Administration
( Valdosta State University )

Institutional and Program Accreditation

Program accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Valdosta State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

General Information

Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC): SOCMAR, SOCNAV   [ more information ]
Program / Degree Level: Graduate, Doctorate
Subject Area: Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Program Website: http://www.valdosta.edu/pa/
Enrollment Capacity: 50

Full Description

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.

Delivery Format

The program is delivered primarily through Internet  

Campus Attendance Requirements

Limited campus visits.  A maximum of two campus visits required per term.

Prerequisites

Students are expected to have certain demonstrable skills upon entry to the program. These skills may be demonstrated through prior coursework, through work experience, or through examination. Students who cannot demonstrate mastery of these skills may be allowed to enter the program, but will be required to take additional coursework to meet these requirements. Students are expected to possess basic managerial computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet, and data management capabilities. Students are expected to have good writing skills, including the ability to write professional papers. Finally, students are expected to be familiar with basic managerial functions including quantitative applications, human resource management and budget processes.  

Application Information

Term Application Deadline
Fall Apr  15 
Spring NA    
Summer NA    

Financial Aid: For information about cost and financial aid deadlines, please see the Cost & Financial Aid information for the program.

Special Requirements

Both matriculating and continuing DPA students must fulfill certain residency requirements each fall and spring semester while registered in the program. Students will be expected to attend a series of seminars and meetings located on the VSU main campus over a two-day intensive period scheduled on the first Friday and Saturday of the beginning of each fall and spring semester.

Each student will identify an area of concentration no later than upon completion of 18 hours of coursework. An example schedule for a concentration in local government management is available at http://www.valdosta.edu/pa/schedules/DPA_07_08.pdf Students will work with their advisor to determine an appropriate concentration.

Students will complete and successfully defend a dissertation-quality applied research project. For more information on graduation requirements see the DPA handbook at http://www.valdosta.edu/pa/  

Technical Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals; Headphones, printer may be required.
  • High Speed Internet Access

Doctor of Public Administration
( Valdosta State University )

Program Cost Information **

Online Tuition Rate$ 1,155.00 USD (Average per course cost, Not including fees)

** Actual tuition costs may vary, based on the program, student level and student major. Please be sure to contact the college or university for your specific tuition and fee amounts.

Other cost considerations:
    Costs are subject to change. The course management system can be accessed via the Internet without purchasing proprietary software.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application Deadlines
Fall Jun 15 
Financial Aid Available: Loans, Other,  
Website: http://www.valdosta.edu/financialaid/
Email: finaid@valdosta.edu
Telephone: 229-333-5935

Financial Aid Notes

A financial aid application and financial statement may be submitted at any time after the applicant has applied for admission. Financial aid applications are accepted as long as resources permit. For more information about Financial Aid for this program, contact the VSU Office of Financial Aid
http://www.valdosta.edu/financialaid/

Special Financial Aid Opportunities

Applicants may be eligible for aid from an extensive list of grants, federal programs, loans, work, or scholarships.

Doctor of Public Administration
( Valdosta State University )

Credit Hours

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree/Certificate: 54 (semester hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: 15

Credit Transfer Policy

This policy varies from 0 to 15 semester hours of graduate course work depending upon the nature and date of course work.
The DPA Coordinator approval will be required for any credit transfer.

Special Credit Transfer Information

A maximum of 15 semester hours of graduate work earned at another institution may be transferred into the DPA degree program. The DPA Coordinator must approve all transfer credit.

Doctor of Public Administration
( Valdosta State University )

Admissions

Admission to the program will be based upon evaluation of the student's prior academic performance (GPA), professional experience, letters of recommendation, resume and personal statement, acceptable scores on the admissions exam, and involvement in the community. Students must complete an application and be admitted to the Valdosta State University Graduate School prior to enrollment. See http://www.valdosta.edu/gradschool/ to apply online. The VSU Graduate School may be reached by email at gradschool@valdosta.edu or by phone at (229)-333-5694 or (800) 618-1878 Opt. #5. Both the VSU Graduate School and the DPA program will work with you to develop your application in a timely manner.

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Admissions Contact

Website: http://www.valdosta.edu/gradschool/
Email: gradschool@valdosta.edu
Telephone: 229-333-5694

Application Requirements

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.

Application Deadlines

Fall Apr  15 
Spring NA    
Summer NA    

Pre-Enrollment Advising

Name:  Robert (Sherman) Yehl, Ph.D.
Email:  rpyehl@valdosta.edu
Telephone:  229-293-6058

Doctor of Public Administration
( Valdosta State University )

Projected Course Offerings

The schedule of course offerings is provided at http://www.valdosta.edu/pa/schedules/index.shtml

To view course descriptions see http://www.valdosta.edu/pa/courses.shtml

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Core Courses (15 Semester Hours)
PADM 9000 Administration and Government
PADM 9010 Financial Management for Public and Non-Governmental Organizations
PADM 9020 Managing Human Resources in Public and Non-Governmental Organizations
PADM 9060 Information and Data Management
PADM/SOCI 9070 Culture of Formal Work Organizations

Methods Courses (9 Semester Hours)
PADM 9030 Logic of Inquiry in Public Administration
PADM 9040 Research Methods in Public Administration
PADM/PSYC 9050 Program Evaluation

Concentration Area Courses (15 Semester Hours)
Each student is to identify an area of concentration no later than upon completion of 18 hours of coursework. Once an area of concentration has been identified the student will work with her/his major advisor to develop a program of study, which will govern the remainder of the student's coursework. The DPA Coordinator, the Head of the Department of Political Science, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Dean of the Graduate School must approve this program of study.

Guided Elective Courses (6 Semester Hours)
Students will select 6 semester hours of guided electives through consultation with their advisor. Students lacking the foundation skills indicated above may use their guided electives to meet those requirements.

Capstone Seminar/Project (9 Semester Hours)
PADM 9990 Capstone Seminar 3 hrs
PADM 9999 Final Project/Organizational Analysis 6 hrs

Additional Schedule Information

You may work anytime, anywhere you have access to the online courses. The semester-length courses begin and end on specific dates, assignments are due as assigned.

Both matriculating and continuing DPA students must fulfill certain residency requirements each fall and spring semester while registered in the program. Students will be expected to attend a series of seminars and meetings over a two-day intensive period scheduled on a Friday and Saturday at the beginning of each fall and spring semester on the main VSU campus.

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