Choose a Doctor of Public Administration program focused on shaping 21st-century public service leaders.

You have a passion for public service. Deepen your influence and create the change you want to see with a DPA from Walden. A Doctor of Public Administration degree prepares students for executive-level leadership roles in government and nonprofit organizations as well as private consulting practice.

Why Pursue Your Doctor of Public Administration With Walden?

  • Hit the ground running as a public service innovator: Our DPA degree program is grounded in real-world experience and preparation. Add immediate value with skills relevant to advanced practice in public organizations, such as evidence-based decision making.
  • Develop in-demand analytics expertise: The DPA curriculum includes courses on applied analytics in the public sector, helping you understand the science and strategy of making data-driven decisions.
  • Gain essential hands-on expertise: Your second residency is a charrette-style experience, where you apply what you’ve learned to a real-life business problem and recommend practical solutions.
  • Build your portfolio of work: Your DPA capstone writing project involves producing a professional consulting product for the government client presented in your residency.

Interesting Facts

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social and community service managers is expected to grow by 18% through 2026.2
Walden has more than 53,000 students.1

Grow as a Leader

In Walden’s DPA degree program, you’ll learn to think and work like an executive and broaden your leadership skills. Gain focused insight on building strategies for success in public administration and nonprofit leadership. Develop 21st-century skills that make you more marketable to today’s public sector organizations, including evidence-based decision making, basic grant writing, and data analytics.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s online Doctor of Public Administration program, you will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate effective leadership/management principles (including theory, concepts, and practices) utilized in the public sector.
  • Evaluate solutions to practical problems in public administration using evidence-based practices and research.
  • Apply ethical concepts of public administration within organizations.
  • Apply culturally sensitive public administration research to meet the needs of diverse populations at local, state, national, and international levels of government.
  • Utilize analytic methods in making decisions related to public administration that contributes to positive social change.
  • Engage in scientific inquiry to advance practice in the field of public administration.
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Be the Public Service Leader You Were Meant to Be

Walden’s online learning environment is designed to help you reach the finish line. You’ll have access to a wealth of student resources at every step, from writing support to on-demand webinars. Find out what sets our DPA experience apart.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning a Doctor of Public Administration?

Lead the Way to a Brighter Tomorrow

Today more than ever, communities need strong, civic-minded leaders to keep our nation moving forward. Additionally, as governments utilize evidence-based decision making, managers and leaders with analytical skills will have the upper hand. Gain the insights you need to open new doors and increase your impact with a DPA degree from Walden.

What Can I Do With a DPA Degree?

A DPA gives you a distinctive credential and a competitive edge in pursuing senior and leadership roles in government and nonprofit organizations. Depending on your prior experience, possible career roles may include:

  • Social and community services manager
  • Government affairs director
  • Mayor, city manager, county manager
  • Senior policy analyst
  • Executive director
  • Division chief

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this Doctor of Public Administration online degree program.

Enhance Your Earning Potential

A Doctor of Public Administration degree could potentially lead to higher earnings. According to Glassdoor, the average annual salary for certain doctoral-level jobs are as follows:1

  • Division chief: $134,914
  • Executive director: $113,722
  • Director of public affairs: $98,213
  • City manager: $72,230
  • Policy analyst: $67,691
  • Social and community services manager: $63,723


Erika Jones-Dilworth

Erika Jones-Dilworth

PhD in Public Policy and Administration Graduate
Walden has a lot of resources that will assist you in achieving your goals.
My experience at Walden University was excellent, and I returned in 2016 to take additional coursework in criminal justice for professional development.
Walden offered me the best opportunity to broaden my knowledge on current practices of maintaining sustainable communities and exploring issues that are unique and relevant to resolving some of the challenges that local municipalities face.
Kennisha Minks Master of Business Administration (MBA) Graduate, Doctor of Public Administration Student
Kennisha Minks
Michael Johnston PhD in Public Policy and Administration Graduate
Michael Johnston
Samuel Valme PhD in Public Policy and Administration Graduate
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1Source: Glassdoor, accessed July 2019, Division Chief, Executive Director, Director of Public Affairs, City Manager, Policy Analyst, and Social and Community Service Managers. National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries, and are subject to change.

2Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

3Total enrollment as of December 31, 2018

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.

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