Develop the substantive skills, knowledge and values necessary to become an executive-level leader in the government, public-sector or nonprofit arenas.
This 48-credit doctoral program is geared toward working public administration professionals, senior-level public managers and prospective faculty.
This 48-credit doctoral program requires 21 credits in core courses, 6 credits in Advanced Methodology, 9 credits in one of three specialization fields, and 12 credits in dissertation research. Learn more
Required courses are scheduled only on the weekends and cycle between the main UB campus and the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md. All required D.P.A. courses are conducted in-person as seminars with small class sizes to facilitate student-faculty interactions.
The D.P.A. Admissions Committee reviews applications on Nov. 15, Jan. 15, Mar. 15, and May 15. The deadline for fall assistantships and fellowships is Apr. 1 and should not wait for the admission decision. See the admission requirements
Tuition is $824 per credit in-state, 1,149 out-of-state. Online MPA students and regional residents pay the in-state rate. Learn more about tuition and fees
As a student, you'll:
- develop a thorough knowledge of the legal, ethical and political environments of public administrators
- understand the administrative functions of governmental agencies and gain expertise in strategic planning, program evaluation, advanced management techniques, program implementation and results-based leadership
- write and publish a dissertation, a significant research paper that makes a theoretical and practical impact on the field
- specialize in one of four areas:
- program administration
- program evaluation
- health-care systems administration
- administration of justice.
Helping pay for your degree.
- The Schaefer Center for Public Policy offers selective fellowships for full-time students to work on the center's applied research projects. In addition, there are opportunities for students to work as student assistants or as research assistants on various center projects. See the Admission Requirements page for information about application deadlines.
- To help you learn while doing and to offset the cost of your education, departmental assistantships are also available. Learn more.
Our accomplished faculty members are a great strength of the program. They regularly publish articles in leading major journals, serve on committees for national professional organizations and are nationally and internationally recognized theorists and practitioners. You could take classes from:
- a leading scholar in public administration ethics
- a former CFO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- a recognized expert on diversity in organizations
- a former administrator of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- or National Academy of Public Administration Fellows.
Jasmine Greene, a student in the D.P.A. program and a research analyst at the Schaefer Center for Public Policy, has been selected as a 2020 ASPA Founders' Fellow. The 2020 class of fellows comprises 21 graduate students and new professionals from around the country. The competitive fellowship, launched by the American Society of Public Administration in 2006, was created to support the next generation of public service leaders through a series of professional development opportunities. The fellowship will enable Greene to attend ASPA’s annual conference this April in Anaheim, CA where she’ll present her research. Additionally, fellows receive a year-long mentorship with a seasoned practitioner or senior scholar and have access to tailored professional development webinars that address their specific educational and professional goals.
For more information about graduate admission, please contact the Office of Admission at email@example.com or 410.837.6565.