Public Administration, D.P.A. (Coming soon)
The Doctor of Public Administration degree at West Chester University is designed to meet regional employer and student needs by preparing individuals to advance in the practice of public affairs and administration at the highest levels. D.P.A. courses will focus on the development of core competencies in the areas of strategic management, public sector economic and financial decision-making, and policy advocacy and leadership. Through a sequence of three methodology courses, students will be prepared to engage in the highest levels of program and policy evaluation. The acquisition of methodological competence through the evaluation lens will assist students in identifying the most effective and efficient solutions to the problems they encounter in practice. In consultation with an advisor, concentration courses will be selected from among the departments of Public Policy & Administration, Criminal Justice, Geography and Planning, and Graduate Social Work. Finally, students will complete a series of capstone seminar courses where they will produce a piece of applied scholarship that demonstrates a high level of competence in applying the DPA student learning outcomes to the solution of an actual organizational or public problem/issue.