Doctor - Business Administration: Public Administration

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Northcentral University's Doctor of Business Administration program in Public Administration can help you develop the skills needed to meet the challenges of public budgeting, urban planning, program evaluation, and environmental compliance in government management at the local, state, and federal levels. Continue reading to discover more about the Doctor of Business Administration program in Public Administration.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Doctor of Business Administration program in Public Administration at Northcentral University is designed to offer you a historical perspective of the major ideas, developments and influences of American public administration. You'll have the opportunity develop an understanding of the organization, operation and politics of the United States Federal Government; analyze the three major branches of the federal government and their political process; and study budget formulation, implementation, and execution systems at the federal, state and local levels. Additional topics include administrative law, the use of technology in public administration, human resource management, urban political issues, and the processes and practices of strategic urban and regional planning.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Before enrolling in the Doctor of Business Administration program in Public Administration, you should have already earned your master's degree from an accredited institution. You may also have experience working within public or government agencies.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Doctor of Business Administration is a 54-credit program, not including up to 12 additional credit hours, which may be allowed as required to complete the dissertation research. The program includes 12 credit hours in foundational courses, 12 research credit hours, 15 specialization credit hours, 12 dissertation credit hours, and three doctoral comprehensive examination credit hours.

Courses for a Doctor of Business Administration in Public Administration

Course CodeCourse Name
Required Foundation Courses
BTM 7101-8 Foundations for Doctoral Study in Business
MGT 7019-8 Ethics in Business
SKS 7000-8 Doctoral Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies
BTM 7104-8 Statistics I
Research Courses
BTM 7102-8 Business Research Methodology
BTM 7103-8 Research Design
BTM 7106-8 Quantitative Research Design
BTM 7109-8 Planning Dissertation Research in Business
Specialization Courses
Select five courses from the following:
HRM 7000-8 Human Resources Management
PUB 7000-8 Public Administration
PUB 7002-8 Administrative Law
PUB 7003-8 Urban Politics
PUB 7004-8 Urban and Regional Planning
PUB 7005-8 Public Budgeting and Finance
PUB 7012-8 Technology in Public Administration
PUB 7014-8 The U.S. Federal Government
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
CMP 9400B Doctoral Comprehensive Examination - Business (DBA)
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9401B Doctoral Dissertation Research I
DIS 9402B Doctoral Dissertation Research II
DIS 9403B Doctoral Dissertation Research III
DIS 9404B Doctoral Dissertation Research IV

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Doctor of Business Administration program in Public Administration, you could be prepared to seek advanced opportunities within higher education and government and public agencies. Job duties may include budget analysis and planning, policy planning and personnel management. Examples of positions you may wish to pursue include:

  • City Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Labor Relations Management Specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Postsecondary Associate Professor
  • Postsecondary Professor