PhD - Business Administration: Public Administration

Are you interested in developing the management and administrative skills needed to help you pursue leadership opportunities in the public sector? If so, then you might consider becoming a student of Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration program with a specialization in Public Administration. Continue reading for more information about this online doctoral degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The curriculum of Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Public Administration program combines a foundational education in business practices with coursework in public administration processes and strategies. In specialization courses, you will have the opportunity to study management theories, state and federal laws, urban politics, public planning strategies, governmental budgeting and financial management, and the use of technology in government operational and delivery systems. You might also study an overview of U.S. government structures, systems and political processes. Throughout the program, you will also study and develop research techniques and methods you will apply to the completion of an extensive written and oral dissertation.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Prior to enrolling in Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Public Administration program, you should possess a master's degree and possibly have some professional experience in the public sector. Strong organizational and communication skills could be helpful.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You must complete a minimum of 60 credits to earn the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Public Administration from Northcentral University. This credit total includes 48 credits in required coursework and at least 12 credits in the dissertation process. Coursework is taken in a specific sequence as shown below.

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
BTM 7101 Doctoral Studies in Business
BTM 7300 Scholarly Literature Review
BUS 7110 The Business Environment
BUS 7120 Business Financial Systems
BUS 7130 Business Leadership & Strategy
BUS 7200Business Statistics
BUS 7310Introduction to Business Research Design & Methodology
BUS 7320 & BUS 7321
or
BUS 7330 & BUS 7331
Quantitative Business Research Design and Methodology & Directed Qualitative Research

Quantitative Business Research Design and Methodology & Directed Qualitative Research
Doctoral Level Elective Course 1
CMP 9700B PhD-BA Portfolio
Specialization Courses
Select five courses from the following:
HRM 7000 Human Resources Management
PUB 7000 Public Administration
PUB 7002Administrative Law
PUB 7004Urban and Regional Planning
PUB 7005Public Budgeting and Finance
PUB 7012Technology in Public Administration
PUB 7014The U.S. Federal Government
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9901A Components of the Dissertation
DIS 9902A The Dissertation Proposal
DIS 9903A Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
DIS 9904A The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

You could be prepared to explore upper management or directorial opportunities as a graduate of Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Public Administration program. You might oversee program and policy development in areas of urban planning, community development, public health, public safety, financial management, legislation, or social services for federal, state, or local government offices, nonprofit agencies, or community centers. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Town Manager
  • Budget Analyst
  • Public Policy Director
  • Community Director
  • Community Development Specialist