PhD - Business Administration: Public Administration

Request More Information

Request School Information

Complete the form below to request specific information regarding questions you have including course cost and course length.

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. Core courses address concepts and practices in marketing, economics, information systems, accounting, finance, and business ethics. 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.

Required Ph.D. Foundation Courses

Course NumberCourse Title
BTM 7101-8Foundations for Doctoral Study in Business
SKS 7000Doctoral Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies
BTM 8104Statistics I
MGT 7019-8Ethics in Business

Ph.D. in Business Required Courses

Course NumberCourse Title
Specialization Course 1
BTM 8102-8Business Research Methodology
Specialization Course 2
BTM 8103-8Research Design
Specialization Course 3
BTM 8108-8Qualitative Research Design
Specialization Course 4
BTM 8107-8Statistics II
Specialization Course 5
BTM 8106-8Quantitative Research Design
BTM 8109-8 Planning Dissertation Research in Business
Specialization Courses (Select five of the following courses)
HRM 7000-8Human Resources Management
PUB 7000-8Public Administration
PUB 7002-8Administrative Law
PUB 7003-8Urban Politics
PUB 7004-8Urban and Regional Planning
PUB 7005-8Public Budgeting and Finance
PUB 7012-8Technology in Public Administration
PUB 7014-8The U.S. Federal Government

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Course NumberCourse Title
CMP9500B Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (PhD)

Dissertation Courses

Course NumberCourse Title
DIS9501BDoctoral Dissertation Research I
DIS9502BDoctoral Dissertation Research II
DIS9503BDoctoral Dissertation Research III
DIS9504BDoctoral Dissertation Research IV

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