Public Administration, DPA (Online)

The online Doctor of Public Administration at California Baptist University develops innovative leaders who seek to maximize impact in public and non-profit organizations. 

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Program Intro

Created for the working adult, the online DPA program allows students to focus on one online class every eight weeks. Curriculum and courses in the online doctorate in public administration program meet the needs of professionals tasked in responding to the complex and unique issues organizations encounter at the federal, state and local levels within planning, criminal justice, governance, policy, health management and social service arenas.

60 Units

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36 Months to Completion

*with a full-time course load

$830 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn Your Doctor of Public Administration (Online) at CBU?

A Degree for Practitioners by Practitioners

By design and intention, CBU's DPA degree is for those in public and non-profit sectors who are desiring to be “pracademics.” We focus on how theory is integrated into practice. All faculty have depth of practitioner experience. Whether your experience is in federal, state, local or county government, law enforcement, public education, health care, non-profit management or politics, faculty are mentors and share their respective real-world experiences to prepare one for teaching, consulting and upward professional career trajectories in their respective sector.

Embedded Dissertation

Specific classes and coursework designed to assist in topic selection, literature review development and methodological approaches to the dissertation study. There are also four research courses that assist in preparing scholars for quantitative and qualitative methods.

Asynchronous Delivery

We know practitioners are often needing to travel and have flexibility. Our program is designed to meet the needs and demands of mid to senior level public and non-profit practitioners. Each class has five course deliverables and consistent due dates so one can simultaneously manage their life and career.

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Program Details

Consistent with the university student outcomes, upon completion of the Doctor of Public Administration degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively.
  2. Analyze public agencies, and the work they conduct, in order to directly and indirectly examine the use of power, authority and resources for the populations they serve.
  3. Evaluate authority as determined through legitimate power in public organizations.
  4. Examine the necessary political-administrative dichotomy in public organizations.
  5. Distinguish what behaviors constitute proper bureaucratic action for the organizations in which they serve as well as for the constituents who receive services.
  6. Examine equity and fairness as it relates to the social, economic and political aspects of public administration.
  7. Examine the definition of efficiency/effectiveness as it relates to the practice of public administration.
  8. Conduct ethical research.

DPA 720: Ethics and Social Justice

In this course, students examine the philosophy of ethics as it relates to issues of social justice and relationships between ethical and moral practices and effective leadership. Theories of economic disparity, power, and privilege and ethical dilemmas will be explored.

DPA 740: Collaboration and Networked Governance

This course examines introduces the concepts and practices of managing networks. Theories, analytical skills, and processes of designing, developing, sustaining, evaluating, networks will be addressed.

DPA 750: Public Policy, Advocacy, and Economics

This course will explore trends, characteristics, imperatives, and consequences of public-policy making.

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Elaine Ahumada, D.P.A.

Professor of Public Administration
Program Director, Doctor of Public Administration (Online)

Office Phone: 951-343-3929
Office Location: The Point 212

Beth Groves, D.P.A.

Associate Professor of Public Administration
Program Director, Master of Public Administration (Online)

Office Phone: 951-343-3948
Office Location: The Point 214

Mark Kling, D.P.A.

Professor of Criminal Justice
Program Coordinator, B.S. in Criminal Justice (Online)

Office Phone: 951-343-3936

Is financial aid available to help pay for online programs?
Our online degrees offer a reputable and more affordable option for earning your bachelor’s, master's or doctorate degree. When pursuing an online degree, students are freed from the financial obligations that accompany some traditional degrees, such as room accommodations, gas and parking. Additionally, CBU has partnered with select employers to provide their employees with the opportunity to improve their career through their educational goals and receive a 20% tuition scholarship. Learn more about tuition and financial aid.

Are CBU's online programs accredited? 
California Baptist University (CBU), which includes all programs offered online, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Many prospective students are uncertain about which college degrees employers or universities will accept. This regional accreditation by WSCUC means you can be confident that your CBU degree is recognized and respected by schools and companies across the country.

What resources do I need to complete my degree online?
To complete your online degree, you will need access to a computer, Wi-Fi and a word processor like Microsoft Word. These are necessary to access the student learning system and complete your assignments. Some programs may require different resources. Check with your enrollment counselor for specific expectations upon applying for your program, or you can view additional information here.

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As you make decisions about graduate school, keep in mind the full social, spiritual and educational experience awaiting you at CBU. Here, you will be supported by professors, staff and fellow students who will help you discover your strengths and challenge you to do more than you ever thought you could. Let us equip you with the education, training and opportunities you'll need to start making a unique difference doing what you love.

Application Deadlines Fall Spring
Priority May 15 November 1
Standard August 1 December 1

Application Requirements

Career Possibilities

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  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Sales Manager

*Some career options may require further education.

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Next Steps

Join a growing group of accomplished alumni who earned their degree while balancing career and family goals. To begin your journey at California Baptist University and connect with your God-given calling, request more information or apply today!