Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2006 - 2007
DOCTOR OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Faculty Beverly Bunch, Patricia Byrnes, Hilary Frost-Kumpf,
Lon Mackelprang, Brent Never, Meredith Newman, Anthony Sisneros
Emeritus Faculty Willa Bruce, Phillip Gregg, Naomi B. Lynn,
Contact: (217) 206-6076 or www.uis.edu/dpa/
The mission of the doctor of public administration program is to
educate students for public service careers in state government and
management, or for careers in academia. The program emphasizes the
theory, analysis, evaluation, and practice of public administration
and public policy. Research, along with its applications, is also
emphasized. Core courses are supplemented with a specialty
concentration chosen from a range of program areas. Public
administration doctoral education is intended to enhance student
capabilities for public service, leadership, research, and teaching.
The DPA program has the following objectives: 1) to enhance the
knowledge, competence, and leadership capacity of managers and
professionals in state government agencies and nonprofit
organizations; 2) to increase the intellectual and professional
resources available to state government and nonprofit organizations;
3) to increase research and teaching resources in state government
and nonprofit management; 4) to contribute to the national pool of
knowledge about state government and nonprofit administration,
policy, and leadership; 5) to enhance the public affairs effort of
the University of Illinois at Springfield; and 6) to strengthen the
field of public administration within Illinois.
Note: In Academic Year 2006-2007, admissions into the Doctor of
Public Administration program have been suspended. Admissions will
resume in Academic Year 2007-2008.
For admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:
1) master’s degree, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.25 in
graduate course work, 2) satisfactory performance on the GRE taken
within the past five years, 3) demonstration of writing skills
through the submission of a recent writing sample, 4) demonstration
of ability to succeed in doctoral studies by the recommendations of
three persons, at least one of whom is an academic reference, 5)
demonstration of personal commitment to academic excellence through
a three- to five-page statement of academic and career goals, and
6) a current resume. International students must also demonstrate
English proficiency with a score of at least 575 on the TOEFL (or
213 for the computer-based test).
Admission decisions are made by the Doctoral Program Committee,
which evaluates the information submitted by each applicant to the
program. For admission to the DPA program, the goals and objectives
of the student must, in the judgment of this committee, be an
appropriate fit with the mission and capacity of the DPA program.
Interested persons are encouraged to contact the DPA program before
starting the application process.
Students are encouraged to submit application materials by March
15 for the fall semester and by October 30 for spring admission.
However, applications received later may be considered.
Prerequisite course requirements include:
1) a one-semester undergraduate or graduate course in
economics, preferably microeconomics;
2) a graduate-level course on the American political system
(or a graduate degree in public administration, political studies,
or the equivalent);
3) analytical tools (PAD 503, POS 503, or the equivalent)
completed within the past five years;
4) budgeting and finance (PAD 504, or the equivalent); and
5) public policy (PAD 531 or POS 518, or the equivalent).
An applicant who meets all admission requirements other than the
course prerequisites may be admitted pending completion of these
requirements. In no case will a student be allowed to take a core or
research course before meeting its prerequisite.
Courses taken for a letter grade typically challenge the student
to produce higher quality work than do those taken only for credit
and, generally, will better serve the student. Students are
therefore strongly encouraged to take prerequisite requirements for
a letter grade rather than as credit/no credit.
An initial faculty adviser will be assigned at the time a
student is admitted to the DPA program. The adviser will assist the
student in planning which courses to take. Before a student has
completed 16 credit hours in the doctoral program or enrolls in a
concentration course, he or she will select a permanent faculty
adviser and a Plan of Study Committee.
The student’s Plan of Study Committee is responsible for
assisting the student in developing a program of study that meets
the course requirements specified below.
Each student must complete at least 54 hours of course work plus
a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation credit. Students may petition
for up to 12 hours of transfer credit for graduate work deemed
appropriate for the DPA. All students will be required to complete
core courses, research courses, and transfer courses with a grade of
B or better in each course.
Core Courses (20 hours)
PAD 601 Advanced Seminar in Public Administration Theory and
PAD 602 Advanced Seminar in Organizational Behavior in
PAD 603 Advanced Seminar in Financial Management and
PAD 604 Advanced Seminar in Public Policy Processes
PAD 605 Administrative Ethics and Public Service
Research Courses (12 hours)
PAD 611 Advanced Seminar in Quantitative Methods
PAD 612 Advanced Seminar in Qualitative Methods
PAD 613 Advanced Seminar in Research Methods
Concentrations (20 hours)
After completing all required core and research courses, the
student will work with his/her adviser to develop a concentration
study plan. This plan must be approved by the Plan of Study
Committee before the student takes any concentration courses.
Additional work and permission of the instructor is required for
doctoral students enrolled in non-prerequisite 500-level courses.
Prior to enrollment, the student must also provide their Plan of
Study Committee with a written statement on 1) a description of the
DPA requirements for the course, and 2) an explanation of how the
course fits with their concentration area.
1. Nonprofit Management (20 hours)
The following 12 hours are required, plus an additional 8 hours.
PAD 623 Nonprofit History and Philanthropy
PAD 624 The Nonprofit Organization in a Market Economy
PAD 625 Nonprofit Leadership
2. State Government (20 hours)
The following 12 hours are required, plus an additional 8 hours.
PAD 631 Intergovernmental Relations
PAD 632 Legislative and Administrative Politics or
POS 512 Seminar in State Politics
PAD 633 Special Topics
3. Special Interest (20 hours)
The student may choose an area of special interest and work with
his/her Plan of Study Committee to identify the five classes in the
area most appropriate to the student’s individual interests.
Dissertation (minimum 14 hours)
PAD 687 Dissertation Proposal Preparation Seminar
(credit/no credit) 2-4 Hrs.
PAD 690 Dissertation (credit/no credit) minimum 12 Hrs.
After the student completes DPA course work, he or she will be
required to take a comprehensive examination, which is both oral and
Dissertation Work (a minimum of 14 hours)
Admission to Candidacy. After successful completion of
the comprehensive exam, the student is admitted to candidacy and may
officially begin work on the dissertation proposal (PAD 687). Campus
policy requires that after completing all requirements for
candidacy, the student must be continuously enrolled in at least one
semester hour (zero credit hours, one billable hour) of dissertation
course work each fall and spring semester until the dissertation is
completed, defended, and accepted.
Dissertation Committee. The chair of the Dissertation
Committee is the student’s dissertation adviser. Students will work
with their committees (selected by the students with program
Dissertation Proposal. A written dissertation proposal
must be formally approved by the student’s Dissertation Committee
before dissertation work may begin. Students will be required to
take PAD 687 Dissertation Proposal Preparation Seminar as a part of
their dissertation proposal preparation.
Oral Dissertation Defense. An oral examination on the
dissertation will be conducted by the Dissertation Committee
according to doctoral program regulations. The dissertation adviser
will chair the oral dissertation defense, which will be open to the