Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2004 - 2005
Academic Information for Doctoral Students
Statement of Purpose
The mission of the doctor of public administration program is to
educate students for careers in high levels of public service 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. Graduates of the DPA
program will be equipped to contribute and use significant new
knowledge about state government and agencies. While the DPA is
primarily a practitioner-oriented program, it is also appropriate
for those who are interested in research and teaching.
Minimum Admission Requirements
A master’s degree with a minimum grade-point average
of 3.25 in graduate course work.
Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination
(GRE), taken within the past five years.
Appropriate fit between the goals and objectives of the
student and the mission and capacity of the DPA program.
An interview, if requested, by the committee.
Applications for admission must include all of the following:
Completed UIS application.
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities
previously attended, showing undergraduate and graduate completion.
Official GRE scores.
Three letters of recommendation; at least one must be an
academic reference attesting to the applicant’s likelihood
of success in a doctoral program.
A current resume.
Three- to five-page statement of academic and career goals.
A current writing sample, such as a research paper or report.
International students: Submit an official TOEFL score of
at least 575 (paper based) or 232 (computer based).
Prospective students are encouraged to apply by March 15 for
fall admission or October 30 for spring admission; however late
may be considered.
To earn a doctor of public administration degree from UIS, students
the following requirements:
Meet program matriculation requirements.
Earn at least 54 doctoral-level hours with a grade-point
average of at least 3.00, and a grade no lower than B in any
research, or concentration course.
Complete at least 12 semester hours of dissertation credit.
During work on the dissertation, students are required
to be enrolled in at least one hour of dissertation
credit each fall and spring semester.
Successfully pass a comprehensive examination in the core
courses, research courses, and area of concentration.
Develop, present, and have approved a dissertation proposal.
Research, write, and present a dissertation to the Dissertation
Committee and satisfactorily complete an oral defense.
Complete a graduation contract and pay graduation fees.
Progress toward the Doctoral Degree A student who has completed
the core public administration and research courses with a B
or better then completes a concentration
plan of study for a minimum of 20 credit hours in a specialized area. This plan
must be approved by the Plan of Study Committee and the chair of the Department
of Public Administration. Once these courses are successfully completed, the
student will be required to pass a comprehensive examination.
Doctoral Closure Requirements On passing the comprehensive examination,
students will be allowed to enroll in DPA 687 Dissertation Proposal
Preparation and defense of the dissertation proposal constitutes the beginning
of the closure requirement, which includes preparation and successful defense
of the dissertation.
All pre-dissertation credit earned at UIS that is to be applied
toward the completion of the doctorate must be taken within eight
consecutive years from
doctoral course taken at UIS. This does not include prerequisites or closure
requirements. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
No more than 12 hours of approved credit may be transferred to
UIS for doctoral credit. To be considered, all transfer credit
must have been earned with a
grade of B or better, and must have been earned within five years of the first
course taken at UIS in pursuit of the doctorate. Exceptions may be granted
on a case-by-case basis.
Financial Assistance for Doctoral Students
The UIS Office of Financial Assistance coordinates federal, state,
institutional, and private financial aid programs for all students.
Assistance is available
in the form of grants, tuition waivers, assistantships, scholarships, loans,
part-time employment, and veterans' benefits. For detailed information and
for assistance programs specifically available for doctoral students, click
Aid” menu button to the left.