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.
Note: The Doctor of Public Administration Program is being revised. Please check with the College of Public Affairs and Administration office for the latest information.
Applications for admission must include all of the following:
Prospective students are encouraged to apply by March 15 for fall admission or October 30 for spring admission; however late applications may be considered.
To earn a doctor of public administration degree from UIS, students must fulfill the following requirements:
Doctoral students are expected to do scholarly work of high caliber. The DPA requires at least 54 doctoral level hours of course credit with a grade-point average of at least 3.00 and a grade no lower than B in any core, research, or concentration doctoral course. Students must earn a grade of B or better in any course considered for transfer.
Prerequisite courses do not count toward the 54 required doctoral hours. Credit/no credit will be allowed for prerequisite courses only. All DPA core, research, or specialization courses must be taken for letter grades.
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 Seminar. 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 the first 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 graduate course taken at UIS in pursuit of the doctorate. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
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, see the "Financial Aid" section of this catalog.