Doctor of Public Administration

A Professional Doctorate for the Civic Minded.

Designed for experienced professionals, the Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) program is devoted to bridging the worlds of scholarship and practice. Our intent is to spark discussions and stimulate research that improves public and nonprofit management and public policy in Illinois, the nation, and the wider global community.

Our DPA Program is specifically designed as a practitioner-oriented program to meet the educational needs of social sector leaders in governmental and nonprofit positions.

Uniquely Positioned, Uniquely Equipped

Whether you see yourself tackling issues of juvenile justice, social inequity, environmental health, debt management, or problems within the workplace, the Doctor of Public Administration program is the place to launch the next stage of your professional journey. Our program will provide you with a high-level academic experience that enhances your analytical skill and sharpens your knowledge of
public management and public policy.


What sets our program apart? Our students represent a diverse set of cultural backgrounds, experiences, and professional expertise. As some of the most promising and accomplished social sector leaders in the region, they are already uniquely positioned and here at UIS they are uniquely equipped by our world-class faculty to drive social change and have an immediate impact.

A Doctoral Community that is Making a Difference

Here are just some of the most recent ways that our doctoral community is making a difference:

Our Students

Gene Cossey (Student, 2019 cohort) just accepted a new position as the Executive Director of the Tri-Cities Airport in Tennessee.

Manuel Roman-Basora (Student, 2019 cohort) was acknowledged by Dr. Félix Ojeda-Reyes, former Professor of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras and Dr. Paul Estrade, Professor Emeritus of the University of Paris VIII for his research contributions to volumes 12, 13, and 15 of the complete works unearthing the legacy of Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances.

Our Graduates

Dr. Betsy Goulet (Graduate, 2014 Cohort) is the Founder and Principle Investigator for the Child Protection Training Academy, which just celebrated its third year of existence on February 19, 2019. The Academy has trained 615 child protection investigators across the state. Dr. Goulet also leads the Child Advocacy Studies Program here at UIS.

Dr. Arwiphawee Srithongrung (Graduate, 2006 Cohort) recently co-authored and published a book entitled “Capital Management and Budgeting in the Public Sector

Our Faculty

Dr. Sean McCandless (Faculty) published an article entitled “LGBT Homeless Youth and Policing” in the latest volume of Public Integrity. Dr. McCandless was recently appointed to the planning committee for the 2019 Social Equity Leadership Conference of the National Academy of Public Administration, which will be held by the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark.”

Please Consider Joining Our Community

  • Do you want to become a more effective agent of change?
  • Are you ready to launch the next stage of your professional journey?

You can begin the application process today! We welcome your interest in our professional doctorate and are ready to work with you as you think about your education needs. Click here to request more information about the DPA program.

  • New cohorts begin their core coursework in the fall of every odd year (i.e. 2019, 2021, 2023, etc.).
  • Applications for the fall of 2019 cohort—our next entry class—are being accepted now and will be reviewed upon receipt.
  • Students who wish to be admitted early and begin their elective coursework prior to the fall of 2019 should contact the Director of the DPA Program at