A Professional Doctorate for the Civic Minded.

Designed for experienced professionals, the Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) program is devoted to bridging scholarly and practice worlds. We intend 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 social sector leaders’ educational needs in governmental and nonprofit positions.

Uniquely Positioned, Uniquely Equipped

Whether you see yourself tackling juvenile justice issues, 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. Here at UIS, our world-class faculty equips them 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

Keyria Rodgers (2015 Cohort) was recently appointed by Governor Pritzker to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission. Ms. Rodgers is a Millikin University professor and Macon County CASA board member. She has been working with the commission for over a decade. In her new role, she will focus on expungements and restorative justice practices. For more details, click here and here.

Janel Veile (2019 Cohort) accepted a new position as the Evaluation Manager for the Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering at the Illinois Department of Transportation on October 1st. The BSPE Evaluation Manager position is responsible for directing the application of scientific research methods and techniques to evaluate traffic safety programs and projects undertaken in the state and for the development of new safety programs. This role’s unique aspect includes a partnership between IDOT and the UIS Institute for Legal, Legislative, and Policy Studies. As a result of this partnership, the Institute provides IDOT with quantitative and qualitative research design services and data analysis of transportation safety-related data for traffic safety programs and projects.

Kevin Catlin (2019 Cohort) was appointed as Boone County, Illinois County Administrator, in August of 2020.  Before this appointment, Kevin served as the City Manager for the City of Springfield, Michigan, since 2018. Springfield, an enclave community of over 5,000 residents, is surrounded by Battle Creek. Prior employment also includes serving as the Assistant City Manager/Director of Information Technology for the City of Brookings, South Dakota, and as a Management Analyst/ICMA Local Government Management Fellow for the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Our Graduates

Dr. Sophia Gehlhausen Anderson (2015 cohort) recently published a co-authored article on the impact of living-learning communities (LLCs) on retention and GPA via regression and propensity score matching. The LLCs were designed to improve outcomes for underrepresented, low-income, and first-generation students at a Midwestern regional public university. To access the article, click here.

Dr. Nelson Agbodo (2015 Cohort) was recently promoted to Acting Chief, Division of Health Data and Policy at the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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

Our Faculty

Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, Dr. Ken Kriz is the Co-Editor of a New Book to Be Published in July entitled “Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development.” The book brings together leading experts to examine the evolving nature of tax increment financing (TIF), the most widely used local economic and community development tool.

The most recent article by CPAA Public Administration Professors, Dr. Adam Williams and Dr. Travis Bland, “Drivers of social engagement: Employee voice-advice sharing relationship,” is now available through the Review of Public Personnel Administration’s (ROPPA) online first feature. With an impact factor of 2.444, ROPPA is widely considered the top journal for public sector human resource management.

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 to think about your education needs. Click here to request more information about the DPA program.

  • Our Spring 2021 cohort—our next entry class—is now full. However, we are accepting applications for our Spring 2022 cohort. If admitted, students can begin their electives up to 1 year early.
    • Students who wish to be admitted early and begin their elective coursework before the Spring start date for the 2022 cohort should contact the DPA Program Director at dpa@uis.edu.