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

The comments of Sean Park (2019 Cohort) regarding the recent trend of rural towns becoming food deserts were recently quoted by the New York Times. Mr. Park is a program manager for the Value-Added Sustainable Development Center at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.

The DPA Program was well represented at the Midwest Public Affairs Conference hosted by the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis. Doctoral students Nancy Ouedraogo and Manuel Roman, doctoral candidate Bob Elliott, graduates Jennifer Wellman and Yetunde Agbesola, and faculty Sean McCandless and Travis Bland presented their research at the conference.

Our Graduates

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 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 tool of local economic and community development.

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

  • Applications for the 2021 cohort—our next entry class—are being accepted now and will be reviewed upon receipt.
    • The 2021 cohort will begin its core coursework in the Spring of 2021. Students admitted to this cohort may begin their elective coursework up to a year before the start of their core coursework (subject to the approval of the student’s advisor and the program director)
    • Students who wish to be admitted early and begin their elective coursework prior to the start date for the 2021 cohort should contact the Director of the DPA Program at dpa@uis.edu.