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

Harriet Steinbach (Student, 2019 cohort) presented “Creating a New, University Wide Infrastructure for Service-Learning and Community Engagement” at the Midwest Campus Compact Conference (May 2019) and at the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference (June 2019). Harriet has also been nominated for a McLean County Women of Distinction Award.

Manuel Roman-Basora (Student, 2019 cohort) will study in ​Germany this summer.  Said opportunity stems from a scholarship awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service enabling him to attend the Berlin Institute of Technology.

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

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.

  • New cohorts begin their core coursework in the fall of every odd year (i.e. 2019, 2021, 2023, etc.).
  • Applications for the 2019 cohort are no longer being accepted as the cohort is now full.
    • Applications for the 2021 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 start date for the next cohort should contact the Director of the DPA Program at