Solve real social problems—and make an immediate impact for your organization and constituents—with Walden’s DPA degree program.
You have a passion for public service. Deepen your influence and create the change you want to see with a DPA from Walden. A Doctor of Public Administration degree prepares students for executive-level leadership roles in government and nonprofit organizations as well as private consulting practice.
In Walden’s DPA degree program, you’ll learn to think and work like an executive and broaden your leadership skills. Gain focused insight on building strategies for success in public administration and nonprofit leadership. Develop 21st-century skills that make you more marketable to today’s public sector organizations, including evidence-based decision making, basic grant writing, and data analytics.
As a graduate of Walden’s online Doctor of Public Administration program, you will be prepared to:
Today more than ever, communities need strong, civic-minded leaders to keep our nation moving forward. Additionally, as governments utilize evidence-based decision making, managers and leaders with analytical skills will have the upper hand. Gain the insights you need to open new doors and increase your impact with a DPA degree from Walden.
A DPA gives you a distinctive credential and a competitive edge in pursuing senior and leadership roles in government and nonprofit organizations. Depending on your prior experience, possible career roles may include:
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this Doctor of Public Administration online degree program.
A Doctor of Public Administration degree could potentially lead to higher earnings. According to Glassdoor, the average annual salary for certain doctoral-level jobs are as follows:1
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My experience at Walden University was excellent, and I returned in 2016 to take additional coursework in criminal justice for professional development.
Walden offered me the best opportunity to broaden my knowledge on current practices of maintaining sustainable communities and exploring issues that are unique and relevant to resolving some of the challenges that local municipalities face.
1Source: Glassdoor, accessed July 2019, Division Chief, Executive Director, Director of Public Affairs, City Manager, Policy Analyst, and Social and Community Service Managers. National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries, and are subject to change.
2Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.
3Total enrollment as of December 31, 2018
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.