Become an accomplished leader in the public or nonprofit sector. Tap into your interests to make real change to policy and practice in state and local government or within the third sector. As executive positions in these sectors continue to grow, the skills and knowledge you gain in the Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A.) program from the College of Business will prepare you to lead, motivate, and inspire.

Nova Southeastern University’s D.P.A. program is designed to build the skillsets of emerging leaders in public service. It provides a grounding in the theories and applications of management and policy in the public and nonprofit sectors with a curriculum that provides a strong foundation and allows for flexibility. Expand your professional network and engage in vital experiential learning opportunities.

Graduates will emerge equipped to address the social, economic, and political challenges of leadership with the confidence to advance change.

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Adam Williams, Ph.D. Chair & Associate Professor
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A career in public service or nonprofit management is personally and professionally fulfilling. With the program’s focus on advanced training for practice, NSU is preparing future executives in these sectors. Leadership development is critical in these sectors and NSU is preparing these students to meet those challenges.

Adam Williams, Ph.D. | Chair & Associate Professor

Quick Facts

NSU's Doctor of Public Administration program consists of 60 total credits, and can be completed in as little as 3 years (depending upon post-graduate coursework).
Start Dates
The Doctor of Public Administration is available to start in August 2023. Thereafter, the D.P.A. program will commence in the Fall (August).
Delivery Options
Classes for the Doctor of Public Administration program are offered in an online (synchronous) format, primarily on Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm. Attendance at on-campus end-of-term seminars may also be required periodically during the program.
Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.

Doctor of Public Administration Curriculum

D.P.A. Core Courses (40 credits)


(PUB 6000
Public Management and Leadership Theory and Practice
/Credits: 4)
(PUB 6100
Public Affairs and Public Administration Research Design
/Credits: 4)
(PUB 6200
Analysis in Practice for Public Administration
/Credits: 4)
(PUB 6400
Doctoral Closure Proposal Seminar
/Credits: 4)
(PUB 6449
Perspectives on Policy Analysis
/Credits: 4)
(PUB 6500
Design Thinking and Innovation in the Public Sector
/Credits: 4)
(PUB 6600
Strategic Human Resources in Public Management
/Credits: 4)
(PUB 6700
Planning Local Economic Development
/Credits: 4)
(GIS 6800
Geospatial Statistics Seminar
/Credits: 4)
(PUB 6927
Program Evaluation and Performance Management
/Credits: 4)

Closure Exercise (20 credits)


(PUB 6900
Doctoral Closure Seminar
/Credits:  )

In this course, students are required to do a detailed, accurate, and cohesive account of a scholarly investigation designed to answer one or more applied/real-world problems or focused research questions. It is required of all doctoral students, and its purpose is to improve scholarship and practice in public sector.

Admissions Requirements

Degree from a Regionally Accredited Institution
Nonrefundable Application Fee (USD)
or Higher GPA

Ready for the Next Step?

We're thrilled you're applying to NSU's Doctor of Public Administration program.

This program accepts students in the fall term.

NSU recommends that you start the application process at least one to two months prior to the deadline date.

Apply Now

Have the following items ready to submit with your online application:

  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)

You may also be asked to complete an interview for admission.

Required Admission Documentation:

  1. Completed Doctoral Application for Admission.
  2. $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. The applicant's master's degree transcript must show degree conferral date in order to be evaluated for admission consideration. Electronic transcripts can be sent to Hard copies may be mailed to:
Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services (EPS)
Attn: H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
3300 S. University Drive
P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida 33328-2004
  1. A current, to-date professional resume that demonstrates five or more years of public sector experience in positions with increasing levels of responsibility.
  2. An interview is required, if offered.
International Applicants

To be considered for acceptance into the D.P.A. program, international applicants must fulfill additional admission criteria.

Applications are evaluated as soon as the student's file is complete.

  • A conferred master's degree earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or equivalent for international applicants, with a 3.25 GPA overall may be considered for admission.
  • For all applicants with a graduate GPA below 3.25, the Public Administration Faculty Admissions Committee reserves the right to place conditions on the applicant's first terms, such as: remedial coursework in appropriate subjects, limit course enrollment to appropriate levels, suspend or dismiss such applicants based upon first term course grades or require GMAT scores of 450+ or GRE scores of 306+. The exam must have been completed in the past three years.
  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS or PTE Academic) is required for any applicant whose native language is not English and whose bachelor's degree education was not completed in English. The minimum required scores are as follows: a TOEFL score of 550 (paper test) or 79 (Internet test), a score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or a score of 54 on the PTE Academic exam. Test scores cannot be more than two years old. A letter on official letterhead from the applicant's prior university stating that all bachelor's degree course material was taught and studied in English may suffice for the TOEFL requirement.

Are You Ready to Make a Difference?

What does success look like? For many, it's living on our own terms, becoming a business success so we can help others, or being at the top of our game to fulfill our dreams. At NSU Business, it's all of the above. We believe people, planet, and profit can be the triple bottom line, and that our grads will create businesses that do more than just succeed; they will help others thrive, too.

Advance your career with our world-class business programs and our network of leaders, innovators, and change agents. Do your best and deliver what's Best for Our World™.

The H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship graduate enrollment office is located in the Carl DeSantis Building in Suite 1115 on NSU's Fort Lauderdale-Davie campus in Davie, Florida. Click here for a map.

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