Doctor of Public Administration

Program Information

The University of Baltimore offers the Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A.) at the Universities at Shady Grove in a convenient, weekend format.

This 48-credit doctoral program is geared toward working public administration professionals, senior-level public managers and prospective faculty.


  • develop a thorough knowledge of the legal, ethical and political environments of public administrators
  • understand the administrative
    functions of governmental agencies and gain expertise in strategic
    planning, program evaluation, advanced management techniques, program
    implementation and results-based leadership
  • publish a dissertation and more.

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Why study public administration?

Public administration spans the arenas of government, nonprofit
organizations and third-sector organizations. Given the concentration of
public-sector and nonprofit employees working and residing in the D.C.
metropolitan area, you'll be poised to succeed in and advance your
career. You'll also be prepared to teach at the university level.

What is the weekend format?

You can complete the program in a combination of weekend and online courses. The onsite courses at Shady Grove are offered on six selected weekends (Saturdays or Sundays) within a 15-week semester. Elective courses are available online or in conjunction with UB's M.P.A. program, also offered at USG.

Admission Standards and Deadlines

View our admission requirements and deadlines.

Applications are available online, by calling the UB Office of Graduate Admission at 410.837.6565 or by visiting the Office of Student Services at the Universities at Shady Grove.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Students enrolled in this program are charged the same tuition as those attending the University of Baltimore, but may have differing fees based on home campus. Financial aid is available to students and is administered through UB. A limited number of scholarships is available.

For more information, please visit the UB Office of Financial Aid Web pages.

UB Support Services

As a UB student, you are entitled to the same benefits as students studying on the home campus. This includes library services, disability support services, tutoring, career advising, student activities and clubs and more. Services are available through the Universities at Shady Grove or UB.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the program director or the academic program coordinator.

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