Public Administration


Doctorate Degree


Degree Details
  • Required Major Units
    50
  • Cost Per Unit
    $897
  • Estimated Major Cost
    $45k
  • Avg. Completion (Months)
    36
  • Accreditation
    WASC Accredited

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Doctor of Public Administration



Overview

Take an active role in creating innovative, sustainable solutions to societal problems and improved governance.

The online Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) at California Baptist University Online & Professional Studies is designed to develop innovative leaders who seek to maximize impact in public and non-profit organizations. Created for the working adult, the 50 unit online DPA program, including dissertation, can be completed in three years. Students will focus on one online class every eight weeks. Curriculum and courses in the online Doctorate in Public Administration program are designed to meet the needs of professionals tasked in responding to the complex and unique issues organizations encounter at the federal, state and local levels within planning, criminal justice, governance, policy, health management, and social service arenas.

Program Highlights

  • 50 unit program

  • Complete in as little as 3 years including dissertation

  • Cohort model allows for students to progress together through coursework and dissertation process

  • Eight-week online course format

  • Residency participation at key intervals throughout the program

  • Outstanding credentialed faculty with public, non-profit and private sector professional experience

  • Financial aid available for those who qualify

Consistent with the University student outcomes, upon completion of the Doctor of Public Administration degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively.
  2. Analyze public agencies, and the work they conduct, in order to directly and indirectly examine the use of power, authority and resources for the populations they serve.
  3. Evaluate authority as determined through legitimate power in public organizations.
  4. Examine the necessary political-administrative dichotomy in public organizations.
  5. Distinguish what behaviors constitute proper bureaucratic action for the organizations in which they serve as well as for the constituents who receive services.
  6. Examine equity and fairness as it relates to the social, economic and political aspects of public administration.
  7. Examine the definition of efficiency/effectiveness as it relates to the practice of public administration.
  8. Conduct ethical research.

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Course Requirements

Program Requirements (50 units)

Orientation Residency

Orientation Residency

Students entering the program are required to attend a 4-day intensive colloquium. This colloquium will focus on doctoral expectations, program design, coursework introductions and community building. Successful completion of this course is required for continued enrollment in the program. (1 unit)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
DPA705 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Hybrid
TBA
M
T
W
TH
F
S
8:00 -
8:00 PM
Ahumada, Elaine
Leadership in Public Sector

Leadership in Public Sector

This seminar will examine specific topics that include but not limited to the focus on how the leader?s values and beliefs affect financial and budgetary issues in public sector organizations, collective bargaining, outsourcing, private sector partnering, diversity management leadership, social networking and media. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
DPA710 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Kling, Mark P.
Ethics and Social Justice

Ethics and Social Justice

In this course, students examine the philosophy of ethics as it relates to issues of social justice and relationships between ethical and moral practices and effective leadership. Theories of economic disparity, power, and privilege and ethical dilemmas will be explored. Attention is focused on accountability in leadership and best practices that result in fair and equitable treatment of employees and service delivery in diverse communities. Current events will be analyzed as well as a variety of moral dilemmas that exist in societies and organizations along with the exploration of key factors in decision-making and ethical principles. Prerequisite: DPA 710. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
DPA720 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Provance, Brett
Strategic Planning and Management

Strategic Planning and Management

This course presents innovative concepts of strategic planning in relation to an organization's mission, and vision for organizational sustainability. Students will learn practical skills of best practices needed to develop strategic plans that focus on key aspects of resource allocation, implementation, collaboration, and budgeting. Prerequisite: DPA720. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
DPA725 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Simnjanovski, Riste
Performance Management and Evaluation

Performance Management and Evaluation

This course introduces students to public sector performance measurement. Benchmarking within strategic management principles is discussed. Focus on how changes in an organizational climate and culture affect operational strategies as well as how internal/external politics of program planning will be addressed. Examples of methodologies used in relation to government program planning and evaluation is explored. Prerequisite: DPA725. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
DPA730 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Sundstrom, Linda-Marie
Collaboration and Networked Governance

Collaboration and Networked Governance

This course examines introduces the concepts and practices of managing networks. Theories, analytical skills, and processes of designing, developing, sustaining, evaluating, networks will be addressed. Concepts of successful and challenging collaboration efforts among public, private, and nonprofit organizations will be explored. Integration of budgetary factors will be included as it relates to service delivery. Prerequisite: DPA730. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2018
DPA740 AE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Public Policy, Advocacy, and Economics

Public Policy, Advocacy, and Economics

This course will explore trends, characteristics, imperatives, and consequences of public-policy making. Discussion includes how global economies affect the political climate and how representation of powerful actors, PACS, and institutions are representative factors of collective action, electoral processes, fiscal policy, bureaucracy, regulation and constitutional reforms. Prerequisite: DPA740. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2018
DPA750 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Professional Residency

Professional Residency

Doctoral students are required to attend this professional colloquium. The focus of this colloquium is to develop professional skills and retrospectively review the first year process as well as next steps for scholarship. Colloquium may coincide and require attendance at a public administration focused conference. Successful completion of this course is required for continued enrollment in the program. Prerequisite: DPA 750. (1 unit)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
DPA755 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Hybrid
TBA
M
T
W
TH
F
S
8:00 -
8:00 PM
Ahumada, Elaine
Fall 2018
DPA755 AE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
In-Person
CBU Online
M
T
W
TH
F
S
  Staff
Legitimate Bureaucracy and Accountability

Legitimate Bureaucracy and Accountability

This course examines the political role of the bureaucracy and the impact of other government institutions on bureaucratic structure, functions, and behavior. Issues related to cross cultural dynamics, ethical and accountable leadership, and the influence of politics in public organizational life is examined. Concepts related to constituent representation, legislative processes, and voting trends/behaviors are of importance in how these factors impact public sector organizations. Prerequisite: DPA750. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
DPA760 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Kling, Mark P.
Fall 2018
DPA760 AE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

The purpose of this course is to introduce the field of qualitative research and preparation for public administration doctoral students. This course addresses how to apply advanced, qualitative research principles, and data collection and analysis methods. Prerequisite: DPA760. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
DPA765 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Kircher, Patricia L.
Fall 2018
DPA765 AE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

The purpose of this course is to present an examination of quantitative methods and designs that are utilized in public sector. Areas of focus include measurement, sampling, and design issues in generating and testing research questions. Experimental, quasi-experimental, and survey research designs are assessed and applied to practice and policy issues. Prerequisite: DPA765. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
DPA770 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Kircher, Patricia L.
Spring 2019
DPA770 AE Session 1
01/07/2019
03/03/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Comprehensive Experience

Comprehensive Experience

This course is designed to explore the theoretical framework of a potential dissertation topic. Application of theory, structure and design is the focus and the goal of this course. Successful completion of a defense experience must be completed prior to advancing to candidacy. Prerequisite: DPA770. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
DPA780 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Ahumada, Elaine
Spring 2019
DPA780 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Comprehensive Residency

Comprehensive Residency

The Comprehensive Colloquium is a requirement of all doctoral students desiring to advance to candidacy. Assessment of the student?s preparation and scholarship leading to dissertation development is determined prior to this colloquium. Prerequisite: Permission of Comprehensive Experience Chair. (1 unit)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
DPA781 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Hybrid
TBA
M
T
W
TH
F
S
8:00 -
8:00 PM
Ahumada, Elaine
Spring 2019
DPA781 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
In-Person
CBU Online
M
T
W
TH
F
S
  Staff
Public Administration Special Topics

Public Administration Special Topics

This course is designed to complete an outline for the first three chapters of the dissertation. Topic area is determined and preliminary research on topic is explored. Prerequisite: DPA 781. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
DPA795 BE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Ahumada, Elaine
Fall 2017
DPA795 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Ahumada, Elaine
Summer 2018
DPA795 AE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
DPA795 AE Session 1
05/06/2019
06/30/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Proposal Exploration and Development

Proposal Exploration and Development

This course addresses both the theoretical and practical aspects of designing dissertation research. The goal of the course is to assist students with the proposal writing processes and defense expectations. Development of the first three chapters is expected. Committee formation must be executed by the end of this course. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: DPA 795. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
DPA796 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Ahumada, Elaine
Fall 2017
DPA796 BE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Ahumada, Elaine
Summer 2018
DPA796 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
DPA796 AE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Dissertation Development

Dissertation Development

Students will be guided through the research process after completed dissertation proposal. This will include completion of the literature review and description of methodologies necessary for their projects as well as obtaining consent from subjects, and beginning the data collection process, if applicable. Students will work with their dissertation advisors both individually and in small groups. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: DPA796. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
DPA797 CE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Kling, Mark P.
Spring 2018
DPA797 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Ahumada, Elaine
Spring 2018
DPA797 DE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Sundstrom, Linda-Marie
Spring 2018
DPA797 BE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Kircher, Patricia L.
Summer 2018
DPA797 AE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
DPA797 BE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
DPA797 AE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
DPA797 AE Session 1
01/07/2019
03/03/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Dissertation Defense

Dissertation Defense

The dissertation defense will be a public oral examination open to all members (faculty, students and invited guests) of the University community. Questioning of the candidate will be directed by the student's dissertation supervising committee. All members of the student's committee must be present at the defense. Although the defense is concerned primarily with the dissertation research and its interpretation, the examining committee may explore the student's knowledge of areas relevant to the core of the dissertation problem. Prerequisite: Permission of Dissertation Chair. (1 unit)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2018
DPA798 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
DPA798 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Defense Residency

Defense Residency

The Defense Preparation is the culminating colloquium that will prepare the student for the dissertation defense. All prior forms and approvals must be completed. Prerequisite: Permission of Dissertation Chair. (1 unit)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2018
DPA799 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Hybrid
TBA
M
T
W
TH
F
S
8:00 -
8:00 PM
Staff
Spring 2019
DPA799 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
In-Person
CBU Online
M
T
W
TH
F
S
  Staff

Faculty

Elaine Ahumada

Elaine Ahumada, D.P.A.

Program Director

Professor of Public Administration / Chair, History & Government / Director of Masters in Public Administration / Director of the Doctor of Public Administration

Office Phone: (951) 343-3929
Email: eahumada@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government
Beth Groves

Beth Groves, D.P.A.(ABD)

Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Office Phone: (951) 343-3948
Email: bgroves@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government
Patricia Kircher

Patricia Kircher, D.P.A.

Professor of Political Science

Office Phone: (951) 343-3930
Email: pkircher@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government
Mark Kling

Mark P. Kling, D.P.A.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Office Phone: (951) 343-3936
Email: mkling@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government
Brett Provance

Brett Scott Provance, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Humanities

Office Phone: (951) 343-5561
Email: bprovance@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government
Riste Simnjanovski

Riste Simnjanovski, D.P.A.

Dean of Faculty Development / Associate Professor of Public Administration

Office Phone: (951) 343-3968
Email: rsimnjan@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government
Linda-Marie Sundstrom

Linda-Marie Sundstrom, D.P.A

Associate Professor of Public Administration

Office Phone: (951) 343-2172
Email: lsundstrom@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government

Admission Requirements

1. Master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with the following Grade Point Average:

  • 3.0 for unconditional admission
  • 2.75 for conditional admission

2. Two recommendations:  from professional sources that can personally attest to the candidate’s potential for scholarly and professional success.

3. Comprehensive Essay of at least 500 words that includes the following:

  • Purpose for entering the program
  • Long-term professional goals including how a doctoral degree will influence those goals
  • Reasons for choosing California Baptist University

4. Professional resume or Curriculum Vitae

5. Interview with Program Director


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