West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Public Policy and Administration
College of Business and Public Management
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Name: Dr. Jeremy Phillips
Position: Department Chair
Name: Dr. Allison Turner
Position: Assistant Chair & MPA Director
Name: Dr. Kristen Crossney
Position: DPA Director
Name: Lillian Miller
Position: Assistant Director
The Doctor of Public Administration degree at West Chester University is designed to meet regional employer and student needs by preparing individuals to advance in the practice of public affairs and administration at the highest levels. D.P.A. courses focus on the development of core competencies in the areas of strategic management, public sector economic and financial decision-making, and policy advocacy and leadership. Through a sequence of three methodology courses, students are prepared to engage in the highest levels of program and policy evaluation. The acquisition of methodological competence through the evaluation lens will assist students in identifying the most effective and efficient solutions to the problems they encounter in practice. In consultation with an advisor, concentration courses will be selected from among departments such as Public Policy & Administration, Criminal Justice, Geography and Planning, and Graduate Social Work. Finally, students will complete a series of capstone seminar courses where they will produce a piece of applied scholarship that demonstrates a high level of competence in applying the DPA student learning outcomes to the solution of an actual organizational or public problem/issue.
Doctoral Study (1 credit)
Administration Core (12 credits)
Methods Sequence (9 credits)
Concentration Electives (9 credits)
Capstone Seminar (12 credits)
Electives may be selected from among the following departments: Public Policy and Administration, Criminal Justice, Geography and Planning, and Graduate Social Work.
The DPA Comprehensive Exam covers content from the core public administration courses and the research methods courses. The initial stage of the comprehensive examination is a written qualifying exam. A follow-up oral component of the exam may be required of students with noted deficiencies in the written portion. Students not passing the comp exam on the first try will be permitted only one additional attempt. Note that if a student does not submit their answers on time or does not submit their exam at all, this counts as a 'failed attempt'. Students must successfully pass the Comprehensive Exam before they can enroll in DPA803.
The Spring 2019 Comprehensive Exam will run from January 5th - January 20th.
Necessary oral exams will be given the third week of February from the 18th - 21st.
Students will be notified of the results of their exam no later than 45 days after the submission date.
The DPA Capstone Seminar is a series of four courses whereby students demonstrate mastery of required competencies through the completion of a final culminating independent applied research project. Students must pass the Comprehensive Exam before enrolling in DPA803. Signature pages, preliminary pages and the Graduate School style formatting information is available under "forms" here: https://www.wcupa.edu/_admissions/SCH_DGR/thesis.aspx. All capstones should follow the APA Style Guide for formatting.
FOR MAY 2019 GRADUATION:
February 1st: Deadline to apply for graduation through MyWCU
February 25th: Deadline to submit to Second Reader for review
March 11th - March 15th: Spring Break
March 25th: Deadline to submit to DPA Director for review
March 29th: Doctoral candidates confirm project title for commencement program
April 20th: Deadline to submit to the Graduate School via Digital Commons
May 11th: Graduation 6:00pm
FOR AUGUST 2019 GRADUATION:
June 1st: Deadline to apply for graduation through MyWCU
June 17th: Deadline to submit to Second Reader for review
July 8th: Deadline to submit to DPA Director for review
July 30th: Deadline to submit to the Graduate School via Digital Commons
Please Note: Doctoral candidates whose degrees are conferred in August are eligible to walk in the Fall commencement ceremony.