PhD in Public Administration Executive Excellence: Level Up Your Leadership


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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

As a professional in public administration, you understand the value of continued learning and strong leadership. This is a field that is diverse, expansive, and complex. Governments and organizations need people who are experts to provide new ideas and insight and lead with integrity.

Liberty University’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration can help provide you with the knowledge and tools you’ll need to boost your expertise and explore exciting job opportunities. Our program is designed to help you advance into new positions by providing cutting-edge research and insight into the operations and concepts surrounding public administration. Partner with us so you can advance your knowledge and prepare to take the next step in your career.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

If you’ve made the choice to pursue your public administration doctorate, you may be wondering where you should complete your program. Liberty University is proud to offer a PhD in Public Administration online with a curriculum taught from a Christian perspective.

Here are some of the benefits of choosing to pursue your degree with us:

  • Because public administration is such a broad subject, you can pursue career opportunities in nearly every field, including public, nonprofit, and private settings.
  • You can complete your doctoral degree in just 48 credit hours and 100% online, which gives you the flexibility to continue dedicating time to your career and family.
  • Our mission is to Train Champions for Christ – so we incorporate biblical principles into all of our courses. You can graduate as a leader of integrity ready to incorporate Christian values into your work.

Because you are likely already a public administration professional, this doctorate will focus on advanced topics in the field. Your courses can help you increase your knowledge and ability to work in the government as well as in nonprofit and private organizations. Some of the topics you’ll study include statesmanship, finance and budgeting, urban planning, and organizational leadership.

Our public administration PhD also focuses heavily on research. You’ll take courses that cover both quantitative and qualitative methods for public administration. You will also create your own research concept and complete a dissertation on the concept you choose so you can contribute to the base of knowledge in your field.

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Not sure what to choose?

Speak to one of our admissions specialists to help you choose the program that best fits your needs.

Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

Doctoral Full Time $595/Credit
Doctoral Part Time $650/Credit

Eligible current and former military service members and their spouses may qualify for a special rate of $300/credit hour (learn more).

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees

Military Tuition Discount

We want to help you find the doctoral degree you want – at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers eligible current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity as you work toward your goal of reaching the pinnacle of your profession – for less.