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Doctor of Public Administration

The DPA program is designed to develop the capability of students to relate basic problems and processes of Philippine public administration to the goals of national development, interpreting day-to-day problems in terms of meaningful generalizations, devising practical solutions to these problems and pointing to their long-range implications.

The DPA program prepares highly qualified students for teaching, research and consultancy as well as for managerial positions in government and nongovernmental organizations.

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Minimum Requirements

A DPA student takes a Qualifying Examination after passing twelve units of coursework. A grade of 1.75 or better is required to pass this examination. A student with a grade average of 1.25 in the first twelve units of coursework is exempted from the qualifying examination.

The student may start taking formal courses in the doctoral program after passing the qualifying examination. The total number of units required to complete the degree depends on the background of the student. However, a students required to take 12 (or 15) units of PA and national development courses, 6 units of History/Theory, 6 (or 3) of advanced courses in methodology, and 6 units of cognates.

The student may apply for the comprehensive examination after completion of all formal course requirements. After passing the comprehensives, the student may enroll in the doctoral dissertation course (PA 400) under the guidance of a faculty adviser.

The program requires the completion of 30 units coursework; passing a written comprehensive examination in administrative theory/management of economic, political, and social development; and the successful defense of a dissertation. The program requires a total of 42 units.

The Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) program is open during the first semester and second semester. The deadline for filing of application is March 31 and August 31, respectively.


Admission Policy

  1. Holder of a Bachelor's and master's degree may apply.

  2. Submit the following documents to the CPAGE office

    • Duly-accomplished application form

    • Letter of application

    • Transcript of records both graduate and undergraduate (original and photocopy)

    • One (2x2) photo

    • Copy of birth certificate (NSO original and photo copy)

    • Copy of marriage contract (NSO original and photo copy)

    • Two recommendations for admission duly filled out by competent individuals who are in the best position to assess applicant's potential for graduate work

    • TOEFL (for foreign applicants only)

    • Service record/Employment Record

    • Copy of thesis or research work or publication

  3. Pay the application fee P500.00 for local; $20.00 for foreign

Deadline for filing Application for Admission

First Semeste: April 15

Second Semester: August 31




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