The DPA program prepares highly qualified students for teaching, research and consultancy as well as for managerial positions in government and public service-oriented institutions. It 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. Their doctoral dissertations should demonstrate a superior ability to apply theory and research methodology in a substantive study of these problems and processes in a given development function of public administration, a particular policy area, or selected aspects of governmental management.
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