Local Government ProgramWestern Social Science

On Campus - Program Format

SSC front entrance spring 2013

Western's Graduate DPA is highly accessible to students working full time in demanding careers because of the flexibility of its format. By charging only a basic tuition fee, concentrating each Graduate Diploma course into a one-week period, and allowing students to take as few or as many courses as they want to in any given year, the Graduate DPA permits the student to move through the four on-campus courses in two to four years.

It is most common for students to take two courses in their first year and two courses the following year.  They then complete their final Graduate DPA paper.

Some assignments will likely need to be submitted after the instruction for a given course is finished, and most readings and class preparation are to be done before classes begin. After the four courses, a short research report must be successfully completed prior to the Diploma being awarded.