Doctor of Public Administration


The Doctor of Public Administration is a doctoral program that aims to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge of public administration.

To help balance expertise and research capabilities, the program combines in-depth study of public administration courses with research into a doctoral thesis in public administration.

Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A) is the most prestigious title in public administration.

The Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) Doctor of Public Administration program is a dual degree program between France and the United Kingdom. Students graduate with two independent degrees.

Graduates will receive:

  • Level 8 (Doctoral Level) under the UK RQF framework: The LRN Level 8 Diploma in Management & Leadership.
  • Doctorate of Public Administration (D.P.A) from Université Libérale de Paris.

Program Overview


Academic support:

  • The exclusive English language and academic support system provided by our partners assists international students in overcoming language barriers and difficulties.
  • Tutors during classes
  • Additional workshops will be held locally to help students conduct and complete their doctoral thesis research with confidence.

Learning method:

The program is designed for both full-time students on our campus in France and international students by embracing the Hybrid model, which combines live classes and local tutors (online). With the Hybrid learning model, students can study French and UK programs and earn degrees as full-time students without living and working in France like our full-time students.

Degrees: 2 independent qualifications with the specialization based on the PhD thesis

  • Level 8 (Doctoral Level): The London Academy of Sciences Level 8 Diploma in Public Administration. 
  • Doctorate of Public Administration (D.P.A) from Université Libérale de Paris.

The Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A) dual degree program is an applied research-oriented program in which students will take research-related courses and conduct research step by step with the assistance and supervision of instructors. If the student wishes to publish international articles on the ISI/SCOPUS system or international journals owned or affiliated with Paris-U after completing their studies, they will be guided through a customized route.

The program is three years long. The method of instruction consists of a combination of globally live-streamed lectures (Live Classes) and online tutors and instructors.

Mandatory modules:

  • Develop Advanced Research Approaches in a suitable context (30 credits)
  • Advanced Literature Review (30 credits)
  • Advanced Design Research (30credits)
  • Advanced Data Analytics for Research (30 credits)

Students will complete each phase of their PhD thesis after each course.

PhD thesis stage (60 credits)

  • Doctoral Thesis (60 credits)
  • Defend Doctoral Thesis

The doctoral thesis in Public Administration (D.P.A) will be concerned with advancing knowledge in public administration.

The Ph.D. program, unlike the DBA programs, requires a minimum of one academic journal published in the ISI/SCOPUS system or journals owned or affiliated with Paris-U.

Students who complete the Doctor of Public Administration dual degree program can:

  1. Be able to conduct research relevant to the specialized research context of public administration
  • Determine the significance, practicability, and researchability of the problem under consideration for specialized research.
  • Develop and modify research objectives to suit orientation, research objectives, and research time constraints.
  • Analyze, consider alternatives, and make appropriate research decisions.

2. Be able to collect, organize, and choose theoretical foundations for doctoral research projects

  • Collect theoretical foundations for business and management research.
  • Organize and develop theoretical foundation structures for research topics.

3. Be able to design an entire study.

  • Know how to conduct a literature review and select relevant studies to support the proposed research.
  • Design the research in accordance with the research objectives, research questions, and time frame.
  • Adjust the chosen research methodology while keeping research ethics and feasibility in mind.

4. Be able to create a research proposal and carry out research.

  • Consider theoretical foundations and research methods when developing research questions.
  • Develop research to international standards by writing a complete doctoral thesis on a chosen topic.
  • Understand how to present your research to the scientific panel.
  • The ability to persuade and think critically. 

The Université Libérale de Paris is the only university that allows doctoral students in public administration to access the full range of specialized subjects in public administration Master and PhD. Students use these specialized subject materials to expand their knowledge and aid in the research process.

All study materials for Management and Administration majors at the Doctoral level (Level 8 EQF) are posted on the training management system (LMS), and these materials are only accessible to PhD students at the Université Libérale de Paris.

Students taking the Doctor of Public Administration program have access to the following materials and lectures:


Ph.D students have both specialized knowledge at the doctoral level and research competence from the Ph.D. with the help of knowledge-supporting materials.

The doctoral programs at Université Libérale de Paris are designed with a training time of 3 to 5 years or more, culminating in a PhD thesis that meets international standards.

When participating in the PhD program in conjunction with the UK qualification system Level 8 Diploma, each PhD student can choose between two training programs: Doctor of Public Administration (Doctor of Public Administration).

Despite sharing the same specialization, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A) have many differences. Some of the fundamental differences are as follows:

No Criteria PhD D.P.A
1 Title Doctor of Philosophy in [specialization] Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A., DBA, DrBA, or Dr.B.A.)
2 Categories Doctor of Science Professional Doctorate (a focus on career applications)
3 Level Doctor (highest academic level in professional specializations) Doctor (highest academic level in public administration)
4 Training time 3 – 5 years 2 – 5 years
5 Learning and research objectives Creating a new theoretical framework for the industry and field

Creating a new theoretical system and/or applied solutions in public administration.

6 International academic journals on ISI/SCOPUS If students require, they will be encouraged and guided on a personal route If students require, they will be encouraged and guided on a personal route
7 Courses Research courses and Colloquium Research courses and Colloquium
8 Doctoral thesis Highly academic  Highly academic
9 Postgraduate recognition Dr. Dr.
10 Level according to the European Qualifications Framework  Level 8 Level 8
11 Career path Education, Research Education, Management
12 Academic development path PostDoc PostDoc

Candidates who register for the program will be considered by the application department before joining the program, in addition to the entry requirements, to ensure that they understand and benefit from it.

Entry requirements must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Master’s degrees in specific fields from accredited universities. The appraisal procedures will be carried out by a partner of Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) in Vietnam for domestic universities that do not have international accreditation.
  • RQF (UK), EQF (Europe), or Level 7 equivalents. Level 7 diplomas must be obtained from accredited institutions.
  • The Université Libérale de Paris does not accept degrees from fake universities, Diploma Mills, accredited universities, or discredited accrediting organizations.

English language requirements:

  • English at or above CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) level B2.
  • IELTS 5.5; Speaking and writing must both be 5.5 or higher.
  • In the absence of an English certificate, the Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) and its partners administer an internal English test and evaluate each candidate.


Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) reserves the right to accept or reject applications based on accrediting agency requirements and Paris-U’s global acceptance criteria.


The Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A) program is a dual degree program. Students graduate with:

The London Academy of Sciences Level 8 Diploma in Public Administration 

In the United Kingdom, Level 8 is equivalent to:

Level Qualification Framework Equivalent degrees
8 Level UK (RQF) Level 8 diploma
12 Level in Scotland (SCQF) Doctoral Degrees
Professional Development Awards
Doctor The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK (FHEQ) Doctorate, for example, Doctor of philosophy (PhD or DPhil)
8 Level in Europe (EQF) Doctorate, for example Doctor of Philosophy (PhD or DPhil)
Level 8 diploma
10 Level in Australia (AQF) Doctoral Degree
10 Level in Africa (ACQF) Doctoral Degree
8 Level ASEAN (ARQF) Doctoral Degree
Level 8 Diploma


Doctorate of Public Administration (D.P.A) from Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U)

The Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) Doctorate in Public Administration is equivalent to Level 8 Diploma of the EQF European Qualification Framework and is assessed using the Paris-U accreditation system.

The highest degree in public administration is a Doctorate in Public Administration. Research students can advance their careers as specialists, theoretical and practical researchers, become faculty members, or advance into senior posts in the business and field thanks to the dual degree system that combines the UK’s Level-based Diploma with the Université Libérale de Paris doctorate.

If students want to conduct in-depth international research, publish more international articles on the ISI/SCOPUS system, and so on, they can enroll in PostDoc programs tailored to their research interests.

Graduate students can also publish books, studies developed during their studies, or research that comes up during their studies.


  • Students are full-time Université Libérale de Paris students (Paris-U).
  • Students pursue the original program as full-time students at Université Libérale de Paris in France (Paris-U).
  • The program is entirely taught in English. Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) does not adopt the education system for French-taught programs in France.
  • Degrees awarded by Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) are classified as private university degrees. Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) degrees are not part of the public education system, not owned by the French government, and are not part of the France-based higher education system.
  • This is not an affiliate program nor a Vietnamese-taught international program.
  • Local lecturers are not involved in teaching. Local activities are only for academic support.
  • All support activities of the partner in Vietnam are for academic support purposes only, do not carry out teaching activities on behalf of Université Libérale de Paris lecturers, do not interfere with the integrity of the program, do not interfere with the results of training, and do not have the authority to implement regulations under the jurisdiction of Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U).
  • Fees and scholarship policies (if applicable) are subject to change or cancellation at any time.

Liability Disclaimer

  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) and its partners make no assurances that students who enroll will graduate and receive a degree. Only if the student fully meets and fulfils the academic, financial, disciplinary, and other requirements does the Université Libérale de Paris award degrees and recognize academic results.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) reserves the right to refuse admission, refuse support, cancel student status, and not reimburse tuition and fees in the case of a commit of violations, absenteeism, or voluntary refusal to continue the program.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) cannot guarantee that a third party will accept a degree. The receiving organisation subjectivity determines whether or not to accept.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) does not guarantee that students will receive a salary increase, or promotion, or be accepted into new positions or jobs after graduation.
  • Despite regulations governing cross-recognition and qualifications equivalence, each country, organization, and unit has its own right to receive and recognize degrees. Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) does not guarantee automatic degree recognition when using degrees, certificates, transcripts, and other documents from the Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) and partner schools. Similarly, Université Libérale de Paris does not guarantee or support the process of recognizing equivalent qualifications (if any).
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) makes no guarantees or commitments that students can reside, work abroad, obtain a work permit, a teaching license, or a specialist license in France, Europe, or any other country.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) offers extreme assistance but cannot guarantee students 100% of a short-term study visa (in case of full-time study) or European visa (to attend the graduation ceremony in France and/or Europe) if it does not meet the requirements of the host country and the appropriate authorities in granting and approving the right to exit, move, and migrate.
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Tuition Fees

Tuition policies are in keeping with the provisions of the Paris-U policy and subject to change without notice. In some case, Paris-U offer variety of Scholarships for International Students. 

Original application fees​
Original tuition fees​

Université Libérale de Paris

Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) offers higher education programmes in English only and that is different from the French National Curricula and Programmes leading to French Government accredited university qualifications, which fall under the French Public Higher Education sector.

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