This course explores process, politics and policy of federal, state, and local budgeting for twenty-first century challenges. Students will examine procedures, performance, and accountability of public budgeting in three ways: control over expenditure; program management; and long-term policy planning. Students will analyze performance-based budgeting and political vs. managerial budgeting approaches, as well as gain an understanding of the social impact of conflict and prioritizing inherent in public budget decision-making. PREREQUISITES: MPA401, MPA402, or permission of advisor
This course examines the process of policy formulation, techniques of policy analysis, and execution of public policy. Content will address the issues of policy development, legislative enactment, implementation, enforcement, and evaluation. Through case study analysis, students will map out the theoretical and practical approaches to current public policy issues. PREREQUISITES: MPA401, MPA402, or permission of advisor
This course examines the legal basis of public management by reviewing major principles of administrative law including the doctrine of legislative delegation, Administrative Procedures Act, administrative rulemaking and adjudication, transparency, and judicial review of regulation. Students will view case law, statutes and regulations, and proposed legislation to gain and understanding of their impact on public administration and public policy. PREREQUISITES: None
This course will track the development of an integrated marketing strategy, from setting clear measurable goals, to defining benchmarks, implementation, and evaluating its success. Students will explore the unique attributes of a mission-based marketing strategy and the special demands created by marketing efforts that are not driven by profit. Special topics will include media relations, web presence and outline of a marketing plan. PREREQUISITES: None
This course examines human resource management in the public, private, and nonprofit setting. Students will gain an understanding of federal and state laws governing human resource departments. The course will explore emerging twenty-first century policy issues such as equal employment opportunity, diverse workplace strategic planning, flextime, benefits administration, and employee right of privacy. The course will cover traditional functions of recruitment, selection, performance, appraisal, compensation, and retention. Special emphasis will be placed on the distinction between job training and career development was well as the individual student's own career development and leadership goals. PREREQUISITES: None
Provides opportunities for understanding federal, state, and foundation sources of public finance, with an emphasis on proposal development, organizational development and change, and grant writing. Lectures, small-group problem solving, and a variety of speakers will be utilized to cover course material. PREREQUISITES: None
Students will have the opportunity to develop and use theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to analyze behaviors in organizations. Individual, group and systemic frames of reference will be used to examine complex organizational issues with specific emphasis on organizational change, communication, conflict, teams / groups, motivation, and leadership.
The course studies organizational theories and their relevance to twenty-first century public, private, and non profit organizations. Students will be prepared for a constantly changing national and global economy where organizations are compelled to review structure, management techniques, employee relationships, and culturally diverse workplaces, customers, and constituencies. PREREQUISITES: None
This course covers the elements of statistics and management science. It deals with the principle methods that business researchers use to analyze and understand data-central tendency, variation, probability, hypothesis testing and forecasting. It also deals with management science models and techniques for optimization, network design for project management, queuing, managing risk and uncertainty. The emphasis is on providing students with the practical skills and techniques that can be applied to improve the effectiveness of managerial decision making. PREREQUISITE(S): None
This course introduces the techniques used to plan, manage, and complete projects. It distinguishes project management from general management and examines the principal concepts and methods that have been developed to manage projects successfully: defining project objectives; the Critical Path Method; application of Lean/Six Sigma and other quality techniques; team building and conflict resolution; allocation of resources – human, physical, and financial; uses of probability to assess project time lines; and project control through budgeting. The course also covers the general principles of Management Science and Systems Theory – giving students an understanding of how models can be used to improve the quality of management decision making. PREREQUISITE(S): None
This course examines the ethical, moral, and legal dilemmas of public, private, and nonprofit management decision-making. Through case study analysis students will gain insight into the appearance versus the actual conflicts of interest; learn how to prevent fraud, waste and abuse; and establish a zero tolerance for issues of personal gain, influence peddling and other corrupt practices common to the work environment. Special topics will focus on crafting appropriate codes of ethics and standards of conduct for both employer and employee to strengthen management and organizational ethics and culture. PREREQUISITES: 18 credits in MPA or permission of advisor
This capstone course requires students to apply the knowledge learned in the MPA program in a comprehensive, experiential project focused on analyzing and proposing recommendations to a significant issue within a governmental agency or masters thesis involving substantial research focused in public administration specific to a student’s area of interest. Students will be required to present their project or research in a public forum. PREREQUISITE(S): Students should have completed at least 75% of the MPA program or receive permission of the instructor.