Undergraduate students must obtain graduate course approval from the assistant dean for undergraduate programs before registering for M.P.A. graduate courses.
Introduction to Public Administration (3)
Concepts and methods for analyzing significant factors and relationships in governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations as they function in their environments. Students identify and diagnose the principal types of problems encountered at levels of high administrative responsibility in government and the nonprofit sectors.
Leadership and Diversity (3)
Leadership versus management; leadership qualities and characteristics;
leadership skills, such as conflict management and team building;
leadership tasks, including vision, agenda setting, and mobilizing
resources; leadership in organizational and political settings; role of
followership; and impact of diversity upon leaders and leadership.
Administrative Ethics (3)
The primary goals of this course are to: (a) introduce students to the role that ethics and morals should play in the lives of public administrators in various capacities, and (b) provide tools and strategies for identifying and addressing ethical issues in professional life.
Technology and Public administration (3)
Implications for public managers to fully comprehend the skills and tools
necessary for information management technologies, the course explores
the role of eGovernment, citizen engagement through Web 2.0 civic media,
the exploration of how policy and technology intersect, and how
technology can be best managed through various governance models.
Managing Public Organizations (3)
Theories of organizational behavior and performance as applied to public and nonprofit sector agencies; includes organizational authority systems, relationships between public and private organizations, development and fulfillment of organizational mandates in the public sector, and use of resources within organizations.
Human Resources Administration (3)
Human resources administration in public and nonprofit settings, including human resource planning, staffing, development, and compensation. Behavioral and environmental determinants are examined, including production technology, market factors, service delivery, and government regulations.
Economic Issues in Public Administration (3)
Explores basic economic concepts and applies them to relevant public administration issues. Looks at microeconomic and macroeconomic problems as they impact the public and nonprofit sectors.