Study of Public Organizations (3)
This course covers such topics as public sector organization
theory and behavior at the micro and macro levels, networking, and interorganizational relations.
Decision Making and Policy Analysis (3)
Logic, form, use, and critical assessment of decision making and policy analysis in public administration. Development of a practical yet critical perspective on policy analysis and its role in public administrative decision making and behavior.
Governance and Politics (3)
This course covers such topics as bureaucratic politics,
democratic theory, and public sector
Performance Improvement in Public Administration (3)
Assessment and improvement of organizational performance. Topics include the specification of goals and objectives; the identification of outputs and outcomes; and impact analysis, including unintended consequences of public programs. Emphasis is placed on management improvement strategies.
Government Budgeting and Resources Acquisition (3)
This course addresses the macro and micro aspects of budgeting and finance from both the normative and descriptive views in the fields of public management, political science, and economics.
Administrative Law (3)
Administrative aspects of law making and interpretation, with particular attention to the relevant functions of public agencies. Emphasizes contemporary issues of the workplace, of products, and of environmental standards. Examines due-process rights within many contexts, rights, and responsibilities toward anyone in a public or quasipublic role, and personal responsibilities as professionals.
Quantitative Methods I (3)
Addresses basic issues in research design and then reviews basic statistics concepts as a stepping-stone for linear regression analysis. The major part of the course will be devoted to multiple regression analysis. Theoretical derivation of multiple regression results, inference and interpretation of explanatory variables, model diagnostics, and other related issues will be covered. As more advanced models, two-stage least square model (2SLS) and limited dependent model (Logit and Probit) will be introduced.
Quantitative Methods II (3)
Surveys various types of statistical techniques
necessary for public administration type research. The statistical techniques that will be covered
in the course include limited dependent variable models, panel data analysis, factor
and path analysis, and structural equation models. Students are welcome to
bring any topic they are interested in and/or is necessary for their dissertation.
The primary and major goal of this course is to provide an opportunity for
students to evaluate published articles in terms of quantitative methods and
thereby encourage them to make their own quantitative research proposal.
Qualitative Methods I (3)
The purpose of this course is to introduce doctoral students
to the philosophy and methods of qualitative research. Through an examination of the evolution of
qualitative methods, the various forms of qualitative research, and the ways to
conduct qualitative inquiry, students will receive a foundation in qualitative
research. Also a focus of the seminar
will be mixed-methods research, survey development (open and close-ended
questions), and research design. Students
will develop qualitative research protocols, which will be implemented during
the Qualitative Methods II course.
Research Design (3)
Covers the fundamentals of research in the social sciences: philosophy
of science; theory construction; alternative research designs and methods for gathering data, writing, scholarly
criticism, and the publishing process. Students will gain an
understanding of the types of research methods which fit research questions.
Administrative Politics (3)
Bureaucratic power as a function of expertise, information, and coalition building. The importance of administrative discretion, political sensitivity, and skill. Political relationships among individuals, work groups, agencies, and other entities. American political institutions and processes.
Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation (3)
The assessment of organizational performance, with particular attention to concepts of efficiency, effectiveness, outputs, and outcomes. Evaluation design, data-collection procedures, and data analyses.
Citizen Participation and Productive Management (3)
Analyzes various approaches to the relationship between citizen participation and productive public management. Explores factors influencing citizen involvement. Examines potential benefits and dysfunctions of an active citizenry. An important focus is on the role of public administrators in creating structures and networks to encourage citizens to work with officials in policy development and implementation.
Intellectual History of Public Administration (3)
This course examines the field of public administration
through historical lenses, focusing on the periods of development from "the
Orthodoxy" to New Public Management and beyond.
Leadership, Equity, and Diversity (3)
This course addresses governance from a human resources perspective,
focusing on such topics as leadership and diversity in the public sector.
Qualitative Methods II (3)
The purpose of this course is to give doctoral students a
more in-depth understanding of the various ways to gather qualitative
data. This course will differ from
Qualitative Methods I in that it will be a seminar where students will read intensively
about, and examine examples of, individual data-gathering techniques. These focused
readings will be coupled with a lab experience in which students must implement
their protocols developed in Qualitative Methods I. Analyzing qualitative data and ethical considerations will also be discussed.
Selected Topics in Public Administration (3)
Examination of selected issues and problems in public sector administration and management. Students should check with the department to determine the precise curriculum to be offered in a given semester.
Internship in Public Administration (3)
Participation in activities of an agency or institution under supervision of a faculty member and supervisor in the agency. Requires reports and analyses of activities.
Independent Study in Public Administration (3)
Independent research on a topic related to public administration under the guidance of an adviser.
Dissertation Research in Public Administration (3)
The Dissertation Proposal Committee normally consists of three to five members, one of whom should be a member of a graduate faculty outside the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Prior to the defense of the proposal, the composition of the dissertation committee must be approved by the Ph.D. director.
Matriculation Continued (1)
Graduate Fellowship (BA)
Teaching Assistantship (BA)