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 sector.
Topics in Public Administration (3,3,3)
Examination of selected issues and problems in public sector administration and management. The specific area within which issues are presented varies, but it may include health, public policy, human resources, and specialized topics. Students should check with the department to determine the precise curriculum to be offered in a given semester.
Intergovernmental Relations and Management (3)
Management issues associated with administrative relationships among the levels of government in the United States, including fiscal and regulatory relations.
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 Transparency (3)
This seminar will
address historical and current issues surrounding the concepts, theories, and
practices of governmental transparency and how open government relates to
ethics in public administration. Topics covered include open meetings,
freedom of information laws, government publicity, whistle-blowing, and
illegally leaked information. Throughout the semester, we will discuss
how transparency is at times in tension with personal privacy, national
security, and governmental efficiency. How transparency relates to
corruption and the different definitions of transparency in a transnational
context are also addressed.
Administrative Morality (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 of computer hardware and software issues for public sector management, with particular emphasis on applications of microprocessors. Includes a survey of database management problems, control, resource allocation, communications, and networking issues. Laboratory exercises required.
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.
Strategic Planning (3)
Strategic planning and management in the public and nonprofit sectors, including methods that facilitate achieving organizational goals in a changing environment. Attention paid to forecasting, goal and objective setting, strategy building, and resource mobilization.
Management Techniques (3)
Problem-solving techniques that focus on effective managerial performance. Productivity and management improvement and assessment techniques, including networking, queuing, simulations, linear programming quality-control approaches, focus groups, and the delphi technique.
Public and Nonprofit Productivity (3)
Analysis and critique of the most recent research on productivity in public organizations, with particular attention to human factors, work processes, effective-outcome measurement, and labor-management relations.
Labor Relations (3)
Examines the history, contexts, and processes of employer/employee relations in public and private sectors. Among the topics addressed are the purposes of negotiation-based collective bargaining, forms and processes of collective bargaining systems (unions, work rules, adjudication, mediation, arbitration), limitations of collective bargaining systems, and alternatives for balancing stakeholder rights in the workplace.
Information Systems and Public Administration (3)
Focus on practical application of management information systems in the public sector through case studies and implementation strategies. Looks at such topics as databases, system architecture, data normalization, benefit-cost analysis; offers an introduction to programming.
Prerequisite: General familiarity with personal computers is required.
Performance Measurement (3)
Assessment of organizational performance, with particular attention to concepts of efficiency, effectiveness, outputs, and outcomes. Examines evaluation design, data collection procedures, data analyses, and citizen involvement.
Citizen-Driven Performance Improvement (3)
Improving government performance and facilitating citizen participation are two recurrent themes in the administration of government. However, the link between performance measurement and citizen participation has not been fully emphasized. As a result, citizens' role in measurement has been occasionally realized but not systematically investigated. The consequence is that performance measurement may fall prey to political manipulation and managerial arrogance. In other words, performance measurement without citizen input, understanding, and acceptance will not fulfill its objective--to improve democratic accountability.
This online course focuses on the intellectual concept of governmental transparency. Using Blackboard, students will explore key policies in support of transparency as well as critically evaluate egovernance practices to identify some of the limitations and dangers involved with the rapidly changing role of information and information technology in today's society.
Citizen Surveys (3)
This course explores the importance of citizen surveys and the mechanics of survey research design and implementation. Students are presented with a number of strategies for more effective data management and presentation.
Political Economy and 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.
Public Budgeting Systems (3)
concepts and processes used by the American government and its administrative
units. Provides essential skills and experience in budgetary analysis and
management applicable to nonprofit as well as public-sector agencies.
Public Financial Management (3)
Surveys all major activities that concern the allocation, investment, and control of public funds. Activities include financial analysis, cash and pension fund investing, accounting, auditing, and financial reporting. Touches upon questions of budgeting and revenues in the context of fiscal policymaking.
Capital Budgeting (3)
All aspects of capital budgeting, including what is appropriately included in capital budgets, what governments use capital budgets and why, how to create a capital improvement plan, and how to convert a capital improvement plan into a capital budget.
Infrastructure Finance (3)
Implementation of the financing of a capital improvement plan for infrastructure items, such as streets, parks, public utilities, and other public works. Short- and long-term methods of financing, and the mix of markets in which funds may be sought. Emphasis on the latest financial tools created among investment banks in the public finance area. Fieldwork required.
Accounting for Government Financial Managers (3)
Covers governmental accounting
principles and practices and is designed for students without a
background in accounting. Topics include account classification, cash
and accrual accounting, cost estimation, introduction to basic financial
statements, financial information systems, and use of financial
information for managerial decision making.
Animals Certificate Practicum (3)
The practicum provides students with an
opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the overview courses to a
specific situation in an individual or collaborative setting.
Instructors will work with students to arrange practicum placements in
an area of the student's choice in the student's home or nearby
community. Students will do focused reading in the topical area of the
practicum, keep a reflective journal of their experience, and prepare a
written paper or other applied product relevant to the practicum
placement. Examples of practicum placements include working with local
government officials and community groups to develop options for
wildlife overpopulation in the community; designing and implementing a program
to incorporate animals into a county jail rehabilitation program;
conducting a survey of veterinarians to determine their views of mandatory
reporting of suspected animal abuse and neglect; working with an animal
control department to evaluate types of animal incidents they encounter
and what additional challenges they face in their communities.
Runs concurrently with each of the other courses. Prerequisite: at least one other course in the program.
Animal Law in Disasters, Estates, and Litigation (3)
Focuses on who represents the
interest of animals in society: the state (society) or the individual
(property rights)? The three topics addressed in this course focus on
the nature of concerns where animals and humans coexist in shared
spaces. Disaster planning, for example, became a recognized community
issue after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and left hundreds
of family pets abandoned and at risk of likely death. We all know of
wealthy individuals who bequeath considerable resources for the care of
their pets, but most people are unable to be so generous to their
animals. Are these issues purely about property rights? When does the
community become responsible for potential harm to animals? Under what
conditions can the community rescue animals from disasters or for owner
neglect? On the other hand, when can public officials be held
accountable for injuries to animals in the line of duty? For example,
can a police officer shoot a dog during a drug raid? Can a postal worker
refuse to deliver mail to a home with a barking dog? Are states
required to remove dead animals from roadways? This course examines the
legal and ethical issues related to these events. The course includes
conference calls among students and instructors, and in-person sessions
for individuals close enough to attend (others may join via
Runs from January to April of each year.
Animal Cruelty and the Law (3)
How animal cruelty is defined and
adjudicated is examined through inquiry into animal cruelty laws and
known links between cruelty to animals and humans, when individuals may
intervene in instances of animal cruelty and when mandatory and/or
cross-reporting of cruelty is warranted. Issues related to cruelty
include actions to recover animals believed to be wrongly taken, use of
animals in education and research settings, hunter harassment laws, and
parental rights to refuse vaccines containing animal components. Other
issues considered in the context of cruelty include farm animals, prison
inmate rights to a vegetarian diet, animals in entertainment, and
wildlife overpopulation in metropolitan areas. This course includes
Runs from May to July of each year.
The Companion Animal and the Law (3)
Companion animals of many kinds
become members of families in communities throughout the country, and
their presence creates a variety of issues for municipalities, which
must consider the relationships among humans and animals as they affect
public safety and individual rights. This course uses literature and
cases to examine the many issues that arise in communities, including
noise, nuisance, odor, limit laws, hoarding, and antifeeding. The
course includes conference calls among students and the instructors and
two in-person sessions among those in the geographic vicinity. These
issues involve law, regulation, enforcement, and community values, and
affect the quality of life of both community members and animals. The
course provides an opportunity to recognize and evaluate the broader
public policy issues that derive from the management of relationships
between animals and people in communities.
Runs from September to November of each year.
Urban Education Policy and School Performance (3)
Through a historical, sociological, and political analysis of educational problems, this course explores a variety of policy initiatives and reforms, including curriculum and learning standards, school choice, tuition vouchers, charter schools, privatization, and whole school reform.
Urban School Administration and Supervision (3)
Drawing upon the literature on school administration and leadership, theories and practices are applied to the specifics of urban schools and urban school reform. Within this context, students explore how school administrators can be at the center of school restructuring and revitalization.
Public School Finance (3)
The course covers the educational decision-making process in the political and economic systems in which it exists. Particular attention is given to the tax structures which yield the resources directly supporting education, especially the property tax, as well as nontax resources and the federated governmental structure through which they pass.
Public Education Law (3)
Deals with the basic legal structure of the public education system and explores a range of current legal and educational policy issues confronting the public schools.
Analytical Methods (3)
Quantitative methods in the analysis of planning and management problems. Includes descriptive statistics, statistical distributions, probability, hypothesis development, significance testing, correlation, contingency table analysis, and regression.
Research Design (3)
Comprehensive literature review, methodology, and data collection strategies. Students develop full research proposals including a research question; those who are writing a paper as their capstone requirement use this proposal as the basis for their paper.
Provides students with an opportunity to integrate learning from various courses in analysis of real-world issues. Making use of the classroom setting and encouraging teamwork, the capstone project consists of a project design, action plan, and implementation. Students, under guidance of a faculty member, carry out data collection and analysis, evaluate their findings, and provide conclusions and recommendations. The outputs are a project report and PowerPoint presentation before fellow students, faculty members, and invited guests.
Government Revenue Systems (3)
Creation and management of the revenue systems of a state or local government. Focus on taxes, fee for services, intergovernmental aid, and interest income. Laboratory application and fieldwork required.
Theory and Practice of Nonprofit Management (3)
Introduces theory, history, structure, and management of nonprofit organizations. Emphasis is given to critical functions such as fundraising and grantsmanship, financial management and budgeting, marketing and communications, leadership styles, and monitoring and evaluation.
Nonprofit Budgeting (3)
Introduces budget concepts and processes used by nonprofits; provides essential skills and experience in budgetary analysis and management for nonprofit agencies and organizations.
Management Control in Nonprofit Management (3)
Presents the most common accounting
and control programs in nonprofit organizations. The course is heavily
case oriented in order to get students to consider accounting and
control problems in specific nonprofit organizations including
hospitals, governmental units, colleges and universities, and federal and
state agencies. The course covers general-purpose financial statements,
cost accounting, measurement of differential costs, pricing decisions,
budgeting, performance budgeting, and performance reporting.
Grant Writing and Grants Management (3)
Grant writing and management for public and nonprofit agencies: proposal writing, promotional and support materials, budget development, fundraising sources, and grants-management systems.
Resource Development for Nonprofit Organizations (Fundraising) (3)
Emphasizes best practices and provides practical experience in the methods that nonprofits use to ensure that their objectives are financed by means other than grants. The study of fundraising encompasses strategic planning for annual giving, major gifts, and planned giving. Attention given to specific fundraising techniques: stewardship training, case statements, direct mail, telephone solicitation, special events, lapsed donors, taxation and bequests, and capital campaigns.
Human Resource Management for Nonprofits (3)
Explores concepts, practices, and strategies of human resource planning; analyzes staff development, compensation, and evaluation. Emphasizes volunteer management, staff-board, and trustee relationships.
Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations (3)
An integrated overview of theory, processes, and practices emphasizing methods and techniques for achieving nonprofit organizational long-term goals and customer satisfaction.
Introduction to Health Care Systems (3)
Provides an overview of the health care system in the United States, including a survey of health care uses, providers, financing, and quality-of-care issues.
Health Care Management (3)
Focus on major social and political issues involved in the organization, delivery, and management of health care systems.
Health Care Finance (3)
Processes and methods of financial management in the health care industry. Patterns of health care expenditures, methods of financing health care, financial planning and development, third-party reimbursement, and controls in health institutions management.
Health Care Policy (3)
Analysis, development, implementation, and evaluation of policies and programs affecting health. Focuses on health care institutions, with some attention to managing health problems with nonmedical interventions at the community level. Uses the case method applied to realistic situations in which specific decisions must be made by health managers or officials.
Violence in the United States (3)
Life-cycle approach to violence, including violence against children, juvenile, domestic, male-male, and cultural violence. With each type of violence, examination of historical and empirical dimensions of the problem; current theories about dynamics and causality; and the likely efficacy of current and proposed interventions. Emphasis placed on class, racial, and gender inequalities.
Internship I (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.
Internship II (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 (3)
Available as an elective for students who opt to explore a specific topic or issue under the guidance of a faculty member.
Prerequisite: Advance approval of M.P.A. program director prior to enrollment.
Advanced Study (3)
Final required course of self-directed study. Students who opt for a capstone paper will write their paper. Students sitting for the comprehensive exams will prepare for their exams.
Substitute capstone 20:834:563. Prerequisite: 20:834:562.
Courses offered by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Legislative Policymaking (3)
Exploration of legislatures as
political institutions responsible for policymaking in the American
states. Consideration of the role of legislators, lobbyists, governors,
and the media.
Ethics in Public Policy (3)
Examines issues in the ethics of
policy professionals, focusing on the normative and conceptual aspects
of problems that arise for individuals and institutions within a
Decision Making for Public Policy (3)
Changes in policymaking over the
last several decades. Examples include the environment, welfare reform,
law enforcement, and health care. The budget as a policymaking engine at both the federal and state levels.
State and Local Public Finance (3)
Theory and practice of state-local
public finance; link between regional economy and subnational
governments; fiscal federalism; major state-local spending programs;
revenues, including property, sales, income taxes, and gambling;
Economics and Public Policy (3)
Basic microeconomic analysis with applications to current policy issues. Models of consumer
and firm behavior applied to issues such as assistance programs for
low-income individuals, tax incentives for firms and workers, and
environmental regulation. Public goods, externalities, and the role of
government in economic markets.
Macroeconomics for Public Policy (3)
How the macro economy operates,
and how public policies affect it and are affected by it. The theory
and the measurement of the macro economy in the United States and the
Advanced Qualitative Methods (3)
Students apply techniques of
qualitative research including interviewing, ethnography, and
phenomenology to help them gain an understanding of which techniques are
appropriate for what specific research needs.
Required course for Ph.D. program.
Survey Research (3)
How to conduct, analyze, and
evaluate surveys. Topics covered include problem formation, sample
design and selection, questionnaire wording and layout, modes of survey
administration, field procedures, data reduction, and data analysis.
Principles of Housing (3)
Housing and development policy as it
has evolved historically and as it is being practiced currently on the
federal, state, and local levels. Basic economic factors affecting
housing, political context, and social outcomes.
Tourism Planning (3)
Analysis of the largest industry by
value globally. Rise of mass tourism and marketing tourism destinations.
Economic, environmental, social, and political impacts of tourism
nationally and internationally.
Courses offered by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
Site Remediation (3)
Examines site remediation from start to
finish. Includes regulations, cleanup standards, remedial
investigations, feasibility studies, risk assessment, and safety.
Examines established and innovative cleanup technologies such as
incineration, containment, bioremediation, vapor extraction, and ground
Prerequisite: EM 631. Can be taken concurrently with EM 631.
Environmental Impact Analysis (3)
A graduate course dealing with physical aspects of the environment. Overview of environmental problems, federal and state standards,
methodology for developing impact statements, case studies based on
recent experience, basis for assessment and decision making.
Pre- or corequisite: EnE 663.
Hazardous Waste Management (3)
overview of hazardous waste management; case histories; legislation and
regulations; treatment, disposal and cleanup technologies; sampling and
analysis methodology; persistence and fate in the environment; emergency
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Quantitative Environmental Risk Assessment (3)
Applications of quantitative risk assessment concepts to the management
of environmental problems.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Courses offered by the Graduate School–Newark
Biological Invasions (3)
Biological invasions by nonnative
species have become one of the major environmental problems and an
emerging focus of biological research. The course will primarily address
the ecological and evolutionary aspects of this ever-growing problem.
After describing patterns of invasion and linking them into a scientific
framework, applied aspects will be addressed focusing on aspects of
societal concern and workable counterstrategies.
Background in ecology or evolution.
Biology of Pollution (3)
Survey of major environmental
pollutants, their occurrence in the environment, their effect on biota
at the cellular and physiological levels, as well as their effects at
the population, community, and ecosystem levels. Emphasis on aquatic
Prerequisite: Background in ecology or permission of instructor.
Air Pollution Management (3)
This course will focus on the
principles of air pollution and techniques of in situ measurements of
pollutants in the ambient air. Topics will include the sources of
selected air pollutants, major chemical transformation and removal
processes, characteristics of particulate matter, measurement
techniques of concentrations, particle-size distributions, and
deposition. Regulations on air pollution and techniques on emission
reduction will be discussed. Influence of air pollution on the
environments locally and globally will also be discussed through case
Prerequisite: Completion of one year of college chemistry, or at least one graduate-level course in one of these areas: atmospheric chemistry, environmental chemistry, geochemistry, environmental chemical science, or air resource management.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3)
The principal focus of this course
is to give an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) along
with extensive hands-on experience with the ESRI ArcGIS software. Topics
in this course include: data formats and sources; map design and
visualization techniques; map projection, metadata, basic spatial
analysis techniques, and web-GIS applications. In weekly lab sessions,
students will also learn how to work with Arcmap to visualize geographic
data, create maps, geocode, query a GIS database, and perform spatial
analysis using common analysis tools. During final weeks of the
semester students will apply their acquired techniques to solve
geographic problems using a systematic approach to specific projects.
Application of GIS, locally and globally, will also be discussed through
Prerequisite: Students should know how to use Windows-based software for file management and browsing.
Geologic Site Characterization in New Jersey (3)
focusing on the regional geologic characteristics of New Jersey and
adjacent parts of Pennsylvania and New York for application at the
environmental engineering site scale. Regional and site characterization
provides understanding of geologic conditions that affect site
suitability, design, and performance. It also offers the framework for
evaluating groundwater hydrology and geochemical, engineering, and
seismological characteristics of the site.
Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in geology or environmental science.
Analytical Methods in Urban Environment Pollution (3)
Principles and application of modern instrumental methods to evaluate environmental samples of contemporary
relevance. The course is structured for students with varied research
backgrounds and goals so that they may apply both specific tools (where
applicable) and more generally the concepts toward their own
graduate-level research. The importance of experimental error,
standards, statistics, and quality assurance will be emphasized.
Specific analytical methods to be discussed and/or implemented in lab
exercises include redox and acid base titrations, spectroscopy (UV-Vis
and flame/graphite furnace atomic absorption), CHN elemental analysis,
HPLC, and mass spectrometry. In addition, molecular methods to detect and
quantify environmentally significant biological entities (enteric
bacteria, harmful viruses) will also be discussed and/or implemented.
During the second portion of the course, students will participate in
group-based, hands-on field and lab research involving environmental
sample collection, processing, and analysis, culminating in a written
report and oral presentation.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Environmental Geology (3)
Investigation of the processes and
cycles that control the global composition and functioning of the
atmosphere, hydrosphere, and surficial lithosphere. Topics address the
interrelationships among the natural cycles and anthropogenic
perturbations, including the fate of contaminants in various
near-surface environments and methods of characterization and
Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in geology and permission of instructor.
Electrical Environmental Issues (3)
Application of geophysical methods
in the characterization of near-surface features, with emphasis on
environmental and engineering problems; utility of the various methods
(seismic, potential field, electrical, and electromagnetic) in providing
Prerequisites: Applied geophysics and permission of instructor.
Global Environmental Issues (3)
Focuses on the global environmental
problematique in a variety of political and policy arenas. Includes
attention to environmental governance; civil society and transnational
actors; critical debates on justice; development and economic issues;
and environmental security.