This course teaches the use of social science quantitative techniques, emphasizing applications of value to public sector analysts and scholars alike. Includes descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, cross-tabulation, bivariate regression and correlation, and multiple regression. Examines how to generate and interpret statistical analyses through the use of SPSS.
This course will introduce participants to the characteristics and approaches to designing and conducting qualitative research projects in public, non-profit and non-governmental sectors. Students will gain hands-on experience in various qualitative methods and analysis techniques while carrying out a research project related to their area of interest.
This course will introduce students to the development and impact of American Public Administration. The course will emphasize the role of public managers and their relationships with clientele groups, the legislature, the executive, and the public. The course will introduce theories of administrative accountability; public official discretion, public organization, organizational behavior, and political oversight.
This course introduces students to the theoretical and quantitative techniques of public policy analysis and public policy development, focusing primarily on public policy development and implementation. The course is intended to enable students to be critical users of policy analysis and to understand the role of policy analysis in the development of all types of policies at all levels of government. The course will provide a thorough introduction to the field of policy analysis particularly as the development of public policy is influenced by political actors.
The ability of public officials to manage budgets, distribute resources and predict costs is crucial to a community's well-being. This course gives students a solid grounding in the concepts, terminology and techniques in the art and science of public sector budgeting and financial administration. Students use real world examples to analyze various approaches to public budgeting and revenue planning, evaluate and problem solve fiscal activities in governmental units, and gain "hands-on" budget preparation and presentation experience.
Ethics shape and define the nature of public professions. Therefore, public administrators need to be competent in understanding and dealing with ethical dilemmas and difficult public management issues that have no easy solutions, no right or wrong answers in order to conduct their work effectively and fairly. The course centers on the dynamic relationships between public professionals and the people, organizations, and society they serve and how those relationships can be maintained in a highly competitive system.
This course examines the role of the government as defined by economic theory in the creation of public policy. It will focus on concepts from micro and macro-economics such as externalities, public goods, public education, income redistribution, welfare programs and tax policy to understand policy problems including issues that affect subnational governments and the local community.
The purpose of this course is to aid students in understanding the process of managing public service organizations, and thus enhance their management and leadership skills for use in the public sector. The course provides students with the tools needed to diagnose and solve organizational problems, to influence the actions of individuals, groups, and organizations, and to lead high-performing, successful public service organizations.
Nonprofit marketers face unique marketing challenges—from deficient resources for adequately addressing marketing needs to a general lack of understanding of the power of marketing. The course will address these and other challenges of nonprofit sector marketers, providing students with an introduction to marketing theory. It will also equip students with practical experience in developing a strategic marketing plan, influencing the attitudes and behaviors of diverse stakeholders, leveraging social media and other emerging technologies, and other skills relevant to nonprofit marketers.
In order to be successful, nonprofit organizations require strong leadership from their Board of Directors. The board responsibility is to oversee the effectiveness of management policies and decisions, including the execution of its strategies. Students in this course will learn the roles and responsibilities of the board, including its paramount duties, and how board accountability by a nonprofit's internal and external stakeholders requires a fully engaged and active board of directors who manage the organization. Students will also discuss how they may increase board members’ commitment to the mission and purpose of the organization, and how boards must be active and engaged to fulfill their legal and governance duties.
This course is intended for non–lawyers such as public planners or government administrators who wish to understand how the law affects the operation of governments as it relates to issues including planning, budgeting, land use and zoning, the environment, infrastructure development, social welfare, and healthcare.
This course covers the fundamentals of effective resource development (i.e., fundraising) for nonprofit organizations. This course will examine the parameters within which nonprofit managers raise funds; the historical, organizational, legal, and ethical contexts of fundraising for nonprofit organizations; the philosophy of philanthropy in the U.S. and the various motivations for giving; and, practical guidelines for identifying potential donors, handling the “ask,” providing donor recognition, and utilizing your board effectively for fundraising purposes.
This course will review selected topics in public policy and public administration to be studied in relationship to business, the non-profit sector and the public sector. A wide variety of topics will be available to study including at prioritization, program development, agenda building, interest group and elite influence, program implementation, and program assessment.
The independent study is an opportunity for the student to conduct in-depth study on a topic of interest and/or to provide the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on a research project. Students must have successfully completed provisional admission requirements and obtain instructor approval. Students are limited to six (6) credit hours of Independent Study coursework put towards elective requirements.
All general track students must complete an approved thesis (minimum of 6 hours) or research project (minimum of 6 hours). The research project and thesis must make a unique and significant contribution to the discipline of Public Administration. A Handbook on the MPA Thesis/Project will be available as a guide to course requirements.