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Core and Required Course Descriptions

PADM 510 Quantitative Analysis (3) - 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.

 

PADM 515 Qualitative Analysis (3) - 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.

 

PADM 520 Public Administration (3) - 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.

 

PADM 525 Public Policy Process (3) - 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.

 

PADM 697 Thesis or Research Project (6) - 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.

 

PADM 530 Public Financial Administration (3) - 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.

 

PADM 540 Public Service Ethics and Values (3) - 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.

 

Elective Course Descriptions

PADM 550 Economics for the Public Sector (3) - 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 macroeconomics 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.

 

PADM 601 Managing Public and Non-profit Organizations (3) - 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.

 

PADM 611 Legal Context for Policy and Pubic Management (3) - 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.

 

PADM 620 Special Topics in Public Policy (3) - 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.

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