MPA Courses

This core course examines a variety of public administration literature, including aspects of organizational structure, group behavior, and policy studies. Special attention will focus upon specific topics within the field: organizational behavior, power, leadership, personnel, control and administrative responsibility, and discretion.

Presents basic analytic tools that can be used in diagnosing political and organizational situations. The nature and use of influence, strategic thinking, and bargaining in organizations.

An examination of the budgeting process with emphasis upon theories and politics of budgeting, and budgeting process reform. Required for all M.P.A. students.

An examination of applied issues in public budgeting and fiscal management. Public policy formation and evaluation of results as revealed in the budget will be explored. Required for public management track students.

An examination of applied issues in nonprofit budgeting and fiscal management. Fund accounting, cash flow analysis, expenditure control, long-range financial planning, audits, grants, and contracts in nonprofit agencies are studied. Required for nonprofit track students.

The evolving character of public personnel administration in the United States will be considered. Topics include civil service, personnel management, work life in organizations, employee participation, diversity, labor-management relations, and the relationship of public personnel to democracy.

Examination of current issues in the management of employees and volunteers in nonprofit organizations. Topics include board-staff relations; staff recruitment, selection, training, and management; staff development; performance evaluation of paid and unpaid staff; labor-management relations; diversity; and compliance with state/federal regulations.

Lecture and laboratory. An examination of quantitative research techniques required by agency and program managers. Course includes work in data analysis, introduction to computer usage, techniques of needs assessment and program evaluation, and use of simple analytic models.

The course will look at the public policy-making process with emphasis on the role of ideas and analysis. Agenda setting, implementation, policy, and design will be discussed.

A seminar designed to help public administrators cultivate an awareness of ethical dilemmas, develop ways of conceptualizing them, and practice ways of thinking about their resolution.