Academic Catalog

2019-2020 Edition

MPA • Public Administration

MPA 500 · History and Theory of Public Administration   3 Credits

Investigation of the historical development of the theoretical foundations of modern public administration practice. The course serves as an overview of the public administration profession within a democratic society, a description of the history and development of the field of public administration, and an introduction to ethical issues faced by public administrators.

MPA 510 · Leadership and Management in Public Administration   3 Credits

Exploration of leadership and management in public administration at the cognitive, experiential, and implementation level. Students integrate and apply theoretical concepts, improve collaborative management skills, and explore their individual philosophies of leadership within real world scenarios.

MPA 520 · Public Finance and Budgeting   3 Credits

Analysis of theories and strategies of resource allocation as a basis for managing revenues and debt in government, with a focus on budgeting as a tool for controlling both operations and policy at all levels of government. Students gain an understanding of the role of government in a market economy to include the impact of monies spent at the local, state, and federal levels. Students investigate why expenditures are channeled toward certain critical areas in the economy under conditions of market failure.

MPA 530 · Public Personnel Management   3 Credits

Examination of the added value of public administration professionals to their organizations through the effective management of personnel. Students examine the differences between public and private sector personnel recruitment, retention, motivation, and development. Students focus on transparency in public administration management practices and on developing employees with a customer service mindset.

MPA 540 · Conflict Resolution and Labor Negotiations   3 Credits

A comprehensive examination of conflict resolution with an emphasis on public sector labor negotiations. Students evaluate and critically analyze theoretical, collaborative, and practical approaches associated with conflict resolution, negotiation, and consensus building in the workplace in order to develop necessary skills to identify and resolve interpersonal, intragroup, and inter-group conflicts.

MPA 550 · Public Policy Analysis   3 Credits

Examination of the activities of government and the consequences of those actions. Through the application of analytical techniques, students gain an understanding of the nature of public policy and various ways in which it may be approached to include addressing complex, real-world policy matters involving multiple constituent groups with diverse interests, institutional complexity, and ethical controversy.

MPA 560 · Legal and Ethical Issues   3 Credits

Exploration of the basic legal and ethical concepts and challenges facing public administrators. Students identify principles that might guide legal and ethical choices and show the practical impacts of these principles. Students consider the tensions among ethics, societal influences, and faith in public administration decision making.

MPA 570 · Political Economy   3 Credits

Examination of the interrelationship of political and economic factors that influence both public political and economic outcomes. Key means of analysis includes application of micro- and macro-economic theories to obtain better understandings of political and administrative decision-making processes. Students explore the relationship and dynamics between public policies and political forces.

MPA 580 · Organizational Theory and Human Behavior   3 Credits

Systematic analysis of theories and concepts of organizational theory in the field of public administration. Students explore the structure and function of public and nonprofit organizations, behavioral dynamics, and how to apply theory to practice. Students examine a variety of major theories and perspectives and discuss recent research in the discipline.

MPA 590 · Professional Communication in Public Administration   3 Credits

Review and application of professional presentation skills within an organization. This course provides students with effective strategies for integrating technology-enabled communication, data, narrative information, and persuasive oral presentation skills. Students practice ethical use of messaging for public communication. Coursework requires practical application and demonstration of skills.

MPA 600 · Public Administration Program Evaluation   3 Credits

Evaluation, based on scholarly literature, of a program offered by a non-profit, government, or contract organization. Students review city council meeting agendas and minutes to gather public comment about a specific program. Students analyze secondary data from program reporting data to assess strengths and weaknesses of the program and propose recommendations for improvement.

MPA 690 · MPA Capstone   3 Credits

Investigation of real world scenarios that require analysis and ethically sound problem solving. Students identify a salient issue in a community in which they live or work that is currently in focus among city officials and constituents. Students investigate the perspectives of all involved parties and propose a solution or intervention to address the issue. Students advocate for the solution to a city official.

Prerequisite: MPA 500, MPA 510, MPA 550, MPA 560, and 18 additional credits of MPA coursework.