Master of Public Administration - Courses
Introduction to Public Administration - MP 410
This course provides an overview of the history, practical nature, function of public administration and policy making at the federal, state at the local levels. It will examine the theories and concepts of bureaucracy, as well as the formulation and implementation of policy. Among the topics covered are organization theory, federalism and regulation, ethics and accountability, decision-making, and leadership and budgeting. Case studies will be used to facilitate class lectures and discussions. 3 credits, no prerequisite
Research Methods - MP 405
This course will introduce students to research methodology and hypothesis testing. The first part of the course will focus on understanding basic research techniques in the social sciences, including data collection, data analysis and reporting of results. The second half of the course will emphasize methodology. Students will be required to conduct a major research project in a laboratory setting and produce a finished report. 3 credits, students must have taken a statistical methods class.
Financial Management and Budgeting
Human Resource Management
Communication and Organizational Leadership - CO 522
This course focuses on the communication behaviors that constitute leadership. Models explore interpersonal influence, power in organizations, leading decision-making teams and task-oriented groups, and developÂing situational leadership skills. Early and contemporary research perspectives on leadership are reviewed and critically analyzed. Student projects include case studÂies and reviews of role-model leaders. 3 credits.
This course focuses intensively on the art and science of leadership in organizations by examining the critical links between leader skills, strategy, and organizational change utilizing a human resources approach. The course strives to assist students from every concentraÂtion - including finance, marketing, information systems, accounting, and international business - to become leaders who can motivate and mobilize their peopleto focus on strategic goals. The material covered in this course will include traditional, contemporary, and strategic theories of leadership. Students will assess their leadership skills, and engage in a series of assignÂments designed to improve and establish confidence in their own abilities to lead. (Prerequisite: MG 400 or equivalent).
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