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Program Name: M.S. in Early Childhood Studies
Introduction to Public Administration
Course Number MMPA 6200
Credits 5.0

Public administrators work to increase the effectiveness of government and organizations locally and internationally. This course explores the history, foundations, and theories of public administration and the diverse political, social, and economic contexts within which they exist and builds an understanding of public policy and organizational environments. Topics include ethical and legal issues, governance, fiscal planning, and current topics and trends in public administration. Students choose a public organization, examine its overall history, purpose, and operation, and apply public administration theory to describe its operation and health.


Foundations for Graduate Study
Course Number MMPA 6115
Credits 1.0

This course introduces students to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. It provides a foundation for academic and professional success as a scholar-practitioner and social change agent. Topics include the relation of mission and vision to professional goals, development of the program of study, strategies for online success, introduction to the online library, and an introduction to critical thinking, professional writing, and academic integrity. Course assignments focus on the practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and promote professional and academic excellence.


Organizational Management and Leadership
Course Number MMPA 6420
Credits 5.0

Public and nonprofit leaders require a deep understanding of their roles as directors and managers of diverse and complex organizations. This course examines the distinction between leadership and management, organizational culture, change management, systems theories, and organizational development from a theoretical and applied perspective. Students apply principles to public, private, and nonprofit organizational settings.


Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector
Course Number MMPA 6431
Credits 5.0

Sound financial practices are crucial to managing scarce funds in both public and nonprofit operations. This course examines finance and budgeting concepts, policies, and practices related to organizations, as well as the fiscal climate within which they operate. Students gain an understanding of theories motivating major fiscal-policy debates; read, analyze, and construct budgets; and read and analyze financial statements and reports. Other topics include auditing practices, tax systems, financial management, budgetary reform, financial technology systems specific to government organizations, and the use of dashboards for financial reporting. Students apply what they learn to develop a budget and financial plan for either a public or private organization.


Public Sector Economics
Course Number MMPA 6461
Credits 5.0

The economy affects every aspect of daily life. In this course students gain an understanding of public sector economics at the local, state, and national levels. Topics include the role of the government in the market economy including the government's redistributive role; factors affecting the economy; sources of government revenue; the relationship of public goods and the economy; programs and services funded by the government; alternative forms of delivery of programs and services; and the interaction and interconnectedness of the US and global economy. Students apply concepts, processes, and systems related to public sector economics to a specific government program or service.


Public Policy Analysis
Course Number MMPA 6451
Credits 5.0

Public administrators today work in a hypercharged, partisan environment with unprecedented access to public policy data. This challenging environment affords public administrators both extraordinary opportunities and severe constraints. This course examines in detail, the key stakeholders and actors in the public policy process with particular attention devoted to understanding the functions, impacts, and constraints of these stakeholders upon policy development and the policy making process. In addition the course explores professional ethics related to the role of the policy analyst and considers the significant social outcomes of public policy. It provides an introduction to the theories and strategies used by policymakers and policy analysts to develop, implement, execute, evaluate, and promulgate public policy. Students explore the impact and consequences of public policy and consider and evaluate policy in a social justice framework. . Students craft a policy memorandum to a decision maker of their choosing regarding a current public policy problem that examines and evaluates competing policy alternatives.


Ethics and Social Justice
Course Number NPMG 6405
Credits 5.0

Ethics is a foundational element of leadership. Leaders face increasingly complex social and political challenges as they seek to meet the needs of diverse constituents. This course explores ethics and social justice related to economic disparity, power and privilege. Students use demographic data, current social trends and themes to understand, analyze, and address ethical and social-justice issues that impact service delivery in a global community.


Human Resource Management: Building a Capable Workforce
Course Number NPMG 6435
Credits 5.0

The acquisition, development, and retention of talent are critical element of the success of any organization. This course examines theories, approaches, and systems related to the acquisition, management, development, and retention of people in government and nonprofit organizations. Students explore topics including legal and ethical considerations, diversity, performance management, the establishment and implementation of policy, technology, and conflict management through the use of case studies. Students apply principles learned in this course to situations encountered in public, private, and nonprofit organizations.


Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination
Course Number NPMG 6465
Credits 5.0

In an increasingly complex world, leaders and managers in public, private, and nonprofit organizations need to be strategic in planning and creating effective, collaborative programs and services. This course explores the role and process of strategic planning with an emphasis on collaboration, cooperation, and coordination within and among organizations. Students will apply these concepts to real-life situations and organizations.


Applied Research and Evaluation Methods
Course Number NPMG 6480
Credits 5.0

Organizational credibility, community trust, and fundraising are increasingly dependent upon demonstration of program effectiveness and success. This course introduces research and evaluation methods in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Students examine the strengths, limitations, and threats to validity; models, metrics, and tools used to evaluate programs and policies; and legal and ethical issues associated with research and evaluation methods. Students identify a topic for research, write a literature review, and select procedures for data collection and analysis, leading to the completion of a research proposal.


Capstone Seminar
Course Number NPMG 6910
Credits 5.0

The course provides students with an opportunity to integrate learning from courses in the program in a capstone project: an applied project with a written paper or a research paper. The capstone may focus on governance, policy, or leadership and management in either the public or nonprofit sectors or take a cross-sector comparative perspective.


Program description: Develop the expertise to help children thrive with Walden’s M.S. in Early Childhood Studies. Deepen your understanding of child developmental stages, explore the latest trends and theory in early childhood, and gain the practical skills needed to create environments where children learn and grow. Choose from specializations that can prepare you to work as an administrator in child care programs or centers, impact public policy, teach fellow early childhood educators, or educate diverse populations more effectively.


Specializations

  • Administration, Management and Leadership
  • Early Childhood Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Teaching Adults in the Early Childhood Field
  • Teaching and Diversity in Early Childhood Education

Program Name: Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)
Elements of Sustainable and Livable Communities
Course Number MMPA 6820
Credits 5.0

Creating and maintaining livable and sustainable communities requires leaders who understand and can assess the interrelated elements that make a community viable over time. This course explores demographics, health, education, employment opportunities, transportation, recreation, housing, natural resources, technology, and other elements necessary to sustain a thriving community. Students define and explore these concepts through case studies and local-community examples.


Tools for Sustainable Community Development
Course Number MMPA 6821
Credits 5.0

Effective community leaders require comprehensive tools and resources to create livable and sustainable communities. Students explore topics that include demographic analysis and forecasting, citizen engagement, economic forecasting and budgeting, acquisition of alternative funding sources, GIS (geographic information system) technology, comprehensive-use planning, and other tools and resources needed to meet the challenge of creating and maintaining sustainable communities. Students use case studies and examples drawn from local communities to identify and apply appropriate strategies.


Introduction to Public Administration
Course Number MMPA 6200
Credits 5.0

Public administrators work to increase the effectiveness of government and organizations locally and internationally. This course explores the history, foundations, and theories of public administration and the diverse political, social, and economic contexts within which they exist and builds an understanding of public policy and organizational environments. Topics include ethical and legal issues, governance, fiscal planning, and current topics and trends in public administration. Students choose a public organization, examine its overall history, purpose, and operation, and apply public administration theory to describe its operation and health.


Foundations for Graduate Study
Course Number MMPA 6115
Credits 1.0

This course introduces students to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. It provides a foundation for academic and professional success as a scholar-practitioner and social change agent. Topics include the relation of mission and vision to professional goals, development of the program of study, strategies for online success, introduction to the online library, and an introduction to critical thinking, professional writing, and academic integrity. Course assignments focus on the practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and promote professional and academic excellence.


Ethics and Social Justice
Course Number NPMG 6405
Credits 5.0

Ethics is a foundational element of leadership. Leaders face increasingly complex social and political challenges as they seek to meet the needs of diverse constituents. This course explores ethics and social justice related to economic disparity, power and privilege. Students use demographic data, current social trends and themes to understand, analyze, and address ethical and social-justice issues that impact service delivery in a global community.


Organizational Management and Leadership
Course Number MMPA 6420
Credits 5.0

Public and nonprofit leaders require a deep understanding of their roles as directors and managers of diverse and complex organizations. This course examines the distinction between leadership and management, organizational culture, change management, systems theories, and organizational development from a theoretical and applied perspective. Students apply principles to public, private, and nonprofit organizational settings.


Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector
Course Number MMPA 6431
Credits 5.0

Sound financial practices are crucial to managing scarce funds in both public and nonprofit operations. This course examines finance and budgeting concepts, policies, and practices related to organizations, as well as the fiscal climate within which they operate. Students gain an understanding of theories motivating major fiscal-policy debates; read, analyze, and construct budgets; and read and analyze financial statements and reports. Other topics include auditing practices, tax systems, financial management, budgetary reform, financial technology systems specific to government organizations, and the use of dashboards for financial reporting. Students apply what they learn to develop a budget and financial plan for either a public or private organization.


Human Resource Management: Building a Capable Workforce
Course Number NPMG 6435
Credits 5.0

The acquisition, development, and retention of talent are critical element of the success of any organization. This course examines theories, approaches, and systems related to the acquisition, management, development, and retention of people in government and nonprofit organizations. Students explore topics including legal and ethical considerations, diversity, performance management, the establishment and implementation of policy, technology, and conflict management through the use of case studies. Students apply principles learned in this course to situations encountered in public, private, and nonprofit organizations.


Public Sector Economics
Course Number MMPA 6461
Credits 5.0

The economy affects every aspect of daily life. In this course students gain an understanding of public sector economics at the local, state, and national levels. Topics include the role of the government in the market economy including the government's redistributive role; factors affecting the economy; sources of government revenue; the relationship of public goods and the economy; programs and services funded by the government; alternative forms of delivery of programs and services; and the interaction and interconnectedness of the US and global economy. Students apply concepts, processes, and systems related to public sector economics to a specific government program or service.


Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination
Course Number NPMG 6465
Credits 5.0

In an increasingly complex world, leaders and managers in public, private, and nonprofit organizations need to be strategic in planning and creating effective, collaborative programs and services. This course explores the role and process of strategic planning with an emphasis on collaboration, cooperation, and coordination within and among organizations. Students will apply these concepts to real-life situations and organizations.


Public Policy Analysis
Course Number MMPA 6451
Credits 5.0

Public administrators today work in a hypercharged, partisan environment with unprecedented access to public policy data. This challenging environment affords public administrators both extraordinary opportunities and severe constraints. This course examines in detail, the key stakeholders and actors in the public policy process with particular attention devoted to understanding the functions, impacts, and constraints of these stakeholders upon policy development and the policy making process. In addition the course explores professional ethics related to the role of the policy analyst and considers the significant social outcomes of public policy. It provides an introduction to the theories and strategies used by policymakers and policy analysts to develop, implement, execute, evaluate, and promulgate public policy. Students explore the impact and consequences of public policy and consider and evaluate policy in a social justice framework. . Students craft a policy memorandum to a decision maker of their choosing regarding a current public policy problem that examines and evaluates competing policy alternatives.


Applied Research and Evaluation Methods
Course Number NPMG 6480
Credits 5.0

Organizational credibility, community trust, and fundraising are increasingly dependent upon demonstration of program effectiveness and success. This course introduces research and evaluation methods in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Students examine the strengths, limitations, and threats to validity; models, metrics, and tools used to evaluate programs and policies; and legal and ethical issues associated with research and evaluation methods. Students identify a topic for research, write a literature review, and select procedures for data collection and analysis, leading to the completion of a research proposal.


Current Issues in Regional and Local Public Policy
Course Number MMPA 6822
Credits 5.0

Local government leaders must understand and address complex and interrelated issues including public health and safety, urban sprawl, immigration, transportation, the aging of the baby-boom generation, affordable housing, living wage jobs, and the threats to natural resources. This course explores current concepts with an emphasis on creating livable and sustainable communities through cooperation, coordination, and collaboration of community stakeholders. Students use local community examples to assess critical issues and identify problem solving strategies.


Capstone Seminar
Course Number NPMG 6910
Credits 5.0

The course provides students with an opportunity to integrate learning from courses in the program in a capstone project: an applied project with a written paper or a research paper. The capstone may focus on governance, policy, or leadership and management in either the public or nonprofit sectors or take a cross-sector comparative perspective.


Program description: Explore strategies for creating and implementing programs and projects that promote positive social change through Walden University’s Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.). Gain management and organizational skills as you study how the administration of policy can positively affect underserved populations. Examine current research in the field as you position yourself to promote collaboration across agencies and departments.

Specializations (in addition to the General Program)

  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Management
  • Health Policy
  • Homeland Security Policy
  • Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
  • Interdisciplinary Policy Studies
  • International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Management and Leadership
  • Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace

Program Name: Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)
Policy and Politics in American Political Institutions
Course Number MMPA 6380
Credits 5.0

This course introduces students to the crafts of policymaking and policy analysis in the American democratic system. It covers the policy process—setting agendas, using policy analysis tools, managing the political process, implementing policy, and providing evaluations and feedback. Students develop skills in policy and economic analyses as well as in determining the political feasibility of proposed policies. Regulation as a policy choice will be discussed. Students completing this course will enhance their abilities to develop alternatives and to assess strategies proposed to achieve certain policy objectives. Policy areas of interest to students form the foundation of this course and may include communications, immigration, social, transportation, housing, labor, arts, and environmental policies.


Program Evaluation
Course Number MMPA 6381
Credits 5.0

This course provides an introduction to the tools used by policymakers and policy analysts to evaluate the impact of social programs. Topics include selecting programs to evaluate, crafting program descriptions, identifying stakeholders and their interests, developing logic models, framing evaluation questions, applying utilization-focused evaluation techniques, using quantitative and qualitative tools to complete formative and summative evaluations, and providing evaluation reports and feedback to decision-makers. By the end of the course, each student will develop a program-evaluation design for a social program.


Public Policy and Finance
Course Number MMPA 6382
Credits 5.0

This course covers microeconomic and macroeconomic models used in policy formulation and how public finance influences policy choices as well as implementation alternatives. Students examine tax policies and tax incentive models, budgeting, public/private models, market influences on policy, the impact of government expenditures on income redistribution, and economic considerations of welfare, food stamps, workers’ compensation, and Social Security. Outsourcing of public programs is also examined.


Introduction to Public Administration
Course Number MMPA 6200
Credits 5.0

Public administrators work to increase the effectiveness of government and organizations locally and internationally. This course explores the history, foundations, and theories of public administration and the diverse political, social, and economic contexts within which they exist and builds an understanding of public policy and organizational environments. Topics include ethical and legal issues, governance, fiscal planning, and current topics and trends in public administration. Students choose a public organization, examine its overall history, purpose, and operation, and apply public administration theory to describe its operation and health.


Foundations for Graduate Study
Course Number MMPA 6115
Credits 1.0

This course introduces students to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. It provides a foundation for academic and professional success as a scholar-practitioner and social change agent. Topics include the relation of mission and vision to professional goals, development of the program of study, strategies for online success, introduction to the online library, and an introduction to critical thinking, professional writing, and academic integrity. Course assignments focus on the practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and promote professional and academic excellence.


Ethics and Social Justice
Course Number NPMG 6405
Credits 5.0

Ethics is a foundational element of leadership. Leaders face increasingly complex social and political challenges as they seek to meet the needs of diverse constituents. This course explores ethics and social justice related to economic disparity, power and privilege. Students use demographic data, current social trends and themes to understand, analyze, and address ethical and social-justice issues that impact service delivery in a global community.


Organizational Management and Leadership
Course Number MMPA 6420
Credits 5.0

Public and nonprofit leaders require a deep understanding of their roles as directors and managers of diverse and complex organizations. This course examines the distinction between leadership and management, organizational culture, change management, systems theories, and organizational development from a theoretical and applied perspective. Students apply principles to public, private, and nonprofit organizational settings.


Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector
Course Number MMPA 6431
Credits 5.0

Sound financial practices are crucial to managing scarce funds in both public and nonprofit operations. This course examines finance and budgeting concepts, policies, and practices related to organizations, as well as the fiscal climate within which they operate. Students gain an understanding of theories motivating major fiscal-policy debates; read, analyze, and construct budgets; and read and analyze financial statements and reports. Other topics include auditing practices, tax systems, financial management, budgetary reform, financial technology systems specific to government organizations, and the use of dashboards for financial reporting. Students apply what they learn to develop a budget and financial plan for either a public or private organization.


Human Resource Management: Building a Capable Workforce
Course Number NPMG 6435
Credits 5.0

The acquisition, development, and retention of talent are critical element of the success of any organization. This course examines theories, approaches, and systems related to the acquisition, management, development, and retention of people in government and nonprofit organizations. Students explore topics including legal and ethical considerations, diversity, performance management, the establishment and implementation of policy, technology, and conflict management through the use of case studies. Students apply principles learned in this course to situations encountered in public, private, and nonprofit organizations.


Public Sector Economics
Course Number MMPA 6461
Credits 5.0

The economy affects every aspect of daily life. In this course students gain an understanding of public sector economics at the local, state, and national levels. Topics include the role of the government in the market economy including the government's redistributive role; factors affecting the economy; sources of government revenue; the relationship of public goods and the economy; programs and services funded by the government; alternative forms of delivery of programs and services; and the interaction and interconnectedness of the US and global economy. Students apply concepts, processes, and systems related to public sector economics to a specific government program or service.


Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination
Course Number NPMG 6465
Credits 5.0

In an increasingly complex world, leaders and managers in public, private, and nonprofit organizations need to be strategic in planning and creating effective, collaborative programs and services. This course explores the role and process of strategic planning with an emphasis on collaboration, cooperation, and coordination within and among organizations. Students will apply these concepts to real-life situations and organizations.


Public Policy Analysis
Course Number MMPA 6451
Credits 5.0

Public administrators today work in a hypercharged, partisan environment with unprecedented access to public policy data. This challenging environment affords public administrators both extraordinary opportunities and severe constraints. This course examines in detail, the key stakeholders and actors in the public policy process with particular attention devoted to understanding the functions, impacts, and constraints of these stakeholders upon policy development and the policy making process. In addition the course explores professional ethics related to the role of the policy analyst and considers the significant social outcomes of public policy. It provides an introduction to the theories and strategies used by policymakers and policy analysts to develop, implement, execute, evaluate, and promulgate public policy. Students explore the impact and consequences of public policy and consider and evaluate policy in a social justice framework. . Students craft a policy memorandum to a decision maker of their choosing regarding a current public policy problem that examines and evaluates competing policy alternatives.


Applied Research and Evaluation Methods
Course Number NPMG 6480
Credits 5.0

Organizational credibility, community trust, and fundraising are increasingly dependent upon demonstration of program effectiveness and success. This course introduces research and evaluation methods in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Students examine the strengths, limitations, and threats to validity; models, metrics, and tools used to evaluate programs and policies; and legal and ethical issues associated with research and evaluation methods. Students identify a topic for research, write a literature review, and select procedures for data collection and analysis, leading to the completion of a research proposal.


Capstone Seminar
Course Number NPMG 6910
Credits 5.0

The course provides students with an opportunity to integrate learning from courses in the program in a capstone project: an applied project with a written paper or a research paper. The capstone may focus on governance, policy, or leadership and management in either the public or nonprofit sectors or take a cross-sector comparative perspective.


Program description: Walden University’s Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) can help you bring about social change through effective public policy. Explore ways to evaluate, implement, and create effective policy change in the private and public sectors. This program offers a variety of specializations so that you can align your coursework with your professional goals. Prepare for a career in a local, state, or federal government agency or in a nonprofit or corporate entity.


Specializations (in addition to the General Program)

  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Management
  • Health Policy
  • Homeland Security Policy
  • Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
  • Interdisciplinary Policy Studies
  • International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities

Program Name: M.S. in Criminal Justice
Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination
Course Number MMPA 6465
Credits 5.0

In an increasingly complex world, leaders and managers in public and nonprofit organizations need to be strategic in their planning in order to fulfill the organizational mission and enhance stakeholder satisfaction. This course explores the role and process of strategic planning with an appreciation for collaboration, cooperation and coordination as they relate to the strategic planning process. Students will apply these concepts to real-life situations and organizations and develop a strategic plan.


Strategic Context of Public Management and Leadership
Course Number MMPA 6390
Credits 5.0

This course engages learners in collaborative study of the changing strategic context of public administration. Learners apply a systems perspective to construct a public enterprise model of the public organization of their choice, as a way of understanding the strategic context for practical action and the stakeholder relations involved. This is an organization “mental model,” which is similar to a traditional “business model” but which includes the three interrelated flows of money, knowledge, and influence. Emphasis in this course is on management and leading of the unknown—imagining and creating a future that works in a time of unprecedented and unpredictable change. Students apply strategic scenarios to organizational change for the public organization of special interest to them. Students also develop professional action habits for pragmatic action learning in the practice of public administration.


Transformative Change in a Shared-Power World
Course Number MMPA 6391
Credits 5.0

This course engages students in collaborative study of the nature and methods of transformative change in the complex human systems of contemporary public organizations. Students are taught a pragmatic action learning process for studying the experience of transformative change in complex systems. The dynamics of complex adaptive systems are studied to gain an understanding of how large scale and highly interrelated human systems change through self-organization. Appreciative inquiry and other selected methods of transformative change are studied and applied to a positive organizational change situation of special interest to the students. Students also develop professional action habits for pragmatic action learning in the practice of public administration.


The Language of Leadership
Course Number MMPA 6392
Credits 5.0

In today’s complex environment, leaders engaged in shaping public policy must know how to use the emotional as well as the intellectual power of language to motivate, inspire, and competently manage their organizations. Dynamic leadership requires understanding and use of techniques that affect both conscious and unconscious influences on human behavior. Effective communication connects at many different levels. This course provides both theoretical and practical information; demonstrates the necessary components for making such connections; and shows why stories, symbols, and metaphors are an essential element in the language of leadership.


Introduction to Public Administration
Course Number MMPA 6200
Credits 5.0

Public administrators work to increase the effectiveness of government and organizations locally and internationally. This course explores the history, foundations, and theories of public administration and the diverse political, social, and economic contexts within which they exist and builds an understanding of public policy and organizational environments. Topics include ethical and legal issues, governance, fiscal planning, and current topics and trends in public administration. Students choose a public organization, examine its overall history, purpose, and operation, and apply public administration theory to describe its operation and health.


Foundations for Graduate Study
Course Number MMPA 6115
Credits 1.0

This course introduces students to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. It provides a foundation for academic and professional success as a scholar-practitioner and social change agent. Topics include the relation of mission and vision to professional goals, development of the program of study, strategies for online success, introduction to the online library, and an introduction to critical thinking, professional writing, and academic integrity. Course assignments focus on the practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and promote professional and academic excellence.


Ethics and Social Justice
Course Number NPMG 6405
Credits 5.0

Ethics is a foundational element of leadership. Leaders face increasingly complex social and political challenges as they seek to meet the needs of diverse constituents. This course explores ethics and social justice related to economic disparity, power and privilege. Students use demographic data, current social trends and themes to understand, analyze, and address ethical and social-justice issues that impact service delivery in a global community.


Organizational Management and Leadership
Course Number MMPA 6420
Credits 5.0

Public and nonprofit leaders require a deep understanding of their roles as directors and managers of diverse and complex organizations. This course examines the distinction between leadership and management, organizational culture, change management, systems theories, and organizational development from a theoretical and applied perspective. Students apply principles to public, private, and nonprofit organizational settings.


Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector
Course Number MMPA 6431
Credits 5.0

Sound financial practices are crucial to managing scarce funds in both public and nonprofit operations. This course examines finance and budgeting concepts, policies, and practices related to organizations, as well as the fiscal climate within which they operate. Students gain an understanding of theories motivating major fiscal-policy debates; read, analyze, and construct budgets; and read and analyze financial statements and reports. Other topics include auditing practices, tax systems, financial management, budgetary reform, financial technology systems specific to government organizations, and the use of dashboards for financial reporting. Students apply what they learn to develop a budget and financial plan for either a public or private organization.


Human Resource Management: Building a Capable Workforce
Course Number NPMG 6435
Credits 5.0

The acquisition, development, and retention of talent are critical element of the success of any organization. This course examines theories, approaches, and systems related to the acquisition, management, development, and retention of people in government and nonprofit organizations. Students explore topics including legal and ethical considerations, diversity, performance management, the establishment and implementation of policy, technology, and conflict management through the use of case studies. Students apply principles learned in this course to situations encountered in public, private, and nonprofit organizations.


Public Sector Economics
Course Number MMPA 6461
Credits 5.0

The economy affects every aspect of daily life. In this course students gain an understanding of public sector economics at the local, state, and national levels. Topics include the role of the government in the market economy including the government's redistributive role; factors affecting the economy; sources of government revenue; the relationship of public goods and the economy; programs and services funded by the government; alternative forms of delivery of programs and services; and the interaction and interconnectedness of the US and global economy. Students apply concepts, processes, and systems related to public sector economics to a specific government program or service.


Public Policy Analysis
Course Number MMPA 6451
Credits 5.0

Public administrators today work in a hypercharged, partisan environment with unprecedented access to public policy data. This challenging environment affords public administrators both extraordinary opportunities and severe constraints. This course examines in detail, the key stakeholders and actors in the public policy process with particular attention devoted to understanding the functions, impacts, and constraints of these stakeholders upon policy development and the policy making process. In addition the course explores professional ethics related to the role of the policy analyst and considers the significant social outcomes of public policy. It provides an introduction to the theories and strategies used by policymakers and policy analysts to develop, implement, execute, evaluate, and promulgate public policy. Students explore the impact and consequences of public policy and consider and evaluate policy in a social justice framework. . Students craft a policy memorandum to a decision maker of their choosing regarding a current public policy problem that examines and evaluates competing policy alternatives.


Applied Research and Evaluation Methods
Course Number NPMG 6480
Credits 5.0

Organizational credibility, community trust, and fundraising are increasingly dependent upon demonstration of program effectiveness and success. This course introduces research and evaluation methods in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Students examine the strengths, limitations, and threats to validity; models, metrics, and tools used to evaluate programs and policies; and legal and ethical issues associated with research and evaluation methods. Students identify a topic for research, write a literature review, and select procedures for data collection and analysis, leading to the completion of a research proposal.


Capstone Seminar
Course Number NPMG 6910
Credits 5.0

The course provides students with an opportunity to integrate learning from courses in the program in a capstone project: an applied project with a written paper or a research paper. The capstone may focus on governance, policy, or leadership and management in either the public or nonprofit sectors or take a cross-sector comparative perspective.


Program description: Stay at the forefront of this evolving field as you study the latest theories and explore today’s increasingly sophisticated criminal justice issues. Gain broad exposure to the field of criminal justice, including how law enforcement, courts, and corrections function and interact at the local, state, and federal level. In the M.S. in Criminal Justice program at Walden University, you can explore a unique curriculum that combines criminal behavioral theory with technology, homeland security, and management skills that you can apply immediately on the job or use to advance your career.

Specializations (in addition to the General Program)

  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security Policy
  • Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Management and Leadership
  • Self-Designed
  • Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace

Program Name: M.S. in Criminal Justice
Disaster, Crisis, and Trauma
Course Number MMPA 6740
Credits 5.0

This course defines natural and human-made disasters such as war, violence, genocide, and terrorist activities, and reviews how they impact the psychology of individuals and groups. Topics include theories of trauma; actions and behaviors following a disaster; stress, coping, and adjustment difficulties; psychological disorders (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder); and available resources to deal with the trauma. The course emphasizes the importance and development of culturally appropriate service delivery programs and interventions for individuals affected and traumatized by disaster(s).


Pschology of Terrorism
Course Number MMPA 6741
Credits 5.0

This course will examine the history, philosophy, techniques, and countermeasures to terroristic threats to public safety. Topics include aspects of international and domestic terrorism with an emphasis on its roots viewed from the broadest possible political, sociological, and cultural perspectives; factors and catalysts attributed to the terrorism phenomena, including poverty, psychology [e.g. motivational factors, antisocial behaviors], social injustice, oppression, and religion; and impact of media and technology in aiding and countering terroristic activities.


Introduction to Public Administration
Course Number MMPA 6200
Credits 5.0

Public administrators work to increase the effectiveness of government and organizations locally and internationally. This course explores the history, foundations, and theories of public administration and the diverse political, social, and economic contexts within which they exist and builds an understanding of public policy and organizational environments. Topics include ethical and legal issues, governance, fiscal planning, and current topics and trends in public administration. Students choose a public organization, examine its overall history, purpose, and operation, and apply public administration theory to describe its operation and health.


Foundations for Graduate Study
Course Number MMPA 6115
Credits 1.0

This course introduces students to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. It provides a foundation for academic and professional success as a scholar-practitioner and social change agent. Topics include the relation of mission and vision to professional goals, development of the program of study, strategies for online success, introduction to the online library, and an introduction to critical thinking, professional writing, and academic integrity. Course assignments focus on the practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and promote professional and academic excellence.


Ethics and Social Justice
Course Number NPMG 6405
Credits 5.0

Ethics is a foundational element of leadership. Leaders face increasingly complex social and political challenges as they seek to meet the needs of diverse constituents. This course explores ethics and social justice related to economic disparity, power and privilege. Students use demographic data, current social trends and themes to understand, analyze, and address ethical and social-justice issues that impact service delivery in a global community.


Organizational Management and Leadership
Course Number MMPA 6420
Credits 5.0

Public and nonprofit leaders require a deep understanding of their roles as directors and managers of diverse and complex organizations. This course examines the distinction between leadership and management, organizational culture, change management, systems theories, and organizational development from a theoretical and applied perspective. Students apply principles to public, private, and nonprofit organizational settings.


Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector
Course Number MMPA 6431
Credits 5.0

Sound financial practices are crucial to managing scarce funds in both public and nonprofit operations. This course examines finance and budgeting concepts, policies, and practices related to organizations, as well as the fiscal climate within which they operate. Students gain an understanding of theories motivating major fiscal-policy debates; read, analyze, and construct budgets; and read and analyze financial statements and reports. Other topics include auditing practices, tax systems, financial management, budgetary reform, financial technology systems specific to government organizations, and the use of dashboards for financial reporting. Students apply what they learn to develop a budget and financial plan for either a public or private organization.


Human Resource Management: Building a Capable Workforce
Course Number NPMG 6435
Credits 5.0

The acquisition, development, and retention of talent are critical element of the success of any organization. This course examines theories, approaches, and systems related to the acquisition, management, development, and retention of people in government and nonprofit organizations. Students explore topics including legal and ethical considerations, diversity, performance management, the establishment and implementation of policy, technology, and conflict management through the use of case studies. Students apply principles learned in this course to situations encountered in public, private, and nonprofit organizations.


Public Sector Economics
Course Number MMPA 6461
Credits 5.0

The economy affects every aspect of daily life. In this course students gain an understanding of public sector economics at the local, state, and national levels. Topics include the role of the government in the market economy including the government's redistributive role; factors affecting the economy; sources of government revenue; the relationship of public goods and the economy; programs and services funded by the government; alternative forms of delivery of programs and services; and the interaction and interconnectedness of the US and global economy. Students apply concepts, processes, and systems related to public sector economics to a specific government program or service.


Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination
Course Number NPMG 6465
Credits 5.0

In an increasingly complex world, leaders and managers in public, private, and nonprofit organizations need to be strategic in planning and creating effective, collaborative programs and services. This course explores the role and process of strategic planning with an emphasis on collaboration, cooperation, and coordination within and among organizations. Students will apply these concepts to real-life situations and organizations.


Public Policy Analysis
Course Number MMPA 6451
Credits 5.0

Public administrators today work in a hypercharged, partisan environment with unprecedented access to public policy data. This challenging environment affords public administrators both extraordinary opportunities and severe constraints. This course examines in detail, the key stakeholders and actors in the public policy process with particular attention devoted to understanding the functions, impacts, and constraints of these stakeholders upon policy development and the policy making process. In addition the course explores professional ethics related to the role of the policy analyst and considers the significant social outcomes of public policy. It provides an introduction to the theories and strategies used by policymakers and policy analysts to develop, implement, execute, evaluate, and promulgate public policy. Students explore the impact and consequences of public policy and consider and evaluate policy in a social justice framework. . Students craft a policy memorandum to a decision maker of their choosing regarding a current public policy problem that examines and evaluates competing policy alternatives.


Applied Research and Evaluation Methods
Course Number NPMG 6480
Credits 5.0

Organizational credibility, community trust, and fundraising are increasingly dependent upon demonstration of program effectiveness and success. This course introduces research and evaluation methods in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Students examine the strengths, limitations, and threats to validity; models, metrics, and tools used to evaluate programs and policies; and legal and ethical issues associated with research and evaluation methods. Students identify a topic for research, write a literature review, and select procedures for data collection and analysis, leading to the completion of a research proposal.


Public Policy Implications of Terrorism Legislation and Policies
Course Number MMPA 6345
Credits 5.0

This course provides a broad perspective on the history of the U.S.A. Patriot Act, similar terroristic legislation and immigration laws, and their policy implications on law enforcement, governmental entities, organizations, and individuals.


Capstone Seminar
Course Number NPMG 6910
Credits 5.0

The course provides students with an opportunity to integrate learning from courses in the program in a capstone project: an applied project with a written paper or a research paper. The capstone may focus on governance, policy, or leadership and management in either the public or nonprofit sectors or take a cross-sector comparative perspective.


Program description: Prepare to lead change in your organization and influence policymakers in your community. If you are a law enforcement or criminal justice professional, Walden University can help you gain the knowledge and experience to prepare for executive management roles in criminal justice or transition into a career in education or as a consultant. Walden’s M.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management program blends criminal behavioral theory with studies in human services, technology, and homeland security to help broaden your management skills.


Specializations (in addition to the General Program)

  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security Policy
  • Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Management and Leadership
  • Self-Designed
  • Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace

Program Name: M.S. in Project Management
Introduction to Public Administration
Course Number MMPA 6200
Credits 5.0

Public administrators work to increase the effectiveness of government and organizations locally and internationally. This course explores the history, foundations, and theories of public administration and the diverse political, social, and economic contexts within which they exist and builds an understanding of public policy and organizational environments. Topics include ethical and legal issues, governance, fiscal planning, and current topics and trends in public administration. Students choose a public organization, examine its overall history, purpose, and operation, and apply public administration theory to describe its operation and health.


Foundations for Graduate Study
Course Number MMPA 6115
Credits 1.0

This course introduces students to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. It provides a foundation for academic and professional success as a scholar-practitioner and social change agent. Topics include the relation of mission and vision to professional goals, development of the program of study, strategies for online success, introduction to the online library, and an introduction to critical thinking, professional writing, and academic integrity. Course assignments focus on the practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and promote professional and academic excellence.


Ethics and Social Justice
Course Number NPMG 6405
Credits 5.0

Ethics is a foundational element of leadership. Leaders face increasingly complex social and political challenges as they seek to meet the needs of diverse constituents. This course explores ethics and social justice related to economic disparity, power and privilege. Students use demographic data, current social trends and themes to understand, analyze, and address ethical and social-justice issues that impact service delivery in a global community.


Organizational Management and Leadership
Course Number MMPA 6420
Credits 5.0

Public and nonprofit leaders require a deep understanding of their roles as directors and managers of diverse and complex organizations. This course examines the distinction between leadership and management, organizational culture, change management, systems theories, and organizational development from a theoretical and applied perspective. Students apply principles to public, private, and nonprofit organizational settings.


Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector
Course Number MMPA 6431
Credits 5.0

Sound financial practices are crucial to managing scarce funds in both public and nonprofit operations. This course examines finance and budgeting concepts, policies, and practices related to organizations, as well as the fiscal climate within which they operate. Students gain an understanding of theories motivating major fiscal-policy debates; read, analyze, and construct budgets; and read and analyze financial statements and reports. Other topics include auditing practices, tax systems, financial management, budgetary reform, financial technology systems specific to government organizations, and the use of dashboards for financial reporting. Students apply what they learn to develop a budget and financial plan for either a public or private organization.


Human Resource Management: Building a Capable Workforce
Course Number NPMG 6435
Credits 5.0

The acquisition, development, and retention of talent are critical element of the success of any organization. This course examines theories, approaches, and systems related to the acquisition, management, development, and retention of people in government and nonprofit organizations. Students explore topics including legal and ethical considerations, diversity, performance management, the establishment and implementation of policy, technology, and conflict management through the use of case studies. Students apply principles learned in this course to situations encountered in public, private, and nonprofit organizations.


Public Sector Economics
Course Number MMPA 6461
Credits 5.0

The economy affects every aspect of daily life. In this course students gain an understanding of public sector economics at the local, state, and national levels. Topics include the role of the government in the market economy including the government's redistributive role; factors affecting the economy; sources of government revenue; the relationship of public goods and the economy; programs and services funded by the government; alternative forms of delivery of programs and services; and the interaction and interconnectedness of the US and global economy. Students apply concepts, processes, and systems related to public sector economics to a specific government program or service.


Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination
Course Number NPMG 6465
Credits 5.0

In an increasingly complex world, leaders and managers in public, private, and nonprofit organizations need to be strategic in planning and creating effective, collaborative programs and services. This course explores the role and process of strategic planning with an emphasis on collaboration, cooperation, and coordination within and among organizations. Students will apply these concepts to real-life situations and organizations.


Public Policy Analysis
Course Number MMPA 6451
Credits 5.0

Public administrators today work in a hypercharged, partisan environment with unprecedented access to public policy data. This challenging environment affords public administrators both extraordinary opportunities and severe constraints. This course examines in detail, the key stakeholders and actors in the public policy process with particular attention devoted to understanding the functions, impacts, and constraints of these stakeholders upon policy development and the policy making process. In addition the course explores professional ethics related to the role of the policy analyst and considers the significant social outcomes of public policy. It provides an introduction to the theories and strategies used by policymakers and policy analysts to develop, implement, execute, evaluate, and promulgate public policy. Students explore the impact and consequences of public policy and consider and evaluate policy in a social justice framework. . Students craft a policy memorandum to a decision maker of their choosing regarding a current public policy problem that examines and evaluates competing policy alternatives.


Applied Research and Evaluation Methods
Course Number NPMG 6480
Credits 5.0

Organizational credibility, community trust, and fundraising are increasingly dependent upon demonstration of program effectiveness and success. This course introduces research and evaluation methods in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Students examine the strengths, limitations, and threats to validity; models, metrics, and tools used to evaluate programs and policies; and legal and ethical issues associated with research and evaluation methods. Students identify a topic for research, write a literature review, and select procedures for data collection and analysis, leading to the completion of a research proposal.


Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
Course Number NPMG 6200
Credits 5.0

Nonprofit organizations serve as the foundation for many social change efforts. This course explores the history, foundations, and types of nonprofit organizations and the diverse political, social, and economic contexts within which they exist. Students examine and apply marketing, public relations, and communication concepts and strategies to case studies and contemporary situations. Ethical, legal, and global lenses are applied to the study of the nonprofit sector. Students develop a concept paper guiding the development of a nonprofit organization.


Board Governance and Volunteer Management
Course Number NPMG 6451
Credits 5.0

Volunteers are the “lifeblood” of many nonprofit organizations. Each of these organizations relies heavily on their volunteer board of directors to govern and guide them toward their mission. The success of nonprofit organizations is largely dependent on the effective management of program volunteers and board members. This course explores the volunteer management process (volunteer recruitment, orientation, training, supervision, and evaluation) with an emphasis on creating and maintaining an effective board of directors. Students design a board development or volunteer management plan based on the concept paper developed in the Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector course.


Resource Development
Course Number NPMG 6461
Credits 5.0

All nonprofit organizations require financial resources. Obtaining philanthropic financial support is essential to program delivery and stability. Students explore the concepts of philanthropy and development, identification of funding sources, donor/prospect cultivation and education, and solicitation and appreciation strategies. An emphasis is placed on creating an organizational philanthropic culture based on ethics and donor relationships. Students create a resource development plan for the organization designed in the Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector course.


Capstone Seminar
Course Number NPMG 6910
Credits 5.0

The course provides students with an opportunity to integrate learning from courses in the program in a capstone project: an applied project with a written paper or a research paper. The capstone may focus on governance, policy, or leadership and management in either the public or nonprofit sectors or take a cross-sector comparative perspective.


Program description: Are you prepared to meet the complex logistical and technical requirements that many of today’s projects demand? Walden University’s M.S. in Project Management program enables you to gain the analytical, theoretical, and practical skills to constructively manage projects across multiple domains and industries. Explore traditional and more recent management strategies and learn how to manage risks and effectively apply what you learn to project management tasks within your organization.

Public Administration Courses at Kaplan University

Program Name: Master of Public Administration

Public Administration and Management
Course Number PP 500
Credits 5.0

The course explores the theory and development of the field of public administration and the function of management. It will cover a wide range of topics further explored in the Master of Public Administration program. These topics may include federalism and intergovernmental relations, ethics and administrative leadership, personnel, and resource management. Students will study management processes in the context of a political environment and policy implementation.


Leadership in the Public Sector
Course Number PP 510
Credits 5.0

Students will study leadership within the public sector and the application of ethical and leadership principles to decision making, actions, and interactions within public administration. Topics covered may include: organizational behavior, interest-based negotiation, leading networks, mediation, and leadership style.


Finance and the Administration of Public Funds
Course Number PP 520
Credits 5.0

This course examines the methods, processes, and challenges in the administration and budgeting of public funds. Students will examine the budgeting of public revenues, revenue generation, forecasting, cost control, and fiscal management. The importance of managing control issues and transparency will be addressed.


Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
Course Number PP 530
Credits 5.0

Students will examine the political and institutional environment of public human resource management. Topics will include the analyses of theories and practices in terms of organizational effectiveness, and ongoing operational issues and how they are shaped and constrained by political considerations. Outsourcing, NGOs, and private/public partnerships will also be explored in resource strategy.


Applied Research Project
Course Number GM 599
Credits 4.0

This serves as the capstone course to the Master of Science in Management program, which allows the student to integrate theories with practical application. This course utilizes the conceptual foundations and skills acquired in earlier courses as a basis for an in-depth examination of an organizational issue or problem of significance that is of special interest to the student. The student will collaborate with organizational stakeholders to identify a problem and design a research project.


Program description: Kaplan University’s Master of Public Administration is designed to help practicing and aspiring administrators develop the skills and techniques needed to provide leadership in a wide variety of public service fields. The program focuses on teaching management and decision-making skills. The core curriculum teaches how to evaluate, implement, and manage policy and spans diverse topics including public administration and management, ethics and leadership, budgeting and the administration of public funds, strategic planning, and applied research. The Master of Public Administration emphasizes:
* Public Value: Apply knowledge of practice in public administration to make effective decisions that create public value in diverse and dynamic situations.
* Ethical Decision Making: Evaluate the social and ethical implications of decisions made in the public interest.
* Innovation: Innovate to address issues and opportunities in the public sector.
* Knowledge Base: Evaluate theoretical foundations, current knowledge, and trends in public administration and public service.
* Finance: Apply financial knowledge to make sound and ethical decisions in the public interest.
* Diversity: Assess cultural, individual, and role differences of constituents and stakeholders.
* Leadership: Apply principles of leadership to shape change and improve the governance and management of public policy.

Public Administration Courses at University of Phoenix

Program Name: Master of Public Administration
Human Capital Development in the Public Sector
Course Number HRM532
Credits 3.0

This course prepares students to apply human capital development concepts in a public sector. Students will create plans for managing human capital in a public and political environment. Other topics, at the state and local level, include recruitment, development & retention of employees, compensation, motivation, performance evaluation, employee/employer relationship, personnel policies & politics, and public service ethic, union management relations, employee/employer relations.


Program Evaluation
Course Number RES562
Credits 3.0

This course prepares students to apply techniques to evaluate public sector programs. Students will be evaluating public sector programs using analytical tools. Other topics, at the state and local level, include measures of effectiveness, benchmarks, baselines, performance standards, and customized stakeholder communication and collaboration.


Leading Organizational Development in the Public Sector
Course Number LDR532
Credits 3.0

This course prepares students to lead change in the public sector. Students will apply leadership theories in the public sector considering the unique role of shared decision making between appointed and elected officials in a political environment. Other topics include culture in the public sector, power, group behavior, financial and nonfinancial motivation, and workplace conflict.


Law and Public Administration
Course Number LAW562
Credits 3.0

This course prepares students to apply legal concepts in public administration. Students will analyze legislative and judicial processes in the administration of state and local governments. Other topics, at the state and local level, include enabling laws, regulatory review, open-meeting/sunshine provisions, adjudication, and the Administrative Procedures Act.


Data Analysis for Public Policy and Management
Course Number QNT562
Credits 3.0

This course prepares students to analyze information and present it appropriately to diverse stakeholder groups. Students will collect and analyze primary and secondary data to measure effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of public sector goods and services. Other topics, at the state and local level, include pretesting, posttesting, correlation, and forecasting.


Public Finance
Course Number ECO572
Credits 3.0

This course prepares students to apply the principles of economics to the public sector. Students will create a plan for a public-private partnership to deliver a public good or service. Other topics include, at the state and local level, revenue sources, income redistribution, multilevel government financing, bond issuance, role of nonprofits, and basic micro and macroeconomic variables.


Public Policy Planning and Implementation
Course Number MGT572
Credits 3.0

This course prepares students to trace the development of a public policy. For a selected policy, students will analyze the policy making process and the challenges that accompany each stage. Other topics, at the state and local level, include public policy planning, policy alternative evaluation, and stakeholder conflicts.


Public Administration Applied Project
Course Number MGT582
Credits 3.0

Students are required to apply the knowledge learned in the MPA program to a cumulative project.


Public Administration: Institutions and Processes
Course Number MGT522
Credits 3.0

This Course Applies The Tools Available To Uopx Graduate Students And The Competencies Of Successful Managers To Understand The Functions Of Public Administration. Students Will Understand The Relationship Between The Political System And Public Administration In The Creation And Implementation Of Public Policy. Other Topics, At The State And Local Level, Include Executive & Legislative Branches Of Government, The Evolution Of Public Administration, Intergovernmental Relationships, And Fiscal Sources & Uses. Topics And Objectives Public Service And The Mpa * Identify The Outcomes Of The University Of Phoenix Mpa Degree Program. * Describe The Philosophy And Evolution Of Public Service. * Describe The Functions Of Public Administration. Local Government And Organizational Theory * Describe The General Structure And Functions Of Local Governments. * Identify Decision Making In An Organization. * Describe How Politics And Administration Overlap. State Government And Human Capital * Identify The General Structure And Functions Of State Governments. * Describe Human Capital In The Public Sector. Intergovernmental Relations And Public Policy * Describe The Concept And Application Of Federalism. * Analyze Intergovernmental Relations. * Identify Public Policy-making Models And Strategic Planning. Fiscal Sources And Public Policy Implementation * Explain Budgeting And Finance In The Public Sector. * Compare Privatization At The Local And State Levels. * Describe Fiscal Federalism Related To Public Policy At The Local And State Levels. Public Sector Ethics * Explain The Importance Of Ethics In The Public Sector And Intergovernmental Relations. * Demonstrate How Personal And Public Sector Values May Vary.


Public Budgeting
Course Number ACC574

Course Description In this course students learn the accounting and budgeting tools and theories used in the public sector. Students will analyze the relationship between public policy and the public budget process. Other topics include budgetary decision making, basics of government and not-for-profit accounting, reporting, capital and operating expenditures, and inter-period equity. Topics and Objectives Nature of Public Budgeting * Explain the cyclical nature of budget development, execution, and evaluation. * Describe the sources and uses of revenue in public budgeting. * Differentiate between the various budgeting approaches used in the public sector. Budgetary Reforms * Explain how shortcomings of the budget process at the national level affect the pass-through to the state and local levels. * Assess the impact of budgetary reform movements on governmental budgeting. Political Process and Public Policy in Budgeting * Differentiate among political, economic, social, and cultural influences on public budgeting. * Explain the role of an agency budget office. * Analyze strategies used to develop, implement, and justify existing and new programs. Budgetary Analysis Techniques * Evaluate common expenditure forecasting approaches. * Differentiate between cost effectiveness analysis and cost benefit analysis. * Explain accounting for the levy, collection, revenue recognition, and enforcement of taxes. Management Accountability and the Political Process * Evaluate the effects of public policy and the political process on budgeting in the national, state, and local levels. * Distinguish the patterns of stability and change in taxation and spending. * Discuss the similarities and differences between General Fund and Special Revenue Funds. Budget Preparation and Execution * Explain budget preparation, budget enactment, and budget execution at the national, state, and local levels.


Program description: The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program helps you develop skills and techniques used by state and local government leaders to implement policies, projects and programs, all in an effort to resolve social issues and address organizational, human resource and budgetary challenges.

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While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Business - Public Administration
Foundations of Public Administration
Course Number BPA301
Credits 3.0

This Course Serves As An Introduction To The Study Of Public Administration. During This Course, The Student Will Review The Political And Social Theories Of Public Administration. Students Will Review Leadership, Human Resources, Finance, And Ethics Within A Public Policy-making Environment. Students Will Become Familiar With The Complex Issues Facing Local, State, And Federal Public Administrators Today. (3 Credits) Prerequisites: Gen 300, Mgt 216, Mgt 330, And Mgt 350.


Politics and Citizenship: The Public Policy Environment
Course Number BPA302
Credits 3.0

This Course Explores The Dynamic Field Of Public Policy Development And Examines Decision-making In The Ever-changing Political Environment. Use Of Multiple Sources Of Policy Input Will Be Discussed, Ranging From Grass Roots To Legislative Arenas. Current Data Sources And Application Of Analytical Tools Will Be Presented As A Means To Best Satisfy Multiple Needs. (3 Credits) Prerequisites: Gen 300, Mgt 216, Mgt 330, And Mgt 350.


Public Programs: Implementation and Evaluation in a Dynamic Environment
Course Number BPA303
Credits 3.0

This Course Focuses On The Implementation Of Public Policy Decisions Through The Identification And Development Of Specific Methods For Servicing The Public Good. It Incorporates An Emphasis On Intergovernmental Relations And The Increasing Use Of Private Resources In The Service Delivery System. A Strong Emphasis Is Placed On Evaluating Both The Delivery Processes And Service Outcomes As A Means To Continuously Improve Service Delivery Effectiveness. (3 Credits) Prerequisites: Gen 300, Mgt 216, Mgt 330, And Mgt 350.


Skills for Professional Development
Course Number GEN300
Credits 3.0

This Course Examines The Skills Necessary For Successful Critical Thinking, Teamwork, Research, And Communication. The Course Is Designed To Aid Adult Learners In Acquiring And Improving The Core Competencies That Are Necessary At University Of Phoenix. Students Examine Their Reasons For Returning To School And Develop Strategies For Achieving Educational Goals In School, Work, And Personal Settings. Students Are Also Introduced To The University Library And Learn How To Access Its Resources Successfully. (3 Credits) *for Flexibility In Scheduling, Campuses Are Permitted To Schedule Gen/200 To Satisfy Gen/300 Requirements.


Principles of Economics
Course Number ECO 212
Credits 3.0

This course introduces the fundamental theories of microeconomics and macroeconomics. The economic principles studied in this course apply to everyday life as students research an industry, debate issues with trade agreements, discuss the effects of a shift in labor supply and demand, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Consumer Price Index calculation. In particular, students research an industry affected by the economy and perform an economic analysis of the chosen industry. (3 credits) Prerequisite: GEN 300


Business Information Systems
Course Number XBIS219

This course provides an overview of Business Information Systems. This includes a broad foundation for both technical and non-technical business professionals. Special emphasis is placed on how information is used by different types of businesses across different industries. Topics and Objectives Overview of Information Systems Identify information systems used in organizational departments. Explain how information resources are managed. Describe roles of the information systems department. Data Gathering, Storage, and Uses Recognize data management issues. Identify components of a database. Describe the relationship between data, information, and knowledge. E-Business and E-Commerce Compare e-business and e-commerce. Differentiate among business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C), and government-to-citizen (G2C). Explain how online auctions work. How Businesses Use Information Describe organizational information systems. Explain how functional areas use information systems. Identify supply chain components. How Managers Use Information Explain how managers use information systems. Identify information tools for managers. Project Development Methodologies Explain information technology project development methodologies. Identify the phases of Systems Development Life Cycle. Ethical and Legal Issues Recognize ethical and legal issues in information technology. Identify threats to information security. Trends Identify communication technologies used in business. Explain the impact of Web 2.0 on business. Describe advantages and disadvantages of mobile commerce (m-commerce). Technology Solutions Identify technology solutions for business problems. Develop a proposal for technology solutions that address business problems.


Organizational Ethics and Social Responsibility
Course Number XMGT216

This course provides a foundational perspective for socially responsible management practices in business. Special emphasis is placed on the interrelated nature of ethics, moral, legal, and social issues in managing individuals, groups, and the organization within a business environment. Topics and Objectives Fundamentals of Business Ethics Describe business ethics. Identify moral issues within today’s business environment. Compare major ethical theories. Describe social responsibility. Moral Perspectives Describe the relationship among virtue, values, and moral concepts in an individual and business context. Explain ways in which external social pressures have influenced business ethics. Summarize how personal values influence ethical decision-making. Ethics and the Individual Explain how individuals respond to moral issues in business. Recommend solutions to individual moral dilemmas using ethical principles. Ethics in Business and Management Describe moral and ethical issues faced by managers. Explain the relationship between social issues and ethically responsible management practices. Managing for Ethical Conduct Explain management practices for creating and managing an ethical environment within an organization. Apply ethical principles to managerial issues. Ethics in Business and the Organization Describe current moral and ethical issues faced by organizations. Apply ethical principles to organizational issues. Ethical Culture and Leadership Describe ways to improve the ethical culture within an organization. Explain the relationship among ethics, morality, and social issues within the legal environment. Examine the effects of leader’s morals on an organization’s ethical culture. Business Ethics Across Cultures Describe ethical issues that arise as a result of globalization. Compare ethical perspectives across cultures. Determine the risks and consequences associated with global business. Business Ethics Reflection Apply ethical principles to ethical dilemmas in business. Explain ways individuals, managers, and organizations can improve business ethics.


Principles of Accounting
Course Number ACC 280
Credits 3.0

This Course Covers The Fundamentals Of Financial Accounting As Well As The Identification, Measurement, And Reporting Of The Financial Effects Of Economic Events On The Enterprise. Financial Information Is Examined From The Perspective Of Effective Management Decision Making With Special Emphasis On The Planning And Controlling Responsibilities Of Practicing Managers. (3 Credits) Prerequisites: Gen 300 And Mth 209


Business Communications
Course Number COM 285
Credits 3.0

This course introduces students to the foundations of communication in a business setting. Students are exposed to various topics related to interpersonal and group communication within the context of applications in an office or virtual office setting. Students will develop skills in the forms of written communication, including memos, emails, business letters, and reports. Communication ethics and cross-cultural communications are also explored. Upon completing the course, students will have an awareness of their personal communication style and be able to identify areas for further exploration of communication as a business skill. (3 credits) Prerequisite: GEN 30


Management: Theory, Practice, and Application
Course Number MGT330
Credits 3.0

This course explores the rich field of management in theory and practice, and as both a science and an art. The course also addresses the role of managers in the current world of rapid change, increased competitive forces, and increased expectations for the successful performance of employees and organizations. The focus is on some of the ways and means of achieving desired goals. The student will leave this course with a solid background in the nature and work of management and managers. Applications of concepts to current workplace issues will be stressed. (3 credits)


Organizational Behavior and Group Dynamics
Course Number MGT 307
Credits 3.0

This course in organizational behavior encompasses the study of individual and group behavior in organizational settings. Emphasis is placed on strategic elements of organizational behavior, workforce diversity, managing change, effective communication, and performance systems. A comprehensive review of these processes, as well as others, will allow students to examine their role in organizations. (3 credits) Prerequisite: GEN 300.


Critical Thinking: Strategies in Decision Making
Course Number MGT350
Credits 3.0

This course provides students opportunities for analysis, synthesis, prescription, and application of critical thinking and decision making within the organization. Emphasis is placed on preparing managers who can deal clearly, rationally, and creatively with a diverse workforce and dynamic workplace. This course equips students with concrete skills in critical thinking and decision making that will allow them to identify and solve organizational problems, as well as provide strategic direction. (3 credits)


Research and Evaluation I
Course Number RES 341
Credits 3.0

This Course Integrates Applied Business Research And Descriptive Statistics. Examination Of The Role Of Statistics In Research, Statistical Terminology, The Appropriate Use Of Statistical Techniques And Interpretation Of Statistical Findings In Business And Research Will Be The Primary Focus. (3 Credits) Prerequisites: Gen 300 And Mth 209.


Research and Evaluation II
Course Number RES 342
Credits 3.0

This Course Integrates Applied Business Research And Descriptive Statistics. Examination Of The Role Of Statistics In Research, Statistical Terminology, The Appropriate Use Of Statistical Techniques And Interpretation Of Statistical Findings In Business And Research Will Be The Primary Focus. (3 Credits) Prerequisites: Gen 300, Mth 209, And Res 341.


Finance for Business
Course Number FIN 370
Credits 3.0

This Course Introduces The Student To The Essential Elements Of Finance For Business. Emphasis Is Placed On Financial Management, Financial Markets, And The Tools, Techniques, And Methodologies Used In Making Financial Decisions. Topics Include: Financial Planning, Working Capital Management, Capital Budgeting, Long Term Financing, And International Finance. (3 Credits) Prerequisites: Gen 300, Mth 209, And Acc 280.


Business Law
Course Number LAW531

This course prepares students to evaluate the legal risks associated with business activity. Students will create proposals to manage an organization’s legal exposure. Other topics include the legal system, alternative dispute resolution, enterprise liability, product liability, international law, business risks, intellectual property, legal forms of business, and governance. Topics and Objectives Legal Systems of Business Explain traditional litigation and its application to business transactions. Create an alternative dispute resolution best suited to a common business issue. Describe how the legal system functions to resolve business problems. Tort and Regulatory Risk Propose actions a company can take to avoid tort liability and litigation. Propose actions a company can take to avoid product liability risk. Assess methods for managing legal risk arising out of domestic and international regulatory matters. Contract Risk and Opportunities Analyze legal risk issues arising out of contract formation, performance, and remedies. Evaluate measures business leaders can take to avoid risk in transactions. Explain transaction risk arising in unique environments. Risk in the Employment Relationship Analyze legal risk arising out of wrongful discharge. Evaluate legal risk associated with employment discrimination and harassment. Evaluate the regulatory and compliance requirements related to employment and benefits. Risk Arising in Tangible Property and Intellectual Property Propose methods for managing legal risk involving tangible property. Design plans for protecting business intellectual property. Propose methods to avoid liability arising from violating the property rights of others. Business Forms and Governance Compare and contrast the legal forms of business. Analyze who Sarbanes-Oxley applies to and how it applies. Design plans for managing the legal liability of officers and directors.


Marketing
Course Number MKT421
Credits 3.0

This course involves an integrated analysis of the role of marketing within the total organization. Specific attention is given to the analysis of factors affecting consumer behavior, the identification of marketing variables, the development and use of marketing strategies, and the discussion of international marketing issues. (3 credits) Prerequisite: COMM 215.


Integrated Business Topics
Course Number BUS 475
Credits 3.0

The Integrated Business Topics Course Examines Strategic Business Management While Integrating Topics From Previously Completed Business Foundation Coursework. This Allows Students To Demonstrate A Comprehensive Understanding Of The Undergraduate Business Curricula With A Significant Emphasis Placed On The Assessment Of Individual Outcomes To Determine Content Mastery. (3 Credits) Prerequisites: Gen 300, Mth 209, Comm 215, Mgt 330, Mgt 350, Mgt 307, Res 341, Res 342, Fin 370, Mkt 421, Eco 212, Bis 219, Mgt 216, Com 285, Acc 280, And Bus 415.


Program description: The Bachelor of Science in Business (Public Administration) program is designed to prepare graduates with the requisite knowledge, skills, and values to effectively apply various business principles and tools in an organizational setting. The BSB entry sequence exposes students to valuable theoretical knowledge and best practices in the areas of management, organizational behavior, research and evaluation, e-business, and critical thinking and problem solving. In the BSB program coursework, the curriculum addresses critical business issues in the areas of diversity, globalization, ethics, technology, and e-business. In addition to the BSB business entry coursework, the public administration major includes coursework in computers and information processing, management, financial analysis, accounting, business law, employment law, and marketing. The public administration major focuses on the efficient and effective utilization of public resources to achieve the public purpose within a dynamic environment. The program will emphasize the foundations of public administration, public policy formulation, program development, implementation and valuation, human resources and labor relations, and public finance. Students will develop powerful leadership skills enabling them to successfully manage complex public programs.

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Public Administration Courses at Capella University

Program Name: BPA - General Public Administration
Developing a Public Administration Perspective
Course Number BPA3004
Credits 6.0

In this course, learners build and strengthen the skills needed to succeed in their program and the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop a public administration perspective and expand their organizational, research, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Learners also participate in building a learning community, share talents and resources with courseroom peers, and prepare professional written communications. Other topics include teamwork, ethics, and project creation. For BPA learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or petition.


Fundamentals of Management and Leadership
Course Number BUS3010
Credits 6.0

This course is an introduction to management and leadership. Learners explore the relationship between organizational management and leadership within a changing business climate. The course focuses on the individual’s role in aligning management practices with leadership-driven mission, vision, and goals.


Introduction to Public Administration
Course Number BPA3025
Credits 6.0

This course presents the fundamentals of the United States’ political and governmental systems. Learners review the functions of the three branches of the federal government; differentiate between the responsibilities of local, state, and federal governments; and explore the value of a participatory government. Learners also examine public administration theory and its application to public administration practice, analyze the political versus administrative power structures and their associated decision-making authorities, and evaluate the role of the public administrator within the broader public system.


Theoretical Foundations of Public Administration
Course Number BPA3035
Credits 6.0

In this course, learners examine the evolution of the public administration field and the importance of theory to public administration practice and the role of the public administrator. Learners identify foundational public administration theorists, theories, and concepts and link the theoretical concepts of public value and participatory government to the responsibilities of the public administrator.


Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
Course Number BPA3045
Credits 6.0

This course is an examination of the public civil service system and its hiring, promotion, and separation processes. Learners explore the protections inherent in the civil service system, analyze legal and regulatory decisions that affect public employment and personnel management, and discuss the role of labor unions in public sector employment processes and practices. Learners also analyze the authority of the public administrator relative to personnel issues and compare the roles, responsibilities, and protections of the public administration professional with those of political appointees.


Fundamentals of Organizational Communication
Course Number BUS3050
Credits 6.0

This course helps learners develop an understanding of the fundamentals of organizational communication; explore the interrelationship of organizational communication, symbols, culture, and performance; learn effective communication practices in relationships internal and external to the enterprise; and realize how they contribute to successful organizational performance. Through participation in a case study, learners examine the ways organizational communication factors are interrelated and function in an enterprise.


Introduction to Public Finance and Accounting
Course Number BPA3065
Credits 6.0

Learners in this course examine generally accepted public accounting principles and standards, study the public budgetary process and its legal and regulatory constraints, and clarify those constraints associated with the expenditure of public funds. Learners also discuss the role of the public administrator in establishing assumptions for a budget, examine political influence in funding and expenditures, review strategies for adjusting a public sector budget in light of political and legislative policies and directives, and identify the fiscal consequences of changing the allocation of funds and expenditures.


Principles of Organizational Planning and Accountability
Course Number BPA4101
Credits 6.0

In This Course, Learners Develop An Understanding Of Strategic Planning And Implementation Within The Public Sector. Learners Interpret The Political And Fiscal Constraints Of The Public Planning Process, Translate Political Mandates Into Agency Goals, And Develop Measurable Objectives To Meet Those Goals. Learners Also Examine Action Plans, Accountability Measures, And Achievement Indicators Used To Monitor Strategic Planning Objectives And Outcomes, And Recommend Process Planning Improvements. Prerequisite(s): Bus3010, Bpa3025, Bpa3035.


Public Policies and Regulatory Processes
Course Number BPA4102
Credits 6.0

This course introduces learners to the policy making process and the role of the public administrator in formulating public policy and translating policy into regulations. Learners distinguish between the decision-making authority of executive, legislative, and administrative agencies and the associated roles of the public administrator in each setting. Learners also analyze the impact of policy on public administration agencies and departments and their administrative decision-making actions. Prerequisite(s): BPA4101.



Introduction to Diversity and Cultural Competence
Course Number BPA4104
Credits 6.0

Learners in this course examine contemporary theories and practices of cultural competence and diversity in the community and workplace. Learners explore the concepts of fairness and equal treatment in public decision making and the role of the public administrator in fostering social equity. Learners also analyze the impact of public policy and decision making on various socioeconomic and cultural groups and examine strategies for building and sustaining cross-cultural coalitions to address public issues and concerns. Prerequisite(s): BPA4101.


Creating Public Value
Course Number BPA4105
Credits 6.0

In this course, learners explore strategies for improving the performance of public organizations, evaluate theories and practices of public sector change and innovation, and delineate processes to best use public resources to maximize public benefit. Learners review analytical and normative tools used to measure program outcomes and examine collaborative approaches used to meet community expectations of public administrative action. Learners also identify the political realities that impact the perception of public value and the value-creating capabilities of public action. Prerequisite(s): BPA4101.


Resource Management in the Public Sector
Course Number BPA4106
Credits 6.0

In This Course, Learners Evaluate Management Strategies For Efficiently And Equitably Allocating Public Resources. Learners Compare Legislative And Public Administration Resource Management And Oversight Functions And Review The Human Capital And Financial Resources Under The Purview Of The Public Administrator. Learners Also Examine The Ways The Greater Community Scrutinizes The Use Of Public Resources And Evaluate Strategies For Measuring The Effective Use Of Existing And Future Public Assets. Prerequisite(s): Bpa3065, Bpa4101.


The Political and Administrative System
Course Number BPA4107
Credits 6.0

In this course, learners analyze the application of systems theory in the public sector; evaluate the impact of political influence and lobbying on the public administrator’s decision-making authority; and examine methods of improving political, legislative, and administrative systems and interactions. Learners also analyze the link between policy and regulations and the impact of administrative decision making on policy interpretation and implementation to gain an understanding of the political-administrative dichotomy. Prerequisite(s): BPA4101.


Privatization of Government Services
Course Number BPA4108
Credits 6.0

Learners in this course evaluate government services privatization initiatives and their associated opportunities; challenges; and political, legislative, and administrative implementation processes. Learners also examine the fiscal and quality impact of and public and private concerns with privatized service delivery and explore the role of the public administrator in privatization oversight. Prerequisite(s): BPA4101.


Elective Courses BA39
Credits 39.0

Choose 39 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.


Public Administration Capstone Project
Course Number BPA4993
Credits 6.0

The capstone project is the culmination of the bachelor’s degree program in Public Administration and is intended to demonstrate the technical and applied public administration knowledge and the critical-thinking and communication skills learners gain during their program. Learners formulate ideas for a new public administration product or service, create a vision, and develop a strategic plan that describes how to implement their concept. For BPA learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or petition.


Program description: The BPA General Public Administration specialization is designed to provide undergraduate learners with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective public sector program and policy implementation and management. Learners engage in a curriculum that presents fundamental public administration topics, including public finance and accounting, human resource management, public-private collaboration, and strategic planning and accountability as well as more field-specific topics such as participative governance and contracting and privatization. The curriculum also emphasizes public administration leadership theory and practice and ethical and legal standards. Building on these concepts and skills, successful graduates of this specialization are prepared to enter or advance in the public administration field at the local, state, regional, or federal level, or pursue positions in nonprofit or community development fields.

Program Name: DPA - General Public Administration
Public Services Theory, Issues, and Research
Course Number DPA8002
Credits 4.0

This Course Presents The Historical And Contemporary Roles And Relationships Of The Public Sector In The United States. It Provides A Scholarly Perspective Of Public Policy And Administration That Traces Major Theories Associated With The Field And The Political, Social, And Economic Context Within Which They Developed. Learners Focus On Developing The Critical-thinking And Analysis Skills Needed To Apply Theory To Local, State, And Federal Levels Of Government And Explore The Implications Of Public Policy Theory On Careers In The Field. Dpa8002 Must Be Taken By Dpa Learners In Their First Quarter. May Be Taken Concurrently With Dpa8480. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Theories of Leadership and Public Administration
Course Number DPA8400
Credits 4.0

Learners In This Course Build Theoretical And Practical Knowledge Of Human Behavior, Coalition Building, Communications, And The Influences Of Various Leadership Styles. Learners Examine The Ways In Which Public Administration Leadership Is Unique In Its Representative Nature, Structure, Balance Of Power, And Systems Perspective And Focus On Improvements Leaders Can Implement To Enhance Public Value Within Their Sphere Of Influence. Other Topics Include Interactions With Political Leaders And Lobbyists, Strategies For Motivating A Civil Service-protected Workforce, And Skills For Effectively Communicating At Various Levels. Prerequisite(s): Completion Of Or Concurrent Enrollment In Dpa8480. May Be Taken Concurrently With Dpa8404. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Principles of Organization Theory and Practice
Course Number DPA8404
Credits 4.0

This Course Presents The Ways Organizational Behavior Is Influenced By Individual Differences, Group Processes And Interactions, And Organizational Processes. Learners Examine Motivation, Productivity, Diversity, Group Development, Team Building, Collaboration, Coordination With Outside Contractors, Decision-making And Communication Processes, Power And Politics, And Organizational Culture. Learners Also Focus On Developing The Skills And Abilities Essential For Effective Management In Changing Organizational Contexts. Prerequisite(s): Completion Of Or Concurrent Enrollment In Dpa8400. May Be Taken Concurrently With Dpa8100. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Ethics and Social Responsibility
Course Number DPA8408
Credits 4.0

In This Course, Learners Study The Ways In Which Creating And Maintaining Public Value And Mission-specific Leadership Provides The Foundations For Ethical Behavior. Learners Analyze Case Studies That Illustrate Ethical Dilemmas In Order To Develop Intelligence, Planning, Operations, Command, Interagency Coordination, Communication, And Technology Solutions Applicable To A Variety Of Public Agencies And Situations. Prerequisite(s): Completion Of Or Concurrent Enrollment In Dpa8100. May Be Taken Concurrently With Dpa8412. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Global and Diverse Societies
Course Number DPA8412
Credits 4.0

Learners In This Course Explore The Cultural Values And Styles Of Communicating, Reasoning, And Decision Making Necessary To Cross Cultural Boundaries Effectively. Learners Examine The Challenges Of Working Cross-culturally To Create And Enhance Public Value, Equitable Solutions, And Effective Public Administration Systems And Policies That Improve Process And Practice. Prerequisite(s): Completion Of Or Concurrent Enrollment In Dpa8408. May Be Taken Concurrently With Dpa8416. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Public Administration and Community Collaboration
Course Number DPA8416
Credits 4.0

Learners In This Course Study Theories Of Participative Government, Community Development, And Change Management As They Relate To Collaboration Between Government And Communities. Topics Include Community Collaboration Through Education, Communication, Participation, And Advocacy At All Levels Of Government. Prerequisite(s): Completion Of Or Concurrent Enrollment In Dpa8412. May Be Taken Concurrently With Dpa8420. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy
Course Number DPA8420
Credits 4.0

This Course Focuses On The Role Of Policy Development In Areas Of Public Safety, Health Care, Immigration, Social Services, Transportation, Housing, Labor, Arts, And The Environment. Learners Study The Craft Of Public Policy Making As It Is Applied At Legislative And Administrative Sites And At All Levels Of The Public Sector. Other Topics Include The Policy Process, Agenda Setting, Advocacy, Analysis, Political Process Management, Policy Implementation, And Evaluation And Feedback In The Public Policy Arena. Prerequisite(s): Completion Of Or Concurrent Enrollment In Dpa8416. May Be Taken Concurrently With Dpa8424. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Theories and Practices of Public Human Resource Management
Course Number DPA8424
Credits 4.0

This Course Is A Survey Of Philosophies, Approaches, And Systems Of Managing People In Government Organizations And Includes Historical Developments, Personnel Management Practices And Behaviors, And Current Issues. Learners Examine Recruitment, Classification, Compensation, Training, Evaluation, Labor-management Relations Functions, And The Use Of Outside Contractors. Prerequisite(s): Completion Of Or Concurrent Enrollment In Dpa8420. May Be Taken Concurrently With Dpa8428. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Public Needs Assessment and Planning
Course Number DPA8428
Credits 4.0

This Course Provides Learners With An Introduction To The Needs-based Planning Tools Used To Evaluate The Impact Of Legislation, Regulations, Programs, And Processes And Develop Plans For Systems Changes. Topics Include Selecting Programs For Evaluation, Crafting Program Descriptions, Identifying Stakeholders And Their Interests, Developing Logic Models For Decision Making, Framing Evaluation Questions, Applying Quantitative And Qualitative Tools Of Analysis, And Formulating Evaluation Reports And Feedback For Decision Makers. Prerequisite(s): Completion Of Or Concurrent Enrollment In Dpa8424. May Be Taken Concurrently With Dpa8103. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Fundamentals of Public Administration Research
Course Number DPA8100
Credits 4.0

Learners In This Course Examine Theories That Guide The Acquisition Of Knowledge Within The Public Administration Profession. Learners Analyze And Evaluate The Methods Used To Develop Theories, Link Theory To Research, Evaluate Published Research, And Apply Research Findings To Practice. Learners Also Complete The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (citi) Module Required For Academic Research. Prerequisite(s): Completion Of Or Concurrent Enrollment In Dpa8404. May Be Taken Concurrently With Dpa8408. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Theory Development in Public Administration
Course Number DPA8103
Credits 4.0

In This Course, Learners Analyze Current And Emerging Public Administration Theories, The Circumstances Surrounding Their Development, And Their Applications In The Field. Learners Delineate The Links Between Theory And Practice And Identify Future Public Administration Implications And Trends. Learners Also Conduct A Comprehensive Literature Review, Synthesize The Literature, And Develop And Evaluate The Theoretical Constructs Guiding Their Participatory Action Research Proposal In Preparation For Their Dissertation. Prerequisite(s): Completion Of Or Concurrent Enrollment In Dpa8428. May Be Taken Concurrently With Dpa8484. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Program Evaluation and Participatory Research
Course Number DPA8106
Credits 4.0

Learners in this course analyze the theories and methods of participatory action research and conduct a program evaluation in which they focus on the application of this research methodology. Topics include planning and sampling, measurement, statistical and qualitative analytic models, analysis and interpretation of results, and ethical considerations. Learners conceptualize, plan, and design a participatory action proposal for doctoral research. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in DPA8488. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.


Field Experience I: Conference
Course Number DPA8480
Credits 4.0

In This Case Study Course, Learners Focus On Integrating Theory With Practice. Learners Attend A Professional Conference Such As The American Society For Public Administration, The Academy Of Criminal Justice Sciences, Or The American Public Health Association And Develop A White Paper Based On The Key Focus Of The Conference. The White Paper Includes An Evaluation Of The Policy Or Issue Discussed; A Review Of Policy Implications For Public Leaders; And Recommendations For Policy Implementation Or Actions That Enhance Public Value, Citizen Involvement, And Collaboration. Prerequisite(s): Completion Of Or Concurrent Enrollment In Dpa8002. May Be Taken Concurrently With Dpa8400. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Field Experience II: Legislative Interaction
Course Number DPA8484
Credits 4.0

The Focus Of This Case Study Course Is Legislation, Policy Evaluation, And Cost-benefit Analysis. Learners Determine An Issue Related To Their Focus Area And Discuss The Issue With Local, State, And Federal Public Service Leaders, Interest Groups, And Key Lobbyists. Learners Conduct Interviews With Selected Public Service And Interest Group Representatives And Develop A White Paper. The White Paper Includes Recommendations For Specific Leadership Approaches To Modifying, Evaluating, And Expanding Governmental Policies, Regulations, And Actions. Prerequisite(s): Dpa8103. May Be Taken Concurrently With Dpa8428. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Field Experience III: Comprehensive
Course Number DPA8488
Credits 4.0

In This Case Study Course, Learners Focus On Program Evaluation And Cost-benefit Analysis From A Multidisciplinary Perspective. After Selecting A Program To Evaluate, Learners Determine An Appropriate Program Evaluation Method That Includes Cost-benefit Analysis And Application Of A Public Value Model. Learners Develop A Comprehensive Analysis Of A Multidisciplinary Case Study And Write A White Paper For Publication In A Peer-reviewed Public Service Journal. Prerequisite(s): Dpa8484. May Be Taken Concurrently With Dpa8106. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Action Research Dissertation Courseroom
Course Number DPA9920
Credits 0.0

The DPA dissertation is a participatory action research project undertaken by learners in their field of specialization. This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and peer and mentor support during each dissertation course as they complete the required milestones in their research. Grading for this course is R/NS. Prerequisite(s): All required and elective course work. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.


Action Research Dissertation 1
Course Number DPA9921
Credits 5.0

The Dpa Dissertation Is A Participatory Action Research Project Undertaken By Learners In Their Field Of Specialization. Learners Complete The Required Dissertation Milestones And Prepare Their Dissertation For Publication. Grading For These Courses Is R/ns. Courses Must Be Taken In Sequence. Prerequisite(s): All Required And Elective Course Work And Concurrent Enrollment In Dpa9920. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Action Research Dissertation 2
Course Number DPA9922
Credits 5.0

The Dpa Dissertation Is A Participatory Action Research Project Undertaken By Learners In Their Field Of Specialization. Learners Complete The Required Dissertation Milestones And Prepare Their Dissertation For Publication. Grading For These Courses Is R/ns. Courses Must Be Taken In Sequence. Prerequisite(s): All Required And Elective Course Work And Concurrent Enrollment In Dpa9920. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Action Research Dissertation 3
Course Number DPA9923
Credits 5.0

The Dpa Dissertation Is A Participatory Action Research Project Undertaken By Learners In Their Field Of Specialization. Learners Complete The Required Dissertation Milestones And Prepare Their Dissertation For Publication. Grading For These Courses Is R/ns. Courses Must Be Taken In Sequence. Prerequisite(s): All Required And Elective Course Work And Concurrent Enrollment In Dpa9920. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Action Research Dissertation 4
Course Number DPA9924
Credits 5.0

The Dpa Dissertation Is A Participatory Action Research Project Undertaken By Learners In Their Field Of Specialization. Learners Complete The Required Dissertation Milestones And Prepare Their Dissertation For Publication. Grading For These Courses Is R/ns. Courses Must Be Taken In Sequence. Prerequisite(s): All Required And Elective Course Work And Concurrent Enrollment In Dpa9920. Cannot Be Fulfilled By Transfer.


Three Elective Courses
Credits 12.0

Recommended elective course: DPA8450 Finance Policies and Practices in Public Administration (4 quarter credits) Choose any graduate courses from the School of Public Service Leadership.


Program description: Enhance your public leadership skills as you develop and apply research to address multidisciplinary public service issues within your community. This doctoral specialization uses course work, current case studies, advanced learning technologies, and field experiences to strengthen your collaboration and leadership skills and identify community issues that could benefit from an action-based research project. Working with a rich, global network of experienced faculty and professional peers, you will gain an in-depth understanding of your own field, plus insights from professionals in other fields, such as public safety and health care, who often collaborate with you to solve today’s complex challenges. Convenient electronic textbooks lowers program costs and provides immediate access to course materials. People likely to choose this specialization include public administrators who want to pursue leadership positions in government agencies, public service organizations, or the political arena; or faculty positions in the fields of public administration, public affairs, and political science.

Program Name: MPA - General Public Administration
Survey of Research and Practice in Public Administration
Course Number MPA5002
Credits 4.0

This course provides an overview of the major theories and concepts of public administration. Learners study and evaluate the theories, practices, and resources that guide the profession and examine the relationships between individuals, organizations, and society in public services.


Public Administration Theory
Course Number MPA5400
Credits 4.0

Learners in this course explore the history, foundations, and theories of public administration and its underlying political, social, and economic contexts. Learners examine organizational public policy environments and develop an understanding of public administration theory bases that provide a foundation for subsequent course work.


Public Administration Organizational Leadership and Theory
Course Number MPA5404
Credits 4.0

In this course, learners examine the roles of public administration leaders and managers and explore change management, systems theories, and organizational behavior and culture from an applied, theoretical perspective. In particular, learners focus on local, state, federal, elected, appointed, and employed government structures and officials and analyze their respective leadership requirements.


Finance and Accounting in Public Administration
Course Number MPA5408
Credits 4.0

This course covers the public administration finance, accounting, and budgeting concepts, policies, and practices associated with organizations and the fiscal climate within which they operate. Learners study the theories motivating major public administration fiscal-policy debates, budgeting, financial management and reporting, auditing, and tax and technology systems. Learners also examine public administration finance issues such as limited general funds availability and the use of dashboards for financial monitoring.


Strategic Management and Planning
Course Number MPA5410
Credits 4.0

Learners in this course explore strategic management and planning concepts and processes, including collaboration, cooperation, and coordination within and among organizations. Learners apply these concepts to real-life situations and organizations, examining their internal and external environments, allocation of resources, and translation of strategic plans into tactical operations.


Ethics and Personal Leadership Development
Course Number MPA5412
Credits 4.0

In this course, learners evaluate the associations between ethics and social justice and economic disparity, power, and privilege. Learners use demographic data and current social trends and themes to identify and address ethical and social justice issues affecting global service delivery


Quantitative and Qualitative Research
Course Number MPA5416
Credits 4.0

This course presents quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods used in the public sector. Learners examine models, metrics, and methodological tools used to evaluate programs and policies. Learners also study legal and ethical issues associated with research and evaluation and identify the strengths, limitations, and threats to the validity and reliability of research


Leadership and Human Resource Management in Public Services
Course Number MPA5420
Credits 4.0

This course presents theories, approaches, and systems of employee acquisition, management, development, and retention in government organizations. Learners review case studies to explore public services topics associated with law and ethics, diversity, performance and conflict management, use of outside contractors, and policy development and implementation.


Policy Analysis and Research
Course Number MPA5424
Credits 4.0

In this course, learners examine the concepts, principles, and stages of public policy analysis and development. Learners study the models and tools used by policymakers and policy analysts to evaluate the effect of programs and projects on societal problems. Topics include political, legal, economic, and social institutions and processes; the impact of policy on public value; policy assessment; and global complications of policy processes.


Integrative Public Administration Project
Course Number MPA5428
Credits 4.0

In this course, learners demonstrate proficiency in their specialization area by applying learning from required and elective courses to complete an analysis of a public administration organization or system, or propose a new application in their professional field.


Program description: The MPA General Public Administration specialization focuses on the knowledge and skills public administration professionals need to manage and lead organizations in the public services domain. The curriculum is designed to provide learners with a theoretical understanding of the evolution of the field and equip them with the skills needed to determine, assess, and analyze practical responses to public administration issues and challenges across a variety of fields within public services, such as public health and public safety. Learners explore enhancing public value; fostering collaborative networks with diverse populations; promoting ethical performance standards; and developing innovative solutions to public policy and governance challenges. Successful graduates of this specialization are prepared to pursue positions managing or leading public or nonprofit organizations or community networks in a variety of settings.

Public Administration Courses at DeVry University

Program Name: Master of Public Administration
Managerial Decision-Making
Course Number GM530

This course explores decision-making from the perspective of managers who must decide how to allocate scarce resources under uncertainty. Combining qualitative and quantitative information is emphasized. Topics include framing decision problems, establishing evaluation criteria, determining trade-offs, constructing decision trees, estimating probabilities and risk, and taking responsibility for consequences. The roles of judgment, intuition and heuristics in decision-making are also explored. Students research a practical application of decision analysis. No prerequisite


Health Policy and Economics
Course Number HS544

This course focuses on the relationship between health care economics and public policy, and assists students in developing an understanding of the public policy formulation and implementation process, as well as awareness of critical issues in American health policy. Students are exposed to health care economics issues of supply and demand, technology, health care labor, equity and efficiency, and application of economic analysis to the public policy development process. No prerequisite


Public Administration Capstone
Course Number PA600

Students In This Culminating Course, Intended To Be Taken As The Last Course, Integrate Knowledge And Skills Learned Throughout The Program. Students Develop A Project Related To Their Area Of Emphasis Within The Mpa Program. Prerequisite: Successful Completion Of All Other Program Core And Mpa Emphasis-specific Courses Before Registration



Applied Managerial Statistics
Course Number GM533

Applied Managerial Statistics stresses practical use of statistics in collecting, organizing, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data. Both descriptive and inferential techniques are covered. No prerequisite


Business Economics
Course Number GM545

Business Economics provides a basic understanding of managerial economics and the impact of the economic environment on business decision-making. The course develops micro- and macroeconomic topics, with particular emphasis on marginal analysis, and supply and demand considerations. No prerequisite


Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Course Number GM591

This course examines inter- and intrapersonal dynamics as they affect achievement of corporate goals. Topics include theories of organizational behavior concepts and applications, including motivation, group dynamics, organizational communication processes, leadership, power, authority, team building and organizational development. Managing change in a complex domestic and international environment is also emphasized. Students are provided with a solid foundation for examining organizational behavior in a systematic manner.


Managing Organizational Change
Course Number HR587
Credits 3.0

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Managerial Applications of Information Technology
Course Number IS535
Credits 3.0

This course introduces structures, applications and management of corporate information systems. Coursework investigates how technology is changing the way we conduct communication, make decisions, manage people and improve business processes, as well as how it adds value to business. Students access the Internet to gather and use information, and analyze business decisions using decision support tools. No prerequisite


Project Management Systems
Course Number PM586
Credits 3.0

With an emphasis on planning, this course introduces project management fundamentals and principles from the standpoint of the manager who must organize, plan, implement and control non routine activities to achieve schedule, budget and performance objectives. Topics include project life cycles, organization and charters; work breakdown structures; responsibility matrixes; as well as planning, budgeting and scheduling systems. Planning and control methods such as PERT/CPM, Gantt charts, earned value systems, project management software applications and project audits are introduced. No prerequisite


Program description: DeVry University's online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree has been created to offers its students a program that would aid them in developing the skills and understanding that are needed to be an efficient and effective manager within any organization.

This program also offers students the opportunity to chose a focus within one of three areas of emphasis:

Government management
Nonprofit management
Health care management
Graduates of this online MPA program will have gained the skills that are required of personnel at any level of nonprofit, healthcare and governmental organizations, including:

Leadership
Human resources
Budgeting
Accounting
Project management
Information systems
Public policy
Marketing
This public administration online degree program will teach its students the theoretical and practical knowledge that is needed to work with government policies, implement statewide initiatives and mandates, enhance viability of social services, and manage care facilities, hospitals, and clinics.

Public Administration Courses at LA College International

Program Name: AA Public Administration Online
Data Base Management Systems
Course Number BC113a
Credits 3.0

Prerequisite: BC116a This course introduces Microsoft Access 2007 database management software. Students develop the skills required to use a database files and reports. Related topics include navigating the Access interface, structuring tables, designing queries, creating forms, and mitigating database design issues. Students will complete a comprehensive database project in which they apply the concepts learned in the class.


Introduction to Computers and Computer Applications
Course Number BC116a
Credits 3.0

Lab Prerequisite: None This class introduces students to basic computer terms and concepts. It also provides the hands-on experience and skills development necessary to perform tasks in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software programs.


Medical Terminology, Medical Records, and Health Insurance
Course Number HCA200
Credits 3.0

3.00 Semester Hours/45 Lecture Hours Prerequisite: None This course offers students an overview of medical terminology, medical records and health insurance. The study of medical records includes purpose, format, production and accuracy of medical records, contents, ownership, access, retention, compliance, and uses of the medical record. This course also includes understanding of health insurance products such as underwriting, medical claims cost control, pricing, and marketing.


Introduction to Health Care Administration
Course Number HCA201
Credits 3.0

3.00 Semester Hours/45 Lecture Hours Prerequisite: None This course offers theoretical background and historical development of contemporary health care systems. It also introduces students to the management functions of planning, organizing, decision making, staffing and controlling in conventional and integrative health care systems,


Critical Thinking and Success Strategies in Health Care
Course Number HCA202
Credits 3.0

3.00 Semester Hours/45 Lecture Hours Prerequisite: None This course introduces students to basic principles of informal logic and standards of intellectual reasoning. Topics include the stages of critical thinking, points of view, assumptions and inferences, self-deception, bias and egocentrism, fallacies, and inductive strengths and weaknesses. Students use critical thinking skills to analyze and solve problems that face health care professionals


Introduction to Health Care and Business Law
Course Number HCA208
Credits 3.0

3.00 Semester Hours/45 Lecture Hours Prerequisite: None This course presents primary functions of the legal system, and how they affect the delivery of health care. Topics include legal terminology and concepts such as contracts, torts, due process, negligence, liability, etc. Students examine health-related legal theories such as informed consent, tort reform, privilege and confidentiality.


Introduction to Health Care Information Systems
Course Number HCA210
Credits 3.0

3.00 Semester Hours/45 Lecture Hours Prerequisite: None This Course Introduces The Key Concepts, Principles, And Practices Of Health Care Information Systems. Topics Include Applications Of Information Systems, Health Care Databases, Electronic Medical Records, Commercial Vendors, Decision Support Systems, Leading-edge Technologies, Departmental Design, And Record Retention, Analysis, And Evaluation. There Is A Special Emphasis On The Role Of Him Professionals And The Him Department In Modern Health Care Organizations.


Health Care Marketing and Customer Service
Course Number HCA211
Credits 3.0

3.00 Semester Hours/45 Lecture Hours Prerequisite: None This course covers the fundamentals of marketing for health care. Topics include exploring the meaning of marketing, consumer behavior, market segmentation, marketing ethics, and environmental influences that impact marketing.


Seminar in Health Care Administration I
Course Number HCA299
Credits 3.0

3.00 Semester Hours/45 Lecture Hours Prerequisites: Bc116a, Hca200, Hca201, Hca202, Hca204 And Hca206 This Capstone Course For The Aa In Health Care Administration Covers Topics That Are Currently Important Within Health Care. Students Complete An In-depth Study Of A Topic Related To Their Career Interests.


Mathematics
Course Number GE201
Credits 3.0

Prerequisite: None This course focuses on whole numbers, fractions, ratios, proportions, the decimal system, and percents. Special emphasis is placed on the application of basic math skills to common workplace problems and real=life situations.


Introduction to Psychology
Course Number GE210
Credits 3.0

Prerequisite: None This course introduces self-awareness, heredity and environment, motivation, development and learning, perception, information processing, communication, and interpersonal relations. Important applications are made to situations people face in their work lives, including change management, stress management, goal-setting, and interpersonal relationships at work.


American Culture, Government and Politics
Course Number GE219
Credits 3.0

Prerequisite: None This course offers students insight into the foundations of the U.S. Constitution, and distribution of powers between federal and state governments, Students examine sp


College English and Public Speaking
Course Number GE221
Credits 3.0

3.00 Semester Hours/48 Lecture Hours Prerequisite: None This course reviews basic skills required for successful college writing, focusing on strategies to achieve effective content, organization and English usage. This course also helps students develop confidence in both personal and professional verbal presentation skills. Topics include audience evaluation, critical thinking, organization, effective listening, audience message retention, and the use of visual aids. May be substituted for GE218.


Introduction to Sciences
Course Number GE222
Credits 3.0

3.00 Semester Hours/48 Lecture Hours Prerequisite: None This course covers fundamentals of science, which include topics of life, health, matter, energy, plants, and animals and how they interrelate to local and earthly topology. Students review application of the scientific method as well as its limitations


Program description: The Mission of LA College International is to provide quality career oriented post-secondary education for students seeking ‘A better career. A better life.’ They strive to accomplish this through our commitment to professional education and superior student services in our online programs, focusing on business management, health care administration, criminal justice and public administration.
Attending college in Wisconsin will not only give students the opportunity to learn at a world-class institution, but also the chance to have fun on the side, while discovering Wisconsin's many little known attractions such as Above & Beyond Children's Museum. Public Administration schools in Wisconsin can help an aspiring public administrators gain the attributes and learning necessary for a successful career. Students have a choice of 22 public administration colleges in Wisconsin to attend. In the 2008-2009 school year, reportedly 315 students completed public administration programs in Wisconsin.
LA College International Online's Health Care Administration programs provide students with comprehensive knowledge of the major components of the modern health care industry. The programs are designed to prepare students for employment in a full range of positions available in the health care field including hospitals and physician offices. The curriculum for these degrees includes basic computer operations and computer applications.

Public Administration Courses at Grand Canyon University

Program Name: Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy
Public Organizational Theory
Course Number ADM611
Credits 4.0

Fundamental approaches to organizational theory are examined in this course within the context of public administration. Both traditional and emerging paradigms in public organization theory are also explored. The relevance of these theories is applied to the practical management and decision-making processes inherent in public organizations.


Economics for Public Administrators
Course Number ADM614
Credits 4.0

In this course, the role of government in the economy is explored within the general context of market failure and social equity. Topics include allocation of goods and services, income distribution, externalities, public goods, and public choice theory. This course also examines the impact of macroeconomic events and policy decisions on the budgets and service levels of public entities.


Acquiring, Developing, and Leveraging Human Capital
Course Number HRM635
Credits 4.0

The Effective Strategic Management Of Human Capital Is The Differentiator Of Every Successful Organization. This Course Examines Talent Management, Workforce Diversity, Succession Planning, Employee Development And Motivation, And Performance Matrix. This Course Addresses Human Resource Competencies Identified By The Society Of Hr Management (shrm). Using The Strong Strategic Hr Acumen Provided By This Course, Students Will Be Well-prepared For Positions As Senior Human Resources Specialists Or As General Managers. Also Ldr 635.


Public Governance
Course Number ADM624
Credits 4.0

This course focuses on how government and public organizations serve their stakeholders, the manner in which their services are carried out, how resources are managed, and how regulatory powers are complied with and/or managed. In accordance with UN guidelines on public governance, issues related to transparency, participation, and accountability are also examined.


Public Budgeting and financial Management
Course Number ADM626
Credits 4.0

This course provides an introduction to the revenue and expenditure structure of the public sector, including revenue policy, expenditure policy, and budget structure and administration.


Intergovernmental Relations
Course Number ADM632
Credits 4.0

This course examines in detail the relationships among the federal, state, and municipal levels of government in the United States. The history of U.S. federalism is briefly covered, followed by a more in-depth focus on such issues as competition among levels and branches of government, the challenge of institutional fragmentation, and the role of governmental interest groups. Specific policy issues (education, health care, social services) are used to examine and analyze the dynamics of these relationships.


Policy Studies
Course Number ADM634
Credits 4.0

This course focuses on how challenges and problems facing society become policy issues. Leading theories in policy analysis and the policy-making process are examined and critiqued. The impact of policy decisions on various groups within society (related to gender, age, ethnicity, etc.) is also examined.


Law and Administrative Process
Course Number ADM636
Credits 4.0

An introduction to law relevant to public administration, this course covers selected topics in administrative and constitutional law, including the exercise of governmental power, legislative and executive oversight, rule making, adjudication, and judicial review.


Servant Leadership
Course Number PSC 410
Credits 4.0

This course focuses on servant leadership and ethical leadership, explores how servant leadership is different from other styles of leadership, and examines how this connects to ethics, accountability, and being a responsible leader


Program description: Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Administration prepares students for careers in the public sector.
The program is targeted at individuals working or desirous of finding employment in all levels of government,
health care administration, and other quasi- and/or non-governmental organizations. The coursework gives
students the opportunity to apply administrative skills in the areas of leadership, human capital development,
policy, and governance within a public sector environment. Students will be challenged to identify and provide
solutions for the unique issues facing public sector organizations today. This program offers two emphasis areas
from which students can choose: health care management and government and policy.

Program Name: Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Health Care Management
Acquiring, Developing, and Leveraging Human Capital
Course Number HRM 635
Credits 4.0

The Effective Strategic Management Of Human Capital Is The Differentiator Of Every Successful Organization. This Course Examines Talent Management, Workforce Diversity, Succession Planning, Employee Development And Motivation, And Performance Matrix. This Course Addresses Human Resource Competencies Identified By The Society Of Hr Management (shrm). Using The Strong Strategic Hr Acumen Provided By This Course, Students Will Be Well-prepared For Positions As Senior Human Resources Specialists Or As General Managers. Also Ldr 635.


Public Budgeting and Financial Management
Course Number ADM 626
Credits 4.0

This course provides an introduction to the revenue and expenditure structure of the public sector, including revenue policy, expenditure policy, and budget structure and administration.


Public Organizational Theory
Course Number ADM611
Credits 4.0

Fundamental approaches to organizational theory are examined in this course within the context of public administration. Both traditional and emerging paradigms in public organization theory are also explored. The relevance of these theories is applied to the practical management and decision-making processes inherent in public organizations.


Economics for Public Administrators
Course Number ADM614
Credits 4.0

In this course, the role of government in the economy is explored within the general context of market failure and social equity. Topics include allocation of goods and services, income distribution, externalities, public goods, and public choice theory. This course also examines the impact of macroeconomic events and policy decisions on the budgets and service levels of public entities.


Servant Leadership
Course Number PSC 410
Credits 4.0

This course focuses on servant leadership and ethical leadership, explores how servant leadership is different from other styles of leadership, and examines how this connects to ethics, accountability, and being a responsible leader


Public Governance
Course Number ADM624
Credits 4.0

This course focuses on how government and public organizations serve their stakeholders, the manner in which their services are carried out, how resources are managed, and how regulatory powers are complied with and/or managed. In accordance with UN guidelines on public governance, issues related to transparency, participation, and accountability are also examined.



Analysis of Contemporary Health Care Delivery Models
Course Number HCA 525
Credits 4.0

This course allows students to develop a comprehensive understanding of contemporary health care models from financial, economic, quality, access, and disparity perspectives, and to relate the ethical, cultural, political, and financial factors that drive and support them. It is from this broad, integrative, and comparative perspective that students begin defining their role and perspective as administrators within the health care system. This knowledge also provides a foundation from which students can begin to investigate their options and define their potential to serve as leaders of systematic improvement based on changes in these driving factors


Health Care Policies and Economics
Course Number HCA 530
Credits 4.0

This course focuses on the practical financial-analysis skills that have immediate application within the health care industry, as well as managerial decision-making processes based on cost, service, and economic variables that influence market performance and outcome.


Program description: Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Administration prepares students for careers in the public sector.
The program is targeted at individuals working or desirous of finding employment in all levels of government,
health care administration, and other quasi- and/or non-governmental organizations. The coursework gives
students the opportunity to apply administrative skills in the areas of leadership, human capital development,
policy, and governance within a public sector environment. Students will be challenged to identify and provide
solutions for the unique issues facing public sector organizations today. This program offers two emphasis areas
from which students can choose: health care management and government and policy.

Public Administration Courses by State & City

Top 20 US Public Administration Schools (campus and online)

Harvard University
Total Programs 113
Number of Subjects 76
Rank in USA 1st
Stanford University
Total Programs 126
Number of Subjects 95
Rank in USA 3rd
Columbia University in the City of New York
Total Programs 192
Number of Subjects 141
Rank in USA 4th
University of Pennsylvania
Total Programs 188
Number of Subjects 140
Rank in USA 5th
University of California-Berkeley
Total Programs 145
Number of Subjects 105
Rank in USA 6th
University of California-Los Angeles
Total Programs 168
Number of Subjects 111
Rank in USA 7th
Princeton University
Total Programs 56
Number of Subjects 59
Rank in USA 8th
Brown University
Total Programs 135
Number of Subjects 88
Rank in USA 9th
University of Southern California
Total Programs 251
Number of Subjects 166
Rank in USA 10th
Northwestern University
Total Programs 197
Number of Subjects 139
Rank in USA 11th
New York University
Total Programs 204
Number of Subjects 146
Rank in USA 13th
Duke University
Total Programs 77
Number of Subjects 76
Rank in USA 15th
University of Virginia-Main Campus
Total Programs 106
Number of Subjects 103
Rank in USA 16th
Vanderbilt University
Total Programs 144
Number of Subjects 81
Rank in USA 17th
The University of Texas at Austin
Total Programs 169
Number of Subjects 141
Rank in USA 18th
Johns Hopkins University
Total Programs 178
Number of Subjects 136
Rank in USA 19th
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Total Programs 148
Number of Subjects 126
Rank in USA 20th
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Total Programs 215
Number of Subjects 164
Rank in USA 23rd
Tufts University
Total Programs 120
Number of Subjects 95
Rank in USA 24th
Pomona College
Total Programs 61
Number of Subjects 56
Rank in USA 25th