Courses Masters

 

Masters Course Descriptions

CourseSubjectHours
5001Directed Research in Public Administration
Prerequisite(s): In most cases, 18 hours of Public Administration and permission of the faculty director.
The student is advised by a faculty member, who assists in selecting a topic to research in public administration and directs an independent research project.
1(0-0)

5002Directed Research in Public Administration
Prerequisite(s): In most cases, 18 hours of Public Administration and permission of the faculty director.
The student is advised by a faculty member, who assists in selecting a topic to research in public administration and directs an independent research project.
2(0-0)

5003Directed Research in Public Administration
Prerequisite(s): In most cases, 18 hours of Public Administration and permission of the faculty director.
The student is advised by a faculty member, who assists in selecting a topic to research in public administration and directs an independent research project.
3(0-0)

5023Quantitative Methods in Public Administration
Study of the theory and methodology of empirical research as applied in public administration from the standpoint of both the practitioner and the consumer. Methodologies include experiments, field research, field experiments, focus groups, content analysis, policy evaluation research, and survey methods. Quantitative methods relating to research design, probability, and inferential statistics are applied to classroom projects in public administration.
3(3-0)

5033Advanced Quantitative Methods in Public Administration
Prerequisite(s): PUAD 5023.
Theory building and testing, advanced statistical modeling, and multivariate analysis, with emphasis on applications for public administration.
3(3-0)

5133Public Administration
Examination of the basic principles involved in the administration and execution of public policy. Includes such topics as organizational theory, personnel management, budgetary procedures, and the politics of administration.
3(3-0)

5143Ethics in the Public Sector
Introduction to ethical theories and their application in the public sector. Individual as well as organizational responsibility emphasized through case studies.
3(3-0)

5163Intergovernmental Administrative Problems
Examines the constitutional basis of federalism and the evolution of fiscal, legal and administrative relationships among federal, state and local governments.
3(3-0)

5253Comparative Administration of Justice
Compares and contrasts criminal justice agencies within and outside the United States. The course notes similarities and differences in administrations, organizations, principal functions, and objectives. Considers the nature of governmental control and oversight and the relationship between agencies and the public.
3(3-0)

5263Legal Issues of State and Local Government
Substantive law applied to all aspects of governmental and administrative operations in state and local government. Topics include state/local relations, governmental structures, liabilities of public officials, and financial and regulatory activities.
3(3-0)

5363Administration of Justice
Case study approach of an individual defendant from the time the crime is committed through the defendant's parole. Includes an analysis of principal and supportive agencies. The course will examine the legal procedures and rules in the criminal justice process effecting the defendant and public. The course encompasses an in-depth view of the adversary procedures, which form the basis of the criminal justice system.
3(3-0)

5373Management in Criminal Justice Agencies
The course is designed to examine areas of management in criminal justice agencies. Particular attention is paid to issues of planning, budgeting, and human resources. Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical management skills required in modern criminal justice organizations.
3(3-0)

5383Justice and Society
Comprehensive analysis of the dynamics between the agencies in the administration of justice and the public clients they serve. Emphasis is placed on trust, understanding, integrity, and dialogue.
3(3-0)

5723Non-Profit Management
Unique aspects of managing non-profit organizations emphasized, including board-staff relations, fund-raising, grantsmanship, and managing volunteers.
3(3-0)

5733Leadership and Teamwork
Introduction to the challenges of leadership and the inherent tendencies for individuals and departments to sub-optimize. Ways to improve motivation, communication, coordination, and cooperation will be studied.
3(3-0)

5803State and Local Government Management
Organization and management of American state and local government. Executive leadership, governance structures, and service implementation are emphasized. Relations between state and local governments examined.
3(3-0)

5813Public Works Administration
Introduction to management of public works, including municipal water and sewer systems, road-building and maintenance, parks and recreation programs, construction management, and contract administration.
3(3-0)

5823Economic Development
Role of both private and public sectors in economic development; understanding strategic tools, including quantitative analysis methods and effective economic development programs for local governments.
3(3-0)

5833Community Development
Theories, policies and methods for managing community growth, including land use, housing, transportation, and capital improvements planning.
3(3-0)

5923Organizational Theory and Behavior
Analyzes the structure and character of public institutions and examines individual, group, and interpersonal behavior in organizations. Topics include information technology, conflict, designing effective organizations, leadership, and decision-making.
3(3-0)

5933Human Resource Management in Government
Principles and problems of recruitment for government service, philosophies of pay and promotion, employee motivation, and discipline. Discussion of formulating and administering public personnel policies, concepts, and principles.
3(3-0)

5943Public Budgeting and Fiscal Administration
Study of the process of developing a public budget both as an accounting device and for public policy planning. Particular attention given to the political aspects of budgeting and budgetary innovation. Consideration will be given to the formulation of national, state, and local budgets and their interrelationships.
3(3-0)

5953Public Law Administration
An examination of the positive foundation on which agencies are grounded and from which basic authorities of public officers, both elected and appointed, are derived. The positive nexus of law and administration is emphasized.
3(3-0)

5963Capstone: Case Studies in Decision-Making
Prerequisite(s): 18 hours of Public Administration.
Theories and principles of decision making in public administration. Students will apply textbook knowledge to actual cases in public administration through written and oral analysis. Open only to MPA majors.
3(3-0)

6003Seminar in Public Policy and Management Issues
Prerequisite(s): 15 hours of Public Administration or consent of instructor.
This is a special topics seminar. Reading and discussion of various issues in public policy and management will vary.
3(3-0)

6033Seminar in Administration of Justice
Prerequisite(s): 15 hours of Public Administration or consent of instructor.
Reading and discussion of topics in the administration of justice. Topics vary.
3(3-0)

6053Seminar in Public Policy Analysis
Prerequisite(s): 15 hours of Public Administration including PUAD 5023, or its equivalent, or consent of instructor.
The purpose of this course is to develop capacities to both conduct and utilize analyses of public policies as part of the decision making process. Both quantitative and non-quantitative skills are emphasized.
3(3-0)

6093Internship
Prerequisite(s): 9 hours of Public Administration and consent of faculty adviser.
Application of textbook knowledge to real-world work experience in a public agency. Internships are arranged only for students without significant professional-level work experience. Open only to MPA majors.
3(0-0)

6983Thesis
Prerequisite(s): Completion of 27 hours of graduate coursework in Public Administration and/or a related subject areas as approved by the student’s adviser and consent of the graduate coordinator.
3(0-0)

6993Thesis
Prerequisite(s): Completion of 27 hours of graduate coursework in Public Administration and/or a related subject areas as approved by the student’s adviser and consent of the graduate coordinator.
3(0-0)