Public Management

(15 credit hours) The public management concentration is designed to teach students to manage and lead using the knowledge, systems, skills, and tools necessary to effectively pursue the missions of public organizations. Upon completing the concentration requirements, students will understand the political, legal, and social context in which public policies are adopted, implemented and evaluated; the role of public bureaucracy in a democratic society; the goals, structures, processes and behavior observed within public organizations; and the core administrative functions performed by public managers and employees.

Required Courses (9 credit hours)

In consultation with a concentration advisor, select at least three of the following courses:

SPEA-V 561 Public Human Resource Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 562 Public Program Evaluation (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 602 Strategic Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 654 Public Program Management and Contracting (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 662 Seminar in Accountability and Performance (3 cr.)
Electives (6 credit hours)

In consultation with a concentration advisor, select two of the following courses:

SPEA-V 504 Public Organizations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 516 Public Management Information Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 518 Intergovernmental Systems Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 541 Benefit Cost Analysis (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 547 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 550 Topics in Public Affairs (only approved topics will count) (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 568 Management of Urban Government Services (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 570 Public Sector Labor Relations (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 610 Seminar in Government Budget and Program Analysis (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 640 Law, Public Management, and Public Policy (3 cr.)

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