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. Students may not use MPA core courses to fulfill concentration requirements.

Required Courses (9 credit hours)

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

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

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

SPEA-F 610 Government Budget and Program Analysis (3 cr.)
SPEA-I 516 Public Management Information Systems (3 cr.)
SPEA-L 568 Management of Local Government Services (3 cr.)
SPEA-M 518 Intergovernmental Systems Management (3 cr.)
SPEA-M 547 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (3 cr.)
SPEA-M 570 Public Sector Labor Relations (3 cr.)
SPEA-M 575 Comparative Public Management and Administration (3 cr.)
SPEA-M 652 Managing Workforce Diversity (3 cr.)
SPEA-P 541 Benefit Cost Analysis (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 563 Sustainability in a Tri-sectoral World (3 cr.)
SPEA-R 564 Environmental and Natural Resource Policy Design and Implementation (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 550 Latino American Goverance (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 640 Law, Public Management, and Public Policy (3 cr.)

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