MPA Courses for Fields of Study

Please note that courses change and evolve from semester to semester and the following course descriptions are meant as a guide only.  You should always plan your program of study with your advisor.   

PPPA 6024:  Leadership in Complex Organizations (3 credits)

What the manager must know and do to provide leadership and guidance in large, complex organizations.  An exploration of factors and processes that condition effective executive and managerial leadership.

PPPA 6025:  Ethics and Public Values (3 credits)
Ethical dimensions of personal and professional judgments of public officials.  Cases are used to consider the ethos of public organizations and the moral foundations of public policy.

PPPA 6031:  Governing and Managing Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
Historical, legal, and social foundations of the nonprofit sector.  Developing organization-al strategy and capacity; managing staff, boards, and volunteers; financial management; fund-raising, marketing, public advocacy, and other external relations; partnerships and entrepreneurial activities; measuring performance; and policy issues.

PPPA 6032:  Managing Fund Raising and Philanthropy (3 credits)
Fund-raising for nonprofit organizations and the management of relationships between donors and recipient organizations.  Positioning the organization for fund-raising; roles of staff and volunteers; principal techniques for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting donors; ethical principles; emerging trends; and relevant policy issues.

PPPA 6033:  Nonprofit Enterprise (3 credits)
The use of business methods by nonprofit organizations, commercialization in the nonprofit sector, and the relationship between nonprofit and for-profit entities in pursuing social purposes.  Case studies.

PPPA 6034:  Managing Nonprofit Boards (3 credits)
Legal and functional responsibilities of governing boards, strategies for board development and improvement, relationships between boards and CEOs, governance theories and models, trends and issues in nonprofit governance.

PPPA 6042:  Managing State and Local Governments (3 credits)
Examination of state and local governmental structures and functions, their place within the federal system, their revenue sources, their limitations, and the alternatives available to encourage more effective administration to meet public and private demands.

PPPA 6043:  Land Use Planning and Community Development (3 credits)
Theory and practice of land use planning.  Issues of competing land uses in an era of increased sprawl, population pressure, and environmental threat.  Growth management techniques and practices in states and localities; the use of various regulatory controls and economic incentives to achieve desired outcomes.  The idea of “sustainable community.”

PPPA 6048:  Financing State and Local Government (3 credits)
Analysis of the theory and practice of public finance in state and local governments.  Includes the financing of services through municipal taxation, inter-governmental funds, debt instruments, and other revenue sources.  Review of expenditures as well as financial management practices.

PPPA 6049:  Urban and Regional Policy Analysis (3 credits)
Examination of selected national policies and their effects on urban areas and governments.  Emphasis on policy dimensions of urban systems and their relationship to the social, political, and economic context.  Against the background of urban politics and administration, areas of health, education, welfare, manpower, transportation, and housing are addressed.

PPPA 6051:  Governmental Budgeting (3 credits)
Survey of the actors, institutions and processes in the U.S. budgeting system.  Executive budget preparation/ execution, legislative review and approval of budget requirements, and independent audit of government spending. Pre-requisite – PPPA 6005.

PPPA 6053:  Financial Management in the Public Sector (3 credits)
Intensive analysis, using the case study approach, of concepts and principles used in the not-for-profit sector for financial management purposes.  Disciplines of accounting, budgeting, operations control, management, and auditing are integrated into comprehensive management control systems and include issues of system design and implementation.

PPPA 6054:  Issues in Federal Budgeting (3 credits)
Policy tools available to pursue social objectives, including grants, loans, contracting out, regulation, tax credits, and tax expenditures.  Focus on criteria such as effectiveness, efficiency, equity, legitimacy, and administrative ease.

PPPA 6055:  Contracting Out and Public–Private Partnerships (3 credits)
This course primarily focuses on contracting out practices in the United States and other public-private partnerships.  Rather than a focus on privatization of State-owned-enterprises, this course will examine the variety of ways in which the private and nonprofit sectors are delivering public goods and services.

PPPA 6057:  International Development Administration (3 credits)
An institutional and policy context for work in the international development industry.  Mainstream policies, reform efforts, and alternative approaches.  Major actors, selected policy areas, and regional and comparative perspectives.

PPPA 6058:  International Development NGO Management (3 credits)
Provides an understanding of the primary implementation of international development assistance.  Overview of NGO management, highlighting those features that are particular to NGOs active in international development.  NGO management, government, and donors, and North-South relations.

PPPA 6059:  International Development Management Processes and Tools (3 credits)
Training in development management tools and processes; application of international development approaches specific to the development management profession.  Key theories and perspectives of community development.

PPPA 6060:  Policy Formulation and Administration (3 credits)
Impact of economic and political factors on public policy formulation and implementation; intensive analysis of the analytical, normative, and decision-making models of the policy process with special emphasis on their relationship to current policy problems.

PPPA 6066:  Environmental Policy (3 credits)
Current issues in environmental policy: biodiversity, land use including wilderness protection, climate change, environmental justice, economic growth, and ecological sustainability.

PPPA 6072:  Legislative Management and Congress (3 credits)
Analysis of Congress as a management system; examination of its internal administration and its role in formulating policy through legislation.  Staffing practices, leadership, rules and procedures, oversight functions, and coalition building.

PPPA 6075:  Law and the Public Administrator (3 credits)
Exploration and analysis of the functions of law in a democratic society.  Emphasis is placed upon the procedural, historical, and jurisprudential dimensions of American law.  This broad perspective seeks to convey understanding of the law as a legal and moral force guiding and constraining public decision making.

PPPA 6076:  Federal Government Regulation of Society (3 credits)
Analysis of the federal regulatory process as it affects the public and private sectors.  The regulatory process from legal, economic, administrative, and political perspectives.

PPPA 6077:  Current Topics in Public Policy (3 credits)
Critical analysis of topical issues in public policy, using a case-study approach.  Specific issues covered will vary.

PPPA 6098:  Directed Readings and Research (1-3 credits) 
Supervised reading in selected fields within public administration.  Student is responsible for identifying a project (e.g., expansion of a previous research paper), and securing agreement from a faculty member, who is both interested and able to support your topic as well as available for the commitment related to overseeing such a project.  This must occur prior to seeking permission of department.

Once agreement has been reached, students complete a Registration Transaction Form, which requires departmental approval (i.e., instructor of record) prior to processing by the CCAS Dean’s Office and Registrar.  The supervising faculty member works with the instructor of record to enter a grade after the work has been completed.

May be repeated once for credit.