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Curriculum

MPA Core Courses 15 crs
Courses
Credits
BUS501 Economic Foundations of Applied Accounting and Finance

BUS501

Economic Foundations of Applied Accounting and Finance - 3 Credits

Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of finance, financial accounting and economics, including opportunity cost, the time value of money, and financial analysis. An investigation of financial decision making as it applies to business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Emphasis is on the application of financial and nonfinancial information to a wide range of management decisions, from product pricing and budgeting to project analysis and performance measurement. Students will learn applications for a variety of decision-making tools (such as break-even analysis, activity-based costing procedures, linear programming, discounted cash flow techniques, and the balanced scorecard. Contemporary managerial techniques will be explored such as target costing and kaizen costing as a means of improving operational efficiency and economies.

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3 crs
BUS505 Organizational Creativity, Discovery, and Innovation

BUS505

Organizational Creativity, Discovery, and Innovation - 3 Credits

This course examines the processes involved in creativity, discovery, and innovation.   Students explore the motivations involved in innovation both internal to the individual and external to the organization. The course provides strong focus on the creative process in a team environment, including managing and leading knowledge workers.  Course content exposes students to the varied approaches and results of the creative process across disciplines such as psychology, marketing, leadership and general management.    

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3 crs
BUS508 The Future of Leadership and Management II

BUS508

The Future of Management and Leadership II - 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide an overview of, and insights into management and leadership. Distinguishing between these two important concepts, and then providing a historical perspective will provide context to current management and leadership models as well as best practices and trends for the future. The course will focus on necessary basics such as decision-making and the use of analytics, vision development and deployment, communication, empowerment, risk-taking, managing conflict and leading innovation. The course will also look into other critical areas of management and leadership such as leading in a hyper-connected society, emotional intelligence, and thinking systemically and strategically, all in pursuit of managing and leading for the future.

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3 crs
BUS515 Organizational Dynamics and Effectiveness

BUS515

Organizational Dynamics and Effectiveness - 3 Credits

This course focuses on managing organizations for high performance in a rapidly changing business environment. This course provides a unifying framework for issues in building and managing human assets in dynamic organizations, to achieve operational and strategic goals. The student will develop an understanding of essential HRM functions that drive and support the changing world of work. Topics include recruitment, selection, compensation, training, retention and turnover, performance management, and the human resource implications of various strategies. Students will also build up knowledge in operations function in industrial, service, and public organizations which includes forecasting, line balancing, aggregate scheduling, work measurement, quality control, and learning curve.

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3 crs
BUS530 Project Management

BUS530

Project Management - 3 Credits

This course focuses on one of the major growth areas in the field of management, the topic of project management. Projects are defined as temporary endeavors undertaken to create a unique product or service. The course points out that recent interest in project management is based on recognition that many organizational tasks do not fit neatly into business-as-usual. The significant differences between project management and general management are overviewed. The three interrelated objectives of budget, schedule, and specifications are also introduced. The course emphasizes scheduling various projects and concludes with a discussion of monitoring control and learning from projects. The course will also cover benchmarking, quantitative analysis and the voice of the customer. The design of the course involves case discussion, lectures, and problem solving as the primary vehicle for learning. In addition, a project is due at the end of the term, to give the class a laboratory in which the critical thinking skills, which will be sharpened in the class, can be used to initialize and analyze various projects. The class will use computer tools to track projects.

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3 crs
Core Courses 18 crs
PAD601 The History & Future of Public Administration

PAD601

The History and Future of Public Administration - 3 Credits

This course provides the student with the historical foundation of the theory and practice of public administration ranging from the roles and responsibilities of the three branches of government to the creation of various regulatory agencies, to current public sector management practices. In-depth readings of classic works in public administration are the foundation of the course.

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3 crs
PAD616 Public Policy

PAD616

Public Policy - 3 Credits

This course provides an in-depth examination of the models and decision making practices used in the development of public policy, as well as the influences of various groups such as the media and special interest groups.  Policy formulation, implementation, analysis, and evaluation techniques will also be studied.

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3 crs
PAD625 Labor Law & Labor Relations

PAD625

Labor Law & Labor Relations - 3 Credits

This course discusses the collective bargaining process, mediation, arbitration, and the administration of collective bargaining agreements within an organization. This course lists, describes, and discusses federal laws relating to entitlement programs, labor standards and laws such as FMLA, FLSA, HIPPA, eminent domain, the Bill of Rights and its application to decisions made by local, state, and the federal government in its treatment of citizens and program implementation and examines the developing concept of e-government. Students become familiar with the methods used by state and federal government to regulate programs by means of government websites.

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3 crs
PAD634 Public Finance Policy and Application

PAD634

Public Finance Policy and Application - 3 Credits

This course provides a complete review of the financial principles and practices used in Criminal Justice, Government and Not-for-Profit organizations with a heavy focus on linking strategic planning, measurement analysis and best practice theory to practice. The course also covers accounting principles and practices for hospitals, colleges and universities, health and welfare agencies, and other similar organizations. A logical framework for understanding and solving the public finance -related problems of governmental and nonprofit organizations is emphasized with an eye toward implementing improved processes focusing on the customer. The course assessment is based upon papers, discussions and a final integrated project.

Prerequisites: Completion of foundation and Core Courses.

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    Prerequisites: Completion of foundation and Core Courses
3 crs.
PAD645 Risk Management for Public Administrators

PAD645

Risk Management for Public Administrators - 3 Credits

Since many local, state, and the federal government are self-insured, the student is introduced to the process of risk management as it applies to the public sector. Traditional as well as new theories and practices are discussed. This course also discusses fundamental principles of insurance and their application in disability, property, and liability insurance. The concept of risk and the tools and techniques used by a risk manager are included.

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3 crs
PAD656 Readings and Research in Public Administration

PAD656

Readings & Research in Public Administration - 3 Credits

This course exposes the student to the sources of peer reviewed literature, government agencies that produce and publish official statistics, as well as discusses the use and limitations of various trade publications. The methods utilized in conducting research in the public and non-profit sector through the use of various statistical case studies. Mathematical terms and formulas will be presented.

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3 crs
 
MPA Capstone 4 crs
Courses
Credits
PAD698 Graduate Seminar and Capstone Project I

PAD698

Graduate Seminar and Capstone Project I - 2 credits

This course and MPA699 are the culmination of the MPA program. Students will assume the role of an agency head that has been tasked by the executive (President, Governor, or Mayor) to implement a recently enacted law pertaining to the delivery of services to the public. Part I involves the student researching the history of the issue, developing plans and alternative plans, and preparing to lobby the legislature for funding to implement the new law.

 

2 crs
PAD699 Graduate Seminar and Capstone Project II

PAD699

Graduate Seminar and Capstone Project II - 2 credits

This course is Part II of the MPA Capstone course and the culmination of the MPA program. In Part I of the Capstone, students assumed the role of an agency head that has been tasked by the executive (President, Governor, or Mayor) to implement a recently enacted law pertaining to the delivery of services to the public. Part I involved the student researching the history of the issue, developing plans and alternative plans, and preparing to lobby the legislature for funding to implement the new law. In conducting their research, students needed to successfully demonstrate a mastery of the theories and practices discussed throughout the MPA program, demonstrate the ability to analyze, evaluate, and apply those theories and practices.

Herein Part II of the Capstone, each student shall, on an individual basis, present their analysis and evaluation of the information they have gathered, synthesize a plan of program implementation, and present their recommendations in a simulated public hearing. The student shall be prepared to defend and justify their analysis and recommendations.

 


2 crs
 
MPA Program Total Credits 37 crs


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