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Course descriptions

MPA Core

  • Administrative Theory (PUBL 6310)
    Strategies and techniques for managing public organizations from the perspectives of various administrative theories and organizational models. Case studies are used to apply the theory.
  • Fundamentals of policy analysis (PUBL 6313)
    How public policies are decided. Tools for policy decision making. Political, social, and legal determinants of public policy.
  • Public Finance (PUBL 6312)
    Effects of economic incentives on voters, government officials, economy and markets. Analysis of situations where private markets fail to be efficient. Applications to government policies at federal and local levels, including welfare, insurance, health care, policing, roads and Social Security. Analysis of tax system and interaction among federal, state, and local governments.
  • Quantitative Methods I (PUBL 6410)
    First semester of a two-semester sequence on quantitative methods commonly used in social science—Policy analysis and Public administration.
  • Public administration and Policy Implementation (PUBL 6311)
    Explores ways in which political and organizational considerations constrain adoption and implementation of alternative public policies.
  • Budgeting for Public Agencies (PUBL 6342)
    This course provides an overview of public budgeting ideas, concepts and techniques. The purpose is to provide an understanding of public budgeting and a foundation for submitting and reviewing public budget proposals.
  • Decision Science in Public Policy (PUBL6415)
    Introducing Management Science approach to problem solving in order to support management, planning, decision making, and evaluation in the public and non-profit sector, including decision analysis, simulation, and forecasting.
  • Public Management (PUBL 6350)
    Seminar on developing the knowledge base and skills needed to effectively manage in metropolitan area public organization


  • Seminar in Urban politics (PUBL 6321)
    How local government copes with social and economic problems in overlapping, metropolitan government environments, the complexity of urbanization, and other government agencies.
  • GIS for the Urban Environment (PUBL 6343)
    Introducing students the applications of geographic information system (GIS) for urban decision makers in the fields of urban geography, urban planning, public health, environmental assessment, hazard and emergency management.
  • Emergency Management (PUBL 6346)
  • Non-Profit Management (PUBL 6349)
    Introducing students to the principles of non-profit management, with an emphasis on 501(c)3 organizations.  This course is designed to facilitate an understanding of the management and leadership skills required to effectively organize, maintain, and grow non-profit organizations.
  • Healthcare Policy (PUBL 6347)
    Explores the role of government in organizing, financing and delivering healthcare in the U.S. including conflicting values involved in the distribution of healthcare; policy implications raised by social vs. private health insurance and government regulation vs. market-oriented solutions for social problems; and the political environment that shapes healthcare policy.