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Master of Public Administration

  PPA 500        Foundations of Public Administration
       Introduces students to the practice and discipline of public administration. Core functions of the field are surveyed including: organization theory, public personnel administration, and budgeting and finance.
 


  PPA 501        Research Methods in Public Administration
       Application of the logic of scientific methodology and research design construction to the practice and discipline of public administration. Emphasizes hypothesis development and testing, data collection, measurement problems, and theory application.
 


  PPA 502        Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
       This course introduces students to the practice of policy analysis and program evaluation. Emphasis is placed on the applied nature of both. Students are introduced to both quantitative and qualitative methods of evaluation.
 


  PPA 503        Public Budgeting and Finance
       This course introduces students to the principles and procedures of public budgeting and finance. Emphasis is placed on the budgeting process.
 


  PPA 504        Public Human Resource Management
       This course introduces students to human resource management in the public and nonprofit sectors. Topics include: federal and state employment laws, job analysis, recruitment and selection, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits, training and development, labor-management relations and human resource information technology.
 


  PPA 505        Public Sector Organization Theory and Behavior
       This course introduces students to the study of organization theory within the context of the public sector. Issues of organization design and effectiveness are explored. Schools of thought include: classical, neoclassical, human resources, modern structural, organizational culture and open-systems theory.
 


  PPA 510        Topics in Public Administration
       Intensive study of selected topics in public administration current to the interests and needs of students.
 


  PPA 511        Technologies for Public Administrators
       This course introduces students to the technologies of public policy and administration. Topics include: e-government (web-based service delivery), computer software and networks, geographic information systems, and web presence.
 


  PPA 512        Communications for Public Administrators
       Development of communication skills for the effective writing of letters, memos, reports, and proposals. The course will survey communication issues specific to public and nonprofit management.
 


  PPA 513        Administrative Law
       A survey of the legal environment of public administration. Topics include: the development of and trends in administrative law, including the rights, duties and liabilities of public officials.
 


  PPA 514        American Public Policy
       Survey of literature; examination of approaches; discussion of concepts and issues in the field of American politics and policy processes.
 


  PPA 530        Topics In Nonprofit Administration
       Intensive study of selected topics in nonprofit administration that are current to the interests and needs of students.
  This course may be taken again for credit
 


  PPA 531        Foundations in Nonprofit Administration
       Introduces students to the practice of nonprofit administration. Core functions of the field are surveyed including: financial and organizational management, role of boards, and strategic planning.
 


  PPA 532        Grant Writing
       Art of grant writing via proposal development processes. Targeting proposals to public, private and nonprofit agencies.
 


  PPA 533        Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials
       Emphasizes the concepts and tools necessary for understanding the fund-raising process. Topics include relationship building, the solicitation process, specific fund-raising strategies, and ethical considerations.
 


  PPA 534        Nonprofit Program Evaluation and Assessment
       Examines performance measurement and outcomes assessment as they relate to managing nonprofit organizations. An emphasis will be placed on the assessment process and closing the loop by incorporating assessment outcomes into decision making and planning.
 


  PPA 550        Topics in Human Resource Management
       Intensive study of selected topics in human resource management that are current to the interests and needs of students.
 


  PPA 551        Staffing and Development
       Examines all legal and regulatory factors affecting staff selection and development. Includes all applicable federal laws and practices as well as employee orientation, training, and development.
 


  PPA 552        Employee Relations
       Emphasizes employee relationships with management, particularly in a nonunion environment. Covers issues such as policy formulation, compliant systems, employee rights, performance appraisals, employee morale and motivation, and factors affecting employee health, safety, and security.
 


  PPA 553        Labor Relations
       Analyzes labor-management relationships, particularly with respect to federal laws and regulations, administration of labor contracts, mediation, and arbitration processes. Incorporates all legal aspects of collective bargaining as well as related practices, and strategies of negotiation, unfair labor practices, and the management of organization-union relations.
 


  PPA 554        Compensation Analysis and Benefits Planning
       Examines the legal and regulatory factors affecting compensation and benefits administration within the public and nonprofit sectors. Reviews compensation philosophies and economic factors affecting pay plans, as well as the type and characteristics of specific compensation and benefits programs.
 


  PPA 600        Capstone Seminar in Public Administration
       This course integrates knowledge from the curriculum and uses this to demonstrate mastery of required competencies in the completion of a directed research project. Students will also submit their Required Competencies Assessment Portfolio.
 


  PPA 601        Public Policy and Administration Internship
       Intensive field placement in a public sector or nonprofit organization through faculty guidance and supervision. Students will be required to complete a project as part of their internship.