MPA students must take 18 credits of required courses.
· MPA 8001, Public Administration Theory: Tension between bureaucracy-democracy; theories about the nature and development of public administration in the United States.
· MPA 8002, Organization Theory:The study of the similarities and differences in various formal and complex organizations, the structures and dynamics of these organizations, and the theories applicable to such organizations.
· MPA 8003, Financial Management:The study of financial management of government and non- profit organizations that will provide skills for evaluating alternative courses of action in financial decision making. Topics include the budgetary process, revenue policy, financial controls, debt management, and capital budgeting.
· MPA 8004, Public Personnel Management: Public versus private personnel management; also topics such as recruitment, selection, training, career management, performance assessment, grievances and appeals.
· MPA 8005, Analysis and Research I: An introduction to tools of research. Basic topics include research design, measurement, and methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection.
· MPA 8006, Analysis and Research II: A focus on inferential statistics, including the analysis of contingency tables and regression analysis. Also how to present a quantitative analysis in a clear, concise research report. Lectures and assignments will be supported by use of a statistical computer package.