Local Government Management

Improving lives through leadership

With a concentration in Local Government Management, you’ll understand the unique challenges facing cities and population centers—and how to address them with creativity, integrity, and professionalism. You’ll be able to make substantive improvements at the local level, bringing solutions to where people live.

Prepared to make meaningful change

You’ll build a broad set of skills, including delivery of urban services, policy issues and analysis, management skills, effective communication, values and ethics. Specific topics include human resources management, planning, labor relations, government finance, and operations management.

A broad base, plus depth and detail

You'll begin by mastering the fundamentals reflected in our MPA program’s core competencies. These five courses (15 credit hours) will give you well-developed analytical skills and a broad understanding of policy issues and government processes. You'll then build on this foundation with six other required courses specific to Local Government Management:

  • Public Management Information Systems (I 516)
  • Governmental Financial Accounting and Reporting (F 542)
  • Public Human Resources Management (M 561)
  • Urban Management (L 564)
  • Management of Urban Government Services (L 568)
  • Seminar in Urban Management (L 623)

Personalize your program

The remainder of your course work (6 credit hours) will come from a range of elective courses. These will allow you to tailor your Local Government Management program to your own specific interests. Advanced elective subject areas include:

  • Planning
  • Personnel/Labor Relations
  • Operations Management
  • Analysis and Information Systems
  • Government Finance
  • Administrative Law

See course descriptions