A successful organization—the kind that can contribute to solving big problems—requires strong leadership, particularly at the managerial and executive levels. With a concentration in Public Management, you will be prepared for a leadership role in a variety of public, private, and nonprofit settings. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked us #3 in the nation in this area.
See how organizations tick
You'll learn how policies are adopted and implemented, how the public bureaucracy operates in a democracy, and what goals, structures, and processes drive organizations. You'll also develop vital skills such as strategic thinking, planning, management, personnel relations, technology, and the design, operation, and evaluation of successful work systems.
A broad base, plus depth and detail
You'll begin by mastering the fundamentals reflected in the 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. In addition to these highly transferable core skills, the Public Management concentration requires three of the following five skills courses:
- Public Human Resources Management (M 561)
- Public Program Evaluation (P 562)
- Strategic Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (M 602)
- Public Program Management and Contracting (M 654)
- Seminar in Accountability and Performance (M 662)
Personalize your program
The remainder of the coursework comes in a wide range of elective courses. These will allow you to tailor your Public Management program to your own specific interests. Working with your advisor, you'll be able to select from many elective options, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Public Organizations (M 504)
- Public Management Information Systems (I 516)
- Intergovernmental Systems and Management (M 518)
- Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (P 541)
- Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (M 547)
- Topics in Public Affairs (V 550)
- Management of Urban Government Services (L 568)
- Public Sector Labor Relations (M 570)
- Seminar in Government Budget and Program Analysis (F 610)
- Law, Public Management, and Public Policy (V 640)
Our MPA offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You'll also get the benefit of experiential learning – typically through an approved internship. What's more, your concentration's course work will culminate in a project-oriented course—a capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program.
Combining your Public Management concentration with another MPA concentration—such as Information Systems or Public Financial Administration—can offer you unique advantages in pursuing a particular career. As they help you design your program, our faculty will work to accommodate your specialized professional interests.