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Public Policy and Administration Courses

Faculty | Master's | Courses


All courses carry 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

601 Politics and the Policy Process
Examination of the influence of political factors, including institutions and interests, on the initiation, formulation, and implementation of public policy. Examines the role of information and expertise in politics.

602 Public Management
Overview of organization theory including theories of administration, motivation, budgeting, decision making, inter-organizational relationships, and ethics. Uses case studies to provide a broad range of policy areas and organizations.

603 Public Policy Analysis
Integrates material from core courses and applies it to actual and hypothetical policy issues in many areas. Looks at social, economic, organizational, political, and other influences on policy decisions. Students complete a client-based project.

604 Program and Policy Evaluation
Examines the relationship between evaluation research and public policy. Introduction to the ways in which evaluations at all levels of government influence and are influenced by the political process.

605 Economics and Public Policy
Introduction to microeconomics theory and policy analysis. Examines economic rationales for and against government policy and the economic consequences of public policy.

606 Applied Public Sector Economics
Examines economic implications of public policy changes. Review of market failure, non-market failure, public expenditure analysis, taxation and tax incidence, fiscal federalism, regulation, and other topics of applied public finance.

607 Policy Methods
Introduction to methodologies for analyzing, implementing, and evaluating public policy. Topics include research methods, participant observation survey research and questionnaire construction, research design, measurement theory and practice, and framing categories.

608 Introduction to Statistical Methods for Public Policy and Administration
Introduction to statistics including use and interpretation of statistics in policy research. Topics include statistical methods, descriptive statistics, probability theory, analysis of tabular data, correlation and regression, and multiple regression.

610 Capstone in Public Policy and Administration
Students synthesize what they learned in the M.P.A. program in a paper that addresses an important gap in knowledge about a particular issue in public policy or management.

621 Conflict Resolution
The theory and practice of conflict resolution. Based on seven principal propositions, explored and dissected through the assigned readings, class discussion, simulations and role-plays, guest lecturers, and individual research.

622 Ethics and Public Policy
Examination of the moral and ethical dimensions of decision making in public policy and administration, including individual responsibility for collective decisions, democratic theory, multiculturalism, and theories of injustice.

630 Nonprofit Management
For students interested in pursuing careers in the nonprofit sector. Covers management topics related to human resources, financial management, and managing for mission.

631 Information Technology
The role of information technology in public and nonprofit settings. Issues related to the management of information systems. Hands-on experience in the design and development of World Wide Web systems and relational databases. Broader societal impacts of information technology.

691 Seminar

696 Independent Study

697 Special Topics

797 Special Topics