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MPA 501 Principles of Public Administration

This course is a prerequisite or co-requisite for all other courses in the program. This course is an introduction to the field of Public Administration and includes organization and management concepts and the political process. The origin, growth and interrelationships within the public sector are discussed. This discussion falls within the broader context of public policy processes with special attention to the topics of bureaucracy and intergovernmental relations.
Every Semester, 3 credits

MPA 502 Organizational Theory and Behavior in the Health & Public Sectors

This course examines and analyzes organizational theories with emphasis on the informal and formal aspects of the administrative process. Topics include individual behavior patterns, group dynamics, communication, motivation, decision-making, and leadership as they relate to the public health and nonprofit sector.
Every Semester, 3 credits

MPA 503 Economic Environment and the Public Sector

This course examines the role of the public sector in economic decision-making. The nature of public goods is described as it relates to the allocation, stabilization, and distribution functions of the economic system. The role of private investment, the relations between government and business, and the use of national income accounts are examined. Opposing views about the reasons, methods and institutions influencing governmental regulation, fiscal and monetary policy and action are presented.
Every Semester, 3 credits

MPA 504 Computer Applications

This course equips the student to use computerized data base management systems and statistical packages. The students gain hands-on experience. Among the package is used are SPSS and other database management systems.
Prerequisite of MPA 505 & MPA 506
Every Semester, 3 credits

MPA 505 Analytical Methods

This course is an introduction to the methods, tools and uses of applied research. The course surveys basic data gathering, analytical concepts and techniques as they apply to administrative problems. Skills and issues related to research are also considered.
Every Semester, 3 credits

MPA 506 Computer Based Management Systems

This course is an introduction to current concepts in information systems design and management. The use of these systems and implications for managers are covered. Topics include the information systems life cycle and dimensions of computer-assisted management (e.g., office automation, electronic spreadsheets, data base management and word processing).
Every Semester, 3 credits

MPA 507 The Policy Process in Health Care and Public Administration

This course is an analysis of the policy process in terms of the development and implementation of programs as they relate to the health care and public sectors. The impact of special interests is examined as an integral part of the process. A variety of timely subject/case studies are explored.
Prerequisite of MPA 501,502 & MPA 503
Every Semester, 3 credits

MPA 701 Managerial Communications

In this course, theory and practice in written and oral communication as applied to the public, health and nonprofit sectors are examined. Report writing, memo writing, correspondence and oral presentations are included.
Prerequisites of MPA 501& 502
On Occasion, 3 credits

MPA 708 Work, People & Productivity

This course focuses on learning and practicing practical management and supervisory techniques for improving individual, group and organizational performance. Students learn the principles of behavioral management which they apply in a project at their own work place. They learn and practice giving effective positive and corrective feedback, and to manage inter-group and interpersonal conflict. Students learn to analyze their own work style, and the styles of others, and discuss how to allocate tasks based upon that knowledge. They learn how to conduct effective meetings, and how to lead workgroups through a problem-solving process.
Prerequisites of MPA 501& 502
On Occasion, 3 credits

MPA 713 Grant Writing and Administration

In this highly experiential course, students locate available federal, state, local and foundation sources of funding for a specific project, write a letter proposal to a foundation or private sector organization, and follow-up with a full grant proposal, following the request for proposal (RFP) guidelines to a federal, state or local agency. Topics addressed include effective research, creating a plan for the program, elements of a good proposal, components of the proposal package and strategies for getting a proposal read by a foundation or corporation officer. Administration, evaluation and reporting functions, as well as accountability are described and discussed.
Prerequisites of MPA 501& 502
On Occasion, 3 credits

MPA 721 Program Evaluation

This course prepares students with the theory, knowledge and skills to implement program evaluation and quality improvement (e.g., Total Quality Management) strategies and measurements. The focus of the course is on applications in Health Care Human Services and Public Sector Organizations.
Prerequisites of MPA 504 and 505
On Occasion, 3 credits

NPM 650 Introduction to Nonprofit Management

This course introduces students to nonprofit management beginning with the history of philanthropy and the emergence of the nonprofit sector. Classical organizational theory and principles as well as current management and supervision practices are applied to the structure, resources and mission of the nonprofit organization. Special attention is focused on strategic planning.
Prerequisite of MPA 501,502 & MPA 503
On Occasion, 3 credits

NPM 651 Fundraising and Development for Nonprofit Organizations

The course provides an overview of sources of funding for nonprofit organizations. It explains the fundraising manager’s role in development planning and focuses on mechanisms for raising money, including donor profiles, foundation and corporate philanthropy, government grant and contract programs, special events, marketing and public relations functions, direct mail and membership campaigns, planned giving, major gifts and capital campaigns. Ethical and legal issues related to fundraising are also addressed.
Prerequisite of MPA 501, 502 & MPA 503
On Occasion, 3 credits

NPM 652 Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations

The course examines methods of recruiting, developing, supervising, motivating and recognizing volunteers and staff, maximizing staff-volunteer relations, and communicating the mission effectively within the organization. HRM topics such as legal employment issues, recruiting and hiring practices, diversity in the workplace, compensation and benefits, performance appraisal, grievance mechanisms and discipline are also explored.
Prerequisite of NPM 650
On Occasion, 3 credits

NPM 653 Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations

This course addresses financial management concepts and techniques required for effective management of nonprofit organizations. Topics include nonprofit accounting, budget management, revenue forecasting, financial statements/reports, tax issues, grant compliance, internal expenditure control, audits, cash flow management, long-term planning, endowment management, and capital financing.
Prerequisite of NPM 650
On Occasion, 3 credits

NPM 654 Legal, Ethical and Governance Issues in Nonprofit Organizations

This course examines the laws affecting the establishment and operation of nonprofit organizations, including incorporation and tax-exempt status, general liability, regulatory compliance/reporting, and contracts. The course explores the roles, responsibilities, processes and powers of boards of directors including issues of board liability. The nonprofit agency’s advocacy responsibilities and opportunities and ethical issues are examined and discussed.
Prerequisite of NPM 650
On Occasion, 3 credits

NPM 707 Thesis Research Consultation

Student’s work with a faculty mentor to formulate a research questionnaire applied to nonprofit organizations or issues, review the relevant literature, and develop a methodology for collecting and analyzing data.
Prerequisite of MPA 501, 502, 503, 504, 505,506, 507 and 36 credits completed are required
Every Semester, 3 credits

NPM 708 Thesis

Prerequisite of NPM 707 and 42 credits are required

PAD 602 Human Resource Administration in the Public Sector

This course is an exploration of the theories and practices of human resource administration in the public sector, including the merit system, civil service and unionism. Bureaucratic trends, personnel, recruitment, testing, and performance evaluation are discussed. Other topics include equal employment opportunity, employee rights and occupational safety.
Prerequisites of MPA 501& 502 are required
Spring, 3 credits

PAD 603 Foundations of Budgeting and Finance in the Public Sector

This course familiarizes the student with the principles of budgeting, accounting and auditing in the public sector. Topics include budgetary systems, methods, processes and cycles, preparation and justification of financial information.
Prerequisites of MPA 501 & 503 are required
Spring, 3 credits

PAD 604 Administrative Responsibility and the Legal Environment in the Public Sector

This course considers the authority and procedures utilized by government agencies in the administration of public affairs. It includes the analysis of problems of accountability and the reconciliation of the administrative process with constitutional, statutory, and regulatory mandates.
Prerequisites of MPA 501, 502, 503 & 507 are required
Spring, 3 credits

PAD 707 Thesis Research Consultation

In the first semester, students complete the advanced study of the scientific method in the Public Administration discipline, together with the preparation of a master’s thesis proposal, and an outline of the thesis. The second semester is devoted to the actual writing of the thesis.
Prerequisite of MPA 501, 502, 503, 504, 505,506, 507 and 36 credits completed are required
Every Semester, 3 credits

PAD 708 Thesis

In the first semester, students complete the advanced study of the scientific method in the Public Administration discipline, together with the preparation of a master’s thesis proposal, and an outline of the thesis. The second semester is devoted to the actual writing of the thesis.708 may not be taken together.
Prerequisite of PAD 707 and 42 credits completed