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MPA Specializations

Students in the traditional MPA program are eligible, but not required, to select a specialization when a program plan is completed with a SPA advisor. Each track is a course sequence designed to thoroughly study an important academic area within public administration.  Many students seek to pursue occupations in the area of emphasis.  This option is not open to students pursuing the Executive MPA, National Urban Fellows-MPA, or MS in Nursing Administration-MPA. 

Each specialization requires 12 credits. The remaining 6 credits of the MPA's 18 elective credits may be completed in the chosen specialization or by taking any of the elective courses in the curriculum.

The Health Care Policy specialization focuses on the formulation, delivery, and evaluation of health programs. The classes are especially relevant to those interested in careers in government health care agencies, private and public hospitals, health advocacy groups, and insurance companies. It requires the completion of one required course—PAF 9710—plus three additional courses from the list below.
  • PAF 9180 Policy Analysis
  • PAF 9710 Health and Health Care
  • PAF 9715 Health Care Policy (prerequisite: PAF 9710)
  • PAF 9720 Population Based Health Planning (prerequisite: PAF 9710)
  • PAF 9725 Health Program, Policy and Performance Evaluation (prerequisite: PAF 9710; not open to students who complete PAF 9174)
  • PAF 9174 Program Evaluation (prerequisite: PAF 9170 and PAF 9172; not open to students who complete PAF 9725)
  • PAF 9730 Comparative Health Systems (prerequisite: PAF 9710)
  • PAF 9735 Health Politics and Policymaking (prerequisite: PAF 9710)
  • PAF 9766 Health Care Costs and Financing (prerequisite: PAF 9710)
  • PAF 9799 Selected Topics in Health Policy

The Nonprofit Management specialization provides students with an understanding of the governance, management, financing, and performance of nonprofit organizations. The courses are relevant to positions as nonprofit board members, executive directors, chief financial officers, and managers of programs and services. It requires the completion of two required courses—PAF 9151 and PAF 9153—plus two additional courses from the list below.

  • PAF 9109 Government Contracting
  • PAF 9110 Ethics and Public Decision-Making
  • PAF 9126 Human Services Administration
  • PAF 9136 Urban Economic Development
  • PAF 9139 Communication Strategy (prerequisite: PAF 9103)
  • PAF 9150 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
  • PAF 9151 Administration of the Nonprofit Sector and Voluntary Agencies
  • PAF 9152 Fund Raising and Grants Administration in Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations
  • PAF 9153 Budgeting and Finance for Nonprofits
  • PAF 9156 Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
  • PAF 9157 Introduction to Philanthropy (prerequisite: PAF 9120 or PAF 9150 or PAF 9151)
  • PAF 9158 Religion, Nonprofits, Politics, and Policy
  • PAF 9160 Public and Nonprofit Management II (prerequisite: PAF 9120 or 9302 or 9310)
  • PAF 9181 Comparative Public Administration
  • PAF 9299 Selected Topics in Nonprofit Management
  • PAF 9710 Health and Health Care

The Policy Analysis and Evaluation specialization focuses on the approaches and methods used to describe and assess public policies.  It is appropriate for analytical positions in government agencies, advocacy organizations, think tanks, or university research centers. The specialization requires the completion of two required courses—PAF 9133 and PAF 9180—plus two additional courses from the list below.

  • PAF 9110 Ethics and Public Decision Making
  • PAF 9133 Economics of the Public Sector and Public Finance (prerequisite: PAF 9130)
  • PAF 9137 Telecommunications Policy
  • PAF 9142 Housing Policy
  • PAF 9145 Social Welfare Policy
  • PAF 9161 Business and Public Policy
  • PAF 9173 Program Auditing and Performance Measurement
  • PAF 9174 Program Evaluation (prerequisite: PAF 9170 and PAF 9172)
  • PAF 9180 Policy Analysis
  • PAF 9185 Environmental Policy
  • PAF 9186 Map Making for Public Policy (prerequisite: PAF 9170)  
  • PAF 9318 Educational Policy
  • PAF 9338 Higher Education, Politics and Public Policy
  • PAF 9715 Health Care Policy (prerequisite: PAF 9710)

The Public Management specialization prepares students to plan, organize, and coordinate employees and programs.  It is applicable for governmental and nonprofit supervisory positions.  The specialization requires the completion of two required courses—PAF 9117 and PAF 9160—plus two additional courses from the list below.

  • PAF 9110 Ethics and Public Decision-Making
  • PAF 9109 Government Contracting
  • PAF 9111 American Pubic Law and the Administrative State
  • PAF 9115 Intergovernmental Relations
  • PAF 9117 Public Personnel and Human Resource Management        
  • PAF 9118 Labor Relations in the Public Sector
  • PAF 9126 Human Services Administration
  • PAF 9138 Urban Services Delivery
  • PAF 9139 Communication Strategy (prerequisite: PAF 9103)
  • PAF 9156 Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
  • PAF 9159 Privatization and Market-Based Government
  • PAF 9160 Public and Nonprofit Management II (prerequisite: PAF 9120 or 9302 or 9310)
  • PAF 9163 Leadership and Strategy in Public Affairs
  • PAF 9181 Comparative Public Administration
  • PAF 9299 Selected Topics in Nonprofit Management

The Urban Development and Sustainability specialization focuses on the methods cities use to improve and sustain housing, land use, business activity, and infrastructure. The courses are relevant to employment in community organizations, nonprofit advocacy groups, and government sustainability agencies. It requires the completion of two required courses from the following —PAF 9141, PAF 9142, or PAF 9143—plus two additional courses from the list below.

  • PAF 9109 Government Contracting
  • PAF 9110 Ethics and Public Decision-Making
  • PAF 9136 Urban Economic Development
  • PAF 9141 Community Development: History, Present, and Future
  • PAF 9142 Housing Policy
  • PAF 9143 Greening and Growing Cities: Sustainability and Public Policy Choices
  • PAF 9150 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
  • PAF 9151 Administration of the Nonprofit Sector and Voluntary Agencies
  • PAF 9152 Fund Raising and Grants Administration in Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations
  • PAF 9153 Budgeting and Finance for Nonprofits
  • PAF 9159 Privatization and Market-Based Government
  • PAF 9160 Public and Nonprofit Management II (prerequisite: PAF 9120 or 9302 or 9310)
  • PAF 9174 Program Evaluation (prerequisite: PAF 9170 and PAF 9172)
  • PAF 9181 Comparative Public Administration
  • PAF 9185 Environmental Policy
  • PAF 9186 Map Making for Public Policy (prerequisite: PAF 9170)
  • PAF 9299 Selected Topics in Nonprofit Management

 

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