Graduate Catalog 2018-2019


PUAD 6538 Public Admin & Public Service

An analysis of government organization, management, and administration with primary focus upon the American national administrative structure. Emphasis is placed upon institutional, behavioral, and political factors of contemporary public bureaucracies. MPA students are encouraged to take this course in their first term of enrollment.


PUAD 6548 Crit Think Research Writ-PUAD

This course will provide a foundation for developing critical thinking, research and writing skills applicable to the study of Public Administration. Various methodological approaches including qualitative and quantitative methodologies relevant to the field will be introduced. Basic research methodology and writing in the field will be highlighted.


PUAD 6558 Public Personnel Management

A study of contemporary practices and issues in the management of public employment. Major emphasis is given to merit system development, career systems, motivation, performance evaluation, and traditional personnel functions.


PUAD 6568 Admin Law for the Public Mgr

An examination of law in society and its influence upon public sector operations. Applications of substantive areas of the law such as regulatory processes, administrative adjudication, and due process are addressed.


PUAD 6578 Public Finance & Budgeting

A study of the public fiscal and budgetary decision-making institutions and operations. Sources of revenue, methods of expenditure, allocations of resources and their impact on the economy are given special emphases.


PUAD 6601 Policy Analysis

An integrative, skills-oriented course for policy analysis and policy making. The policy development process is analyzed with respect to the identification of needs, planning, adoption, implementation, and evaluation.


PUAD 6603 Leadership & Organiz Behavior

This course is a study of applied leadership and organizational behavior, especially as it is exercised in the public sector. The course looks at the subject from several historical, biographical, philosophical, contemporary and scholarly perspectives.


PUAD 6605 Quantitative Techniques

Applied systematic analysis for public managers. Stresses analytical approaches to problem definition and the application of statistical techniques to hypothesis testing. Data analysis using computer software is integrated throughout the course.


PUAD 6606 Research Methods

Research Methods II introduces the philosophy, scope, and methods of public sector research. It includes an overview of quantitative and qualitative methods and research design.


PUAD 6615 Administrative Ethics

A study of the major historical systems of moral philosophy, such as Natural Law, Natural Right, Utilitarianism, Kantianism, Nihilism, and Existentialism. Focuses on applying ethical systems to policy and administrative questions.


PUAD 6618 Soc Eq & Div in Public Sect

This course will provide a foundation for contemporary managers to lead and manage a diverse 21st century workforce. This course covers concepts of diversity in public management and how they influence workplace behaviors. The course will focus on cultural and gender assumptions, stereotypes and belief systems. Demographic changes within the U.S. will also be covered as an important factor of leading and working within the public sector. The course will also cover the concepts of a representative bureaucracy and how the legal and political systems have supported inclusion within the public sector workplace.


PUAD 6625 Intergovernmental Relations

A study of intergovernmental structures and issues in public administration throughout the federal system with special emphasis on the state and sub-state levels. Grants and grantsmanship are addressed.


PUAD 6635 Comparative Administration

A comparison of administrative structures and processes in the political systems of the first, second, and third worlds. Emphasizes the effects of administrative decision-making upon the international political system.


PUAD 6689 Career Assessment Project

Capstone course required of all in-service students in the non-thesis option during the final term of course work. Student will assess, orally and in writing, the relationships among public administration education, career development, and current job performance.

0 - 1

PUAD 6700 Capstone Project

Prerequisite: PUAD 6606. The Capstone Project offers each student the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the theory and practice of public administration by applying the knowledge and skills gained in the MPA program to a project of the student's choice.


PUAD 6940 Independent Research

Independent reading and reports arranged by the instructor according to the individual student’s preparation, background, and needs. This course is repeatable for credit.

1 - 4

PUAD 6950 Special Topics

A detailed study of topics such as regulation, alternative service delivery systems, and public administration in the future. Topics to be covered will vary and will be announced prior to registration. This course is repeatable for credit.

1 - 4

PUAD 6960 Internship and/or Cooperative

An individually designed course sequence involving field experience and work in a government agency. This course is repeatable for credit.

0 - 15

PUAD 6971 Thesis Research and Design

Prerequisite: Permission of MPA Coordinator. First course in three-course thesis option. Student prepares detailed prospectus of the research topic, including bibliography, methodology, substantive goals, realistic schedule, and other details deemed necessary by thesis supervisor.


PUAD 6972 Thesis Writing and Development

Prerequisite: PUAD 6971 and permission of MPA Coordinator. Second course in three-course thesis option. Student will prepare chapters of thesis for submission to Thesis Supervisor and Second Reader.


PUAD 6973 Thesis Defense

Prerequisite: PUAD 6972 and permission of MPA Coordinator. Final step in the thesis option. Student will prepare final version of the thesis and defend before a faculty panel.