Master of Public Administration
(Alternating Weekends and Online)
With more than 30 years of experience in public administration, the Huizenga Business School is uniquely poised to meet the needs of an expanding population and government through training and community development. The mission of the Master of Public Administration program is to provide you with management skills to lead public and community agencies, as well as to understand the social, economic, and political context in which public decisions are made.
The MPA program’s curriculum has been designed to meet public sector, government, and nonprofit needs in the new millennium based on emerging theory, employee surveys, and focus groups of professional administrators. The result is the most current, relevant, and practically focused curriculum anywhere.
- Courses offered alternating weekends on the main campus and online.
- Program can be completed in as little as 18 months.
- Program begins four times annually with starts in October, January, April, and July.
- Features professional competency in Value Driven Management.
Curriculum Guide top
Each of the following is required (40 total credits):
|PUB 5450||Public Administration in Theory and Application|
|PUB 5451||Managing Information and Technology in the Public Sector|
|PUB 5461||Administrative Law and Ethics in the Public Sector|
|PUB 5462||Leadership in the Public Sector|
|PUB 5463||Emergency Management in the Public Sector|
|PUB 5465||Public-Sector Human Resource Management|
|PUB 5472||Public Finance|
|PUB 5473||Public Budgeting|
|PUB 5477||Public-Sector Statistical Analysis|
|PUB 5480||Public Policy and Program Formulation and Implementation|
|PUB 5481||Evaluation of Public Policies and Programs|
|PUB 5499||Strategic Planning in the Changing Public Environment|
|PUB 5402||Master of Public Administration Integrative Capstone
(one-week course offered on the main campus only)
Course Descriptions top
Full-Time professionals are available to discuss the Master of Public Administration curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.672.7223 Ext. 25168 or contact our Enrollment Services Staff.
PUB 5450 Public Administration in Theory and Application (3 cr.)
This course examines the role of public administration and not-for-profit organizations in a democratic society. Students examine the cultural and intellectual evolution of the field, the theories, forces, and people that drive the public sector and the specific management techniques used to implement public policy. Finally, attention is given to how public policies are developed and the institutions that governments use to implement those policies. Prerequisites: PUBP 5003 required to be taken concurrently with PUB 5450 for those who did not complete a comparable course at the undergraduate level.
PUB 5451 Managing Information and Technology in the Public Sector (3 cr.)
Delivered Online. Students will gain an overview of the key issues and challenges involved with managing projects involving hardware, software, and telecommunications; data warehousing and data mining systems; systems development and implementation; and end-user computing. The emphasis is to assist students with the tools and techniques to be able to manage information as a resource and to use it to help transform public sector organizations and promote innovative best practices.
PUB 5461 Administrative Law and Ethics in the Public Sector (3 cr.)
This course introduces students to fundamental legal concepts regarding administrative law and the administrative process. The course also introduces students to the field of ethics and shows how ethical principles are applied to administrative agencies to ensure not only legal but also moral government decision-making. Administrative law is the body of law concerned with the actions of administrative agencies, frequently called the "4th branch of government" in the United States. The course thus examines how administrative agencies are created, how they exercise their powers, how they make laws and policy formally as well as informally, the laws that govern agency rulemaking and adjudications, especially the Administrative Procedure Act, Constitutional and other legal protections afforded against agency actions, and how agency actions are reviewed and remedied by the courts and legislative branch of government. The course also examines the intergovernmental relations and the political and practical constraints that influence administrative policy.
PUB 5462 Leadership in the Public Sector (3 cr.)
This course will explore the dimensions of leadership and decision making within the public sector. Students will explore the major theoretical frameworks of leadership as well as the relationship of leadership to organizational change and effective management strategies. Emphasis is given to assisting practitioners and students with in-depth reflection for self-development in such areas as decision-making, ethics, and emotional intelligence.
PUB 5463 Emergency Management in the Public Sector (3 cr.)
This course will explore several major issues, theories, and strategies in contemporary disaster and emergency management. The main objectives of this course are to expose the students to: 1) The historical, administrative, institutional, and organizational framework of disaster and emergency management in the United States; 2) The role of the federal, state, and local governments in disasters; 3) The role of nongovernmental organizations in emergency management; 4) The role of land use regulation, the media, crisis communication, insurance and citizen participation; 5) The social and economic costs of disasters; and 6) The management of a natural or man-made disaster.
PUB 5465 Public-Sector Human Resource Management (3 cr.)
The political and institutional environment of public human resource management is examined. Emphasis is given to the challenges facing the public sector in attracting and developing human assets in an environment of conflicting goals, stakeholder obligations, and a highly aware electorate. Specific topics include the evolution of the modern public service, the functions of human resource management, employment discrimination, labor management relations, professionalism and ethics.
PUB 5472 Public Finance (3 cr.)
This course focuses on the economics of the public sector. It delineates the goods and services provided by government and how they are funded. It deals with the public goods and their characteristics. It explores income redistribution. The efficiency, equity and incentive effects of taxation are studied. Multilevel government relations and finances are examined.
PUB 5473 Public Budgeting (3 cr.)
The budgeting process required to determine how public sector organizations spend money is often characterized as a time-consuming and frustrating process. Yet, it is also the central vehicle for determining the public policy agenda. Budgeting is at once a highly technical, structured, even rational process and simultaneously a politically charged and controversial event. This course explores both sides of this budget equation. Students become familiar with the techniques and practices of budget preparation and documentation including how to develop and present a government budget. In addition, students gain an appreciation of the political and policy implications of budget decisions. Prerequisites: PUBP 5001 is required to be taken concurrently with PUB 5473 for those who did not complete a comparable course at the undergraduate level.
PUB 5477 Public-Sector Statistical Analysis (3 cr.)
Students gain an overview of the commonly used statistics and research methods in public administration including descriptive statistics, statistical distributions, probability, hypothesis development and testing, correlation, contingency table analysis, and regression. Research design, measurement strategy, data collection, data analysis, and reporting results are discussed. A broad range of quantitative and qualitative methods are covered in order to provide the analytical tools necessary to examine the myriad public sector issues. Prerequisite: PUBP 5002 or equivalent.
PUB 5480 Public Policy and Program Formulation and Implementation (3 cr.)
Students develop a working knowledge of public-sector policymaking and learn to analyze public policy problems in order to understand how public policy is formulated, decided upon, and implemented. Emphasis is on agenda setting, program design, and implementation. Prerequisite: PUB 5450.
PUB 5481 Evaluation of Public Policies and Programs (3 cr.)
Students develop a working knowledge of public sector policy and program evaluation with an emphasis on the history of evaluation, the social indicators movement, the politics of program evaluation, goal identification, Wilson's Law, performance measurement, methods of analysis, who uses evaluations and the problem of partisanship. Prerequisite: PUB 5480.
PUB 5499 Strategic Planning in the Changing Public Environment (3 cr.)
This course emphasizes two broad approaches to strategic planning: explicit planning and adaptive planning. Students develop a working knowledge of how to do planning in the public sector according to these two approaches. In the usual way, students learn about the SWOT method, but then much more is gained by studying how planning is actually carried out according to three adaptive perspectives and other ancillary and explicit approaches including learning theory and contingency theory. Students learn what went wrong in the Katrina disaster and what continues to go wrong. The question is put: Can Americans plan? Finally, students review how local community and economic development planning occurs through resort to charettes and public-private partnerships. Prerequisite: PUB 5450.
PUB 5402 Master of Public Administration Integrative Capstone (4 cr.)
The M.P.A. capstone workshop focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities that define a competent public or non-profit sector manager. A central theme of the course is the roles, responsibilities, and outlooks of the manager today and the competing influences in public decision making under fragmented authority that result in public sector management as the art of compromise. Through role-playing in the various roles of elected officials or professional administrators, students will conduct a city council meeting to experience the actual administration of the political agenda. They will learn to integrate public values and ethical perspectives in decision-making including the mobilization of support for decision-outcomes and garnering resources for implementation of policy. This course gives students first-hand experience in dealing with political mandates that often come loaded down with special interests that make it hard to reconcile the manager's desire to guard the general public interest with politically driven policy. This class is pass/fail and does not calculate into the student's GPA. This course is not financial aid eligible when taken by itself. Pre-requisites: PUB 5450, PUB 5451, PUB 5461, PUB 5462, PUB 5463, PUB 5465, PUB 5472, PUB 5473, PUB 5477, PUB 5480, PUB 5481, PUB 5499. Students must be in good academic standing to participate.
Foundation Course Descriptions top
PUBP 5001 Fund Accounting Workshop (0 cr.)
Fund Accounting Workshop provides an introduction to fund accounting, the method of accounting for revenues, expenses and capital assets that is relied on in the public sector. This includes the reasons for various funds, fund transfers and maintenance of appropriate reserves. Homework exercises contribute to better understanding of public financial statements and budgets covered in the Public Budgeting class. This course is required to be taken concurrently with PUB 5473 for those who did not complete a comparable course at the undergraduate level. This course is Pass/ Fail and online only.
PUBP 5002 Statistics Workshop (0 cr.)
Statistics Workshop provides a review of the statistical concepts that form the foundation of statistical analysis. These concepts include probability, descriptive statistics, bivariate measures of association, sampling distributions, and statistical inference. After completing the workshop students will be able to calculate and interpret descriptive statistics, bivariate measures of association, confidence intervals, and tests of statistical significance.This course is a prerequisite for PUB 5477 for those who did not complete a comparable course at the undergraduate level. This course is Pass/ Fail and online only.
PUBP 5003 American Government Workshop (0 cr.)
American Government Workshop covers the essential facts of the government system in the United States and identifies the historical and philosophical roots of the American system. This includes a federalism model that defines the relationship between the national and sub-national levels of government in which the field of public administration operates. This course required to be taken concurrently with PUB 5450 for those who did not complete a comparable course at the undergraduate level. This course is Pass/ Fail and online only.