Public Administration (PADU)

PADU 600 Introduction to Public Administration

Historical development of public administration as a field, with a focus on operations and function of administration. Political interactions, management theory, planning, allocation of resources, and decision-making are explored. 3 credits.

PADU 605 Public Finance

This course examines the various ways in which public services are financed, objects of public expenditures, and the problems of fiscal administration. Emphasis will focus on fundamental accounting and budgeting concepts as they relate to the basic financial statements of government. (Not offered in 2017-18.) 3 credits.

PADU 607 Public Policy Analysis

Public policy analysis requires a sophisticated understanding of a variety of types of data. Empirical arguments and counterarguments play a central role in policy debates. This course will introduce students to strategies of data collection and principles for critically evaluating data collected by others. Topics include measurement reliability and validity, questionnaire design, sampling, qualitative research methods, and the politics of data in public policy. 3 credits.

PADU 615 Professional Development Seminar

Prerequisite: Dean approval.

Students will participate in a faculty approved experience in a local or state government agency. The student will meet on a regular basis with a faculty member to compare, interpret, and scrutinize theory and practice. In addition, public administrators will assist and advise fellows in their transition from academic life into professional political careers. Portfolio development is designed to direct the learning of students in this professional development experience, as well as in defining and guiding their career aspirations. Courses that cover different internship experiences may be repeated up to six credits. This course is graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. 3 credits.

PADU 620 Contemporary Issues in Public Administration

Prerequisite: Dean approval.

These “Special Topics” courses allow the MPA program to offer specialized courses or courses covering emerging fields of study. In these courses, examination of contemporary issues and recent theoretical and practical advances related to public administration will be explored. Topics vary. Courses that examine different themes may be repeated up to six credits. 3 credits.

PADU 630 Local Government

This course focuses on local government and politics in the U.S. Students will be introduced to the basics of local politics, including the structure and organization of local government, intergovernmental relations, and nongovernmental elements (voters, interest groups, media, private power holders, race, and class. To the extent maximum possible, this will be done using the surrounding area as a learning laboratory. 3 credits.

PADU 688 Action Learning Project

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all MPA Core courses (one MPA core course may be taken concurrently).

This capstone course requires students to identify and research an issue facing public administrators, communities and/or the non-profit sector; analyze the impact of social, technological, economic and political forces; research alternatives recommending one or more resolution strategies; and discuss tradeoffs and ethical considerations. 3 credits.