Graduate Certificate Program Information
PADM 7000: Human Resource Management (3 hours credit) (MPA Core / HRM)
A study of Human Resource Management. This course examines the process of personnel administration and relates them to the human resource needs of organizations.
PADM 7010: Public Sector Labor Relations (3 hours credit) (HRM)
An analysis of labor relations in public organizations. Topics include dispute resolution, management of benefit packages, and other current issues of labor relations.
PADM 7020: Public Sector Planning (3 hours credit) (PSM)
An exploration of the elements of public sector planning, including data validation, forecasting and projection techniques, and decision-making.
PADM 7040: Non-Profit Management (3 hours credit) (PSM)
A survey of the types, methods and techniques of management of organizations outside the dualistic public and private sector model. Emphasis is on revenue strategies, structure and control.
PADM 7050: Administrative Law and Government (3 hours credit) (PSM)
An overview of the administrative legal processes, focusing on the formation and execution of public policy. Special emphasis is placed upon protecting the rights of all parties in the complex process of administrative law, policy formation and implementation.
PADM 7060: Quantitative Methods for Public Administration (3 hours credit) (MPA Core / PP)
The application of quantitative methods to problems faced by the public administration practitioners. Topics include regression analysis and the use of probability theory as they apply to decision making in public management.
PADM 7090: Policy Analysis (3 hours credit) (PP)
A systematic survey of the theories, basic concepts and approaches associated with empirical analysis of public policies. Topics include problems and uses of analysis, with reliance on case studies.
PADM 7110: Information Management (3 hours credit) (MPA Core / PSM)
A survey of the issues and problems of information management. Emphasis is on modern developments in the generation, storage, classification and transmission of information vital to the management of public organizations.
PADM 7120: Accounting for the Public Sector (3 hours credit) (PSM)
A study of the role accounting plays in the overall management process within public agencies. Emphasis is given to the use of accounting techniques as a means of assuring proper control over funds entrusted for public purposes.
PADM 7140: Governmental Budgeting and Finance (3 hours credit) (MPA Core / PSM)
An analysis of financial management and budgeting procedures as applied to federal, state, and local governments.
PADM 7170: Organizational Theory and Behavior (3 hours credit) (MPA Core / HRM)
An introduction to major theories concerning management in the public sector, including analysis of individual behavior in an organizational context. Emphasis is on the politicized environment.
PADM 7180: Labor Law (3 hours credit) (HRM)
An examination of modern labor movements in the United States, with special attention to the National Labor Relations Act and other fair employment practices acts. Attention will also be focused on the laws of unionization, collective bargaining, strikes, and picketing.
PADM 7190: Special Topics in Public Administration (3 hours credit) (Depends on Topic)
Study in areas which are not ordinarily covered in the MPA Program, but which may be of contemporary or special interest to MPA students at the time.
PADM 7200: Directed Study in Public Administration (3 hours credit) (Depends on Topic)
Directed readings in selected areas of public administration with regular conferences between the student and the faculty member.
PADM 7210: Internship in Public Administration (1 hour credit) (MPA Core)
Co-requisite: PADM 7900 Grading is on a satisfactory - unsatisfactory basis.
A one semester internship in public or not-for-profit agency to be taken during student's final semester of course work. The internship is designed to gain practical experience in the field of public administration. A written report or a portfolio development is required.
PADM 7220: Managing Diversity in the Public Workforce (3 hours credit) (HRM)
An overview of diversity issues in public management from a human resource manager’s perspective. Topics include differences in age, disability, gender, race / ethnicity, and culture and their impact on human resource management.
PADM 7240: Public Administration and Community Based Organizations (3 hours credit) (PSM)
An examination of the relationships between urban public administrators and their environment. Topics include but are not limited to the roles of community organizations, interest groups, and demographic diversity upon the management function.
PADM 7250: Managing Small Cities and Counties (3 hours credit) (PSM)
An overview of local government operations for small and mid-sized communities. Topics include legal issues, the clerk's office, emergency management, planning, economic development, public works, leisure and human services, police and fire services, budgeting and financial management, personnel, communication, and intergovernmental relations.
PADM 7260: Democracy and Public Administration (3 hours credit) (PSM)
An examination of the role of the career administrator in a democratic system. Topics include the nature of the American democratic system and the ethical implications of non-elected administrators playing a key role in the system.
PADM 7270: Innovation and Creative Problem Solving in the Public Sector (3 hours credit) (HRM/PSM)
An exploration of innovation, problem solving, and creativity as applied to the public sector. The course seeks to expand class participants' understanding and abilities in each of these areas.
PADM 7300: Foundations Seminar in Public Administration (3 hours credit) (MPA Core / GE)
Graded “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory.”
A survey of the field of public administration, including the research and writing skills needed for successful study in the field. The course is to be taken during the student’s first semester of coursework. Students must demonstrate basic computer proficiency as part of this course.
PADM 7350: Intergovernmental Management (3 hours credit) (PSM)
A study of federal, state, and local government interactions, including interactions with the not-for-profit sector, from the perspective of a public administrator.
PADM 7360: Planning and Implementing Electronic Government (3 hours credit) (PSM)
An introduction to the methods and processes for planning and implementing a website for a governmental entity or a nonprofit organization. Students will learn how public and nonprofit organizations utilize the web to meet the needs of their constituents.
PADM 7370: Comparative Public Policy (3 hours credit) (PP)
An examination of how public policies differ cross-nationally, why they differ, and what impact they have on their respective societies.
PADM 7380: Politics of Managing Urban Areas (3 hours credit) (PSM)
A survey of urban history and governmental functions, with particular attention on infrastructures. Focus is placed on urban politics from a public administration approach along with pertinent policies such as economic development, transportation, education, criminal justice, and health policy. Emphasis is placed on management in a political context.