Master of Arts in Public Administration

36
Credit Hours
1
Avg. Completion
Years

Class Type

100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer Credits

Transfer in up to 9 credits

Accreditation

WSCUC

Master of Arts in Public Administration Curriculum (MPA)

The curriculum is comprised of 12 courses, three credits each for a total of 36 credits including the capstone course. The current curriculum is detailed in the information below.

Core Requirements (36 Semester Credits)

Course Description

This course examines a range of management issues and strategies within the context of managing public organization. The core focus is on an enhanced understanding of the theoretical and practical approaches to public management, an examination of day-to-day dilemmas faced by competent public managers, and the application of relevant theories to public management.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course examines the way government policies emerge from the political process and are implemented through participating institutions. Students will demonstrate how analysis can contribute to informed policy-making and examine the factors involved in developing effective implementation strategies.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course explores organizational behavior through the theoretical lenses of micro and macro levels, and their associated influences of organizational culture, psychology, and sociology. Students will apply these theories as they relate to individuals, teams, and groups within organizations as well as explore organizational processes in public administration.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the law and legal system as it applies to public administration and policy. Students have an opportunity to evaluate the impact of the current legislation on the management and efficiency of public administration in organizations. The consequences of law and public policy formation on public administration will be discussed and assessed.

Credits

3

Course Description

Public budgeting provides the student with an in-depth understanding of operations and public budgeting processes, the underlying theories, and the tools to understand and perform these critical activities.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course provides an overview of Human Resources Management (HRM) theory and HR managers’ contributions to accomplish organization goals through employee performance and satisfaction in public administration. A variety of topics that influence HR Management are addressed, which include legal/ethical principles, staffing, pay, training and development, empowerment, health and safety, and conflict resolution.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this course students explore the role and responsibilities of management in the public organization by developing and maintaining assessments. Special topics include the Performance Management System designed for improving organizational effectiveness, performance standards, development plans, providing feedback, measuring and evaluating progress towards goals, managing performance gaps and using positive and progressive discipline. The aforementioned topics and more will assist students in learning how engaging employees in a thoughtful and thorough performance assessment process can enhance employee engagement, motivation, and retention rates in the public organization.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this course, issues of ethics and conflict of interest will be discussed. The administrator’s role in ethical decision-making will be examined along with external and internal controls. The course will offer studies in leading and building organizations of integrity and diversity.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course focuses on the role the impact of diversity and multicultural environment in public administration. Special topics include the role of race, gender, ethnic origin and tradition in creating an effective, rewarding and harmonious public organization work place in national as well as global settings.

Credits

3

Course Description

Students will examine fundamental statistical techniques that are used in the analysis of data in public administration. Special emphasis will include exploring empirical research in public administration including descriptive and inferential statistical methods, parametric and nonparametric analyses, sampling distributions, generalizations, inferences, and interpretations that can legitimately be made on the basis of public administration statistical evidence.

Credits

3

Course Description

Students conduct research in a project that addresses a contemporary issue in Public Administration. Students utilize their skills learned in the MPA program to build a research project that synthesizes the impact of demographics, technology, and the environment on public administration and/or public policy.

Credits

3

Course Description

The Capstone Course is the final course in the MPA degree program. The capstone is intended to demonstrate the student’s ability to integrate all facets of public administration study by applying what has been learned to a real-world project.

Credits

3

WSCUC Accreditation

Touro University Worldwide is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Touro College Los Angeles (Lander Campus) is a division of Touro University Worldwide.

For more information on WSCUC, visit www.wascsenior.org or write WSCUC at 985 Atlantic Ave., Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501.