The program prepares emerging leaders to face complex management challenges of today. Students will gain an appreciation for these issues through their core courses and their electives. Twelve courses, including a Capstone project, are necessary to complete the degree.
Students are required to:
- Take five core courses
- Complete the Capstone course/project
- Choose six elective courses
- 470.608 Public Policy Evaluation and the Policy Process
- 470.631 Economics for Public Decision Making
- 470.854 Fundamentals of Quantitative Methods
- 470.627 Financial Management and Analysis in the Public Sector
470.798 Financial Management and Analysis in Nonprofits
- 470.695 Proseminar: Essentials of Public and Private Management
470.728 Fundamentals of Nonprofits and Nonprofit Management
At the end of their studies, students must take the course 470.860 Capstone for Public Management and complete a Capstone Project. Students planning to graduate in the Fall would take that course during the Fall semester. Students planning on graduating in the Spring or Summer would take 470.860 during the Spring semester.
Students take six electives. Full course listings and descriptions are available here.
- 470.605 Global Political Economy
- 470.638 Negotiating as a Leadership Skill
- 470.645 The Budgetary Process
- 470.646 Poverty, Inequality, Opportunity: Theoretical Foundations and Policy Implications
- 470.670 The Practice & Politics of U.S. Tax Policy
- 470.674 Regulations: Law of Federal Agencies
- 470.680 The Rise and Fall of Intelligence
- 470.684 Legislative Language and Policymaking
- 470.720 Science and Government
- 470.728 Fundamentals of Nonprofits and Nonprofit Managment
- 470.742 Models of Public Policy Analysis
- 470.744 Trade and Security
- 470.748 The Art & Practice of Intelligence
- 470.771 Climate Change Economics
- 470.773 Energy and Environmental Security
- 470.787 Current Issues in Health Care Reform
- 470.798 Financial Management and Analysis in Nonprofits
For a full list of all courses available to Public Management students, please visit Course Descriptions. Students may also choose electives from selected degree programs within Advanced Academic Programs: Government, Global Security Studies, and Applied Economics.
Students in the MA in Public Management are eligible for program honors. Students who receive a grade of “A-” or better in all their coursework and Capstone, and have completed all their degree requirements will graduate Cum Laude. Students who earn the grade of “A-” in all their coursework and receive at least an “A” on their Capstone will graduate with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude. Students who receive an “A” or better on all their coursework and at least an “A” or better on their capstone will graduate Summa Cum Laude. These awards are program-based and are recognized at the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies Award Ceremony only.
State-specific Information for Online Programs
Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.
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