Curriculum

Total program: 39 semester hours

Core Courses: 27 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
PADM 501 Public Administration and Society 3
PADM 510 Public Management and Leadership 3
PADM 531 Organizational Theory and Development 3
PADM 533 Policy Formation 3
PADM 534 Budgeting and Fiscal Management 3
PADM 555 Ethics in Administration 3
PADM 561 Legal Environment of Public Administration 3
PADM 582 Quantitative Methods for Public Management 3
PADM 596 Graduate Seminar 3

Internship: 3 semester hours

PADM 598, Public Service Internship: Students without previous public or nonprofit experience are required to take this course within the first year of study or 18 units whichever comes first. Other students may take this course as part of their program of study with advanced approval of the program director.

Concentrations

Concentrations require a minimum of 12 semester hours (four courses) and are listed on final transcripts upon completion of the MPA degree. Students may complete a set of electives (also with a minimum of 12 semester hours) instead of a concentration with advanced approval, by the program director, of the proposed program of study. Eligible elective courses are non-Core 500 level PADM courses and MGMT courses in the Non-Profit Concentration, GERO courses in the Aging Studies Concentration, and HSM courses in the Public Health Concentration. Other PADM, MGMT, GERO, and HSM courses are not interchangeable as concentration or elective courses without advance approval by the program director.

Urban Management and Affairs Concentration

This concentration focuses on developing skills in managing in urban metropolitan environment.

Required Course

Code Course Title Units
PADM 570 Urban and Community Politics 3

And three of the following:

Code Course Title Units
PADM 536 Policy Analysis 3
PADM 538 Collaborative Public Management 3
PADM 572 Managing Complex Systems 3
PADM 580 Applied Research 3
PADM 581 Comparative Public Administration 3
PADM 586 Economics of the Public Sector 3
PADM 587 Managing Sustainable Communities 3

Nonprofit Concentration

This concentration focuses on developing skills in leading and managing nonprofit organizations.

Four of the following:

Code Course Title Units
MGMT 531 Marketing for Non-Profit 3
MGMT 530 Managing Non-Profit 3
MGMT 532 Effective Fundraising 3
MGMT 533 Accounting and Compliance for Non-Profits 3
MGMT 534 Grant Writing for Public and Private Funding 3
PADM 581 Comparative Public Administration 3

Aging Studies Concentration

This concentration prepares students to be managers in a variety of settings that provide services to older adults.

Four of the following:

Code Course Title Units
GERO 516 Prospective in Gerontology 3
  Three of the following:  
GERO 512 Managing Senior Services 3
GERO 520 Health in Later Years 3
PADM 580 Applied Research 3
GERO 581 Comparative Gerontology* 3
PADM 581 Comparative Public Administration 3
GERO 590 Special Topics*, or  
PADM 590 Special Topics  

*Requires Program Director approval.

Public Health Concentration

This concentration focuses on measures to prevent disease, promote health and prolong life. Public health activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy. The focus is on populations and systems, not on individual patients or diseases.

Four of the following:

Code Course Title Units
HSM 501 Current Trends 3
HSM 545 Foundations of Public Health 3
HSM 546 Epidemiology 3
HSM 548 Applied Research for Public Health Professionals 3
PADM 581 Comparative Public Administration 3