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Master's Public Administration Courses & Tuition
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Master of Public Administration Coursework

Our Master's in Public Administration degree program requires you to choose one of three emphases, allowing you to focus on the public administration coursework that can help you reach your career goals. After completing the core requirements of your Master of Public Administration program, you can take courses within the emphasis of your choice.

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Required program courses (21 credit hours)

Legal, Political and Ethical Dimensions of Business

Managerial Decision-Making

Legal, Political and Ethical Dimensions of Business
MGMT520 – 3 credit hours
This course introduces MBA students to the legal, political and regulatory controls that define, promote and limit business practice opportunities. Fundamental interactions of law, politics, ethics and corporate social responsibility are emphasized. Topics include business and the legal system; foundations of business ethics; the constitution and business; regulatory and administrative agencies; regulation of private business conduct; the employer-employee relationship; formation and performance of contracts; ownership and control of business; antitrust, trade practices and consumer protection; land use and environmental protection; and the legal environment of international business.
Prerequisite: None
Managerial Decision-Making
MGMT530 – 3 credit hours
This course explores decision-making from the perspective of managers who must decide how to allocate scarce resources under uncertainty. Combining qualitative and quantitative information is emphasized. Topics include framing decision problems, establishing evaluation criteria, determining trade-offs, constructing decision trees, estimating probabilities and risk, and taking responsibility for consequences. The roles of judgment, intuition and heuristics in decision-making are also explored. Students research a practical application of decision analysis.
Prerequisite: None

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Applied Managerial Statistics

Business Economics

Leadership and Organizational Behavior

Managing Organizational Change

Managerial Applications of Information Technology

Project Management Systems

Applied Managerial Statistics
MATH533 – 3 credit hours
Applied Managerial Statistics stresses practical use of statistics in collecting, organizing, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data. Both descriptive and inferential techniques are covered.
Prerequisite: None
Business Economics
ECON545 – 3 credit hours
Business Economics provides a basic understanding of managerial economics and the impact of the economic environment on business decision-making. The course develops micro- and macroeconomic topics, with particular emphasis on marginal analysis, and supply and demand considerations.
Prerequisite: None
Leadership and Organizational Behavior
MGMT591 – 3 credit hours
This course examines inter- and intrapersonal dynamics as they affect achievement of corporate goals. Topics include theories of organizational behavior concepts and applications, including motivation, group dynamics, organizational communication processes, leadership, power, authority, team building and organizational development. Managing change in a complex domestic and international environment is also emphasized. Students are provided with a solid foundation for examining organizational behavior in a systematic manner.
Prerequisite: None
Managing Organizational Change
HRM587 – 3 credit hours
This course addresses concepts and techniques required to successfully implement change across an organization. Coursework focuses on identifying an organization's vision as well as opportunities that can align the vision with the organization's structures, processes, culture and orientation to the environment. Also addressed are opportunities for, and problems in, managing human dynamics in organizations, including intervention techniques, models, principles and values that indicate how to take charge of planned change efforts in order to achieve success.
Prerequisite: None
Managerial Applications of Information Technology
MIS535 – 3 credit hours
This course introduces structures, applications and management of corporate information systems. Coursework investigates how technology is changing the way we conduct communication, make decisions, manage people and improve business processes, as well as how it adds value to business. Students access the Internet to gather and use information, and analyze business decisions using decision support tools.
Prerequisite: None
Project Management Systems
PROJ586 – 3 credit hours
With an emphasis on planning, this course introduces project management fundamentals and principles from the standpoint of the manager who must organize, plan, implement and control nonroutine activities to achieve schedule, budget and performance objectives. Topics include project life cycles, organization and charters; work breakdown structures; responsibility matrixes; as well as planning, budgeting and scheduling systems. Planning and control methods such as PERT/CPM, Gantt charts, earned value systems, project management software applications and project audits are introduced.
Prerequisite: None

Healthcare Management Emphasis

Emphasis courses (18 credit hours)

Health Service Systems

Health Rights and Responsibilities

Health Services Finance

Health Policy and Economics

Managed Care

Public Administration Capstone

Health Service Systems
HSM541 – 3 credit hours
This course surveys the major components and organizational interrelationships of the U.S. health care delivery system across the continuum of care. Coursework emphasizes personnel, institutions, delivery systems, policy and payment mechanisms. Variables of access, cost and quality are introduced, and delivery of health care within those variables is outlined.
Prerequisite: None
Health Rights and Responsibilities
HSM542 – 3 credit hours
This course examines the growing importance of legal and ethical matters in health care from the manager's perspective. Topics include legal aspects of the corporation, and physician/patient, institution/patient and institution/physician relationships. Ethical issues related to individual life-cycle stages, health services institutions, third-party payers and public policy initiatives are also discussed.
Prerequisite: None
Health Services Finance
HSM543 – 3 credit hours
This course provides an understanding of the unique features of health care finance, including payment sources and reimbursement arrangements, as well as of emerging trends within the health care industry that impact the financial decision-making process of various health care industries. Covered are financial planning, operating revenue, working capital, resource allocation, financial analysis and the future of health care. Special emphasis is given to managing inpatient and outpatient costs and ratios, capitated payment systems, the resource-based relative value system (RBRVS), the prospective payment system (PPS) the impact of mergers, compliance issues and joint venture activities.
Prerequisite: None
Health Policy and Economics
HSM544 – 3 credit hours
This course focuses on the relationship between health care economics and public policy, and assists students in developing an understanding of the public policy formulation and implementation process, as well as awareness of critical issues in American health policy. Students are exposed to health care economics issues of supply and demand, technology, health care labor, equity and efficiency, and application of economic analysis to the public policy development process.
Prerequisite: None
Managed Care
HSM546 – 3 credit hours
Managed Care examines evolution and development of managed care approaches to delivering and financing health services in the United States. Fundamental concepts of insurance and risk management are reviewed, as are forces that have driven growth of managed healthcare. Types of managed care organizations and operational models are outlined. Perspectives of consumers, providers, purchasers and insurers of healthcare are discussed. Recent trends and issues affecting evolution of health insurance and managed care are considered, as are relevant legislative and regulatory standards shaping these industries.
Prerequisite: None
Public Administration Capstone
PA600 – 3 credit hours
Students in this culminating course, intended to be taken as the last course, integrate knowledge and skills learned throughout the program. Students develop a project related to their area of emphasis within the MPA program.
Prerequisite: successful completion of all other program core and MPA emphasis-specific courses, and permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Capstone Course: Public Administration Capstone

The Capstone Course is a culmination of your prior coursework and is often taken toward the end of your program. It gives you the opportunity to utilize the hard-earned knowledge and skills you've developed as a Keller student in a real-world setting, whether that's at your current workplace or by developing and implementing a business plan. Each year, the most outstanding and successful Capstone Project in its category is recognized with an achievement award.

Elective courses (6 credit hours)

You can take your electives in a variety of career fields. Students may choose any electives for which they meet the prerequisites. Download the Academic Catalog and view "Course Offerings" for a complete list of courses that could satisfy your elective requirements.

Government Management Emphasis

Emphasis courses (21 credit hours)

Accounting and Finance: Managerial Use and Analysis

Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting

Governmental Budgeting and Finance

Public Policy Formulation and Implementation

Intergovernmental Management

Contract and Procurement Management

Public Administration Capstone

Accounting and Finance: Managerial Use and Analysis
ACCT504 – 3 credit hours
This course introduces core accounting and finance concepts, as well as tools used to summarize the accounting of business transactions into statements. Students use these tools to diagnose and document an organization's fiscal health, as well as examine financial analyses and statements for management control, decision-making and reporting.
Prerequisite: None
Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
ACCT567 – 3 credit hours
This course introduces core concepts and tools of accounting and financial reporting for managers of governmental and nonprofit organizations. Topics, presented from a user perspective, include transaction analysis; financial statement analysis and interpretation; and operational and cash budgeting. Functional areas of accounting such as financial reporting and management accounting are developed with reference to these concepts. In addition, the impact of standards such as those promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) are investigated and evaluated.
Prerequisite: ACCT504, or permission from the appropriate academic administrator
Governmental Budgeting and Finance
PA581 – 3 credit hours
This course provides thorough study and analysis of revenue and expenditure systems at all levels of government. Topics include alternative revenue sources, public budgeting processes, the appropriations process, capital budgeting and analysis, tax analysis and government debt financing. Tax expenditures, forecasting and budgeting, and finance software systems are addressed.
Prerequisite: ECON545
Public Policy Formulation and Implementation
PA582 – 3 credit hours
This course examines principles, mechanisms and tools through which governments make resource allocation decisions on social and economic programs. Topics include the policy process; establishing appropriate efficiency and equity objectives; rational, political and bureaucratic models of government decision-making; voting mechanisms; public choice; log rolling; cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis; public-private partnerships; impact of special interest groups; ethics; and program implementation and evaluation.
Prerequisite: None
Intergovernmental Management
PA584 – 3 credit hours
This course provides a comparative study of issues involved in formulating and implementing government programs that impact multiple jurisdictions. Students investigate ways in which various levels of government relate to each other in matters of legality and responsibility, including issues of intergovernmental externalities and their resolution. Methods of resolving intergovernmental conflicts are explored and evaluated.
Prerequisite: None
Contract and Procurement Management
PROJ598 – 3 credit hours
This course examines processes through which goods and services are acquired in the project management environment. Topics include contract and procurement strategies; legal issues; contract pricing alternatives; technical, management and commercial requirements; RFP development; source selection; invitations to bid; bid evaluation; risk assessment; and contract negotiation and administration.
Prerequisite: None
Public Administration Capstone
PA600 – 3 credit hours
Students in this culminating course, intended to be taken as the last course, integrate knowledge and skills learned throughout the program. Students develop a project related to their area of emphasis within the MPA program.
Prerequisite: successful completion of all other program core and MPA emphasis-specific courses, and permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Capstone Course: Public Administration Capstone

The Capstone Course is a culmination of your prior coursework and is often taken toward the end of your program. It gives you the opportunity to utilize the hard-earned knowledge and skills you've developed as a Keller student in a real-world setting, whether that's at your current workplace or by developing and implementing a business plan. Each year, the most outstanding and successful Capstone Project in its category is recognized with an achievement award.

Elective courses (3 credit hours)

You can take your electives in a variety of career fields. Students may choose any electives for which they meet the prerequisites. Download the Academic Catalog and view "Course Offerings" for a complete list of courses that could satisfy your elective requirements.

Nonprofit Management Emphasis

Emphasis courses (21 credit hours)

Accounting and Finance: Managerial Use and Analysis

Negotiation Skills

Marketing Management

Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting

Nonprofit Organization Management

Managing Nonprofit Development Programs

Public Administration Capstone

Accounting and Finance: Managerial Use and Analysis
ACCT504 – 3 credit hours
This course introduces core accounting and finance concepts, as well as tools used to summarize the accounting of business transactions into statements. Students use these tools to diagnose and document an organization's fiscal health, as well as examine financial analyses and statements for management control, decision-making and reporting.
Prerequisite: None
Negotiation Skills
HRM595 – 3 credit hours
This course introduces general business negotiation techniques, strategies and tactics. Strategies focus on approaches to negotiation situations; tactics focus on moves effectuated during negotiations. In addition to developing and enhancing students' negotiating proficiency, the course emphasizes processes and methods of conflict resolution. Topics include preparing for negotiations; distributive and integrative bargaining; resolution of impasse; ethics; the roles of power, personality and dispute resolution processes; and communication processes. Students use developed skills in the classroom, electronically and through telephonic negotiation situations.
Prerequisite: None
Marketing Management
MKTG522 – 3 credit hours
Marketing Management presents a structured approach to understanding and managing the marketing function. Each MBA student chooses a product or service and develops a written marketing plan to learn how to determine and integrate elements of a marketing strategy. Topics include market segmentation, targeting, positioning and research; product decisions; pricing; channels of distribution; sales management; advertising; new product development; and marketing budgets. Special attention is given to applied business research and to the roles international and ethical considerations play in making marketing decisions.
Prerequisite: None
Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
ACCT567 – 3 credit hours
This course introduces core concepts and tools of accounting and financial reporting for managers of governmental and nonprofit organizations. Topics, presented from a user perspective, include transaction analysis; financial statement analysis and interpretation; and operational and cash budgeting. Functional areas of accounting such as financial reporting and management accounting are developed with reference to these concepts. In addition, the impact of standards such as those promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) are investigated and evaluated.
Prerequisite: ACCT504, or permission from the appropriate academic administrator
Nonprofit Organization Management
PA571 – 3 credit hours
Students in this course study special skills and systems required to effectively plan and manage in a not-for-profit environment. Topics include personnel administration, governmental regulations and requirements, funding and human resources. Legal and tax basis of nonprofit organizations, funding options, budgeting, managing volunteers, working with a board, conflict resolution, marketing and public relations are addressed.
Prerequisite: None
Managing Nonprofit Development Programs
PA572 – 3 credit hours
Students in this course investigate ways in which nonprofit organizations procure resources in an effort to finance organizational development objectives. Topics include strategic planning, fundraising options and processes, gathering community support, establishing business partnerships, negotiations, lobbying, team building and entrepreneurial skill development.
Prerequisite: ACCT567
Public Administration Capstone
PA600 – 3 credit hours
Students in this culminating course, intended to be taken as the last course, integrate knowledge and skills learned throughout the program. Students develop a project related to their area of emphasis within the MPA program.
Prerequisite: successful completion of all other program core and MPA emphasis-specific courses, and permission from the appropriate academic administrator

Capstone Course: Public Administration Capstone

The Capstone Course is a culmination of your prior coursework and is often taken toward the end of your program. It gives you the opportunity to utilize the hard-earned knowledge and skills you've developed as a Keller student in a real-world setting, whether that's at your current workplace or by developing and implementing a business plan. Each year, the most outstanding and successful Capstone Project in its category is recognized with an achievement award.

Elective courses (3 credit hours)

You can take your electives in a variety of career fields. Students may choose any electives for which they meet the prerequisites. Download the Academic Catalog and view "Course Offerings" for a complete list of courses that could satisfy your elective requirements.

FINANCING OPTIONS

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