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MBA in Public Administration Courses & Tuition
Master of Business Administration <br />

Master of Business Administration

Public Administration Concentration

MBA in Public Administration Coursework

Required program courses (30 credit hours)

We've designed the core program courses in our MBA to provide you with the fundamentals to make an impact in the business world. See MBA Required Program Courses for a list of required coursework.

Public Administration concentration courses (12 credit hours)

The concentration coursework is designed to further focus your MBA curriculum to better prepare you for success in a specific field or industry. To add this concentration to your MBA degree program, you may choose courses totaling 12 credit hours from the following list:

Click on a course name below for its full description.

Program Courses

Negotiation Skills

Nonprofit Organization Management

Managing Nonprofit Development Programs

Governmental Budgeting and Finance

Public Policy Formulation and Implementation

Intergovernmental Management

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Elective courses (6 credit hours)

You can take your electives in a variety of programs. 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.


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