MPA 500 Theories of Public Administration and Democratic Governance (4)
Socio-economic, political contexts of public administration; role of public administration in the political process; social values, ethics and public interest; characteristics of public bureaucracy, theories and practices; role and responsibility in democratic accountability, governance. 4 hours seminar.
MPA 501 Public Policy Formulation and Implementation (4)
Public policymaking politics, process and execution in the public, public/private and public/not-for-profit context. Emphasis on policy development, planning, implementation strategies, organizational adaptation and assessing consequences for diverse community interests. 4 hours seminar.
MPA 502 Public Fiscal Administration (4)
Examines public agency discretionary decision making, administrative controls, agency coordination, rivalry; intergovernmental relations and budgetary process; emphasis on budgetary reform, planning, process, capital and operating budgets, fiscal management, public accounting procedures; integrated financial management systems. 4 hours seminar.
MPA 503 Public Human Resources Issues and Management (4)
Public service concepts, institutions; relationship to executive and legislative functions and issues; adult learning theories, group dynamics; human resource issues including workforce diversity, collaboration, conflict; use of volunteers; assessment methods and instruments. 4 hours seminar.
MPA 504 Quantitative Methods for Public Sector Issues (4)
Quantitative methodologies to define, execute, monitor, manage policy, program, projects. Emphasis on problem-solving, actual applications to organizational issues and ethical use of information and analysis in serving diverse community interests. 4 lectures/problem-solving/ seminars.
MPA 505 Qualitative Analytic Methods in the Public Sector (4)
Qualitative methodologies to define, execute, monitor, evaluate public policies, programs. Use of theory to address public sector issues, need for collaboration; qualitative techniques; ethical randomization. Emphasis on problem-solving, actual applications; ethical use of information/analysis in serving diverse communities. 4 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: MPA 500.
MPA 506 Ethics in Public Administration
An examination of administrative ethics as a subfield of the study of public administration in the United States, with special emphasis on practical considerations of individual choice, agency structure and public accountability. 4 hours lecture/discussion.
MPA 507 Administrative Law
An examination of administrative law, a highly specialized subfield of public law in the United States, with special emphasis on the processes of agency action and decision making. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 4 hours lecture/discussion
MPA 520 Intergovernmental Relations (4)
Issues explored: governance structures, federalism, intergovernmental grants, local and state relationships, legislative intent, oversight, and monitoring, intergovernmental decision making and appropriate use of information/analysis in serving diverse communities. 4 hour seminar
MPA 545 Public Organization Training and Development (4)
Organizational development: change and innovation, models of organization, structure and design; social values. Emphasis: public organization development; legal structure, political issues, public organization innovation; political and executive leadership characteristics. 4 hours seminar.
MPA 550 Public policy Program Evaluation (4)
Theoretical and practical issues of collaboration, management and support for policy change: emphasis on design, development, analysis, execution and presentation of information to policy makers, managers, and constituents. Students will partner with public, non governmental or private sector agencies in policy assessment. 4 hours lecture/problem solving
MPA 555 Contemporary Issues in Public Policy (4)
Public policy history, successes, failures; policy analyst's role, function; relationship to legislative and executive process; policy alternatives and options; new models for program development and implementation. 4 hours seminar.
MPA 599 Special Topics in Public Administration (4)
Study and exploration of topics of current interest related to public administration and public policy. Content varies. Topic and title will be specified in advance. Total credit limited to 8 units, with a maximum of 4 units per quarter. 4 hours seminar.
MPA 600 Seminar on the Integration of Theories, Methods and Practices (4)
Integration of major theoretical, methodological and practical subject matter, use of case studies, examination of reports, practitioner assessment; preparation and administration of field interview; selection and presentation of project topic or master's thesis proposal. 4 hours seminar. All core courses should be completed. Unconditional standing required.
MPA 692 Independent Study (1-6)
Independent study and research on a subject chosen by the student with the consultation, approval and direction of an advisor. Course may be repeated. Maximum credit, 8 units. Unconditional standing required.
MPA 695 Project (4)
Graduate project integrating theories and methodologies; focus on practical concerns and issues of public and nonpublic agencies, diverse perspectives within a task-oriented framework. Contract with participating agency. Faculty and practitioner supervision. Specialized activity. Prerequisites: MPA 600
MPA 696 Thesis (4)
Compilation, evaluation, interpretation and presentation in thesis form of individual research supervised by faculty advisory. Prerequisites: Completion of all core courses. Specialized activity. Unconditional standing and completion of MPA 600.
MPA 697 Examination (4) Preparation for and completion of the written comprehensive
examination. This exam or any subpart may be taken no more than two times. Failure to complete the exam or any subpart satisfactorily the second time will result in termination from
the program. Advancement to Candidacy required. CR/NC
MPA 698 Field Work/Internship (4)
Internship in a public sector context. Work assignment developed in a Department of Political Science. MPA program-agency partnership. Assignment and number of units subject o advisor approval. May enroll in 1 to 4 units per quarter for maximum of 4 units. Specialized activity. Prerequisites: MPA 500 and minimum of two other core courses.
MPA 699 Project or Thesis Continuation (0)
Per university requirement, students should enroll in this course to avoid a break in residence. NO credit is given.
GBA 547 Management and Information Systems (4)
Management and development of information systems in modern business and public sector from the customer and the MIS perspective. Information as a strategic asset. Acquisition, analysis, integration, presentation of internal and external information management in international and multinational enterprises. Ethical, social impacts. 4 lecture /problem solving.
GBA565 Professional Presentations Using Technology (3) /
GBA 566 Directed Study in Professional Presentation Using Technology (1)
Course material demonstrates how proven, effective techniques can blend with new technology of computer generated graphics to create a powerful presentation. 3 lectures/problem solving. Concurrent with GBA 566 required. GBA 566 is independent use of computer application software to design and develop professional presentations, including computer-generated visuals and technology. 1 seminar. Concurrent enrollment in GBA 565 required.