Electives (16 hours)


The second academic component of the MPA is a concentration area, chosen by the student to serve his or her academic and career goals. These areas include either a class in public law and ethics and additional classes in public management, public policy, human resources, budget and finance or area designed by the student and approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

Regardless of the student's concentration area, when taking courses from other departments and colleges, any prerequisites, sequences, class availability, and admissibility should be discussed with the course instructor. The student's Advisor will assist in picking appropriate courses, but ultimately they must conform to the Program of Study and be reviewed by the Graduate Coordinator.

Suggested Courses in Related Disciplines


Course Description
EC 660 Public Finance (4) Public policies, principles, and standards of taxation and expenditures, budgeting, public goods, income redistribution, regulation, and development. Examine the equity and efficiency of public policy and assess the fiscal impact.
4 hours seminar.
GBA 522 Information Systems Analysis and Design (4) Introduction to object oriented analysis and design of` computer information systems. The system life cycle and its business environment. Case studies using event analysis, data dictionary, normalization and data modules. Class hierarchies, structures, and collaboration of objects. User/computer interface design.
4 lectures/problem-solving.
GBA 524 Information Systems Development (4) Introduction to computer programming. Use of event driven programming language to develop interactive business information systems.
4 lectures/problem-solving.
GBA 531 Production and Operations Management (4) Introduction to fundamental concepts of production and operations management. Use of quantitative methods, forecasting, resource allocation, decision theory, capacity planning, project management, inventory and quality control.
4 lectures/problem-solving.
GBA 547 Management Information Systems (4) Management and development of information systems in modern business and the public sector from the customer and the MIS perspective. Information as a strategic asset. Acquisition, analysis, integration, presentation of internal and external information. Information management in international and multinational enterprises. Ethical, social impacts.
4 lectures/problem-solving.
GBA 554 Client/Server Computing (4) Introduction to client/server computing environments. Relational database concepts, data modeling, and database design. Distributed database and processing techniques.
4 lecture/problem-solving.
GBA 557 Computer Based Data Communications (4) Introduction to the use of computers to support data communications. Information systems design issues related to hardware, software, media, networks and protocols.
4 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: GBA 522.
GBA 560 Legal Environment of Information Systems (4) Fundamental and intermediate knowledge of the legal environment concerning EDP. Typical legal problems (private and public sector) arising from the acquisition, use and control of EDP.
4 lecture discussions. Prerequisites: GBA 522 and GBA 530 or equivalent experience.
MPA 520 Intergovernmental Relations (4) Issues explored: governance structures, federalism, intergovernmental grants, local and state relationships, legislative and administrative relationships, legislative intent, oversight and monitoring, inter¬governmental decision making, administrative ethics.
4 hours seminar. Prerequisites: Completion of three core courses.
GBA 578 Security and Privacy of Information Systems (4) Practical case study approach to solving security problems peculiar to the commercial and public sector data systems environment.
4 lecture discussions. Prerequisites: CIS 433 and GBA 557 or equivalent experience.

Areas of Interest for Electives


Areas of Interest Recommended Colleges And Courses
Community Development and Urban Planning Economics (EC)
(EC) Business Economics (for noneconomic students)

Urban and Regional Planning
(URP) 505 Economic, Social and Environmental Context for Planning
(URP) 506 Legal Foundations of Urban and Regional Planning
(URP) 513 Evaluation of the Planning Process
(URP) 534 Urban Housing and Community Development (URP 505 pre- rec.)
(URP) 535 Regional Transportation Planning and Policy
Education Administration

(Please note: EDU may be attended by MPA students)
Graduates School of Education (EDU)
(EDU) 505 Introduction to Education Administration
(EDU) 512 School Law and Governance
(EDU) 550 Educational Issues

(GED) 546 School, Community and Home Relations
Environmental Issues and Administration Graduate Business Administration (GBA)
(GBA) 573 Environmental Issues in Entrepreneurship

Regenerative Studies (RS)
(RS) 501 Regenerative Practices

Urban and Regional Planning (URP)
(505) Economic Social and Environmental Context for Planning

Finance and Accounting Economics (EC)
(EC) Business Economics (for non-economics students)

Graduate Business Administration (GBA)
(GBA) 510 Financial Accounting
(GBA) 511 Financial Management Accounting

Urban and Regional Planning (URP)
(505) Economic Social and Environmental Context for Planning
Information Management Information Technology Graduate Business Administration (GBA)
(GBA) 522 Information Systems Analysis and Design
(GBA) 524 Information System Implementation and Programming
(GBA) 547 Management Information Systems
(GBA) 560 Legal Environment of Information Systems
(GBA) 570 Security and Privacy of Information Systems



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Internships


An internship is required of students without substantive experience in a public service organization. The purpose of the internship is to give students a sense of day-to-day operations, practices, and problems, and is intended to complement the academic training received in the classroom. The fulfilment of the internship requirement carries four hours of academic credit for the practical experience (MPA 698). Specific requirements for this internship are established between the student, advisor, and organization representative.

The internship requirement will be waived for mid-career professionals, international students intending to return to their home countries, and other individuals who have had adequate public service experience prior to entering the program such as honorably discharged recent veterans. Individuals who believe that they fall within these categories and desire a waiver for the internship requirement should request a waiver from the Graduate Coordinator.

2013 to 2015 MPA Courses


Course Fall 2013 Winter 2014 Spring 2014
MPA 500, Intro Emerson
MPA 501, Policy Wang
MPA 502, Budgeting Wang
MPA 503, Human Res. Reese
MPA 504 Quantitative Emerson
MPA 505 Qualitative Nelson
MPA 506 Admin. Ethics Speak
MPA 600, Capstone Nelson
MPA 599 Special Topics Moayedi
Crisis Management
MPA 599 Special Topics TBD Speak
MPA 595 project Emerson Emerson
MPA 596 thesis MPA Faculty MPA Faculty MPA Faculty
MPA 598 internship Nelson Nelson
MPA 697 Culminating Exam Nelson



Scheduled


Course Fall 2014 Winter 2015 Spring 2015
MPA 500, Intro Emerson
MPA 501, Policy Wang
MPA 502, Budgeting Wang
MPA 503, Human Res. Reese
MPA 504 Quantitative Emerson
MPA 505 Qualitative Nelson
MPA 506 Admin. Law Speak
MPA 600, Capstone
MPA 599 Special Topics Letourneau
City Management
MPA 599 Special Topics Wang
Urban Governance
MPA 595 project Emerson Emerson Emerson
MPA 596 thesis MPA Faculty MPA Faculty MPA Faculty
MPA 598 internship Nelson Nelson Nelson
MPA 697 Culminating Exam Nelson