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The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220


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The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220

Course Descriptions

Certificate in Public Management (PBMG)

Please note, not all classes are available each semester. Please check with advisors for the most up-to-date list of courses.

Required Courses

PSAA 623: Budgeting in Public Service
Designed to introduce selected topics in public administration and political science literature on the politics of public finance and budgeting; introduce the practice of budgeting by learning language and issues common to budgeting in government.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

PSAA 634: Public Management
Addresses three critical aspects of public management; the role of management in the public sector, validity of the argument that government should be run like a business and the tools public managers need to be effective. Application of organizational theory concepts applied to case studies.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

Elective Courses

PSAA 602: Tools for Advancement and Leadership in Public Service
Focuses on techniques and practices that executives employ to accomplish their work through politicians, bureaucrats, the media, lobbyists, governing boards, and their supervisors and staff; explores issues that arise from conflict with policy makers, moral and ethical concerns, and professionalism in public service.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

PSAA 604: Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Provides an overview of emergency management and its connection with homeland security; topics include emergency management cycles, activities that fall into mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery phases of emergency management; other topics may include emergency management of terrorism, disaster communication, media relations, and performance assessment for emergency management organizations.

PSAA 606: Environmental Policy and Management
Covers environmental policy areas, including air and water pollution, toxic waste disposal, public land use, sustainable development, and resource conservation. Explores actions of governmental institutions and actors at all levels in their efforts to implement and manage environmental policy.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate classification.

PSAA 608: Cyber Security for Managers
Introduces operations and security issues involving attacking, exploiting, and defending digitized data, knowledge, and communications and the security challenges arising from the globalization of the Internet, the sharing of networks, and the flow of strategic communications. Does not require significant skills or experience in information technology.

PSAA 610: Comparative Public Administration and Management
Addresses challenges in policy implementation, public administration and public management; draws on experiences of a wide range of developed and developing countries; explores factors behind variations in institutional and social contexts; utilizes case discussion to help students confront challenges and constraints faced in public organizations and public managers worldwide.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

PSAA 616: Managing Workplace Diversity in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Examination of how public policy issues are contested and shaped by the major cleavages in American society, such as race and ethnicity, economic and social class, and gender; strategies for building consensus across these divisions.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification.

PSAA 619: Urban Policy and Management
Overview of U.S. urban policy, management and institutions; theory and research on governmental functions and policies; exposure to actual policymakers and jurisdictions; for careers in regional or local levels of U.S. government.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification; PSAA 601, PSAA 611 or approval of instructor or department head.

PSAA 625: Urban Sustainability Policies and Management
Relationship between local political processes and the pursuit of sustainable development; theoretical underpinnings of sustainability and sustainable development as applied in the local city context of the United States and the way these concepts actually got defined through local political and policymaking processes.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

PSAA 630: Program Evaluation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Organizations today are responding to increasing demands for accountability. These demands come from an increasingly sophisticated public and clientele, and from funding sources including government, foundations, and corporations. This course is designed to introduce theories, research, and practice for program evaluation and systems that support the organization's information needs.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

PSAA 636: Grant and Contract Management for the Public and Nonprofit Sector
Course examines the use of contracts and grants in providing social services. Explores the theoretical background of government contracts and grants; the management of third-party services from the perspectives of government agencies, private sector contractors, and nonprofit organizations; and the skills needed to write effective grant and contract proposals.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

PSAA 637: Decision Making in Government and Public Service
Introduction to the study and practice of judgment and decision making processes in government and administrative settings; content is firmly grounded in empirically-based theory and research with a practical slant designed to help develop and improve decision making skills.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

PSAA 641: Organization Theory for the Public Sector
Theories of bureaucracy and control, management, human relations, decision making and organizations and their environments; effects of organizations on individuals, the government and the policy formation process.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification and approval of MPSA or MPIA director.

PSAA 642: Ethics in Public Policy
Theory and practice for analyzing and responding to the ethical responsibilities and dilemmas for professional conduct; ethical dimensions of analysis and decision making for policy makers and public administrators.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

PSAA 644: Management and Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations
Introduction and overview of nonprofit organizations and the environment they operate in; examination of the distinctiveness of these organizations and the special skills required for effective management of them; empirical and normative issues surrounding nonprofit management and leadership.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

PSAA 646: Accountability in Public Service
Role of bureaucracy in American government; emphasis on mechanisms of institution accountability and control; readings and concepts from the fields of political science, public administration and administrative law; emphasis on broad theory-based knowledge for careers in public service.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

PSAA 648: Performance Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Drawing on readings, practical exercises, and guest lectures, students will examine public sector performance management and measurement as tools for improving strategic planning, resource allocation, organizational learning, internal operational processes, and internal and external accountability. Students will apply their learning to the development of a particular organization's performance measurement system.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

PSAA 661: Human Resources Management in Government and Public Service
Organization and operation of civil service personnel systems in American governments.
Prerequisites: Graduate classification.

PSAA 670: Public Information Systems Management
Introduction to information systems for future public managers, management and public policy issues regarding information systems, and current policy issues related to information and communications technology.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

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College Station, Texas 77843-4220


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The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220

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