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The Bush School of Government and Public Service

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

Contact

(866) 988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

Extended Education

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

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

EMPSA Course Descriptions


Online EMPSA Core Courses

EMPSA Required General Core Courses
Homeland Security
Track Required Courses
Elective Courses
Nonprofit Management
Track Required Courses
Elective Courses
Public Management
Track Required Courses
Elective Courses


EMPSA Required Course Descriptions

PSAA 601: Foundations of Public Service*
Different perspectives on management and leadership in public service; provides overview of how public and nonprofit organizations work; discusses ethical dilemmas that occur in public service careers.

PSAA 611: Public Policy Formation
Examination of public policy formation processes in the United States, with an emphasis on national government.

PSAA 621: Economic Analysis
Microeconomic analysis of consumers, firms and markets; macroeconomic analysis of growth and stabilization policies; the government’s role in the economy.

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

BUSH 631: Quantitative Methods in Public Management I
Introduction to the common methods for social and policy analysis with a focus on application of methods such as analysis of variance and regression, to tasks including policy analysis, evaluation and survey research; emphasis on the performance of social and policy analysis, although some statistical theory is introduced.

PSAA 675: Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar*
Provides a capstone experience for students as they operate in teams to address an important policy and administrative issue; draws on the coursework and experiences of their Bush School education to develop specific recommendations for design, implementation and evaluation of this project task.

PSAA 676: Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar II**
Provides a capstone experience as they operate in teams to address an important policy and administrative issue; draws on the coursework and experiences of their Bush School education to develop specific recommendations for design, implementation and evaluation of this project task.

*Includes one week in-residence in College Station, Texas, during the summer session.
** Must take PSAA 675 and 676 back-to-back.


Homeland Security Track Required Courses, Course Descriptions

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.

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.

PSAA 656: Fundamentals of Homeland Security
An introduction to the theory, practice, challenge and prospects for securing the "American Homeland" against terrorist attack, with special emphasis on how American policy makers are resolving this dilemma, and their prospects for the future; draws heavily on current events and emerging policy solutions as examples.

Homeland Security Track Elective Courses, Course Descriptions

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 605: Homeland Security Policies, Strategies, and Operations
In-depth examination of past, current, and emerging national and international homeland security policies, strategies, and selected strategic operations. Emphasis on national and global risks, the national security management system, risk and crisis management, longer-term community recovery, and the strategies of other countries applicable to the United States.

PSAA 607: Research Methods for Homeland Security Studies
Introduces fundamental social science research principles, concepts, and methods applied in designing and conducting research and communicating research findings and recommendations; conduct research and write a paper on a homeland security topic and develop expertise in assessing the validity of research done by others.

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 620: Safeguarding the Nation's Maritime Gateways.
Thorough examination of the national policy, strategies and plans that direct maritime security and harbor safety and how they integrate into homeland security; historical overview, current national strategies, departments and agencies responsible for security, international cooperation efforts and U.S. efforts against piracy and vessel hijacking, future considerations.

PSAA 651: Homeland Security and Homeland Defense
Thoroughly examine the strategy for homeland defense and civil support, Department of Defense policy and doctrine, along with numerous scholarly articles focusing on homeland security; master’s level course intended for individuals preparing for professional careers in the conduct of international affairs.

PSAA 652: Protection of the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure
Protection of the Nation's Critical Infrastructure. Survey an overview of the Nation's strategies for Critical Infrastructure Protection and securing cyberspace and the definition of critical infrastructures as it exists today; master's level course intended for individuals preparing for professional careers in the conduct of international affairs.

PSAA 653: Weapons of Mass Destruction
Comprehensive study of weapons of mass destruction and their potential use by a terrorist group; considers both political and technological issues associated with WMD terrorism; focus will be on prevention, protection, response and recovery to WMD terrorism events; intended for individuals preparing for professional careers in the conduct of international affairs.

PSAA 654 : U.S. Border Security: Policies, Strategies and Issues
U.S. border security policies, strategies and issues; policies and strategies for homeland defense and security; Mexican and Canadian governments’ border policies; southern U.S. border situation and issues; considerations when border land is privately versus federally owned; impact of criminal elements on border security; efforts to secure the U.S. coasts.

PSAA 655: Domestic Intelligence Operations: Legalities, Policies, and Procedures
Examination of laws and national policies and operations surrounding domestic intelligence within the United States; departments and agencies with domestic intelligence responsibilities, their missions, operations and resources; selected readings, government documents and case studies.

PSAA 657: Terrorism in Today’s World
Comprehensive survey of international terrorism from its origins to the present; emphasis on how the U.S. government has responded and how it has organized to counter the threat; all major terrorist groups studied; understanding of the nature of the terrorist threat and the implications for the U.S. Government.

PSAA 660: Domestic Terrorism: The Internal Threat to America
Survey of domestic terrorism from the first manifestation of terror tactics in the United States to the anarchist movement of 1880s to the present. Study of domestic terrorist threats, the growing threats from weapons of mass destruction, and the implications WMDs have for all levels of government.

PSAA 668: U.S. Law and Homeland Security
Analyze the threat to the homeland as reflected in a number of pre and post 9/11 commission reports; master’s level course intended for individuals preparing for professional careers in the conduct of international affairs.

PSAA 685: Directed Studies
Directed individual instruction in selected problems in government and public service. Prerequisites: Graduate classification and approval of MPSA or MPIA director.

PSAA 689: Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Focuses on business continuity management principles and building resilience into private sector organizations as related to national homeland security. Threats from "PLANES" - pandemics, lethal attacks, accidents, natural disasters, economic crises, and strikes are studied. The connection between public sector continuity of operations and private sector business continuity are explored.


Nonprofit Track Required Courses, Course Descriptions

PSAA 632: Fiscal Management for Nonprofits
Introduction to the underlying fundamental principles, concepts and methods of managerial finance in nonprofit organizations; interpretation and evaluation of the financial reports to inform strategic decision-making in planning and budgeting.

PSAA 643: Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
Overview of the origins, size, scope and composition of the nonprofit and voluntary sector in American society today; introduction to the historical, political and religious foundations of the nonprofit sector; examines theoretical and conceptual framework.

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.

Nonprofit Track Course Electives, Course Descriptions

PSAA 603: Nongovernmental Organization Management in International Settings
Exploration of the management of nongovernmental organizations (NGO) in international setting with special attention to their niche alongside private and public sectors, revenue sources, impact on society and converse effects of society and its institutions.

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

PSAA 631: Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
Provides overviews and examines the underlying fundamental principles, concepts, and methods of strategic marketing as it is associated with the nonprofit sector. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

PSAA 632: Financial Management for Nonprofits
Introduction to the underlying fundamental principles, concepts and methods of managerial finance in nonprofit organizations; interpretation and evaluation of the financial reports to inform strategic decision-making in planning and budgeting. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

PSAA 633: Philanthropy: Fundraising in Nonprofit Organizations
Examines the theory and practice of fundraising in nonprofit organizations; overview of fundraising strategies and techniques and how they relate to the achievement of organizational goals; focuses on ways of integrating various fundraising activities into an effective fundraising program. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

PSAA 635: Social Welfare and Health Policy
Explores the historical development and impact of US public welfare, child welfare, employment, and health social service programs; analyzes values and assumptions that formed the foundations of social welfare policy and explores the social, economic, political, and cultural context in which these policies developed and their potential future.

PSAA 636: Grant and Project Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Examination of the use and provision of grants in the public and nonprofit sectors; exploration of the conceptual background of government and private grants; the management of grants and projects; application of skills and methods related to proposal writing needs statements, program budgets and evaluations.

PSAA 648: Performance Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Drawing on readings, practical exercises and guest lectures; 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; apply learning to the development of a particular organization’s performance measurement system. Prerequisite: PSAA 634 or PSAA 644.

PSAA 649: Volunteer and Human Resources in Nonprofit Organizations
Introduces theories, research and practice for managing personnel and human resources for paid and volunteer staff in nonprofit settings; explores the behaviors and cognitions of participants in nonprofit organizations, the motivational and personnel programs required by the organization, and the managerial strategies for effective human resources management.

PSAA 669: Legal Environment of Nonprofit Management
Laws, policies, and ideals affecting the creation and governance of nonprofit organizations; includes medical, education, cultural, social, religious, and advocacy organizations; considers these organizations’ contributions to society, how they cooperate with or rival for-profit entities, and how they should be governed.


Public Management Track Required Courses, Course Descriptions

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.

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.

PSAA 643: Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
Overview of the origins, size, scope and composition of the nonprofit and voluntary sector in American society today; introduction to the historical, political and religious foundations of the nonprofit sector; examines theoretical and conceptual framework.

Public Management Elective Courses, Course Descriptions

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.

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 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 636: Grant and Project Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Examination of the use and provision of grants in the public and nonprofit sectors; exploration of the conceptual background of government and private grants; the management of grants and projects; application of skills and methods related to proposal writing needs statements, program budgets and evaluations.

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.

PSAA 648: Performance Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Drawing on readings, practical exercises and guest lectures; 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; apply learning to the development of a particular organization's performance measurement system. Prerequisite: PSAA 634 or PSAA 644.


Contact

(866) 988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

Extended Education

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

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

Contact

(866) 988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

Extended Education

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

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

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