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Public Policy Analysis (PPA)

Associated faculty: L. Taylor (coordinator), Cortes, Dague, Griffin, Lahey, Mumpower, Portney, Vedlitz

The Public Policy Analysis track offers students an in-depth understanding of how decision makers can assess policy choices. It includes a consideration of why government should or should not take action in response to particular problems. It also familiarizes students with specific evaluative techniques such as cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, and risk assessment. Students have numerous opportunities to apply what they learn to current policy issues.

PPA Track Core Courses (Both required):
  • PSAA 615: Public Policy Analysis
  • PSAA 622: Public Finance
PPA Track Electives (Choose two):
  • PSAA 605: Homeland Security Policies and Strategies
  • PSAA 606: Environmental Policy and Management
  • PSAA 613: Immigration and Education Policy
  • PSAA 614: Governance and Institutional Reform: A Comparative Perspective
  • PSAA 616: Managing Diversity in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 617: U.S. State and Local Government: Institutions and Policy
  • PSAA 618: Education Policy
  • PSAA 619: U.S. Urban Policy and Management
  • PSAA 625: Urban Sustainability and Management
  • PSAA 635: Social Welfare and Health Policy
  • PSAA 637: Decision Making in Government and Administration
  • PSAA 638: Health Economics and Public Policy
  • PSAA 640: Energy and Security Policy
  • PSAA 671: Science and Technology Policy
  • PSAA 689: Markets and Government
  • INTA 625: International Trade Policy
  • INTA 651: National Security Policy
  • PLAN 616: Analyzing Risk/Hazard and Public Policy

Public Management (PM)

Associated faculty: Bearfield (coordinator), Bowman, Bright, Bullock, Davis, Graham, Greer, Hilderbrand, Kerr, K. Taylor, West

The Public Management track focuses on the capabilities required for effective and ethical leadership in the public and nonprofit sectors. These include knowledge and skills pertaining to the internal operation of public-service organizations and to the relationship between those organizations and their operating environments.

PM Track Core Courses (Both required):
  • PSAA 623: Budgeting in Public Service
  • PSAA 634: Public Management
PM Track Electives (Choose two):
  • PSAA 602: Tools for Advancement and Leadership
  • PSAA 604: Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • PSAA 606: Environmental Policy and Management
  • PSAA 608: Cyber Security for Managers
  • PSAA 610: Comparing Domestic and International Organizations
  • PSAA 614: Governance and Institutional Reform: A Comparative Perspective
  • PSAA 616: Managing Diversity in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 619: U.S. Urban Policy and Management
  • PSAA 625: Urban Sustainability and Management
  • PSAA 626: Contract Management
  • PSAA 630: Program Evaluation (if not used as a Quant. Methods II requirement)
  • PSAA 636: Grant and Project Mgmt. in Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • PSAA 637: Decision Making in Government and Public Service
  • PSAA 641: Organizational Theory for the Public Sector
  • PSAA 642: Ethics and Public Policy
  • PSAA 644: Management and Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 646: Accountability in Public Service
  • PSAA 648: Performance Management in Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • PSAA 661: Human Resource Mgmt. in Government and Public Service
  • PSAA 670: Public Information Management Systems
  • PSAA 673: Conflict Resolution in Public Management

Nonprofit Management (NPM)

Associated faculty: Brown (coordinator), Kerr, K. Taylor, Paarlberg, Qu

The Nonprofit Management Track provides students with an understanding of the role of the nonprofit sector as it has evolved and the distinctive character of nonprofit management and the challenges it must address. Discussions include the variation of structures and activities of assorted nonprofit organizations. It also examines development, political activities, and other dimensions of the relationship between nonprofit organizations and their environments.

NPM Track Core Courses (Both required):
  • PSAA 632: Fiscal Management of Nonprofits
  • PSAA 644: Management and Leadership of Nonprofits
NPM Track Electives: (Choose two):
  • PSAA 603: Nongovernmental Management in International Settings
  • PSAA 626: Contract Management
  • PSAA 631: Marketing for Nonprofits
  • PSAA 633: Philanthropy and Fundraising in Nonprofits
  • PSAA 635: Social Welfare and Health Policy
  • PSAA 636: Grant and Project Mgmt. in Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • PSAA 645: Networks and Inter-organizational Collaborations
  • PSAA 648: Performance Management in Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • PSAA 649: Volunteer and Human Resource Management
  • PSAA 650: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • PSAA 669: Legal Environment of Nonprofit Organizations
  • PSAA 689: Nonprofit Governance

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