Department of Government and Justice Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Courses in Public Administration (PA)
Additional offerings by the department include courses in Criminal Justice (CJ) and Political Science (PS)
Phillip Ardoin, Department Chair
PA 5000. Research Methods (3).F. The goal of this course is the development of the analytical abilities that will be needed by the student as a practicing public administrator. The foundations of inquiry, the various approaches to the study of social phenomena, and several analytical techniques are presented, discussed, and practiced. Prerequisite: an undergraduate statistics course.
PA 5010. Field-Based Research (3).On Demand. Intensive research is conducted under faculty supervision on a topic related to the student's current or prospective employment and/or professional experience.
PA 5060. Seminar in Public Administration (3).F. History and development of the field of public administration with focus on the role of the administrator in the political process. Analysis of public agencies in a political context. Consideration of contemporary issues related to the field such as administrative ethics, decision making, and strategic planning.
PA 5140. Emergency Management Systems (3).F.Alternate years. This course covers the roles and responsibilities of local, state and federal government agencies in times of disaster. Four key actions (planning, response, recovery and mitigation) are highlighted in understanding the changing role of government vis-à-vis individuals and businesses in minimizing loss of life and property due to natural, technological and terrorist actions. This course focuses on preparedness planning issues, intergovernmental relations, financial support for affected communities, and the changing requirements for professional development in Emergency Management in the 21st Century.
PA 5160. Topics in Public Administration (3).S. An examination of selected problems in public administration with emphasis on analytical case studies.
PA 5180. Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3).S. An examination of the major forces that influence the formation, implementation and administration of public policy and methodological approaches to assess the impact of public policies. Prerequisite: PA 5000. (Same as CJ 5180.)
PA 5260. Organization Theory and Behavior (3).F. An examination of the basic theoretical approaches and issues in organizations and organizational behavior and the dynamics of human interactions within public bureaucracies.
PA 5270. Not-for-Profit Organizations (3).S.Alternate years. An overview of the voluntary sector with emphasis on the administration and management of not-for-profit organizations. Areas of study will include theories on the development of not-for-profit organizations, government-nonprofit relationships, and advocacy efforts. Techniques of nonprofit management will include emphasis on ethics, board/volunteer recruitment, and marketing as well as grants and other funding sources.
PA 5271. Grants Strategies and Preparation (3).F.Alternate years. Overview of the grants arena in the U.S., with emphasis on the techniques of proposal preparation. Topics include the history of the grants system, types of grants, sources of funding, application process, and contract administration. Practical exercises in identifying funding opportunities, preparing elements of a grant application, and scoring completed proposals are incorporated.
PA 5360. Public Personnel Administration (3).S. Overview of public personnel practices with a focus on methods of employee recruitment selection, evaluation, and related aspects. Analysis of issue areas such as fair employment practices, affirmative action, and comparable worth.
PA 5460. Budgeting and Fiscal Administration (3).S. The politics of budgeting, budgetary process, and fiscal administration in public and non-profit agencies.
PA 5461. Public Financial Management (3).On Demand. The principles and practices concerning the efficient and prudent management of the funds / finances of the government.
PA 5500. Independent Study (1-3).F;S.
PA 5530-5549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand.
PA 5558. Capstone Research (1).S. Capstone Research is a course which involves the completion of a significant research paper under the direction of a major professor selected by the student from among the Master of Public Administration faculty. Corequisite: PA 5559. Graded on an S/U basis.
PA 5559. Capstone in Public Administration (2).S. This seminar integrates the theoretical and practical perspectives of public administration as a discipline. The capstone course involves students in management problem-solving as well as the following activities: development of executive skills; refinement of presentation skills; discussions of likely ethical situations; and securing public sector employment. Corequisite: PA 5558. Students present findings from their Capstone Research project at a capstone conference. Successful completion of the course fulfills the requirement for a comprehensive examination
PA 5560. Local Government Administration (3).S. Administrative process, management, personnel, budget and finance, and intergovernmental relations in local government. Prerequisite: approval by the instructor. [Dual-listed with PA 4560.]
PA 5665. Public Management (3).S. A study of the organization and operation of government agencies and their role in policy making and implementation and an examination of the various concepts and theories pertaining to administrative behavior and to the performance of the basic tasks of management. [Dual-listed with PA 4665.]
PA 5800. Directed Research (3).On Demand. Directed research on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the instructor. Student is expected to write a major research paper on this topic. May not be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PA 5000.
PA 5900. Internship in Public Administration (3-6).F;S. Field work in government, community, professional offices, and agencies; and involvement in problem solving in these offices and agencies. Graded on an S/U basis.
PA 5989. Graduate Research (1-9).F;S. This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master's and specialist's levels. Graded on an S/U basis. PA 5989 does not count toward a degree.