The public management concentration is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical training necessary to be effective managers and administrators of public sector organizations in local government, state government, or the federal civil service. In addition to taking core courses that directly address public management issues, students are able to individually tailor their program of study by choosing from several elective public management concentration courses including:
Organizational Behavior and Leadership
Local Government Management
Budget and Financial Management
Public Policy and Analysis
Upon successful completion of the public management concentration, students will be proficient in a variety of public sector management techniques necessary for working in a number of administrative government settings. Specifically, students will explore:
Contemporary best practices, challenges, and general trends in the public management field.
The foundational literature on which the field of public management was built.
The quantitative, qualitative, and other analytical methods needed to promote greater effectiveness, efficiency, and equity in public service organizations.
Graduates of the public management concentration within the MPA program typically seek employment in government jobs at the local and state levels. However, it also common for students to explore opportunities at the federal level. In particular, the public management concentration prepares students to pursue employment as: