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MPA 600. Foundations of Public Administration and Public Service

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: History and scope of public administration and public service; contemporary issues that confront public administration.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer


MPA 601. Public and Nonprofit Organization Theory and Behavior

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Theories and practices of public and nonprofit organizations. Emphasis on behaviors, structures, decision making processes, culture
Semester Offered: Fall


MPA 602. Public Budgeting and Public Finance

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Public budget decision processes; budget structures, methods and formats; revenue sources, structures and forecasts, debt, and administration.
Semester Offered: Fall


MPA 603. Public and Nonprofit Human Resource Management

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: History and policies of public and nonprofit personnel management and the contemporary tools and techniques employed to select, develop, and sanction organizational human assets.
Semester Offered: Spring


MPA 604. Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Theories and practices of leadership in large and small public and nonprofit organizations.
Semester Offered: Fall


MPA 605. Topics in Leading Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Credits: 1 View Details
Description: Opportunities and challenges (ethics, benchmarking, information management and data practices, advocacy and lobbying, supervision, conflict management, data analysis, public presentation, mediation) facing public and nonprofit leaders. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 3 credits.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer


MPA 606. Strategic Management in the Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Examination and application of strategic planning and management techniques.
Semester Offered: Spring


MPA 607. Program Evaluation and Performance Assessment

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Statistical tools and techniques and applications of program evaluation methods to public sector and nonprofit sector policy and managerial issues.
Semester Offered: Spring


MPA 620. Leadership and Local Government Management

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Examination of the executive-council/commission relations, role of manager, structural constraints to management, applicable Minnesota municipal and county laws and political realities of leadership and management of local governments.
Semester Offered: Even Fall


MPA 621. Emerging Issues in Local Government Leadership and Management

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Examines emerging issues facing local governments: collaboration, coalition building, citizen engagement, and new governance.
Semester Offered: Odd Fall


MPA 623. Managing Public Works, Regulatory and Human Services in Local Government

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Practical challenges in local government management as they pertain to public works, utilities, licenses and regulatory services, and human services (parks and recreation, housing, etc.).
Semester Offered: Odd Spring


MPA 624. Managing Public Safety in Local Government

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Practical challenges in local government management pertaining to judicial services, law enforcement, corrections, fire, and emergency services.
Semester Offered: Odd Fall


MPA 625. Managing Planning, Zoning, Community and Economic Development in Local Governments

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Practical problems of local government management as they pertain to planning, zoning, community development and economic development.
Semester Offered: Even Spring


MPA 626. Managing Local Government Finances

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Practical problems of local government financial management including debt management, pension fund management, capital improvement, idle fund investment, accounting practices and financial management specific to local governments.
Semester Offered: Even Spring


MPA 630. Foundations of Nonprofit Organization Administration

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Examines the philosophical underpinnings, concepts and principles of nonprofit organizations, emphasizing history, philosophical foundations and influences of government policies on operations and internal governance.
Semester Offered: Even Fall


MPA 631. The Executive Director

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Examines to role of the executive director in terms of creating and maintaining effective organizational culture, values, vision, internal and external relationships, board-staff relations and transitions.
Semester Offered: Odd Spring


MPA 632. Nonprofit Revenue Leadership and Management

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Examines philanthropic philosophy and practice of giving to nonprofit service organizations and foundations, use of volunteers, fundraising, service delivery contracts and user fees as resources for nonprofit organizations.
Semester Offered: Even Fall


MPA 633. Partnerships, Innovation and Change

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Examines reasons and methods of building and maintaining partnerships as a necessity to serve clientele base, requirements and conditions for innovation and change.
Semester Offered: Odd Spring


MPA 634. Nonprofit Financial Management

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Debt management, pension fund management, capital improvement, idle fund investment, accounting practices specific to nonprofit organizations including accounting for volunteers and donations and remaining in nonprofit compliance.
Semester Offered: Odd Fall


MPA 640. Topics in Public and Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Special topics of public and nonprofit management and leadership.
Semester Offered: DEMAND


MPA 644. Internship in Public and Nonprofit Organization

Credits: 1-2 View Details
Description: Supervised training opportunity in a government agency or nonprofit organization. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 credits.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer


MPA 650. Politics of Developing Societies.

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Analysis of political, social, and economic systems in developing countries with a focus on bureaucratic structures and the challenges of policy-making in less developed countries.
Semester Offered: Even Fall


MPA 651. Development Administration

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Examines the problems and issues associated with the management and administration of development programs and projects in less developed countries.
Semester Offered: Odd Spring


MPA 654. Theories of Development

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Examines the major theories of economic, social, and political development, and the impact of these theories on development policies in less developed countries.
Semester Offered: Even Fall


MPA 655. International Organizations and Development

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Examines the of role international governmental actors (IMF, World Bank, WTO, UN) and non-governmental actors (transnational civil society) play in development in less developed countries.
Semester Offered: Odd Spring






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