Online Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.): Curriculum
60 total credits required
In the 14 required courses in the online M.P.A. program, you’ll cover topics such as public budgeting, policy studies, personnel management and leadership through structured online learning experiences taught by expert faculty. The M.P.A. program curriculum has a strong rural focus but also maintains a global perspective.
You’ll have numerous opportunities to build a broad range of public administration skills throughout the program and graduate prepared to be a dynamic leader in public service. In addition to in-depth online coursework, there are optional on-campus learning opportunities through elective courses offered in coordination with EOU’s Regional Outreach and Innovation Centers in Oregon.
Political communication is not only used by candidates and elected officials. For 21st century governance, public administrators must also be able to speak and write to a variety of different stakeholders including other administrators, elected officials, community leaders, clients, and the public. In this course students will learn:
- Who those stakeholders are
- How to take complex ideas and translate them into clear messages
- Choose the correct medium to communicate
Due to the nature of the subject matter, there is a strong oral communication dimension to this course.
In this course, you will explore a variety of policy related topics such as the politics of policy making, interpreting and constructing policy ‘problems,’ examining policy alternatives, evaluating outcomes, communicating success and defining failure. Through engaging these topics, you walk out of this course with a more complete understanding of the life cycle of policy and a better understanding of the complexity and context sensitivity that characterizes the policy process.
This course will cover the foundations of public administration theory and praxis. Students will learn about the values, concepts, and challenges salient in public administration and apply them in a rural context. Through this exploration, students will have a better understanding of how public problems ‘uniquely’ manifest in rural areas and how public administrators can position themselves to solve them.
This course provides an understanding of budget preparation, adoption and execution; proposed reforms of the budget process; revenue strategies; and competing theories of the politics of budgeting. The course will be structured around a series of case studies and practical exercises.
Organizations are the vehicles used to collectively ‘get things done.’ Perhaps a more apt analogy is conceptualizing an organization as a complex organism; a system, relying on the harmonious interaction of its parts, directed towards a common purpose. Through discussions of bureaucracy, personnel, history, and culture, students will unpackage this complexity by analyzing the internal structures and external pressures placed on public and non-profit organizations. Due to the co-productive and co-dependent nature of organizations, there is a strong collaborative element to this course.
In this course, students will focus on the role of managers in non-profit organizations in the 21st century. Non-profit managers must translate overall mission and programmatic goals into actionable service provision amidst resource constraints. Through exploring key managerial strategies that recognize the importance of non-profit managers, volunteers, governing bodies, policymakers, donors, and clients, this course offers insight into how to overcome challenges likely to impact non-profit organizations.
Students will demonstrate an advanced ability to manipulate and visualize geospatial data through ArcGIS software. In this course, they will build on skills learned in POLS 570 to construct interactive raster and vector maps. In the process, students will:
- Learn how to structure complex overlays
- Find, access, and translate discrete data into geospatial data
- Draft an interactive, user-friendly dashboard that can be used by public administrators
As this is an advanced course, it will also cover basics of empirical inquiry.
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