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Online Master of Public Administration Courses

Curriculum Details

36 total credits required

Lindenwood’s Master of Public Administration online program requires seven core public administration courses and three electives from research design, budgeting and finance, and accountability in public administration courses. You’ll also complete two MBA and/or NPA electives.

Core Courses (21 hours)

You will learn core theories underlying public administration. In addition, you will examine ethical issues relative to specific federal and state laws and ethical challenges in public administration.

This course focuses on how programs, once they become federal or state law, or local ordinance, are actually carried out. You will learn how programs are evaluated to determine effectiveness and the principles of sound program evaluation.

This course focuses on the inter-relationships among the federal, state, and local governments. You will learn about specific issues related to fiscal federalism, grants-in-aid, state governments and their balanced budgets, property taxes, financial impact of recessions, and measuring fiscal stress using ratio analysis.

You will analyze the impact of government spending. In addition, economic issues that matter to the study of public administration, such as the multiplier effect and interest rates will be examined.

This course focuses on governmental finances, including taxation and other forms of revenue. You will examine the similarities and differences in regard to these topics at the federal, state and local levels of government. Further, you will explore how the effect of recessions and depressions on public finance.

You will explore the regulatory role of governments as well as partnership relationships between government and business. Some specific issues addressed include: tax credits, tax increment financing, public corporations, and economic development policies.

This course synthesizes core program concepts related to fiscal management, budgeting, business relations, ethics, program evaluation and policy analysis in the field of public administration. Students complete a major research paper in which they demonstrate the program’s major themes and how these apply to public policy.

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You will develop policy analysis skills and learn to apply these to a wide range of social policies. You will learn how policy analysis holds promise for strengthening public policy, as well as its limitations in ensuring that policy is sound and effective.

This course addresses how to find, interpret, and apply governmental data. You will become familiar with the strengths and limitations of available data as a tool for determining effective public policy.

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You will learn how government agencies make projections for budgets. Students will develop skills to forecast impacts of policy on budgets for a wide range of public issues.

This course addresses specific issues at state and local governmental levels. You will examine the impact of recessions and recoveries at the state and local levels, as well as, bond issues, credit ratings, audit reports, and budgetary ratio analysis.

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This course addresses issues associated with governmental reform, and how agencies are held accountable for performance and outcomes. You will explore systems of performance measurement as these apply to public administration.

This course addresses the impact of court cases (federal and state) and how they affect different levels of government administration. You will examine issues such as sovereign immunity and eminent domain. You will be introduced to Lexus/Nexus as a search tool that can help you explore legal issues affecting public policy of interest or concern to them.

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his course consists of directed studies in public administration or a special course offering of a public administration topic. May be repeated with different topics.

This course is the examination of generally accepted accounting concepts and their influences upon the preparation, analysis, and use of financial statements and reports. It is designed for individuals entering the program without any academic background in accounting.

Concepts and techniques for producing and using accounting information for management decisions will be examined in this course. Topics include cost behavior, break-even analysis, cost management systems, marketing/production decision models, capital, and operational budgeting. Lab fee may be required.

This course focuses on the microeconomic concepts used in business, although various macroeconomic factors are also addressed. Emphasis is placed on practical application of course material. Topics to be covered include supply and demand, elasticity, consumer choice theory, firm production and costs (short-run and long-run), profit maximization, market structures, basic oligopoly models, pricing strategies, market failures, government’s role in the economy, and macroeconomic factors affecting business managers. Through readings, lectures and course assignments, students will learn to use various economics tools and concepts to inform and improve business decision-making. Lab fee may be required.

This course is an overview of human resource management and will include exploration of such topics as staffing, training and development, performance management, compensation, labor relations, and employment law, with a primary focus on strategic execution, which integrates HR programs and policies within the framework of an organization’s strategic direction. Lab fee may be required.

This course examines basic law as applied to employment issues. Topics include equal employment, affirmative action, employment-at-will, constructive and unlawful discharge, wage and hours issues, mandatory benefits, safety and workers compensation, protected classes, disability issues, workplace accommodation, labor relations, and record keeping requirements. Lab fee may be required.

This course examines concepts of computer and communications technology for user-managers. The focus is on IT resources (computers, networks, software, data, and people) and alternative approaches to managing them; the opportunities and pitfalls associated with these technologies; and what user-managers need to know. This course will include the examination of these topics through case studies. Lab fee may be required.

This course will help students understand organizational communication theories, models, and processes. Focus will be on application of these principles in organizational communication speaking exercises; and the use of effective communication skills in management and leadership settings. Lab fee may be required.

In this course, students will study classical and modern management theories of organization; the functions of management; external and/or environmental aspects bearing on managerial responsibility; development of practical management policy as guides to managerial decision-making; and human aspects of management including motivation, workplace equity and demographic diversity. This course includes the use of case studies to apply theory through practice. Lab fee may be required.

This course is an analysis of primary factors affecting individual and group behavior in organizations and examines the structure and behavior within organizations that impact performance, morale, and profitability. Lab fee may be required.

Organization development (OD) is the process of planning and implementing interventions to create interpersonal, group, intergroup, or organization-wide change. This course presents the theoretical foundations of organization development as an applied behavioral science. Students will also be introduced to many types of interpersonal, intra-group, intergroup, and organizational interventions that are used to effect comprehensive and lasting changes. Lab fee may be required.

This course is designed to develop an understanding of the function and context of the leadership role in formal organizations through the examination of leadership research and theories of leadership effectiveness. The basis for exercising influence and the situational factors affecting leadership are examined. Emphasis will be on understanding the leadership function as well as developing thinking and action capabilities for improving individual leadership effectiveness. The culminating project will require students to document their own leadership style. Lab fee may be required.

The course focuses on the development and implementation of corporate strategies that enable an organization to create and maintain a sustainable competitive advantage. Current strategic theories are integrated with strategic practice. Additionally, readings in corporate governance focus on how the corporation should be managed in the best interests of the investors and other stakeholders. Lab fee may be required.

This course consists of an examination of the application of statistical analysis in business and the use of quantitative techniques in managerial decision making. Topics include measures of central tendency, probability and distribution, sampling and statistical inference, techniques of statistical analysis, and modeling techniques. Lab fee may be required.

This course is the study of techniques necessary for effective and targeted fundraising campaigns with a focus on specific donors. Emphasis is on financial planning, major gift giving, and planned giving. In addition, this course will provide students with an overview of the essential functions needed to support a comprehensive fund development program. Topics will include: case statements, setting up a development office, information systems, prospect research, direct mail, telephone solicitation, special events, grant writing, prospect research, and major and capital gifts, among others. Students will, in addition to two smaller class assignments related to critical aspects of the fund development process, select a local nonprofit organization in order to synthesize the course material and engage in a hands-on, mini-consulting project related to that organization’s particular fundraising issue or need. Lab fee may be required.

This course is an exploration of human resource management from the beginning of job analysis and design, to recruitment and selection of personnel, performance evaluation, compensation and benefit issues, and training and development for both staff and volunteers. Any differences in the handling of grievances, diversity, discrimination, harassment, and placement issues as they pertain to volunteers, including the board of directors, and paid staff will be discussed and examined. Lab fee may be required.

This course examines the theory behind program outcomes and organizational process evaluation. Students will learn how to create an outcomes evaluation model. Lab fee may be required.

This course is an investigation of the structure and process of, and behavior within, nonprofit organizations as a function of the management process and includes an overview of the financial, personnel, legal, and planning aspects of the nonprofit organization. Lab fee may be required.

This course will provide students with both a conceptual framework and practical skills of understanding, analyzing, and creating change within and through organizations and communities. The course uses a textbook, online activities, film clips and case studies of nonprofit and public sector initiatives and programs related to the ?profile? of an effective nonprofit leader, the role of the nonprofit board of directors, organizational challenges, and tools and techniques for effective management. Lab fee may be required.

Effective and responsible management of organizational behavior requires that managers understand and develop a capacity to manage their own behavior, influence the behavior of others at the interpersonal and group levels, and act as individual public leaders in their interactions with the public and its representatives. As a result, this course will be organized around three central themes: 1) the importance of understanding the behavior, motivations and actions of individuals in the public service; 2) a focus on the distinctiveness of management and leadership in nonprofit organizations; and 3) an emphasis on student’s learning not only from required reading but also from experience. Lab fee may be required.

This course is a study of the realities of the grant seeking process and the methods of preparing a high-quality grant proposal and focuses on the developing and refining nonprofit management skills that contribute to more effective grant writing; allocating time and resources, collaborating with colleagues and with others outside the organization, conducting research, planning, and budgeting. This course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the grant preparation and grant writing process. Focus will be on developing grant writing initiatives in line with other organizational development efforts; conducting research, planning and budgeting; and understanding the essential elements of proposal development. Lab fee may be required.

This course is a discussion of the theory and practice of putting together a realistic budget for a nonprofit organization. Students will examine and discuss a budget as a policy making tool. The functions of good financial management procedures and styles are examined, preparing executive directors and supervisors of nonprofits to understand financial and accounting statements. Lab fee may be required.

This course is a review of the steps necessary to do a strategic plan for nonprofit organizations. Students will put together a strategic plan for a local nonprofit organization including an environmental assessment, mission review, discussion of key issues and the strategies for addressing those issues, and develop an implementation action plan. In addition, the class will discuss the process of evaluating programs and planning changes for existing program or development of new programs for a nonprofit organization.

This course shall discuss the need to market all aspects of a nonprofit organization’s operation and mission with specific emphasis to on the “four P’s” of marketing. The class will be required to develop and create a marketing plan for an actual nonprofit organization or program. Lab fee may be required.

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