Course Descriptions

The MPA offers these courses:

PSC 532 – Nonprofit Management. 3 hrs.

This course examines the principles and applied practices of nonprofit administration including theories of nonprofit formation, fundraising appeals, executive leadership, marketing, budgeting, and strategic management.

PSC 533 – Public Administration and Policy Development. 3 hrs.

An examination of alternative theoretical approaches to the study of policy and administration and their implications for the use of policy to shape administrative practice.

PSC 553 – Governmental Budgetary Administration. 3 hrs.

Study of organization, administration, and accountability in the management of public funds, with emphasis on the political decision-making processes of budget formulation, presentation, and execution. (Prerequisite: PSC 333 or permission)

PSC 604 – Data Analysis. 3 hrs.

A study of quantitative methods used in empirical research with an emphasis upon applied statistical analysis; writing and critiquing research reports.

PSC 616 Public Administration Scope and Practice. 3 hrs.

Orientation to the field of Public Administration, ethics, professional standards and skills. Review of foundations, theories, and scope. Study of public management heritage and current trends and issues.

PSC 618 – Seminar in Public Administration. 3 hrs.

Introduces students to the major areas within public administration and encourages them to relate this knowledge to their own experience and career. Considers the political, social and economic environment of public administration.

PSC 621 – Urban Administration. 3 hrs.

Principles and methods of urban administration in the U.S.

ACE 689 Grant Proposal Writing. 3 hrs.

This course involves the development of a grant proposal and includes the steps required to produce a final document.

LS 625 Human Resources Management. 3 hrs.

This course develops knowledge of the major functions and tasks necessary for the development of human resources.

MGT 672 Organizational Behavior. 3 hrs.

Basic ideas and concepts for the effective management of an organization. Major topics include motivation, communication and decision-making processes, group dynamics, leadership study, conflict management, work and organizational design, and organization development. Emphasis on the organizational behavior and theory.

GEO 526 Principles of GIS.  3 hrs.

This course allows incoming graduate students to obtain foundational GIS skills required to succeed in more specialized graduate level GIScience courses.

GEO 529 Location Analysis and GIS.  3 hrs.

Concepts, models, and methods of geographic location analysis of natural resources extraction, manufacturing, services, retail and market area analytics, and logistics using GIS.

GEO 510 Urban Geography.  3 hrs.

Study of the evolution, morphology and land use, functions, and problems of urban areas, with emphasis on governance, planning, and the social and environmental impacts of urbanization.

GEO 524 Transportation Geography.  3 hrs. 

A geographic analysis of transportation and its spatial organization. Concepts, models, and analytical methods related to traffic demand, network configuration, and allocation of transport facilities are covered.

LS 640 Legal Issues NPO & Public.  3 hrs.

This course provides students with an overview of federal and state laws governing nonprofit and public sector organizations, current legal trends and legal issues affecting CEO’s, staff, governing boards.

PSC 660 Sem in Policy Analysis.  3 hrs.

Development of theoretical and methodological skills in the analysis of public problems and the use of policy in problem solving.



Graduate Catalog


The Graduate Director, in consultation with the faculty can make exceptions to the curriculum on occasion, when the extreme circumstances require it. The entire listing of courses offered by the University can be found in the Graduate Catalog.