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Specialization Requirements

Concentration Requirements

​Emergency Management Concentration

Emergency Management is a critical concern for the public, private and non-profit sectors. Both the conceptual and practical implementation sides of homeland security and emergency preparedness rest at the intersection of national defense, law enforcement, and emergency preparedness. This concentration will provide students with both theoretical and practical knowledge that will prepare them for private or public sector employment in the area of emergency preparedness for both security and non-security related incidents.

Course Title Quarter Hours
MPS 554PRINCIPLES OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING4
MPS 526LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION4
Select one elective from the following:4
MPS 552
GIS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
MPS 564
PUBLIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING
PRAD 540
CRISIS COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT

International Public Management Concentration

Students intending to work in international organizations require a special understanding of how public and non-profit institutional structures and managerial processes vary around the world. This concentration emphasizes the interdependence of government and non-government organizations (NGOs), while addressing a variety of management, ethics, and policy issues.

Course Title Quarter Hours
MPS 510INTERNATIONAL DIMENSIONS OF PUBLIC SERVICE4
Select two electives from the following:8
MPS 511
SUSTAINABLE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MPS 516
MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
MPS 552
GIS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
MPS 573
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
MPS 575
STUDY ABROAD SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/INSTITUTIONS
MPS 611
MANAGEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL NGOs
MPS 612
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
MPS 615
MANAGEMENT OF INTERCULTURAL DIVERSITY
MPS 616
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs Concentration

This concentration is for students wanting to work in land use, transportation, economic development, zoning, housing, and other areas of community development. Coursework emphasizes the technical skills of public administration and the tools of analyses and development as applied in a broad public setting. Students study best practices to illustrate the effectiveness of alternative designs and models.

Course Title Quarter Hours
MPS 571METROPOLITAN PLANNING4
MPS 573HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT4
Select one elective from following:4
MPS 516
MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
MPS 526
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION
MPS 554
PRINCIPLES OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING
MPS 552
GIS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
MPS 572
POVERTY, INEQUALITY AND PUBLIC POLICY
MPS 575
STUDY ABROAD SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/INSTITUTIONS
MPS 604
SPECIAL TOPICS

Public Management Concentration

For those who aspire to become city managers, chief administrative officers, department directors, and senior project managers, this concentration focuses on the roles, requirements, challenges, and processes of running a public organization. Students gain the knowledge and skills needed to work successfully with professional staff, an elected governing board, consultants, and the public in the implementation of broad policy decisions. Legal issues of interest to public managers are also included.

Course Title Quarter Hours
MPS 526LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION4
MPS 560ADMINISTRATIVE LAW4
Select one elective from the following:4
MPS 520
VALUES-CENTERED LEADERSHIP
MPS 529
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING
MPS 543
POLICY IMPLEMENTATION
MPS 546
ADVOCACY AND LOBBYING
MPS 554
PRINCIPLES OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING
MPS 564
PUBLIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING
MPS 552
GIS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
MPS 573
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
MPS 575
STUDY ABROAD SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/INSTITUTIONS
MPS 604
SPECIAL TOPICS

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