The primary objective of the public management concentration is to prepare students for careers in the administration of governmental organizations. The curriculum provides the professional competencies that employers demand and the critical analytic skills needed for career advancement. There are two specific objectives for the concentration. First, the concentration provides students with the managerial and technical competencies necessary for the effective delivery of public services. Second, the concentration provides students with the analytic skills to understand the formulation and implementation of public policy in the context of political, social, and economic challenges. To further develop a fundamental knowledge base learned in core classes, the public management concentration courses focus on the essential competencies that public managers need to manage government programs. These courses allow students to interact with public management mentors as they learn to apply classroom knowledge and techniques to real life public management situations. The public management concentration requires that each student complete twelve (12) hours of core coursework. In addition to these core courses and required public management-based internship, students must also choose two electives with approval from a public management-concentration advisor.
Concentration Requirements (12 hours)
PUAD 5342: City Management
PUAD 5346: Public Financial Management
PUAD 5353: Collaborative Management
PUAD 5343: Cost and Managerial Accounting in Government and Nonprofit Organizations
Electives (6 hours): Two courses as approved by advisor