Graduate Course Descriptions


7000-level courses

Scope and Theory of Public Administration (PAD 7050) 3 credits 
Prerequisite: PAD 6053 or permission of instructor
A capstone seminar for doctoral students, focusing on the models of public administration and their applications. The course content will include an assessment of historical and current normatives and descriptive theories of public administration.

Seminar in Organization Theory (PAD 7107) 3 credits
Prerequisite: PAD 6106 or equivalent
Review and critique of both classical and contemporary organization theory literature in public administration; exploration of specific topics related to organization effectiveness and individual behavior. Ph.D. core course.

Public Expenditure Analysis (PAD 7240) 3 credits
Prerequisite: PAD 6227, PAD 6230 or equivalent
Review of fiscal policy theories, issues of taxation, expenditure, national debt, international public finance, and development finance are explored in the framework of economic growth/stabilization, distribution, and equity. Ph.D. core course.

Advanced Public Policy (PAD 7932) 3 credits
Prerequisite: PAD 6035 or PAD 6036.
This course is a doctoral seminar in public policy theory and practice. The focus of the seminar is on trends in policy inquiry, policy analysis and evaluation, and policy formation and implementation.

Qualitative Methods in Public Affairs Research (PAF 7820) 3 credits
A seminar designed to acquaint students with the application of qualitative research protocols in public affairs research. Various research technologies are presented and critiqued, with particular emphasis on their applicability to public affairs research. Ph.D. core course.

Quantitative Methods in Public Affairs Research (PAF 7800) 3 credits
This course acquaints students with the fundamental concepts necessary for advanced statistical analysis of public affairs research. It emphasizes characteristics of distributions and random variables, diagnostic techniques, the tests of assumptions of each analysis and the consequences of violating them. Special attention is given to data analysis, decision-making, and report writing in the public sector.

Advanced Quantitative Analysis (PAD 7703) 3 credits
Prerequisite: PAF 7800 or equivalent
Focuses on a number of advanced statistical, modeling, and operations research methods and their application in the field of public administration. Particular attention will be given to applications in the area of public budgeting, personnel administration, and public policy analysis. Ph.D. core course.

Advanced Research Seminar in Public Affairs (PAD 7707) 3 credits 
Prerequisite: PAD 7703
Analysis of public administration research methods, materials, and techniques. The course will provide the graduate student with guidance in the preparation of data analysis strategies and alternative designs for research questions and dissertation projects. The course will emphasize both quantitative and qualitative approaches to problem solving. Ph.D. core course.

Advanced Research and Study (PAD 7910) 3-9 credits
Concentration course for students writing a qualifying paper, sitting for examinations, or preparing a dissertation proposal.

Dissertation (PAD 7980) 3-15 credits
Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy and approval of the Ph.D. Coordinator

P.A. Theory & Inquiry – Suggested Electives

Intellectual Development of Public Administration (PAD 7005) 3 credits
Prerequisite: PAD 6053 or permission of instructor
Examines the conceptual and historical sources of public administration, including the intellectual history of the discipline.

Norms of Inquiry in Public Administration and Public Policy (PAD 7138) 3 credits
Logic of knowledge—its behavioral, explanatory, critical, and interpretive modes. Multiple paradigms of knowledge building and inquiry to assess their relevance to knowledge building in public affairs and governance.

Democratic Values and Public Administration (PAD 6042) 3 credits
An inquiry into the administrative state and its implications for democracy.

Administrative Ethics (PAD 6436) 3 credits
Ethical considerations for professional public administrators operating in the ethos of a republic; situational analysis of conflicts with elected legislative, executive, and judicial officials; professional policy and career goals; and issues of democracy, bureaucracy, and morality in public service. MPA core course.

Seminar in Public, Private, and Nonprofit Enterprise (PAD 6506) 3 credits
Analysis of the interactions between and among public, private, and nonprofit sectors of the economy with special emphasis on local government.

Local Government Administration (PAD 6807) 3 credits
Analysis of the performance of urban agencies, alternative strategies for improving service delivery and management, and strategies for effective change in the public sector.

Intergovernmental Administration (PAD 6826) 3 credits
Studies both theoretical and practical aspects of administration of federalism, including distribution and use of shared revenue funds. Review practices as well as principles pursued in both competitive and cooperative interjurisdictional patterns.

Comparative Public Administration (PAD 6836) 3 credits
A comparative analysis of the administrative process in various settings. Emphasis will be placed on the relationships between administrative systems and the changing conditions of their cultural and other environments.

Organizational Studies – Suggested Electives

Organizational Behavior and Development (PAD 7155) 3 credits
Prerequisite: PAD 6106 or PAD 6154
A study of the individual behavior in the organization at the micro and macro levels and of the strategies and methods intended to change the attitudes, values, and structures or organizations so that they can better adapt to new technology, markets, and challenges.

Organizational Change and Public Management (PAD 6154) 3 credits
Seminar focuses on several levels of change, their sources or causes, consequences, and implications for public management.

Strategic Planning in the Public Sector (PAD 6333) 3 credits
Study of strategic planning and how to apply that knowledge to real world organizations.

Organization and Administrative Behavior (PAD 6106) 3 credits
Analysis of the formal, informal, and societal characteristics of complex human organizations. Use is made of standard theories of organizations as well as of their more contemporary variations. MPA core course.

Budgeting & Finance – Suggested Electives

Advanced Public Budgeting and Fiscal Management Techniques (PAD 7229) 3 credits 
Prerequisite: PAD 6207, PAD 6227 or equivalent
The literature of public budgeting, contributions from political science, economics, accounting, public administration, and other relevant literature. Literature and standards of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and their contribution to public budgeting and public finance, models and theories of public budgeting, and empirical research are covered.

Seminar in Public Financial Administration (PAD 6207) 3 credits
Examination of the budgetary process. Analysis and application of theories and techniques of public financial administration, including budgetary approaches, cash management, debt management, risk management, procurement, and tax administration. MPA core course.

Seminar in Public Budgeting Techniques (PAD 6227) 3 credits
Study of public budgeting focusing on budgetary process and techniques such as performance budgeting, planned program budgeting, zero-based budgeting, and management by objectives. Major emphasis is on policy development and decision-making relating to budget decisions. MPA core course.

Financial Environment of the Public Sector (PAD 6230) 3 credits
Prerequisite: PAD 6227 or permission of instructor
This course examines the fundamental techniques of the financial analysis of public sector organizations.

Public Policy Studies – Suggested Electives

Public Policy Process (PAD 6385) 3 credits
Prerequisite: PAD 6036 or PAD 6035
This course covers the public policy process, including policy formation and adoption, policy implementation, and evaluation. The course aims to add to the student’s knowledge and understanding of policy theory, substantive policy areas, and the role of administrators in the policy process.

Regulation (PAD 6612) 3 credits
The course analyzes how and why bureaucracies develop regulations and the role that regulations play in the policy process with a focus on the economic, political, administrative, and social factors that influence regulatory choices and the impacts of those regulations.

Public Finance and Policy Analysis (PAD 6205) 3 credits
This course uses the theoretical and empirical tools of public finance to analyze public policy. The course is designed to show the strengths and weaknesses of government in the financing and operation of programs in major public policy areas.

Seminar in Policy Implementation (PAD 6365) 3 credits
This course examines the political and bureaucratic setting in which public policies are implemented and the political problems in implementation. Emphasis on political constraints of administrative agencies.

Seminar in Administrative Policy Making (PAD 6035) 3 credits
Study of administrative discretion in the policy process with an emphasis on regulation and distribution. MPA core course.

Public Administration and Public Policy (PAD 6036) 3 credits
A critical examination of the role of public administrators in setting the public agenda, formation of action strategies, execution of preferred action strategy, and evaluation of the impacts of the preferred strategy. MPA core course.

Public Policy and Nonprofit Organizations (PAD 6143) 3 credits
This course seeks to acquaint students with the theoretical and practical issues confronting nonprofit organizations. The course systematically examines the ways in which the public policy process both supports and regulates the activities of nonprofits and the ways in which nonprofits seek to affect public policy governing their behavior.

Tools Electives

Program Review and Analysis (PAD 6327) 3 credits
Prerequisite: PAD 6701
Analysis of systematic methods for evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of public programs; means for determining the extent to which program administration promotes achievement of program objectives. M.P.A. core course.

Survey Research in the Public Sector (PAD 6727) 3 credits
Within the public and nonprofit sectors, survey research skills have become essential due to the necessity of gathering primary data. Course focus here is on students learning a set of skills to assist them in completing survey research in their professional fields.

Seminar in Grants Writing (PAD 6233) 3 credits
Practical considerations in obtaining funds for delivery of services to client groups, covering local, national, foundation, corporate, and state funding environments. Students will be required to explore funding in the social, human, and justice services.

Decision Making in the Public Sector (PAD 6135) 3 credits
Course focuses on decision-making tools used in the public and nonprofit sectors. The tools are applied using case studies and projects.


Directed Independent Study (PAD 7907) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, approval of the Ph.D. Coordinator
Reading and research in a selected field of Public Administration at the doctoral level.

Special Topics (PAD 7931) 3 credits
Study relating to special problems in Public Administration at the doctoral level.

Practicum in Public Administration (PAD 7943) 1-3 credits
Covers role and responsibilities of the public administration teacher and scholar at the university level. Grading: S/U