Concentrations are options for students desiring to develop particular skills that will enhance their marketability or satisfy personal interests.  However, students may create additional concentrations relevant to their particular interests.  UA also offers a generalist option for students who do not want to specialize in a particular area.  Depending on whether one completes an internship, all MPA students will take nine to 15 hours of electives in an area of concentration of specialization.  Upon approval of the MPA director, students may also take electives not on this list.

 

Public Organization Management Concentration

 

A.      Required:

-PSC 662 Organization Theory

B.      Organization Communication–take at least one but no more than two of the following:

 -MGT 522 Leadership Communication

-COM 549 Persuasion and Social Influence

-COM 561 Human Communication Theory

-COM 562 Theories of Persuasion

-COM 563 Relational Communication (prereq: COM 220 or instructor approval)

-COM 567 Public Address

-COM 569 Communication and Gender

-COM 571 Seminar in Organization Communication

-COM 572 Seminar in Organization Communication II

C.      Take up to four of the following:

-COM 560 Group Leadership

-MGT 517 Leadership and Ethics (if a non-MBA course is offered)

-MGT 520 Change Management

-MGT 597 Contemporary Issues in Performance Management

-MGT 610 Introduction to Management Thinking

-MGT 620 Organization Behavior

-MGT 621 Organization Behavior and Group Performance

-MGT 622 Managing Organization Conflict and Change

-MGT 623 Contemporary Issues in Organization Theory

-MGT 679 Theory Development and Testing

-PY 672 Advanced Social Psychology

WS 520 Women and Work

 

Public Budgeting and Finance Concentration

 

A.    Required:

 -PSC 667 Public Budgeting

-AC 556 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting (prerequisite: AC 310 or equivalent)

Note: Students who completed AC 456 as undergraduates may opt to complete three courses from group B, below.

B.    Take two of the following, or others as approved:

        -EC 508 Microeconomic Theory (prerequisites: EC 308 or equivalent and MATH 125 or equivalent)

        -EC 523 Public Finance (prerequisites: EC 508 and EC 470)

        -FI 514 Investments (prerequisites: FI 301 and FI 302)

        -FI 640/EC 340 Theory of Risk and Insurance

        -MGT 530 Labor Economics

 

Public Personnel and Labor Relations Concentration

 

A.    Required:

         -PSC 562 Public Personnel Administration

B.    Personnel Functions–take at least two of the following:

-MGT 511 Employee Recruitment, Selection, and Placement

-MGT 527 Strategic Human Resource Management

-MGT 597 Contemporary Issues in Performance Management

-MGT 622 Current Topics in Human Resource Management

C.    Labor Relations–take at least one, but no more than three, of the following:

-MGT 530 Labor Economics

-MGT 532 Employee Relations

-WS 520 Women and Work

 

Policy and Management Analysis Concentration

 

A.    Political Analysis–take at least one but no more than three of the following:

        -PSC 521 Research Design

        -PSC 523 Survey Research

        -PSC 621 Quantitative Methods in PSC II (prerequisites: PSC 521 and PSC 522)

        -PSC 622 Seminar in Political Science Methodology

        -PSC 664 Problems of Public Policy

B.    Economic Analysis–take at least one but no more than three of the following:

        -PSC 666 Political Economy and Public Policy

        -EC 508 Microeconomic Theory (prerequisites: EC 308 or equivalent and MATH 125 or equivalent)

        -EC 510 Advanced Microeconomic Theory

        -EC 610 Seminar in Microeconomic Theory

        -EC 623 Public Expenditure and Policy Analysis (prerequisite: EC 510 or equivalent)

        -EC 481 Economics of the Public Sector

C.    Management Analysis–take one if available:

        -MIS 511 Management Information Systems (if not closed to only MBA Students)

        -OM 540 Systems Simulation (prerequisite: ST 509 or ST 550 or ST 560)

 

National Security Policy Concentration

Take at least four, but preferably five, of the following:

        -PSC 513—American Foreign Policy

        -PSC 514—American Defense Policy

        -PSC 542—International Conflict

        -PSC 544—International Organization

        -PSC 641—Issues in International Relations (variable topic acceptable when relevant)

        -PSC 643—International Political Economy

        -PSC 644—Interstate Conflict

        -EC 497—Special Topics in Economics: The Political Economy of Terrorism

        -Hy 525—Rise of American to World Power

        -Hy 580—Survey of Military History

 

Political Management Concentration

Note:  The following structure and coursework constituting this concentration are flexible.

Take at least three:

-PSC 611 American Political Behavior

-PSC 511 Public Opinion

-MC 521 Political Communication

-MC 544/APR 544 Lobbying

-MC 595 Political Campaign Management

Take one:

-PSC 523 Survey Research Methods (preferred)

-PSC 621 Quantitative Methods II

-ST 551 Statistical Methods for Applied Research II (prerequisite: GES 400 or GES 500 or BER 540 or CHS 425 or CHS 525 or ST 450 or ST 550 or ST 560)

-APR 583 Research Applications in Advertising and Public Relations

-MC 550 Communications Research Methods

Take one:

-PSC 632 Seminar in Politics and Language (special topics course)

-APR 572 Persuasive Communication

-COM 525 Gender and Political Communication

-COM 549 Persuasion and Social Influence

-COM 562 Theories of Persuasion

-COM 563 Relational Communication (prerequisite: COM 220 or permission of instructor)

-COM 567 Public Address

-MC 517 Mass Communication and Public Opinion

-MC 551 Communication Theory

-MC 595 Seminar in Political Communication Theory:  highly recommended

-TCF 520 Telecommunication Effects

 

Criminal Justice Administration (12-18 Credit Hours)

A.  Required:

         -CJ 530—Seminar in Criminal Justice Organization and Management

B.  Information Management–take at least one of the following:

         -PSC 523–Survey Research Methods

-CJ 586—Research in the Criminal Justice Process

C.  Electives—Take at least two but no more than four of the following:

-CJ 510—Seminar in Community Corrections

-CJ 520—Seminar in Current Law Enforcement Problems

-CJ 540—Seminar in Juvenile Delinquency

-CJ 550—Seminar in the Judicial Process and Social Policy

-CJ 570—Seminar in Correctional Policy

-CJ 584—Seminar in Criminological Theory

One course not on this list can be substituted for an elective course to facilitate the development of an effective individual concentration.

Higher Education Administration Concentration

 

A.  Required

-AHE 540 – Org and Governance

-BEF 553- History of Higher Education

B. Take two or more

-AHE 500 – Perspectives in Higher Education Administration

-AHE 550 – Financing Higher Education

-AHE 640 – Organizational Change

-AHE 670 – Higher Education Policy

C. Take No More Than One

-AHE 510 – The Community College

-AHE 520 – Student In Higher Education

-AHE 521 – Student Affairs

-AHE 530 – Law & Higher Education

-AHE 560 – Comparative Higher Education

-AHE 570 – Higher Education Policy and Finance

-AHE 575 – College & University Advancement (rarely offered)

-AHE 602 – A variable topics course

-AHE 610 – Academic Culture & Learning

-AHE 621 – Power Politics Change

-AHE 642 – Seminar in Institutional Research & Assessment

-AHE 643 – Grant Writing Contract Management

 

Generalist Option

A.  Take the following core courses:

        -PSC 662 Organization Theory

        -PSC 667 Public Budgeting

        -PSC 562 Public Personnel Administration

        -PSC 666 Political Economy and Public Policy

B.  Take one course from each of the following areas.  If you have completed
an internship, take one course from at least three different areas.

General Public Administration

        -PSC 561 Administrative Regulation

        -PSC 613 Intergovernmental Relations

 Organization Management

-MGT 542 Management Communication

-COM 571 Seminar in Organization Communication

-MGT 620 Organization Behavior and Individual Performance

-MGT 621 Organization Behavior and Group Performance

-COM 560 Group Leadership

  Budgeting and Financial Administration

-PSC 663 Public Financial Administration (special topics)

-AC 556 Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting (prerequisite: AC 310 or equivalent)

         -EC 508 Microeconomic Theory (prerequisite: EC 308 or equivalent and MATH 125 or equivalent)

   Personnel and Labor Relations

 -MGT 527 Strategic Human Resource Management

-MGT 532 Employee Relations (course title change)

-MGT 597 Contemporary Issues in Performance Management

    Policy and Management Analysis

-PSC 621 Quantitative Methods in Political Science (prerequisites: PSC 521 and PSC 522)

-PSC 664 Problems of Public Policy

-EC 508 Microeconomic Theory (prereq: EC 308 or equivalent, MA 125 or equivalent)

-MIS 511 Management Information Systems