Public Management

A broad base, plus depth and detail

You'll begin by mastering the fundamentals reflected in the MPA program's core competencies. These five courses (15 credit hours) will give you well-developed analytical skills and a broad understanding of policy issues and government processes. In addition to these highly transferable core skills, the Public Management concentration requires three of the following five skills courses.

The following is an example of courses. Please work with your advisor as you make your schedule.

  • Public Human Resources Management (M 561)
  • Strategic Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (M 602)
  • Public Program Management and Contracting (M 654)
  • Seminar in Accountability and Performance (M 662)
  • Public Program Evaluation (P 562)

The remainder of the coursework comes in a wide range of elective courses. These will allow you to tailor your Public Management program to your own specific interests. Working with your advisor, you'll be able to select from many elective options, including (but not limited to) the following: 

  • Seminar in Government Budget and Program Analysis (F 610)
  • Public Management Information Systems (I 516)
  • Management of Urban Government Services (L 568)
  • Intergovernmental Systems and Management (M 518)
  • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (M 547)
  • Public Sector Labor Relations (M 570)
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis (P 541)
  • Law, Public Management, and Public Policy (V 640)

Combining your Public Management concentration with another MPA concentration—such as Information Systems or Public Financial Administration—can offer you unique advantages in pursuing a particular career. As they help you design your program, our faculty will work to accommodate your specialized professional interests.

Our MPA offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You'll also get the benefit of experiential learning – typically through an approved internship. What's more, your concentration's course work will culminate in a project-oriented course—a capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program.

Current and past placements and internships:
  • American Red Cross
  • Jubilee Housing
  • City of Bloomington
  • U.S. Social Security Administration
  • City of Chicago
  • Partnership for Public Service

You can also join any number of professional student organizations that offer networking and current information on events in the industry.

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