MPA Area of Specialization

The Area of Specialization (12 credit hours): Each student must develop a particular specialization through additional course work which is often interdisciplinary in nature. Detailed below are several areas of specialization which we highly recommend to our students. Students wishing to propose other specializations may do so with the advice and consent of the Director of Graduate Studies.


 Advanced Public Management

POLSC 650 Not for Profit Finance and Management
POLSC 739Intergovernmental Relations
POLSC 799Proseminar:  Strategic Management
POLSC 799Proseminar:  Executive Leadership Problems


Public Budgeting and Finance

MANGT 596  Business, Government & Society 
ECON 633Public Finance
POLSC 650Not for Profit Finance and Management
POLSC 737Intergovernmental Relations


Planning (Can be done in conjunction with the M.R.C.P. degree)

POLSC 618Urban Politics
PLAN 700Planning Analysis
PLAN 715Planning Principles and Process
PLAN 721Institutional Planning & Development
PLAN 725Planning Theory


Security Studies

POLSC 812 Fundamentals of Security Studies 
POLSC 813International Security
POLSC 814Transnational Security


State and Local Government

POLSC 618  Urban Politics
POLSC 620State and Local Government
POLSC 739Intergovernmental Relations
POLSC 799Executive Leadership