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Concentration in Leadership

Objective

You deserve a solid education and a promising, secure career. The Leadership Concentration provides well-rounded instruction to students who are, or would like to be, managers and executives in the public service. Managing any public organization is a challenge, with calls for efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, and due process.  Mentored by our highly regarded faculty, students become leaders who have a thorough understanding of day-to-day management, and the knowledge needed to guide their agencies into the future.  Graduates learn to inspire confidence in their followers, clients, and the general public. 
Learn the basic theories and methods used in public management, human resource management, budget and finance, information technology, policy analysis, and administrative law.  Take an in-depth look at issues such as transformational leadership, ethical leadership, distributed leadership, social change leadership, and collaborative leadership.  Adapt and hone your skills as you examine leadership differences between the public and private sector, the public and nonprofit sector, and between agencies with different missions at varying levels of government.

Requirements 

Students Enrolled - Quarter Catalogue

  1. The concentration requires students to take the regular MPA core classes,
  2. plus PA 5010 Administrative Leadership,
  3. Students may select any two of the following for the required second and third electives:
Course Options for Second and Third Elective
Course Option Course Description
PA 5140  Management of Private Nonprofit Organizations  
PA 5160 Public and Non-Profit Project Management 
PA 5570 Public Sector Labor Relations
PA 6550 Strategic Planning for Governments
PA 5640 Local Public Administration
PA 5730 Public Transportation Planning, Policy, and Regulations
PA 6190 Diversity and Public Organizations 
PA 6280 Intergovernmental Administration 
PA 6700 Emergency Management

Other classes related to Leadership may be acceptable if approved by the MPA Director

Comprehensive Exam Requirement: Those electing to take the Leadership Concentration MUST answer course based questions for PA 6620 and PA 6640

Students Enrolled - Semester Catalogue

  1. The concentration requires students to take the regular MPA core classes,
  2. The three concentration courses listed below,
  3. and any other two additional electives as approved by the MPA Director.
Leadership Concentration Courses 
Required Courses 
PA 5010 Administrative Leadership (3)
PA 6500 Government in the Digital Age (3)
PA 6720 Administrative Regulation (3)

Comprehensive Exam Requirement: Those electing to take the Leadership Concentration MUST answer the Leadership Concentration Question.