​​​The sustainable development management track focuses on essential management skills for designing, implementing and evaluating effective and sustainable development projects.  Besides the shared required courses in the program, students enrolled in this specialization should take the following course sequence.  

Course Requirements

MPS 511

SUSTAINABLE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This course provides an overview of theories and approaches to sustainable social and economic development and examines the roles of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as well as methods of evaluating their effect. The course covers the role of NGOs in building and strengthening sustainable communities and societies in developing countries.

MPS 515

NONPROFIT FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION

This course explores key issues in operations budgeting and capital budgeting. Specific skill sets include cash flow analysis, variance analysis, present value techniques, interpreting financial statements, and evaluating financial performance.
Prerequisites:
MPS 500 is a prerequisite for this class.

MPS 519

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

This course teaches students the theories and techniques of resource development. We discuss the fundraising tradition in the U.S., principal donor types, theories of donor behavior, and the organizational, legal and ethical contexts of fundraising. Students learn basic fundraising tools, including planning, grant writing, special events, major gifts, planned giving, and capital campaigns. Students work as volunteer consultants with nonprofit partners to analyze their current fundraising strategies and materials and help them develop new ones.

MPS 588

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH AND STATISTICS FOR MANAGEMENT

This course develops the skills necessary for understanding scientific research and conducting applied research through surveys, interviews, and focus groups. Students learn to calculate basic statistics using Excel and understand descriptive and inferential statistics. Students learn applied program research, including developing and evaluating program theory and processes.
Prerequisites:
MPS 501 and (MPS 514 or MPS 515 or MPS 541) are a prerequisite for this class.

MPS 589

ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS FOR MANAGEMENT

This course continues the study of scientific research begun in MPS 588 and introduces more advanced topics, including experimental designs and statistical control. It teaches applied methods, including needs assessment, outcomes measurement, and impact evaluations, and introduces participatory action research. Students develop their own research proposal for their capstone or thesis project.
Prerequisites:
MPS 588 is a prerequisite for this class.

MPS 611

MANAGEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL NGOs

This course examines management skills and trends of international nongovernmental organizations. Through specific case studies in the fields of international public service, development and emergency, students learn current techniques to effectively manage projects, relations and operations of international non-governmental programs and development projects.
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MPS 614

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS SEMINAR

This seminar introduces students to the contemporary international affairs of the United Nations and connected agencies, programs and organizations. Through conferences with high level UN representatives, students gain an inside view of this complex inter-governmental organization in its operations for peace and security, poverty reduction and development, human rights and humanitarian affairs and international relations and international law.