Students complete a total of 13 courses (52 quarter hours). Eleven course (44 quarter hours) of core coursework and two courses (8 quarter hours) of electives are required.
Students with a grade point average of 3.5 or above may choose the thesis option and replace MPS 593 with MPS 598.
Choose one from each of the following two groups:
Urban Analysis Group
Comparative Policy Group (Study Abroad)
Electronic Portfolio Requirement
Students are required to assemble an electronic portfolio that features notable
papers and projects prepared in both required and elective courses. These
portfolios, reviewed by a member of the faculty, provide an opportunity for the
student to demonstrate expertise in a particular area of study while also supporting career goals.
Study Abroad Requirement
Students in the LPS program are required to take at least ONE course abroad. These unique one to two week study abroad trips allow both full-time and part-time students to participate.
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SERVICE MANAGEMENT
Introduces students to organizational theories and practices useful to public service managers. Teaches how to use structural, human resource, political and symbolic perspectives to rethink public service organizations. Provides an introduction to managerial issues including workforce diversity, decision making and leadership; stresses critical thinking and writing skills.
Status as a student of the School of Public Service is a prerequisite for this class.
Covers the examination of the size, scope, capacity, and limitations of the nonprofit, government, and business sectors, in the domestic and international context. Students will be introduced to research and become familiar with print and electronic resources and databases. They will learn to develop meaningful research questions, write literature reviews, and analyze the interrelationships between the three sectors.
ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC SERVICE
This course introduces students to the branches of economics known as microeconomics, public finance, and welfare economics. Students learn to apply standard economic tools to identify policy issues and to analyze them. Specific skill set includes present value techniques. PREREQUISITE(S): MPS 500.
MPS 500 is a prerequisite for this class.
POLICY DESIGN AND ANALYSIS
Focuses on processes and techniques of analyzing and designing public policies. Students are introduced to an analytical way of thinking that includes: defining and modeling policy problems; designing policy alternatives; evaluating policy alternatives using ethical, legal, economic, organizational, and political criteria; and anticipating problems of policy implementation.
MPS 501 and (MPS 514 or MPS 515 or MPS 541) and status as an MPS student are a prerequisite for this class.
POLICY IMPLEMENTATION IN A BUREAUCRATIC CONTEXT
This course introduces students to the challenges and opportunities of policy implementation. It helps students understand and improve the implementation of public and organizational policies. Using a variety of approaches, students learn to analyze implementation, the factors that influence the process, and to monitor, evaluate, revise, and reform policies.
MPS 542 is a prerequisite for this class.
ADVOCACY AND LOBBYING
Explores the roles of individuals and organizations in the public policy process, particularly as power arrangements facilitate or impede consensus building. Examines how legislation is written and how administrative rules are formed in government agencies. Special attention is paid to advocacy techniques such as lobbying, public education, and litigation.
LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY
Provides an overview of the legal process, developing a basic understanding of legal principles, terms, and court systems. Applies legal analysis to policy issues in the three sectors. Examines the sources of law and explores methods of legal research within the context of public policy analysis.
MPS 542 is a prerequisite for this class.
RESEARCH METHODS I, INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED RESEARCH AND STATISTICS
This course introduces students to the principles underlying scientific and applied research. It covers both qualitative and quantitative approaches and teaches students to collect and analyze data. Students learn about research ethics, causality, sampling (both random and purposive), and the techniques of survey design. Students calculate descriptive and inferential statistics using statistical software. Students learn applied program research, including developing and evaluating program theory and processes.
MPS 501 and (MPS 514 or MPS 515 or MPS 541 or MS in International Public Service) are a prerequisite for this class.
RESEARCH METHODS II, ADVANCED APPLIED RESEARCH AND STATISTICS
This course introduces students to more advanced mixed methods of scientific research including interviews and focus groups, observation, and ethnography. Students learn about the design of experiments and the problems associated with spuriousness and control. Students calculate and interpret bivariate and multivariate statistics using statistical software. Students learn applied research, including needs assessment and outcomes evaluations. Students develop their own research proposal for their capstone or thesis project.
MPS 586 is a prerequisite for this class.
In this capstone course students complete an action research project integrating applied research, theoretical frameworks, and professional practice. Students choose one of the applied research competencies learned in MPS 590 and focus on either a policy or management issue.
(MPS 586 and MPS 587) or (MPS 580 and MPS 590) or (MPS 588 and MPS 589) are a prerequisite for this class.
ETHICAL LEADERSHIP IN PUBLIC SERVICE
This course provides students with the essential framework for personal and professional ethical decision making applied in the context of diverse workplaces and international organizations. Through lectures in ethical theories, case studies in applied ethics, and specific assignments, students clarify their personal-professional values, assess their moral intelligence, and develop their ethical leadership integrity. Students will also study the ethics of organizations, including the formation of social norms, how they influence individual decisions, and how entire organizations can become more ethical. Formerly MPS 506.
MPS 586 or MPS 588 is a prerequisite for this class.
URBAN POVERTY SEMINAR
This course explores causes of urban poverty both in the US and abroad. It compares and contrasts policies addressing basic human needs. It includes discussion of global cities and international poverty reduction programs.
URBAN AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
This course discusses urban issues including social area analysis, neighborhood change, land use and other topics. It examines community organizations as problem-solving bodies that interact with government agencies to affect urban development.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
This course provides an overview of theories and approaches to sustainable social and economic development and examines the roles of Non Governmental Organizations 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.
SEMINAR IN ADMINISTRATION/BRUSSELS
This course increases understanding and knowledge of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as organizations of change. It focuses on the international public sector including relationships with NGO's and the nonprofit sector. Students expand experiential and intellectual understanding of these global actors and how they compare to the US. The course takes place in Brussels.
Topics vary each term. (May be taken more than once). Variable credit.
Students carry out a theoretically-based research project designed in MPS 585. The final product of this course is a master's thesis. Binding fee.
MPS 585 and program director consent is a prerequisite for this course.