If a student chooses to pursue one of the following concentrations, their course selections are dictated by the requirements below (4 courses, 16 quarter hours) Students choose four electives from one concentration below.
Health Care Administration Concentration
The Health Care Administration concentration provides students with the managerial and analytical skills necessary to understand and influence the processes through which hospitals, associated health care organizations, and public and private agencies provide health care opportunities to explore the roles of specific nonprofit and governmental health care providers and regulatory agencies.
Higher Education Administration Concentration
For managers in post-secondary institutions of learning, this concentration teaches necessary analytical and managerial skills. The coursework helps students develop an understanding of management principles, policy analysis, and research within higher education. Electives provide opportunities to explore leadership, governance, strategic planning, budgeting, finance, law, diversity, enrollment management, marketing, student affairs, and politics in higher education.
Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs Concentration
The Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs concentration provides students with a broad perspective on the issues relating to land use, transportation, housing, economic development, and related social problems. It instills an understanding of the institutional and analytical issues affecting units of government, planning agencies, and other urban public service institutions.
- Choose three from the following list:
ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT (FORMERLY MPS 549)
Examines membership associations as a special type of public service organization, with emphasis on managing both the external policy roles of associations and internal roles related to directly serving constituent members and organizations.
WORKING WITH NONPROFIT BOARDS
This course examines the legal and philosophical reasons that nonprofit organizations are governed by an external board of directors. Membership, structure and process for this body are examined, as well as the relationship of employees to the individual board members and the policies established by this group.
This course examines the concepts, functions and practices of organized philanthropy, with a primary emphasis on corporate, private and community foundations.
SPECIAL TOPICS IN HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION
This course allows students to explore topics of current concern in the field of higher education in depth. Topics that may be addressed in this course include higher education finance, higher education law, diversity in higher education, enrollment management and marketing in higher education, and politics and policy in higher education. This course is an elective, repeatable for credit, in the Higher Education Concentration.
MPS 500 is a prerequisite for this course.
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.
FOUNDATIONS OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
The course examines historical and philosophical elements relative to the role of student affairs in higher education as well as the impact of changing demographics on current trends pertinent to the management of student affairs. The course also provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge about organization structure, services, and faculty/staff/administrative functions in student affairs.
Admission to the Counseling Masters Program and a grade of B- or better in CSL/HSC 451 and 452 are prerequisites for this course.
SEMINAR IN HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION
This course provides the opportunity for students to discuss and develop a greater understanding of issues of current concern in higher education. This course may explore issues of critical concern that take from current research and practice in the field and will allow students to integrate knowledge drawn from across the MPS program to the study of current issues in higher education.
MPS 500 is a prerequisite for this course.
LEADERSHIP IN HIGHER EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION
This course introduces students to the organization and management of institutions of higher education with an emphasis on the administrative structures and functions of colleges and universities, as well as organizational theory as it applies to institutions of higher education. This course explores topics such as leadership, governance, strategic planning and budgeting, and human resource management, and also introduces students to allied higher education research and advocacy organizations.