Learning Goals And Objectives
The Master Of Public Administration (MPA)
THEME 1. COMMUNICATION
Objective 1a. Oral Communication: Students will be able to present opinions, theories, and research findings orally.
Objective 1b. Writing: Students will be able to produce focused, coherent, and grammatically correct written communications applicable to government and nonprofit management.
Objective 1c. Teamwork: Students will be able to collaborate effectively in team processes.
Objective 1d. Interpersonal: Students will be able to demonstrate skills in personal interaction.
THEME 2. THE CONTEXT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Objective 2a. History: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history of public administration.
Objective 2b. Politics: Students will be able to explain how the political processes of the United States influence public management.
Objective 2c. Theory: Students will be able to explain the key elements of public administration theory, organizational theory and organizational behavior.
Objective 2d. Diversity: Students will demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to a diverse public.
Objective 2e. Careers: Students will understand the careers available in public administration and how to prepare for them.
THEME 3. CRITICAL THINKING
Objective 3a. Theory Application: Students will be able to apply theories to practical policy and administrative situations.
Objective 3b. Applied Scientific Method: Students will conduct applied social science research to generate knowledge for administrative and policy processes.
Objective 3c. Problem Solving: Students will be able to structure problems and apply a systematic problem solving approach.
Objective 3d. Ethical Reasoning: Students will be able to describe and apply a range of ethical perspectives to ethical dilemmas inherent in Public Administration.
Objective 3e. Data analysis: Students will demonstrate ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative data.
Objective 3f. Argumentation: Students will be able to organize and defend an argument.
Objective 3g. Reporting: Students will integrate the elements of theory, methods, problem structuring, ethics, analysis, and argumentation to generate reports usable in government and nonprofit management.
THEME 4. CORE PUBLIC MANAGEMENT COMPETENCIES
Objective 4a. Policy Process: Students will understand the stages and processes of policy making.
Objective 4b. Policy Analysis: Students will demonstrate the ability to formally structure problems, forecast expected policy outcomes, recommend preferred policies, monitor observed policy outcomes, and evaluate policy performance.
Objective 4c. Budgeting: Students will be able to develop budgets and know when to apply which budgeting approaches.
Objective 4d. Human Resources Management: Students will demonstrate the ability to perform core and strategic human resources functions.
Objective 4e. Public Management: Students will be able to effectively design work, delegate tasks, manage contracts, assess performance, and implement programs.
Objective 4f. Leadership: Students will demonstrate an understanding of human behavior, leadership, and organizational theory to guide and inform leadership activities.
Objective 4g. Information Technology: Students will be able to effectively use information technology to acc omplish administrative and policy tasks.