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Master of Public Administration - MPA Degree

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Master of Public Administration Degree

40 Semester Hours

Core Courses (24 hours)

  • PUAD 701 - FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT ADMINISTRATION (4)

    PUAD 701

    FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT ADMINISTRATION

    Course Description

    Students examine fundamental public service values that differentiate the mission and purpose of government and nonprofit organizations from those of private, for-profit, organizations. The course focuses on applying public administration and organizational theories to analyze administrative problems faced by leaders and managers implementing government and nonprofit programs. Students learn to th
  • PUAD 710 - MANAGING PERSONNEL & INFORMATION SYSTEMS (4)

    PUAD 710

    MANAGING PERSONNEL & INFORMATION SYSTEMS

    Course Description

    Students learn fundamental concepts and tools for managing the two most important organizational resources - people and information. The course emphasizes application of human resources concepts and tools for attracting, retaining, and developing employees and improving organizational performance in government and nonprofit organizations. Information technology concepts and tools for managing gove
  • PUAD 715 - METHODOLOGICAL REASONING AND QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (4)

    PUAD 715

    METHODOLOGICAL REASONING AND QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

    Course Description

    Students learn to apply fundamental methodological concepts and analytical tools necessary for contributing to administrative and policy discussions, critically assessing causal claims, and making informed administrative and policy decisions. The goal is to have students become critical consumers of academic research and professional reports and confidently apply statistical concepts and technique
  • PUAD 725 - MANAGEMENT DECISION MAKING METHODS (4)

    PUAD 725

    MANAGEMENT DECISION MAKING METHODS

    Course Description

    Students learn fundamental concepts and tools for systematically analyzing administrative problems and making decisions that improve organizational performance. Specific techniques for analyzing common administrative problems are learned and the relevance of accounting for public values in such analyses is examined. Students also learn to use project management tools for effectively managing admin
  • PUAD 740 - FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND BUDGETING (4)

    PUAD 740

    FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND BUDGETING

    Course Description

    Students learn to use fundamental budgeting, accounting, and financial management concepts and tools necessary for leading and managing government and nonprofit organizations. Students learn to use analytical techniques for making administrative and policy decisions with significant financial implications. Students also examine the competing values and politics that underlie and impact financial d
  • PUAD 745 - STRATEGY, COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION (4)

    PUAD 745

    STRATEGY, COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION

    Course Description

    Students learn to think strategically about leading organizations operating in a competitive political environment where collaboration is required to advance the organizational mission. The course focuses on using strategic and network management concepts and tools to improve organizational performance. The importance of strategically managing organizational communication is also examined. Finally

MPA Advanced Requirements (8 hours)

  • PUAD 750 - LEADING PUBLIC AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (4)

    PUAD 750

    LEADING PUBLIC AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

    Course Description

    Students learn to think and act as ethical leaders within a public service context. The course focuses on putting administrative decisions and organizational plans into action. Students learn to use leadership concepts and tools and interpersonal skills for working with individuals and groups to effectively execute administrative plans and make decisions. Students also develop knowledge and skills
  • PUAD 790 - PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION CAPSTONE (4)

    PUAD 790

    PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION CAPSTONE

    Course Description

    Students use the public administration concepts and tools learned in prior courses to analyze an important administrative or policy implementation problem and propose a course of action for effectively addressing it. The course emphasizes applying relevant concepts and tools to analyze the problem and then synthesizing the conclusions to create a written analysis and proposal for addressing the pr

Electives (8 hours)

  • Once the first three Master of Public Administration core courses (PUAD 701, PUAD 710, and PUAD 715) have been completed, students may take any graduate courses offered at Franklin to meet the 8 hour elective requirement, except for graduate capstone courses. Students must meet the prerequisite requirements for any graduate elective course, or must obtain approval of the appropriate program chair to admit them into the course by waiving any prerequisite requirements.

Master of Public Administration Degree with Criminal Justice Administration Track

Criminal Justice Administration Track (12 hours)

  • CJAD 700 - EFFECTIVE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE (4)

    CJAD 700

    EFFECTIVE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

    Course Description

    Applying strategic decision making strategies, students will analyze the structures, practices, and performance of organizations in the administration of justice, including courts, law enforcement, and corrections, both not-for-profit and for-profit. Applied perspectives in ethical leadership functions that respond to organizational problems and objectives through best-practices will also be addre
  • CJAD 710 - ADULT AND JUVENILE SYSTEMS OF JUSTICE (4)

    CJAD 710

    ADULT AND JUVENILE SYSTEMS OF JUSTICE

    Course Description

    Students will analyze complex and multi-systemic adult and juvenile systems of justice and social control mechanisms on both a micro and macro level. Attention will be given to innovative initiatives and best-practices from across the nation with a view toward positive social change. Technology for effective cross-system collaboration will also be addressed, as will the role of constitutional prot
  • CJAD 720 - CRIMINOLOGY THEORY AND SOLUTIONS TO CRIME (4)

    CJAD 720

    CRIMINOLOGY THEORY AND SOLUTIONS TO CRIME

    Course Description

    Students will evaluate contemporary criminology theories and apply them to formulate prevention, treatment, and crime control models, within a framework of cultural diversity. Crime data relationships and patterns will also be integrated with biological, psychological, and sociological theories of criminal behavior in a critical evaluation of contemporary criminological theories. Policy formation

Master of Public Administration Degree with Healthcare Administration Track

Healthcare Administration Track (12 hours)

  • HCM 735 - HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS (4)

    HCM 735

    HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS

    Course Description

    The course provides an extensive overview of leadership in the U.S. health services system. The focus of the course will be on the role health services leadership plays in the delivery of healthcare services, to include managing with professionals, financial management, services utilization, and other aspects of the U.S. healthcare system. The student will explore the key theoretical and practical
  • HCM 742 - HEALTHCARE LAWS AND ETHICS (4)

    HCM 742

    HEALTHCARE LAWS AND ETHICS

    Course Description

    In this course the student will develop a strong foundation of health law, enabling them to deal with common legal and practical moral and ethical issues facing the healthcare organization on a daily basis. Topics will include statutory laws, rules and regulations, review of tort laws, criminal law, contract law, civil procedures and trial practice. The student will examine numerous legal, moral,
  • HCM 752 - HEALTH POLICY (4)

    HCM 752

    HEALTH POLICY

    Course Description

    This course will explore the essential conceptual and analytical understanding of health policymaking and politics, including their impact on health administration and leadership. Selected policy issues will be explored through the application of political concepts and behavioral models, including a system model of policymaking. The emphasis will be on understanding the health leaders approach to

    OR HCM 762 - GLOBAL HEALTH (4)

    HCM 762

    GLOBAL HEALTH

    Course Description

    The student will examine demographic measurements, epidemiological methods, outcomes assessment, health promotion, and disease prevention from a global perspective.

Master of Public Administration Degree with Human Resource Management Track

Human Resource Management Track (12 hours)

  • HRM 701 - HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (4)

    HRM 701

    HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    This course provides a framework for an in-depth understanding of day-to-day, practical approaches/aspects of problems/challenges that impact the human resource management field. Topics include recruiting, hiring, training, retaining, rewarding, and promoting employees; compensation and benefits; employment planning, performance management systems, and succession planning; labor relations; and man
  • HRM 702 - EMPLOYEE RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND DISCIPLINE (4)

    HRM 702

    EMPLOYEE RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND DISCIPLINE

    Course Description

    The primary purpose of this course is to introduce the principle theories and practices in the area of employment and workplace law. Topics include the federal and state laws associated with hiring, firing and discipline, medical leave (including FMLA, ADA and worker's compensation), discrimination, harassment, immigration, labor law, unemployment compensation, workplace privacy. Additional topics

    OR HRM 703 - LABOR RELATIONS: PROCESS AND LAW (4)

    HRM 703

    LABOR RELATIONS: PROCESS AND LAW

    Course Description

    This course examines employment relations from a historical perspective including the creation and rise of unionism, the evolution of collective bargaining, recent civil rights acts affecting the workplace, and concludes by envisioning what the future may hold regarding employee, employer relations. Topics include the role and responsibilities of the HR manager with regard to employment relations,

    OR HRM 707 - ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP (4)

    HRM 707

    ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

    Course Description

    This course explores the elements of leadership and delineates the principles necessary for success in a global environment. Discussion of the role and function of leadership will include an in-depth analysis and study of needs impacting individuals, organizations, and society. This course provides students with leadership skills and competencies on which to build an individual model for effective
  • HRM 708 - STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE PLANNING (4)

    HRM 708

    STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE PLANNING

    Course Description

    The course will introduce students to the field of strategic human resource management (SHRM). Current topics in SHRM that have resulted from environmental and organizational challenges, e.g., technology, globalization, legislation, restructuring, work/life balance, changing labor markets, are discussed Emphasis will be placed on problem solving issues, policies, and practices affecting HR special

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