Courses

Online Public Administration Degree Courses

Broaden your professional horizons with the valuable knowledge you acquire through the Master of Public Administration program. The online courses in this graduate curriculum are taught by advance-degree faculty with real-world experience in the subjects they teach.

Course Requirements


(36 credits, all courses are 3 credits. Courses listed in the recommended sequence.)

BUS 600 Management Communications with Technology Tools
This course is designed to introduce the student to the Ashford University Graduate Business programs, with emphasis on conceptualizing communication and communication processes in the contexts of organizations and leadership. Emphasis will be on technology, theories and models, qualitative communication research methodologies, and research writing.

BUS 610 Organizational Behavior
This course investigates behavioral factors that affect modern organizations and their management. Topics include group and team dynamics, organizational structure, motivation, leadership, power, and change management.

OMM 618 Human Resources Management
A study of managing people in the workplace, focusing on the important policies and processes associated with recruiting, hiring, training, and evaluating personnel in order to achieve strategic organizational goals.

OMM 640 Business Ethics & Social Responsibility
This course analyzes organizational, professional and personal ethics and creates a framework for exploring the social responsibilities of managers and organizational leaders. Case studies and scenario presentations will be used to explore ways to encourage ethical development and moral behavior within organizational culture and to resolve business ethical issues and dilemmas.

BUS 660 Contemporary Issues in Organizational Leadership
This course provides an in-depth examination of the multi-faceted concept of leadership studies by presenting the student with the vocabulary, concepts, theories, and applicable research that are fundamental to the understanding of leadership. The course examines contemporary and historical leadership issues, moral and ethical responsibilities of leadership, and leadership in a variety of contexts. Leadership as a social and political influence process is examined.

BUS 599 Introduction to Quantitative Principles
This course is an overview of the fundamentals of accounting, finance, and economics. Students will investigate the fundamental principles of accounting through the preparation of financial statements. The basics of managerial finance including the use of net present valuation models fundamental financial ratio analysis will be examined. Students will also explore modern economic philosophy including an understanding of basic supply and demand, and micro- and macro-economics systems. (NOTE: If you submit official transcripts indicating that you have earned a Bachelor's degree in Business, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics or have successfully completed undergraduate coursework in Economics, Accounting, and Finance with a grade of "C" or higher in each, you will be exempt from the requirement to take BUS 599 Introduction to Quantitative Principles. Otherwise, BUS 599 is required for graduation and constitutes an additional 3 credits of required coursework.)

PPA 601 Foundations of Public Administration
This course examines the theory and practice of public administration, its legal and constitutional foundation and the role of the public administrator in public policy. The context of the course discussions are based on the current issues facing public agency administrators.

PPA 602 Public Financial Management
This course is an exploration of current governmental fiscal management techniques and issues. Other course topics include various types of financial and technical assistance as well as quasi-governmental and non-profit management organizations.

PPA 603 Government Budgeting
This is a comprehensive, straightforward examination of government budgeting. Topics deal with include the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches to revenue projection, the collection and review of departmental proposals, the development of capital budgeting policy and other budgeting tasks. Also addressed are budget implementation, accounting and financial reporting. A variety of methods for maintaining budgetary balance, preventing overspending and dealing with contingencies are presented and discussed.

PPA 604 Urban Planning / Redevelopment
This course is an examination of historical development of urban planning practices and concepts, general plans and their elements in the urban community. It also integrates the use of technology in planning processes.

PPA 605 Negotiation, Bargaining, & Conflict Management
This course analyzes bargaining and negotiation principles and practices in the public sector. The course focuses on the financial issues of contract negotiations and labor relations and building negotiation skills of the administrator.

PPA 699 Public Policy Development
This capstone course is an examination of influences affecting policy development and decision making in the urban political arena. It also covers policy management, policy execution, establishing and measuring criteria for policy success, and effective communication throughout the public policy process. This course is cumulative in nature, integrating knowledge and information attained while completing the entire Master of Public Administration curriculum. In addition, this course requires the generation and presentation of an analysis of a community development project.

If this program fits your personal and professional goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.