Course Descriptions


PBAD 3231 – Introduction to Public Administration: A comprehensive overview of the history of public administration, its development as a field, and a survey of the critical theories and normative issues within public administration and the implication for practice.

PBAD 3431 – Public Budgeting and Financial Management:  An introduction to public sector budgeting and financial management providing students with practical knowledge about how the budget process works, an overview of the technical aspects of budgeting and the various theories of budgeting and finance.

PBAD 3631 – Introduction to Nonprofit Management: An overview of the nonprofit sector and to indtroduce a range of common practices and concerns related to managing in this sector including leadership, board governance, fundraising and philanthropy.

PBAD 3731 – Public Policy: An introduction to public policy.  The formulation, analysis, and implementation of public policy is stressed, introducing students to the forces that influence these practices and the analytic skills needed to perform these important decision making functions.

PBAD 4231 – Administrative Law: An introduction to administrative law providing students with practical knowledge about administrative law procedures, how administrative law fits into the constitutional and legal framework and the role of administrative law in policy.

PBAD 4331 – Leadership & Managerial Innovation: Introduces students to the literature on the successful leadership of people and groups in public serving organizations.  In order to lead well, managers need expertise in multiple areas, including personality, motivation, group behavior, power, leadership, decision-making, and change management.  This course also examines the meaning and significance of managerial innovation.

PBAD 4431 – Special Topics in Public Administration: This course is an elective in the minor in public administration focusing on special topics in public administration.

PBAD 4731 – Field Internship in Public Administration: The internship in public administration is designed to provide students with meaningful experience in public-serving organizations.  Students are approved to intern in a public or nonprofit organization, serving in positions that allow them to gain exposure to the management of these organizations.  No more that 3-credit hours can be counted towards completion of the Minor in Public Administration.


PBAD 7030 – Selected Topics in Public and Nonprofit Management: Examines specific topics in public and nonprofit management not addressed by other courses. May be repeated once as topics change.

PBAD 7130 – Ethics for Public Serving Organizations: Examines the experiences, approaches, and strategies for confronting and solving problems. An emphasis is placed on accountability and responsibility of public service, the methods of moral reasoning and the connection to behavior, decision-making and ethical situations.

PBAD 7133 – Administrative Law: Examines the intersection of public administration and the law, giving particular attention to U.S. Supreme Court decisions pertaining to the constitutional and statutory authority of agencies, rulemaking, policy enforcement, administrative transparency, judicial deference, judicial review, and the law of public employment.  Extensive attention will be given to both the relationship between courts and modern administrators and the ways in which elements of administrative law and the practice of public administration can be integrated.

PBAD 7134 – Public and Nonprofit Sector Management: Provides insights and skills necessary to manage and lead agency operations. It focuses on management processes such as setting strategic direction, communications, conflict resolution, performance management, and the management of partnerships with the private and nonprofit sectors.

PBAD 7230 – Budgeting in Public Serving Organizations: Examines both politics and techniques used in formulating and implementing budgets by federal, state, and local governments in the United States.  Provides a bridge between budgeting theory and practice and its relationship to the administrative processes of control, management, and planning.

PBAD 7232 – Public and Nonprofit Financial Management: Provides a theoretical and practical introduction to financial analysis and management in the public sector, particularly at the state and local level. Topics include processes, tools and methods used in financial planning and control of public and nonprofit entities, including cost estimation, strategies for long-term and short-term investing, and financial statement analysis utilizing critical performance indicators.

PBAD 7233 – Information Technology for Public Serving Organizations: Provides a guide to the electronic delivery of government information and services and the management of information technology in the public sector.  Topics include the digital divide, information security, privacy, transparency and accountability issues, and evaluation of government’s use of social media in the provision of service to citizens.

PBAD 7235 – Leadership of Public Organizations: Examines the extensive literature on successful leadership in public agencies.  Particular attention is given to identifying strong leadership practices and distilling principles of exemplary leadership.

PBAD 7330 – Intergovernmental Relations: Explores the interaction between the federal, state, and local levels of government in the United States. Special attention is given to the constitutional and fiscal relationships between these levels of government and the historical evolution of the nature of these relationships.

PBAD 7331 – Local Government Management: Examines the political and administrative processes of cities, counties, and other units of local government in the United States. Special focus will be placed on the city manager’s relationship with elected officials and the execution of policy.

PBAD 7333 – Diversity Issues in Public Serving Organizations: Examines the ways in which human differences affect the work of public managers within organizations and with the public.  Special attention is given to representative bureaucracy and the challenges of serving an increasingly diverse public.

PBAD 7335 – Urban Management: Examines the problems confronting public managers in large municipalities and the unique responsibilities of urban governments. Special attention will be paid to policy areas such as transportation, housing, social welfare, public safety, and infrastructure management.

PBAD 7336 – Comparative Public Management: Examines public administration through two differing viewpoints—domestic and international. Special attention is paid to the unique problems and circumstances surrounding domestic and international governments and how they relate to and differ from each other.

PBAD 7337 – Environmental Management and Policy: Provides an overview of environmental and natural resource management in the United States. Particular attention will be paid to the topics of federalism and cooperation.  Issues of regional importance will also be covered, including water quality and availability, regulation and monitoring compliance, sustainable growth, and management within overlapping jurisdictions.

PBAD 7338 – Managing Economic Development: Examines the strategies, tools, and techniques used by local, state, and national governments to generate economic growth in and revitalization of economically depressed areas as well as maintaining economic growth in stable areas.

PBAD 7339 – Community Organization and Engagement: Examines the history and theory behind the practice of community organizing, civic engagement, and public participation.  Provides students with practical and effective community organization skills and civic engagement strategies.

PBAD 7430 – Public Human Resource Management: Examines the functions, policies, and techniques of human resource management in public and nonprofit organizations.

PBAD 7431 – Organizational Behavior: Examines human behavior in organizations, with a focus on practical application of theories related to the management of individuals and groups within public-serving institutions.

PBAD 7432 – Nonprofit Administration: Examines the management of nonprofit organizations, with a focus on areas of management most different from the public sector, such as legal requirements, ethics, board governance, strategic management, ethics, and financial management.

PBAD 7530 – Research Methods for Public Serving Organizations: Examines quantitative techniques for public administration.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding and using techniques appropriate to categorical analysis and the simple linear model.  Students will also be exposed to research design, measurement, and the use of computer program packages appropriate to the public and nonprofit sectors.  Prerequisite: A placement examination or completion of a program-approved statistics course with a minimum grade of “C.”

PBAD 7531 – Public Program Evaluation: Examines the design and implementation of policy and program evaluation in public and nonprofit agencies. Special attention is given to developing logic models, selecting appropriate research designs, and monitoring agency operations through performance measurement. The mechanics of cost benefit and cost effectiveness analysis are examined. Prerequisite: Graduate research methods or permission of instructor.

PBAD 7532 – Public Policy: Examines how public policy is developed, implemented, and evaluated with special attention being given to policy formulation, analysis, and interpretation.

PBAD 7533 – Geographic Information Systems and Public Planning: Examines the practice of urban, regional, and state planning with focus on the use of geographic information system (GIS) applications for state and local decision-making. Includes an introduction to the scope, theories, and politics of planning.

PBAD 7631 – Foundations of Public Administration: Introductory graduate seminar that surveys the field of public administration. This course explores the historical foundations and theories of public administration as well as the diverse political, social, and economic contexts within which they exist. Attention will be given to key themes in mainstream public administration.

PBAD 7632 – Public Safety Management: Provides the basic principles for important systems in the field of public safety management: law enforcement, jail administration, fire safety, emergency services, and hazard and disaster response.

PBAD 7633 – Correctional Management: Examines the correctional system, the correctional process, and the management of penal institutions. The course provides an in-depth examination of prison management and the interface of political, social, and legal institutions with the court and the community. The course examines the management of correctional programs and their special challenges.

PBAD 7634 – Juvenile Justice Management: Examines the context of the administration of a juvenile justice system through history, philosophy, and law. Encompasses the systematic processing of juveniles through diversion programs to incarceration.

PBAD 7635 – Police Organization and Management: Examines the managerial and leadership tasks of the police agencies chief executive officers. Particular emphasis is given to assessment and creation of policies, procedures, and budgets. Other topics include organizational structure and design, planning decision-making, communication and change.

PBAD 7636 – Administration of Justice: Examines the legal structure that supports the criminal justice system. The course examines the work of the legal system within the political structure. Current and future problems of law enforcement are considered including judicial process, community relations, and civil liberties.

PBAD 7638 – Capstone Seminar: Students will prepare to sit for the comprehensive examination by undergoing a review of the major theories underlying the field of Public Administration.  This course also addresses issues related to a student’s professional development.

PBAD 7651 – Organization Development: Examines the theoretical basis of organization development (OD).  Demonstrates how OD technologies can be applied to public and nonprofit sector organizations for improving organizational quality and performance.

PBAD 7652 – Board Governance and Executive Leadership: Provides an introduction to the fundamentals of governance, trusteeship, and executive leadership in nonprofit sector organizations.  The course will examine critically the principal models, processes, and practices used in governing nonprofit organizations and the relationships between the governing boards and executive leaders of such organizations.

PBAD 7653 – Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector: Seminar that surveys the history, scope and role of the nonprofit sector.  Special attention is given to the economic, political, and philanthropic theories of the nonprofit sector.

PBAD 7654 – Strategic Planning: Examines the principal models, processes, and practices used in strategic management, familiarizing students with an essential management skill.  The course focuses on the key internal and external factors that drive strategic management decisions within nonprofit and governmental organizations, including leadership, external resources, and stakeholders.

PBAD 7655 – Grant Writing: Provides the basics of grant writing including identifying potential funding sources, creating goals and evaluation plans, and grant contract management.

PBAD 7730 – Internship in Public Administration: Students intern in a professional capacity with either a governmental or nonprofit organization based on his or her area of concentration in the MPA program.  The internship requires a minimum of 300 hours working in the organization.

PBAD 7731 – Local Government Practicum: Offer students experience conducting research and policy analysis for local government.  Projects are proposed by municipalities within the southeastern region of Georgia and students are allowed to choose projects aligned with their interests.  Students work individually, or in pairs on larger projects, under the direction of the course instructor.  This course expands research skills, enriches understanding of local government policy processes, and exposes participants to issues they are likely to face when employed in local government.

PBAD 7890 – Directed Reading: A structured set of readings and assignments mutually designed by the student and the instructor on a specific area of public management.

*PBAD 8131 – Survey of Public Administration for the In-Career Professional: This course is a required component of the Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management. This course serves to provide in-career professionals with an introduction to the literature in the field of Public Administration, supplementing existing practical experience with a theoretical foundation. Practitioners’ experiences will be utilized to underscore political and legal constraints faced in public management and the important distinction between the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

*PBAD 8132 – Theory and Practice of Public and Nonprofit Management: This course is a required component of the Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management. The purpose of this course is to provide in-career professionals with the insights and skills necessary to manage and lead agency operations. It focuses on management processes such as setting strategic direction, communications, crisis management, the management of partnerships with the private and nonprofit sectors, and the management of information technology. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “B” in PBAD 8131.

*PBAD 8133 – Human Resource Management for the In-Career Professional: This course is a required component of the Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management. The course provides in-career professionals with an examination of the functions of human resource management and the challenges it faces in American government and society. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “B” in PBAD 8131.

*PBAD 8134 – Ethics of Administration for the In-Career Professional: This course is a required component of the Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management. The course focuses on the experiences, approaches, and strategies employed by in-career professionals when confronting and solving problems. An emphasis is placed on accountability and responsibility of public and nonprofit managers for maintaining appropriate behavior and ethical decision making. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “B” in PBAD 8131.

*PBAD 8135 -Theory and Practice of Public and Nonprofit Budgeting: This course is a required component of the Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management. This course provides in-career professionals with exposure to the techniques used in formulating and implementing budgets in the public and nonprofit sectors. Attention is also given to the principles of financial management. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “B” in PBAD 8131.

*Denotes a course in the Certificate program.

Last updated: 3/2/2016

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