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The University of Delaware’s
online Master of Public Administration
actively combines theory and practice based on emergent needs in public
service. Founded on theory, research, and application-based solutions,
this instructional approach is applied to all public administration
courses, preparing you to lead in your respective field.
UAPP 619 Contemporary Issues in a Global Society
Focus on the "cutting edge" issues of urban affairs, public policy and
public administration. The course features presentations by leading
policy makers, policy researchers, practitioners and scholars with whom
students engage in lively discussion. The course demonstrates the roles
that public administration, policy analysis and policy research play in a
complex global society.
UAPP 684 Performance Management & Program Evaluation
Increases knowledge of tools, techniques, and definitions for
performance management, and program evaluation. Introduces indicators
used by government and nonprofits and their use for accountability and
improved effectiveness; furthers competence in areas of strategic planning, benchmark indicators, performance measurement, and evaluation; and explores linkages and alignments of systems for improved efficiency and effectiveness.
UAPP 689 Information Technology & Management in Public & Nonprofit Sectors
Considers the role of technology in the planning and administration of
public and nonprofit organizations. Topics include technology planning
and budgeting, data processing and analysis, databases, change strategy,
policy issues with current and emerging technology tools for planning
UAPP 690 Seminar in Public
Administration Introduction to the field through the
scope and evolution of public administration; the institutional,
structural and political contexts of policy making; the role of
nonprofit organizations in public service; the relationships and values
of the public and nonprofit sectors.
UAPP 691 Quantitative Analysis in Public & Nonprofit Sectors
Study of basic research design and data analysis techniques stressing
applications in the public and nonprofit sectors. Includes research
design, data acquisition, measurement, descriptive statistics, data
collection, probability, exploratory data analysis, hypothesis testing,
simple and multiple regression, correlation, and graphical procedures.
UAPP 693 Economics in Public & Nonprofit Sectors
Develops microeconomics concepts and applies them to public issues,
policies, and programs. Applications deal with a wide variety of topics,
including health care, education, transportation, housing, community
development, energy, and the environment. Emphasizes how microeconomic
analysis can enhance decision-making.
UAPP 694 Financial Management in Public & Nonprofit Sectors
Introduction to practical tools and concepts of financial management
for public and nonprofit organizations. Topics include budgeting,
capital budgeting, cost analysis, financial planning, investment
decisions, debt management, financial reporting, financial statement
analysis, and financial condition analysis.
UAPP 696 Human Resources in Public & Nonprofit Sectors
Addresses strategic human resource planning and management issues in
public and nonprofit organizations by linking critical activities like
job design, recruitment/selection and compensation while strengthening
performance management and productivity through appraisal and
professional development. Also addresses competencies to lead a diverse
workforce, including volunteers. Explores the legal rights and
responsibilities of employees in the public, nonprofit, and private
UAPP 697 Leading Organizations in Public & Nonprofit Sectors
Addresses the knowledge and competencies necessary to lead
organizations in a networked environment that included public,
nonprofit, and for profit organizations in implementing public policy
and public services. Explores the evolution of the study of
organizations and leadership, as well as aligning the values and ethics
of multiple organizations and sectors in the networks that now shape
UAPP 701 Public Policy This course examines the
political economy of public policy, including the intersection of policy
with politics and markets, and the institutional and structural
dimensions of the policymaking process. The course also explores the
challenges of policy implementation, and modes of policy assessment and
UAPP 650 Values and Ethics for Leadership and Management
Looks at the "ends" served by leaders in various contexts (including
government, nonprofits, business, and media) and the ethical standards
by which the leaders' actions are judged. Examines cases of unethical
conduct as well as cases of exemplary conduct.
UAPP 860 Capstone in Public Administration The
Capstone course provides graduating students in the Master of Public
Administration program with an opportunity to apply learned theory to
actual practice. Collaborating with nonprofit and government
organizations wherein the student works or has contacts, the student
will provide research, data collection, and analysis services as part of
their capstone project. The goal of the project is to demonstrate the
application of public management theory and analytical skills in
addressing a current issue or problem and to focus students in
administration and management of public organizations.
online MPA courses are 7 weeks long, with 3 terms offered per calendar
year. Course sessions are as follows: Spring A, Summer and Fall A. View
Take the next step in your public service career with an online MPA from UD. Fill out the form on this page to find out more.