Outcome MPA 1.a MPA: Comprehend and Apply Managerial Roles
Students will use systematic reasoning to examine and evaluate
managerial roles needed within public, health and nonprofit
Students will be able to identify the different types of managerial
styles and apply them situationally where appropriate.
Outcome MPA 1.b MPA: Recognize and apply various theories and approaches to leadership
Students will be able to identify different approaches to leadership and
apply approaches situationally where appropriate.
Outcome MPA 1.c MPA Environments of public and nonprofit organizations
Students will be able to explain and analyze the environmental and
political constraints on public and nonprofit organizations.
Outcome MPA 2.a MPA Public Policy Analysis: Analyze and evaluate public policymaking and its processes
Use systematic reasoning to examine and evaluate information and ideas
and then synthesize conclusions to propose new perspectives and
solutions in the development of public policy for public, nonprofit and
health organizations in the United States.
• Assess relevant information, perspectives and assumptions.
• Construct logical conclusions based on reason and evidence.
• Formulate novel approaches or create innovative interpretations for
evaluating the effectiveness of adopted public policies.
• Evaluate the novel approaches or innovative interpretations for
developing policy alternatives for respective agencies and/or public organizations.
Outcome MPA 2.b MPA -Financial Management
Students will examine and apply relationships between financial
management and policy. Students will demonstrate knowledge of financial
policies for public, nonprofit and health organizations. Students will
be able to assess the organizational health of organizations using
Outcome MPA 3.a MPA - Decision Making
Students will have greater insight into decision-making processes, use
that insight to make more effective decisions, possess a range of
different perspectives on what counts as an ‘effective’ decision, be
better equipped to understand and influence the decision-making
processes of other individuals and groups, and understand better how
people perceive and decide about risk within public, nonprofit and
Outcome MPA 3.b MPA - Research Methods
Students will design appropriate research methodologies and conduct
research into questions of interest. Students will understand a general
definition of research design.
Students should know why research is undertaken, and the audiences that
profit from research studies. Students should be able to identify the
overall process of designing a research study from its inception to its report.
Students should be familiar with ethical issues in social research,
including those issues that arise in using quantitative and qualitative research.
Outcome MPA 3.c MPA - Literature Review Development
Students will be proficient in finding relevant academic and/or applied
literature appropriate to questions of interest. Students will be able
to identify relevant theories, research questions, and methodological
approaches in academic and applied literature. Finally, students will be
able to conduct comprehensive literature reviews in various fields for
Outcome MPA 4.a MPA - Ethical Management and Leadership
Students will review competing ethical frameworks and apply these
frameworks to organizational situations, policies and social problems.
Students will demonstrate an ability to recognize, articulate, and apply
ethical principles in various academic, professional, social, or
Outcome MPA 4.b MPA - Historical Development of Public, Health and Nonprofit Sector
Students will gain an understanding of the major historical developments
of government and the nonprofit sector in the United States. Students
will understand the origins of philanthropy, state and local government,
and differentiate between public and private organizations in the
Outcome MPA 5.a MPA - Public Personnel Systems
Students will examine public personnel systems. Students will analyze
the impacts of diversity and equal opportunity policies within public,
nonprofit and health organizations. Students will apply managerial and
negotiating techniques within the collective bargaining environment.
Outcome MPA 5.b MPA - Strategic Management
Students will link theory and practice; develop an understanding of how
to use strategic management tools to initiate and implement
problem-solving processes. Students will identify management strategies
which are appropriate to various scenarios and evaluating alternatives
in terms of available relevant criteria. Students will evaluate and
analyze facts to identify opportunities and threats in the external
environment and strengths and weaknesses within the organization.
Outcome MPA 5.c MPA - Written Communication
Write effectively for multiple purposes and audiences. Demonstrate
effective communication, written and oral skills in a professional context.
• Develop content that is appropriate to a specific disciplinary or
professional context, drawing upon relevant sources.
• Organize written material to suit the purposes of the document and
meet the needs of the intended audience.
• Express ideas using language that meets the needs and expectations of
the intended audience.
• Use conventions of grammar, punctuation, usage, formatting, and
citation appropriate to the specific writing situation.