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Basis for Admission

For the School of Business and Technology Management, there are two options for entering the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program:

Direct Entry - Individuals with a previously completed bachelor's degree in business from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution may immediately begin the MBA program.

Evaluation Track - Individuals who do not meet direct entry requirements will begin their degree plan with MBA5101-8 Foundations for Graduate Study in the Global Business Environment, followed by SKS5000-8 Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies, and upon successful completion of SKS5000-8, take the remaining courses in their degree plan.

As of November 17, 2014, all new students entering the MBA degree program will be enrolled in the MBA degree program as described in this catalog.  Students in the legacy MBA program will remain in their legacy degree program.

As of August 15, 2011, all new students entering the MBA degree program are automatically enrolled in the 30 credit hour MBA degree program. Students whose MBA degree program was in progress as of August 15th, 2011 will continue to be enrolled in the 36 credit hour degree program. Students currently enrolled in the 36 credit hour MBA program can transfer to the 30 course credit program if they have 9 or more course credit hours needed to complete their MBA program.

Graduates of the Northcentral University program must complete30 business credit hours with exposure to a variety of business disciplines. Students may choose to complete a general business specialization allowing a choice of courses from multiple disciplines, or select a discipline-specific specialization of their interest. The MBA program is designed to prepare students to advance to higher levels of leadership in business.

Master of Business Administration Program Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes for the Master of Business Administration degree are:

MBA Degree Requirements

The Master of Business Administration requires 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. The MBA program includes 18 credit hours of foundational courses. The foundational coursesare taken by all students regardless of their undergraduate degree to form and strengthen fundamental business skills. The next 9 credit hours in the program encapsulate a specialization aligned with a student’s career goals and interests. Elective courses must be appropriate to the student’s degree program.

Students in the MBA program are required to demonstrate competency in the areas listed below:

Students assume full responsibility for understanding both the foundational, specialization  and capstone requirements of the program. Switching programs after completing coursework may result in reevaluation, monetary loss, loss of credit hours and/or the need to take additional credit hours. Students' Academic Advisors can assist with any questions related to program requirements.

The University may accept a maximum of 6 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Business Administration for graduate course work completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better.

Time to Completion for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. 

Normal time to completion for this program is 46 months. Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most Northcentral students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

The normal time disclosed above reflects the experience of students who may have entered under different program requirements. In the quest for continuous improvement, academic leadership has revised the program to optimize curriculum and pace, facilitate student learning, and improve chances for success. Therefore, the program is now designed for students enrolling today to take advantage of these revised course structures, lengths, and schedules. New students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 16 months.

Accelerated MBA Program

Within the MBA program, the School of Business and Technology Management offers an Accelerated MBA scheduling track. The Accelerated MBA is not an alternative program, but is a scheduling option designed for students capable of completing an intense, fast-paced and highly challenging graduate course structure. Students considering the Accelerated MBA track are strongly encouraged to first think about their availability for study-time, work schedule or any other outside activities that may interfere with course participation, and their ability to learn in a rapidly moving academic environment.  Students who enter and successfully complete the Accelerated MBA track will graduate in 12 months with a Master of Business Administration degree.

Like the non-Accelerated MBA, students are required to complete 30 credit hours, which include  18 credit hours of foundation course work. Additionally, the Accelerated MBA requires 9 credit hours in prescribed content courses beyond the foundation courses and a 3 hour capstone program course. The second course, MBA5110-8 is staggered four weeks following the start of the first course,MBA5101-8. The last course in the Accelerated MBA track, MBA6010-8starts four weeks following the start of MGT5000-8. All other courses are taken in pairs (see course schedule).

Students who start in the Accelerated MBA track may reschedule their courses and continue their studies in the non-Accelerated MBA track. Students who opt out of the Accelerated MBA track, regardless of reason, will not be permitted back into the Accelerated track and will lose any promotional benefits, which may have been in effect at the time of initial enrollment.

Any student transferring out of the Accelerated MBA track into the non-Accelerated MBA or vise-versa must work with his or her assigned Academic Advisor to complete the process. Students in the non-Accelerated MBA can only transfer into the Accelerated MBA track within the first four weeks of the first course.

Students who fail a course in the Accelerated MBA are immediately dismissed from the Accelerated track and must transfer to the non-Accelerated track if they want to continue in the MBA program. Academic Leaves of Absences (ALOAs) are not permitted in the Accelerated MBA track. Students who require an ALOA may request one with the understanding that they must move to the non-Accelerated track upon their return.

As with other MBA programs, the transfer credit policy applies to the Accelerated program.  Courses considered for transfer must mirror courses in the Accelerated program. For example, if a student wants transfer credit for Corporate Finance, FIN5012-8, the transferring course must also be corporate finance. The Dean of the School of Business and Technology Management must approve any courses considered for transfer. All other policies and procedures under this section remain in effect unless stated otherwise in this section.                         

Prescribed Courses for Accelerated MBA

Required Foundational Courses must be taken first and in sequence.

MBA Required Foundational Courses - 18 credit hours

MBA5101-8

Foundations for Graduate Study in the Global Business Environment

MBA5110-8

Managing People and Teams

MBA5120-8

Applied Decision Making

MBA5130-8

Managing Business Finances

MGT5140-8

Operations Management

MBA5150-8

Innovation and Marketing

General Specialization Courses - 9 Credit Hours

Select 3 courses (9 credit hours)

FIN5012-8

Corporate Finance

ENT5000-8

Innovation – The Entrepreneur and Intrapreneur

MGT5009-8

International Business

MGT5000-8

Business Organization and Management

*The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be complete as the last course in the degree program.

MBA6010-8

Strategic Planning

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Course Schedule for Accelerated MBA

Master of Business Administration Specializations

MBA Specializations are offered in the following areas:

Course Length

As of June 15th, 2011, all new students enrolling in the Master of Business Administration program are automatically enrolled in courses that are eight weeks in length. Students whose Master of Business Administration program was in progress as of June 15th, 2011 will continue to be enrolled in courses that are twelve weeks in length.  These existing MBA students may opt to switch to eight-week courses by contacting their Academic Advisor.  Once an existing MBA student has opted for eight-week courses, they must receive approval from the Office of the Dean to switch back to a program of 12-week courses.  All eight-week courses are indicated by a "-8" (dash eight) at the end of the course code.

MBA Course Sequence

Students who complete at least 9 semester credit hours in a single area of specialization at Northcentral University (not counting foundational courses) may elect to have the specialization recorded on their transcript and diploma. A specialization is not required and students may elect 9 credit hours of cross-discipline business courses. Elective courses must be appropriate to the student's degree program.

All Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs require the following fundamental courses be taken prior to enrolling in specialization courses:

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Required Foundational Courses must be taken first and in sequence. Evaluation track students will take SKS5000-8 after MBA5101-8 and before MBA5110-8.

Required Foundational Courses – 18 credit hours

MBA5101-8

Foundations for Graduate Study in the Global Business Environment

MBA5110-8

Managing People and Teams

MBA5120-8

Applied Decision-Making

MBA5130-8

Managing Business Finance

MBA5140-8

Operations Management

MBA5150-8

Innovation and Marketing

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Applied Computer Science Specialization

Technology trends change rapidly, resulting in the need for companies to look for skilled professionals who possess advanced knowledge of contemporary applied computer science methods. Many advanced managerial roles exist in this dynamic field that require specialized management training, including technical project managers, lead programmers, lead systems administrators, and lead network administrators. The curriculum for the Master's program in Applied Computer Sciences is designed to provide preparation for professional careers with an emphasis in various technology management tracks for specialized job roles.

Applied Computer Science Specialization Courses – 9credit hours  

Select 3 courses from the following (9credit hours):

CS5003 / CS5003-8

Computer Graphics

CS5005 / CS5005-8

Database Management

CS5010 / CS5010-8

Managing Communication

CS5012 / CS5012-8

Operating Systems

CS5013 / CS5013-8

Programming Languages

MIS5005 / MIS5005-8

Network Management

*The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Computer and Information Security Specialization

The requirement for computer security knowledge increases as new techniques and technologies are developed. Threats to the strengths of the existing protections in systems and network perimeters must be constantly upgraded. This specialization enables students to examine realistic examples of the crucial links between security theory and the day-to-day security challenges to IT environments. The focus is to provide students the ability to ascertain the essentials of security threats, information assurance and security management in corporations. This specialization also examines the field of cyber-forensics including the dangers of cyber terrorism and the evolving U.S. policy response. At the end of the Computer and Information Security specialization, students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Computer and Information Security Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours  

Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

CIS5000 / CIS5000-8

Introduction to Computer Security

CIS5002 / CIS5002-8

Corporate Computer and Network Security

CIS5003 / CIS5003-8

Cyber Forensics: Collecting, Examining, and Preserving Evidence of Computer and Information Crimes

CIS5004 / CIS5004-8

Introduction to Systems Certification and Accreditation

CIS5005 / CIS5005-8

Cyber terrorism, Information Warfare, and Critical Infrastructure Protection

CIS5008 / CIS5008-8

Risk Management in Information Assurance and Security

CIS5009 / CIS5009-8

Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Security

CIS5010 / CIS5010-8

Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery for the Security Professional

*The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

MBA6010-8

Strategic Planning

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Criminal Justice Specialization

The Criminal Justice specialization explores the dynamic nature of the global multicultural network connecting distinct legal traditions and codes, both domestically and internationally, and their connection to criminal activity, law enforcement response, ethics, and the legal system. This specialization focuses on developing advanced competencies and analytical capability for those seeking management and leadership positions in correctional institutions, law enforcement, and the court system. Students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Criminal Justice Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours  

Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

CJ5002 / CJ5002-8

Juvenile Offender

CJ5004 / CJ5004-8

Organized Crime

CJ5006 / CJ5006-8

Drugs, Values and Society

CJ5007 / CJ5007-8

Current Issues in Law Enforcement

CJ5008 / CJ5008-8

Violence and Society

CJ5009 / CJ5009-8

White Collar Crime

CJ5010 / CJ5010-8

Forensic Scientific Evidence

CJ5011 / CJ5011-8

Survey of Forensic Sciences

*The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

MBA6010-8

Strategic Planning

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Entrepreneurship Specialization

This forward looking entrepreneurship specialization curriculum takes students beyond the classroom, allowing them to build and test their entrepreneurial ideas in real-world settings. The entrepreneurship courses will integrate all business disciplines, including marketing, finance, operations, and strategy. The courses are designed to help students develop skills in building businesses, investing in businesses, raising capital, and evaluating business opportunities. Specifically, the students in this specialization will focus on analysis, decision-making and business planning and benefit from the perspectives of both academic and adjunct faculty, working together to provide integrated and relevant curriculum including an understanding of the latest business trends and techniques. The student will come to the specialization with a new venture product or service identified.

Entrepreneurship Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours

Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

ENT5000-8

Innovation – The Entrepreneur and Intrapreneur

ENT5001-8

Strategic Market Assessments

ENT5002-8

New Venture Formation

ENT5003-8

Venture Capital and Private Equity

ENT5004-8

Sustainable Business Practices

ENT5005-8

New Venture Business Plan Creation

*The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

MBA6010-8

Strategic Planning

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be change with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Financial Management Specialization

This specialization explores relevant financial analysis of financial and non-financial organizations. The focus is assessment of financial statements, foreign exchange issues, risk and investment management. At the end of the Financial Management specialization, students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Financial Management Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours  

Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

FIN5012 / FIN5012-8

Corporate Finance

FIN5013 / FIN5013-8

Investment Management

FIN5014 / FIN5014-8

Financial Institutions

FIN5015 / FIN5015-8

Financial Statement Analysis

FIN5016 / FIN5016-8

International Finance

FIN5018 / FIN5018-8

Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations

*The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

MBA6010-8

Strategic Planning

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

General Business Specialization

 

The General Business specialization allows students to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals.

Students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours for the specialization in General Business and take the program capstone course.  Students may take business courses at the 5000 and 6000 level to fulfill their specialization requirements.

Recommended courses for the general business specialization are below. Courses listed are examples and upon acceptance to the program the initial degree plan will include these courses. However, students are encouraged to choose their elective courses based on personal and professional goals, and to work with their Academic Advisor to revise their degree plan.

   General Business Specialization

    Specialization Courses 9 credit hours

   Select 3 courses from the following list (9 credit hours):

 

FIN5012-8

Corporate Finance

HRM5004-8

Supervisory Concepts and Practices

IB5012-8

International Economics

ENT5000-8

Innovation – The Entrepreneur and Intrapreneuer

* The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

 

 

MBA6010-8  

 

Strategic Planning

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Health Care Administration Specialization

Graduates in health care administration are in demand in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, health insurance companies, government and public health agencies, and social service agencies. The focus is to develop essential managerial knowledge and skills in financial management, legal and ethical issues of health care, and to examine and develop health care policies. At the end of the Health Care Administration specialization program, students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Health Care Adminstration Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours  

Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

HCA5012 / HCA5012-8

Heath Care Financial Management

HCA5013 / HCA5013-8

Health Care Legal and Ethical Issues

HCA5014 / HCA5014-8

Health Care Policy Analysis and Development

HCA5015 / HCA5015-8

Health Care Administration Principles and Practices

HCA5017 / HCA5017-8

Total Quality Management in Health Care

HCA5021 / HCA5021-8

Comparative Health Care Systems

* The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

MBA6010-8

Strategic Planning  

* This required research project must be completed as the last course in the specialization

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Homeland Security Specialization

This specialization is designed to prepare senior managers of law enforcement, public safety, and emergency medical care and disaster preparedness agencies for positions of executive leadership in the field of homeland security. Courses will span the spectrum of management, budgetary rules, personnel, and critical issues relating to crisis management and terrorism. The final specialization project will assess competencies learned within the previous specialization courses.

Homeland Security Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours  

Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

HS6000 / HS6000-8

Terrorism and Countermeasures

HS6001 / HS6001-8

Homeland Security Transportation

HS6002 / HS6002-8

International Crime and Terrorism

HS6003 / HS6003-8

Homeland Security Risk Management  

HS6020 / HS6020-8

Maritime Terrorism

*The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Human Resources Management Specialization

This graduate-level specialization focuses on the interrelationships between human resource capital, leadership, and the business organization. Students will explore all aspects of human resource management, and address the increasing human resource issues in the global economy. The final specialization project will assess competencies learned within the previous specialization courses.

Human Resources Management Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours  

Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

HRM5001 / HRM5001-8

Recruitment and Human Resources Information Systems

HRM5002 / HRM5002-8

Compensation Issues in Human Resources Management

HRM5003 / HRM5003-8

Labor Relations

HRM5004 / HRM5004-8

Supervisory Concepts and Practices

HRM5008 / HRM5008-8

Legal Issues in Human Resources Management

*    The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

MBA6010-8

Strategic Planning  

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

International Business Specialization

This specialization covers the essential elements required to understand and manage multi-national and international organizations. Individuals interested in international management positions and/or teaching in post-secondary institutions of higher education at home and abroad would benefit from this program. The specialization focuses on international law, economics, marketing, TQM in International Business, and strategic management to prepare individuals as leaders and managers in the international context.

International Business Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours  

Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

IB5012 / IB5012-8

International Economics

IB5013 / IB5013-8

International Marketing

IB5014 / IB5014-8

Cultural Environment of International Business

IB5016 / IB5016-8

Global Business Strategic Management

IB5017 / IB5017-8

International Business Law

*The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

MBA6010-8

Strategic Planning   

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Management Specialization

This specialization focuses on the leadership functions of environmental and legal compliance, dealing with contemporary policy issues in business, economics, and marketing management.  Students gain conceptual oversight into the modern practice of management and strong understanding of how to apply the theory they read in the course room to practice in the business environment. Students will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Management Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours  

Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

MGT5000 / MGT5000-8

Business Organization and Management

MGT5001 / MGT5001-8

Economics and the Modern Manager

MGT5002 / MGT5002-8

Marketing Management

MGT5005 / MGT5005-8

Management Finance and Control

MGT5006 / MGT5006-8

The Evolution of Organizational Behavior

MGT5007 / MGT5007-8

Strategic Management

MGT5009 / MGT5009-8

International Business

MGT5010 / MGT5010-8

Leadership in Organizations

MGT5012 / MGT5012-8

Managerial Accounting for Decision Making

MGT5016 / MGT5016-8

Managing Change

MGT5018 / MGT5018-8

Operational Management

MGT5022 / MGT5022-8

Organizational Development

MGT5025 / MGT5025-8

Total Quality Perspectives in Management

MGT5027 / MGT5027-8

Legal Implications in Management

* The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

MBA6010-8

Strategic Planning

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Management of Engineering and Technology Specialization

This specialization focuses on issues relating to principles of productivity, quality management, improving productivity through technology, and environmental systems management. The final specialization project will assess competencies learned within the previous specialization courses.

Management of Engineering and Technology Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours  

Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

MET5000 / MET5000-8

Principles of Productivity

MET5002 / MET5002-8

Applied Systems Theory

MET5003 / MET5003-8

Applied Decision Theory

MET5006 / MET5006-8

Operations Research

MET5010 / MET5010-8

Quality Management

MET5015 / MET5015-8

The Process and Impact of Technology

MET5016 / MET5016-8

Improving Productivity Through Technology

MET5017 / MET5017-8

Emerging Technologies

MET5020 / MET5020-8

Management of Technology

MET5023 / MET5023-8

Managing the Research and Development Organization

The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

MBA6010-8

Strategic Planning

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Management Information Systems Specialization

This specialization focuses on development and management of information systems, data, telecommunication systems, and LAN/WAN networks, from both a management and computer system perspective. This curriculum is designed for administrators, managers, and consultants using computer information systems to enhance the management process and business outcomes. Students will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Management Information Systems Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours  

Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

MIS5000 / MIS5000-8

Management Information Systems

MIS5002 / MIS5002-8

Database Management Systems

MIS5004 / MIS5004-8

Telecommunications Management

MIS5005 / MIS5005-8

Local Area Networks

MIS5011 / MIS5011-8

Computer Security Management

The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

MBA6010-8

Strategic Planning

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Marketing Specialization

The Marketing Specialization at the graduate level moves beyond fundamentals by focusing upon marketing management and marketing research. Students will focus on customer strategic marketing as it encompasses relationship management, advertising and promotion, customer behavior, and product management. The final specialization project will assess competencies learned within the previous specialization courses.

Marketing Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours  

Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

MKT5000 / MKT5000-8

Service Marketing

MGT5002 / MGT5002-8

Marketing Management

MKT5002 / MKT5002-8

Customer Relationship Management

MKT5003 / MKT5003-8

Advertising and Promotion

MKT6001 / MKT6001-8

Product Management

MKT6005 / MKT6005-8

Marketing Research I

 The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

MBA6010-8

Strategic Planning

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Project Management Specialization

This specialization explores principles, concepts, tools, and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. Project Management is one of the fastest growing professional disciplines. Students examine all aspects of company projects including cost estimates, budget management, cost control, risk assessment, bid negotiation and contracts, and performance reporting critical to the success of any organization. The graduate specialization provides curriculum for students aspiring to take on project management responsibilities. This specialization focuses on risk management, procurement, monitoring, and multi-project management. Students will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Project Management Courses – 9 credit hours  

Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

PM6000 / PM6000-8

Project Procurement Management

PM6004 / PM6004-8

Project Risk Management

PM6008 / PM6008-8

Project Monitoring and Control

PM6012 / PM6012-8

Management of Multiple Projects

PM6016 / PM6016

Earned Value Project Management

PM6020 / PM6020-8

Management, Leadership and Team Building in the Project and Program Environment

 The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

MBA6010-8

Strategic Planning

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Public Administration Specialization

This specialization focuses on acquiring the administrative knowledge and skills in such diverse areas as budgeting, government relations, personnel policies, politics, and urban planning. Practicing public administrators, as well as those seeking entry into public administration and related fields, will benefit from this curriculum. Students focus on a wide range of skills needed by the public administrator overseeing local, state, and federal government management. This specialization examines budget preparation, government relations, personnel policies, politics, and urban planning. Students will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Public Administration Specialization Courses – 9 credit hours  

Select 3 courses from the following (9 credit hours):

PUB5000 / PUB5000-8

Introduction to Public Administration

PUB5002 / PUB5002-8

Public/Government Relations

PUB5005 / PUB5005-8

Public Budgeting and Finance

PUB5007 / PUB5007-8

Quality Management in Public Administration

PUB5009 / PUB5009-8

Public Program Evaluation

PUB5015 / PUB5015-8

Grant Writing

The Program Capstone Course (3 credit hours) will be completed as the last course in the degree program.

MBA6010-8

Strategic Planning

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.