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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Reubin O’ D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

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Director: Keon Hyung-Lee; Professors: Berry, Brower, Bowman, Feiock, Klay, Lee, Reid, Vanlandingham, Yang; Assistant Professors: Berlan, Fay, Tang; Visiting Professors and Adjunct Faculty: Banner, Campos, Dilling, Ferreros, Gleason, Grant, Heffron-Casserleigh, Lavin, Long, Otte, Sample, N. Smith, Stansbury; Professors Emeriti: Chackerian, deHaven-Smith, Grizzle, Sherwood

Graduate professional study in public administration prepares students for a wide variety of careers in management and policy analysis. Graduates work in such settings as government agencies, legislatures, courts, domestic not-for-profit organizations, international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and in numerous for profit businesses that work closely with governments. Several empirical studies, the most recent in 2014, have ranked the Askew School faculty in the top ten nationally and top twenty globally in frequency of publishing in the top journals of the field.

The Askew School offers two graduate degree programs: the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in public administration. The fully accredited MPA program prepares students to become managers and policy analysts. The doctorate is a research degree designed to prepare students for college and university teaching, advanced research in policy and management, and the highest levels of administrative practice. Qualified advanced undergraduate students may begin graduate studies in public administration that count toward both their undergraduate degrees and the professional MPA degree. The school also offers joint degrees with the College of Law (Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor [MPA/JD]), the College of Social Work (Master of Public Administration/Master of Social Work [MPA/MSW]), the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Master of Public Administration/Master of Science in Criminology [MPA/MSC]), and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (Master of Public Administration / Master of Science in Planning [MPA/MSP]). Certificates in financial management, general public administration, emergency management, and local government management are also available. Additional information (such as handbooks and syllabi) is available on the Askew School’s Web site:

Combined BA or BS and Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree Program

Qualified students in any undergraduate major may use up to twelve hours of free electives to take graduate courses in public administration that will count for completion of both the bachelor’s degree and the professional MPA degree. Completion of graduate courses through the combined program will also count for completion of an undergraduate minor in public administration. Qualified undergraduates who take public administration courses to satisfy major requirements in the bachelor’s degree programs in either political science or interdisciplinary social science may take up to twelve hours of graduate credit that will be counted for completion of both their bachelor’s degree major and the MPA degree. In addition, undergraduate students who take the PAD 3941 Public Service Internship course may waive the graduate internship course requirement. Normally, for inexperienced students, completion of the MPA degree requires completion of forty-five graduate credit hours following receipt of a bachelor’s degree. Students in the combined degree program who complete twelve graduate credits and an undergraduate internship prior to receipt of their bachelor’s degree will only need to complete thirty additional graduate credits to receive the MPA degree.

Acceptance to this pre-graduate program is competitive. Applications will only be considered from undergraduates who are entering their senior year, or who are honor students with junior status, and who have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.2 in all prior studies at FSU. Application forms are to be submitted to the school’s academic program coordinator. Accepted undergraduates may then enroll for up to twelve hours in courses that are either core or elective courses in the MPA program. Students accepted to the pre-graduate program should subsequently make formal application for admission to the graduate school during their senior year.

For more information, refer to the Askew School’s Web site at

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The MPA is a professional degree designed to prepare students for professional and managerial positions as administrators and policy analysts in government, consulting, and nonprofit organizations. Equal emphasis is placed upon meeting the needs of in-service and pre-service students, and classes for the degree are offered primarily during the evening and on weekends.

A candidate may be admitted to the program by meeting University requirements for graduate study and by submitting three letters of recommendation, a career goal statement, a resumé and where relevant, evidence of prior professional work experience. A small number of exceptions to the University admission standards are possible for students possessing exceptional qualifications not reflected in criteria normally used for admission. For further information concerning admission exceptions, consult either the MPA Student Handbook (available online or from the school) or the MPA Director.

The MPA requires successful completion of forty-two semester hours. Those students with less than one year of acceptable professional experience will be required to complete an additional three semester hours of internship. Included in the requirements are four substantive core courses, two methods courses, an action report on a significant administrative problem, and elective coursework arranged in consultation with a faculty advisor.

MPA Core Course Requirements

  1. Substantive Core Courses (twelve semester hours):

    PAD 5035 Policy Development and Administration (3)

    PAD 5050 The Profession of Public Administration (3)

    PAD 5106 Public Organizations (3)

    PAD 5227 Managing Public Financial Resources (3)

    PAD 5417 Human Resource Management (3)

  2. Methodological Courses (six semester hours):

    PAD 5700 Research Design in Public Administration (3)

    PAD 5701 Quantitative Analysis in Public Administration (3)

  3. Internship and Action Report (three to six semester hours):

    PAD 5946 Public Service Internship (3)

    PAD 6908 Action Report (3)

Professional Option: elective work in many areas is possible as long as it leads to a coherent program of study; however, inexperienced students are strongly encouraged to consider one of the following school-sponsored options:

  • Local government management
  • Leadership and strategic management
  • Public budgeting and financial management
  • Policy analysis and evaluation methods
  • Emergency management and homeland security
  • Not-for-profit management
  • International and non-governmental organizations

These programs are more fully described in the MPA Student Handbook.

Graduate Certificates

The certificate programs are designed to accommodate the special needs of practicing administrators and working students. There is no minimum number of courses to be taken in any term and no limit on the amount of time one takes to complete a certificate. Continuous registration is not required. All graduate certificates require a 3.0 grade point average.

The certificates are also available to MPA students as a part of their degree coursework.

Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

The graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security includes a variety of skill and knowledge concentrations appropriate for practicing managers and others interested in the field. To earn the certificate, three required courses and two additional ones selected from those offered by the Askew School and the geography, urban and regional planning, and geology departments must be completed.

Required Courses

PAD 5397 Foundations of Emergency Management (3)

PAD 5398 Emergency Management Programs, Planning and Policy (3)

Elective Courses

PAD 5373 Leadership and Communication in Emergency Management (3)

PAD 5376 Introduction to Terrorism: Preparedness and Response (3)

PAD 5377 Advanced Topics in Terrorism (3)

PAD 5378 Disaster Systems (3)

PAD 5835 International and Comparative Disaster Management (3)

PAD 5935r Seminar in Public Administration: Selected Topics (1-3) [in emergency management; repeatable]

Financial Management Certificate

Topics covered in this program conform to those recommended by the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management of the American Society for Public Administration. To obtain the certificate, students complete three required courses and three additional courses selected from a list of courses offered through the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, the Department of Accounting, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Required Courses

PAD 5227 Managing Public Financial Resources (3)

PAD 6207 Financial Resources Administration (3)

Elective Courses

ACG 5505 Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting and Auditing (3)

ECO 5505 Public Finance (3)

PAD 5041 Public Service Ethics (3)

PAD 5327 Public Program Evaluation (3)

PAD 5859 Managing Public Procurement (3)

PAD 5935r Seminar in Public Administration: Selected Topics (1-3) [Public Finance (3)]

PAD 6226 Public Budgeting Simulation and Issues (3)

PAD 6721 Policy Analysis Research Seminar (3)

URP 5261 Forecasting for Plan Development (3)

URP 5731 Planning of Community Infrastructure (3)

Skills concentrations covered in this curriculum include accounting and auditing (government financial accounting and reporting, financial and performance auditing), budgeting (processes, preparation, approaches, analytic techniques, forecasting), financial management decision making (cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, and cost-revenue analysis, managing public procurement, fiscal impact analysis, financial condition evaluation), revenues (taxation from both administrative and public finance perspectives, intergovernmental finance, user charges), long-term financial decision making (capital planning process, capital investment analysis, alternative financing sources, debt management), and financial modeling.

Certificate in Florida City and County Management

This program includes skills and knowledge appropriate for practicing managers and all those interested in Florida City and County Management. The certificate requires twelve credit hours of graduate course credit in public administration. It is taught in partnership with the Center for Florida Local Government Excellence.

Required Course

PAD 5935r Seminar in Public Administration: Selected Topics (1–3) [Local Government Administration (3)]

Elective Courses

PAD 5335 Strategic Leadership for Communities (3)

PAD 5397 Foundations of Emergency Management (3)

PAD 5826 Intergovernmental Management and Relations (3)

PAD 6136 Seminar: Management Studies in Government (3)

PAD 6207 Financial Resources Administration (3)

PAD 6226 Public Budgeting Simulation and Issues (3)

PAD 6300 Governmental Administration in Florida (3)

General Public Administration Certificate

The school offers an executive development program which leads to a certificate in public administration. Typically, participants are public administrators who hold bachelor’s degrees but who have not yet entered a graduate degree program. Applicants register as non-degree students in a simplified process which does not require formal admission to graduate studies. Up to twelve hours of credit earned in this program may later be applied to the MPA upon admission to that program.

The certificate requires eighteen semester hours (six courses) of graduate course credit in public administration. Three courses must be from the MPA substantive core and the remainder from electives and other courses in public administration. One course from a related field outside the school may be applied to satisfy certificate requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD in public administration is designed to provide the highest level of professional education in public administration theory and methods. Its aim is to prepare persons for advanced research and administration. In their careers, graduates should be able to move freely through academic, governmental, consulting, and research organizations. PhD applicants must meet the following admission standards: 1) a minimum score of at least 153 on the Verbal and 144 on the Quantitative is preferred, except under exceptional circumstances. In the old GRE system, that means a score of 1100 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections (a minimum score of at least 500 on both sections is preferred); 2) 3.0 or better overall undergraduate grade point average; and 3) 3.5 or better graduate grade point average.

Higher attainment on one measure may offset lower attainment on another. Professional experience is valued, but academic performance will receive primary emphasis. Letters of recommendation are required. All applicants are required to take the GRE.

To be eligible to take the preliminary examination and be admitted to PhD candidacy, the student must complete forty-five to seventy-five semester hours in the following areas:

MPA Substantive Core, Methodological Core, and Administrative Law

Twenty-four semester hours. Administrative law may be satisfied by work at either the graduate or undergraduate level. Courses in the MPA core may be satisfied by graduate work at Florida State University or at another recognized university.

PhD Core

Twenty-four semester hours of the following:

Substantive Courses

Twelve semester hours:

PAD 6025 Theoretical Perspectives in Public Policy (3)

PAD 6054 Intellectual History and Future of Public Administration (3)

PAD 6102 Administrative Behavior in Public Organizations (3)

PAD 6109 Institutions and Society (3)

Methodology Courses

Twelve semester hours:

PAD 6705 Analytic Techniques for Public Administrators (3)

PAD 6707 Logics of Inquiry (3)


Methods Electives (six semester hours)

Specialization in Public Administration

Doctoral specializations are individually tailored. It is possible to emphasize any of the Askew School’s strengths in such areas as policy analysis, nonprofits, networks and intergovernmental/intersectoral relations, research methods, emergency management, financial management, organization behavior, human resource management, or substantive policy studies in several policy areas. Eighteen semester hours specializing in one of the following fields of public administration:

  1. Public Management
  2. Public Policy
  3. Institutions and Governance

Political Processes

Three semester hours, subject to waiver by PhD director.

Professional Topics

This is a proseminar that is required each semester until the student has obtained candidacy for the degree.


All courses in the PhD core requirements must be taken in the school. Students may be required to pass a methods proficiency examination covering the material in the MPA-methods core before they can enroll in PAD 6705, Analytic Techniques for Public Administrators. Interdisciplinary specializations related to student career goals are also possible.

Diagnostic Review

The school’s PhD committee will examine the performance of each student after the completion of each year in the program. The performance review shall include a review of grades and, where appropriate, seminar papers and other evidence of potential to complete both the written and oral preliminary examination and the dissertation.

Preliminary Examination, Supervisory Committee and Program of Studies, Dissertation Prospectus and Defense

All doctoral students will take the written qualifying examination after taking all core coursework. After completing all coursework, a student must form a supervisory committee, file an approved program of studies, and then pass an oral defense of a publishable paper, which establishes the student as a doctoral candidate. A prospectus for the dissertation is then completed and must be approved by the supervisory committee. Following completion of the dissertation, the defense will be scheduled. More detailed information is contained in the PhD Student Handbook, which is available online at

Definition of Prefix

PAD—Public Administration

Graduate Courses

PAD 5035. Policy Development and Administration (3). Prerequisites: PAD 5700, 5701, and 5050, or equivalents. This course seeks to enhance the student’s ability to analyze, research, and develop public policies.

PAD 5041. Public Service Ethics (3). Ethics in government focuses on the quality of public service; as such, it is core to the field of public administration. A professional is a professional not simply because of expertise, but also because of adherence to ethical standards. This course provides maps and tools to make moral experiences more explicit and consistent so students can chart their own way. Individual decision-making strategies and organizational programs to address challenges are explored. Case studies of managers who confront ethical dilemmas as well as management issues such as workforce diversity and quality improvement complement this material.

PAD 5050. The Profession of Public Administration (3). An overview of the intellectual heritage of public administration and its central issues. The student will learn key managerial skills and major sources of information for professional research.

PAD 5076. Professional Pathways in Emergency Management (1). Prerequisite: PAD 5397. This course explores best practices and theories regarding emotional intelligence, communication, behavior and ethics in professional emergency management. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a professional emergency management setting.

PAD 5079. Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Emergency Management (3). This course is designed to give students an overview of what UAS can do to support the phases of emergency management (response, recovery, planning, preparedness, and mitigation). The course includes the core concepts and theory behind UAS use, and exposure to regulations, guiding policies, limitations and exclusions.

PAD 5106. Public Organizations (3). Elements of micro and macro organizational analysis. Includes organization theory, structure and design, power and conflict, motivation, leadership, group behavior, organizational effectiveness, and development.

PAD 5142. Managing the Nonprofit Organization (3). This course examines the set of organizations variously referred to as the independent, nonprofit, voluntary, charitable, or the nongovernmental sector and combines them with the skills, knowledge, and abilities that are involved in managing them.

PAD 5173. Nongovernmental Organizations (3). This course covers nongovernmental organizations in international and transnational contexts, explores the dynamics in which NGOs are embedded, examines their historical trends, and illuminates the challenges and opportunities that NGOs face.

PAD 5174. The Independent Sector (3). This course surveys organizations variously referred to as the independent, non-profit, voluntary, charitable, and nongovernmental sector. The course also examines grassroots organizing and the roles of faith, philanthropy, and volunteerism within the sector.

PAD 5206. Fundraising and Fund Development (3). This course examines the role of fundraising and fund development in non-profit organizations, and the various fundraising techniques used by these organizations to further their mission.

PAD 5208. Budget and Finance in Nonprofit Organizations (3). This course explores budgeting and financial management in nonprofits. The course identifies appropriate financial decisions, explains financial and budgeting tools and techniques, and explores the influence of public policy on financial resources.

PAD 5227. Managing Public Financial Resources (3). Public budgeting and related financial management processes at the federal, state, and local levels with some emphasis upon those in Florida. The evolution of budgeting in the U.S. and major financial functions including an introduction to governmental accounting.

PAD 5275. Political Economy of Public Administration (3). Prerequisites: PAD 5700, 5701 or equivalents. Application of economic analysis to public bureaucracy and comparison of public and private management. Topics include public and private sector organizations, economic development, privatization, and public entrepreneurship.

PAD 5327. Public Program Evaluation (3). Prerequisites: PAD 5700 and 5701, or equivalents. Introduction to problems of public program evaluation methods and strategies for administrative implementation.

PAD 5335. Strategic Leadership for Communities (3). This course will teach the principles and skills of strategically managing agencies and communities. Strategic planning, community visioning, and organizational assessments will be covered. Managerial leadership roles and responsibilities in organizing community planning and change also will be covered.

PAD 5373. Leadership and Communication in Emergency Management (3). This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts, theories, principles, and practices of public information and communication in a risk environment as well as effective leadership principles in an emergency management shared power context.

PAD 5376. Introduction to Terrorism: Preparedness and Response (3). This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts, theories, principles, and practices of terrorism and terrorist events.

PAD 5377r. Advanced Topics in Terrorism (3). Prerequisite: PAD 5376. This course reviews the contemporary evolution of terrorism and the current direction of global terrorism with regards to domestic policies and programs. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

PAD 5378. Disaster Systems (3). Prerequisite: PAD 5907. As potential practitioners, it is vital that participating graduate students not only recognize the underlying concepts, principles, and theories inherent in modern disaster response operations, but they must also comprehend the intricate interdependencies of these systems. Of equal importance is the impact information technology has upon these systems.

PAD 5388. Disaster Recovery and Mitigation (3). This course is designed to provide an overview of recovery and mitigation activities in the post-disaster environment. Focusing on the “Recovery Phase” initially, course materials examine the policy and planning mechanisms involved in short and long term rehabilitation of distressed communities. A similar examination of the “Mitigation Phase” is also made.

PAD 5397. Foundations of Emergency Management (3). This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts, theories, principles and practices of emergency management.

PAD 5398. Emergency Management Programs, Planning, and Policy (3). This course examines functional demands that emergency managers should be aware of in crafting emergency management policies and programs. Students explore how public policy choices impact emergency planning and the consequences of a disaster event.

PAD 5417. Human Resource Management (3). Survey of philosophy, approaches, and systems of managing people in government. Includes historical developments, personnel management practices and behaviors, and current issues. Examines recruitment, classification, compensation training, evaluation functions, and equal employment opportunity and labor management policies.

PAD 5419. Issues in Human Resource Management (3). Prerequisite: PAD 5417 or equivalent. Contemporary and enduring issues in field, and techniques on how to deal with them, are examined. Illustrative topics include AIDS, dissent, workforce quality, drug testing, child/elder care, video display terminals, smoking, self-managing teams, white collar crime, wellness programs, compensation, sexual harassment at the workplace.

PAD 5427. Public Labor Relations (3). Institutional theory and behavior in government labor relations. Public policy implications, differences from the private sector, evolution of public unions, scope and practices with emphasis upon Florida.

PAD 5457. Quality Management Systems (3). This course addresses the theory, design, and implementation of quality management systems in public organizations compared to those in other sectors of the economy. It examines the need for, and origins of, quality management philosophies, techniques, transition strategies, case studies and additional scenarios.

PAD 5605. Administrative Law (3). Legal ideas and frameworks conditioning the administrator, liability, disclosing information, rulemaking, policy change, discretion, investigation, and adjudication. Model State Administrative Procedure Act.

PAD 5700. Research Design in Public Administration (3). Fundamental concepts and techniques in research design, problem formulation, execution, and analysis, stressing applications in public policy. Includes measurement, statistics.

PAD 5700L. Research Design Laboratory (0). (S/U grade only). Laboratory linked to and required of all students in PAD 5700. Instruction in computer techniques, in-class statistics and methods exercises, supplementary lecture material.

PAD 5701. Quantitative Analysis in Public Administration (3). Prerequisite: PAD 5700 or equivalent. Application of quantitative analysis to problems of public policy and management. Quasi and experimental designs for evaluation of social programs, computer analysis of data sets.

PAD 5701L. Quantitative Analysis in Public Administration Laboratory (0). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: PAD 5700, 5700L. Laboratory linked to and required of all students in PAD 5701. Intensive instruction in computer techniques, in-class exercises in statistical techniques and methods, supplementary lecture material.

PAD 5710. Information Resource and Communication Management (3). This course in communication, information resource management and information technologies is aimed at administrators in the public and not-for-profit sectors. It deals with basics of information technologies; organizational and other communications or information exchange networks; the interaction of government and non-profits with clients, citizens, other agencies or institutions; and the virtual state.

PAD 5826. Intergovernmental Management and Relations (3). The role of the public administrator in developing and administering public policy within the system of federal, state, and local governments. Includes legal, financial, administrative issues as well as substantive areas such as social services, health, employment, education, and housing.

PAD 5828. The Third Sector: Non-Profits, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Disaster (3). This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts, theories, principles and practices in emergency management relationships with NGOs and non-profit organizations.

PAD 5835. International and Comparative Disaster Management (3). This course discusses practical and theoretical issues associated with international disaster management. Risk, hazards, and disasters are addressed from a global perspective with particular emphasis placed on the differences in key issues between developing and developed countries.

PAD 5836. International and Comparative Administration (3). This course deals with activities of public administration and governance in international contexts. The course updates comparative administration’s history and explores international institutions in the face of globalization.

PAD 5837. International Terrorism Policy (3). Pre- or corequisite: PAD 5836. This course examines international relationships between terrorists and governments in the context of global relations, politics, policy and finance. Terrorism is examined as a global phenomenon in order to understand how new policies are being developed to combat the threat it poses.

PAD 5845. Public Health and Emergency Management (3). This course is designed to provide an overview of international public health events that have either evolved into disasters, or are born of disasters. In addition, this course looks at preventing and preparing for public health disasters. A variety of threats and case studies are reviewed with an evaluation of future threats. Additionally, epidemiology and the discovery and reporting of events are reviewed.

PAD 5846r. Health Policy and Public Administration (3). Prerequisites: Graduate standing, PAD 5700, 5701 or equivalents. Addresses theory and critical issues in health policy formation, implementation, and administration. Major topics include health politics, the economics of health care, regulatory issues, access, and payment issues. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

PAD 5848. U.S. Intelligence Community (3). This course explores the functions and roles of the different players within the U.S. Intelligence Community. Additionally students are acquainted with the processes and platforms for information gathering and analysis and how the developed intelligence is used by policy makers.

PAD 5859. Managing Public Procurement (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. This course examines the managing of the acquisition of goods and services by governments from businesses, nonprofits, and other governments; ethical obligations and legal contexts, determining requirements, make vs. buy decisions, solicitation and selection of vendors, preparation and award of contracts, and contract administration through termination are also examined.

PAD 5895. Homeland Security; Policy and Practice (3). This course is designed to introduce students to the concept and application of homeland security policies and their influence on U.S. domestic policy.

PAD 5907r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). (S/U grade only). Supervised readings and research. Student must submit formal written proposal to interested faculty member prior to registration. MPA may repeat to a maximum of nine semester hours. PhD students may exceed the nine hour maximum with approval of major professor.

PAD 5935r. Seminar in Public Administration: Selected Topics (3). This course serves to acquaint students with the U.S. Intelligence community, the processes and platforms for information/data gathering and analysis and how the subsequent “intelligence” is used by policy/decision-makers. Throughout the course students are given opportunities to gather, analyze and report their findings to case-studies and then compare their conclusions to real-world outcomes.

PAD 5946. Public Service Internship (3). (S/U grade only). Participant observation of the administration of public policy in governmental organizations. Faculty supervision, on-campus seminars, discussion papers.

PAD 5948r. Supervised Teaching (1–5). (S/U grade only). May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours.

PAD 6025. Theoretical Perspectives in Public Policy (3). Prerequisite: PhD student or instructor permission. Course addresses topics related to substance and methods of public policy. Theoretical frameworks includes welfare/economics/political science and organization theory.

PAD 6054. Intellectual History and Future of Public Administration (3). Prerequisite: PhD student or instructor permission. Discusses the history of the underlying theoretical perspectives of public administration as well as trends and conditions relevant to the future development of public administration theory.

PAD 6102. Administrative Behavior in Public Organizations (3). Prerequisite: PhD student or instructor permission. Dynamics of cooperative effort in the managing of governmental organizations, public leadership and influence systems, motivation, communication, and political behaviors.

PAD 6103. Cultural Analysis and Organizations (3). Prerequisite: PAD 5106. Both theoretical and methodological in purpose, the course explores the cultural approach to analyzing organizational settings and the institutions in which they are embedded. Introductory skills in ethnographic research will be acquired by those students who successfully complete the course.

PAD 6107. Seminar: Public Organizational Development (3). Prerequisite: PAD 5106 or equivalent. Paradigms of organizational change and their implications for values.

PAD 6108. Institutions, Policy & Management (3). Prerequisite: PAD 5053. Course covers how formal institutional arrangements and constraints influence and structure policy choices and administrative decisions. Examines the consequences of organizational arrangements and policy instruments for policy and management.

PAD 6109. Institutions and Society (3). Prerequisite: Doctoral student or instructor permission. Government bureaucracies as key elements in modern social systems and the role of society in shaping government bureaucracies.

PAD 6115. The Executive (3). The contemporary political executive, especially the American Presidency. Organization, leadership, personality, power, ideology, relationships, decision, policy. (Also offered by the Department of Political Science.)

PAD 6136. Seminar: Management Studies in Government (3). Prerequisite: PAD 5700 or equivalent. Seminar on management studies in state or local governments; development of detailed plans for management study, methods, source materials.

PAD 6207. Financial Resources Administration (3). Prerequisite: PAD 5227 or equivalent. Seminar in public financial administration with emphasis on current issues in theory and practice.

PAD 6226. Public Budgeting Simulation and Issues (3). Prerequisite: PAD 5227 and 5701, or equivalents. Experiential learning in public budgeting through individual and team simulation, preparation of reports, and inquiry into selected issues.

PAD 6300. Governmental Administration in Florida (3). Studies and analysis of management systems, institutions, and dynamics in Florida agencies, with emphasis on legislative-executive relations.

PAD 6418. Seminar: Human Resource Management (3). Prerequisite: PAD 5417 or equivalent. Theory, critical issues involved in human resource management, including historical evolution, representativeness of bureaucracy, civil service reform, compensation systems, executive personnel. Review of literature for preliminary exams; development of publishable papers.

PAD 6705. Analytic Techniques for Public Administrators (3). Prerequisites: PAD 5700 and 5701, or equivalents; Doctoral students or instructor permission. Public sector applications of quantitative methods, including decision analysis, queuing theory, mathematical programming, and simulation.

PAD 6707. Logics of Inquiry (3). Prerequisites: PAD 5700. This course introduces students both to the philosophy of science and to exemplary research conducted in public administration. Students will learn to target research both theoretically and politically.

PAD 6721. Policy Analysis Research Seminar (3). Prerequisites: PAD 5700 and 5701. Introduction to analysis as a process for informing public policy making and to two techniques useful in doing policy analysis benefit-cost analysis and dynamic modeling. Complements tools acquired in PAD 5327 and 6705.

PAD 6908. Action Report (3). Prerequisites: All prior required MPA coursework and instructor permission. Application of concepts in public administration literature to actual management problems. Diagnosis of decision situation, collection of relevant data, development of alternative solutions, recommendation of proposed course of action. Students must submit formal, written proposal one semester prior to registration.

PAD 6915r. Supervised Research (1–5). (S/U grade only). Prerequisite: instructor permission. Approved research under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Doctoral students must complete at least three hours under supervision of the major professor. May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours.

PAD 6930r. Professional Topics in Public Administration (0). (S/U grade only). This course is offered at zero credit hours as an administrative mechanism to ensure student attendance at a series of professionally oriented events. Doctoral students are required to attend these events over four semesters.

PAD 6960r. Preliminary Examination Self-Study (0–12). (S/U grade only). Provides time for informal interaction with faculty to study for preliminary doctoral examination. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

PAD 6980r. Dissertation (1–12). (S/U grade only).

PAD 8964. Preliminary Doctoral Examination (0). (P/F grade only.) For students registering to take their doctoral examination.

PAD 8985. Dissertation Defense (0). (P/F grade only.)


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