MBA in Public Administration




The Public Administration online MBA concentration is for those in government service looking to delve deeper into the business side of their career. Government or government-related agency employees, such as police, fire, and nonprofit community organization employees, who want to move their careers to the administrative level should consider this concentration.

Learn how to connect different departments within your governing body to help accomplish important community initiatives. Hone your perspective on administrative law, budgeting, personnel, and programs within public agencies, as well as intergovernmental relations. At Concordia University Online, you will receive the benefit of worldwide practitioner instructors, individualized programs that start at your convenience, and unique perspectives from a diverse MBA student body, with more than 40 percent of students being international.

The Concordia University Online School of Business does not require graduate students to take the GMAT or GRE, or write a thesis as part of their admission process. Instead a Capstone course is required at the end of your program to prove your skill level.
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Goals / Objectives

  • Experience with powerful software tools to design and manage projects
  • Understanding of the interdependence of organizations between governmental jurisdictions in our federal system
  • Ability to manage human resources in the public sector
  • In-depth knowledge of one of the most important and demanding aspects of government, the annual budget
  • Ability to understand the roles of citizens, bureaucrats, and elected officials in program design and implementation

Career Outlook

  • Local Government Administrator
  • Charity Executive Director
  • Budget Director
  • Non-Profit Director
  • Policy Manager
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Public Housing Manager
  • City/County Manager
  • Transportation Planning Director
  • Economic Development Director
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager
  • Government Relations Lobbyist
  • Public Utilities Specialist

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Public Administration

Choose 15 Credits.
Either MPA 840 or MBA 845 is required.

Project Management (MBA 827) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Project Management presents project management from a practical point of view . The course focuses on the technical aspects of project management that are directly related to practice. Numerous case studies are considered to help explain how to apply proven project management tools and techniques at each stage in a projects life-cycle. Software tools for project design and management are also presented and used.
Administrative Law and Process (MLS 830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Administrative Law and Process examines the role played by administrative agencies in the American system of government, as well as their rule-making, executive, and judicial powers.
Budgeting in Public Agencies (MPA 835) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Budgeting in Public Agencies addresses one of the most important and demanding aspects of government-the annual budget . A variety of different aspects of public budgeting are examined in an effort to introduce future public administrators to one of the largest challenges they will face. The development of the budget is affected by a number of factors, each of which must be identified and dealt with in order to prepare a comprehensive and effective budget. The political aspect of budget decisions and the ramifications of those decisions are extremely important as well. This course is designed to provide students in public administration with an introduction to budgeting in public agencies.
Public Human Resource Administration (MPA 568/868) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Public Human Resource Administration examines the issues surrounding the employment and the managing of human resources in the public sector.
Intergovernmental Relations (MPA 869) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Intergovernmental Relations covers the interdependencies between various governmental jurisdictions in our federal system. Examines the impact the federal system has on policy implementation and the allocation of government responsibilities.
Internship (MBA 845) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Internship provides the student with a practical application experience that cannot be duplicated in the classroom . Students must work in an approved business site for a minimum of 120 hours to practice skills discusses in other MBA classes. All sites are to be approved by the MBA program director. International students cannot substitute this class for a class given in a regular term. International students must have their I-20s signed by the school's designated school official before they begin this experience.

MBA Core Curriculum

Managerial Economics (MBA 800) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Managerial Economics provides a clear and balanced presentation of relevant economic theories and instruments. The focus of this course will be on the application of these relevant theories and the tools of analysis of decision-making science to examine how a firm makes optimal managerial decisions in the face of the constraints it faces. It will teach students how to deal with the nature of the firm, and how and why it is organized the way it is, in order to make students better, more efficient and more highly rewarded executives. The course should be thought of as applied economics, emphasizing those topics of the greatest interest and importance to managers. These topics include demand, production, cost, pricing, market structure and government regulations. A strong grasp of the principles that govern economic behavior is an important managerial asset. Students will learn how to apply these principles in appropriate situations. Undergraduate economics prerequisite required.
Ethics and Organizational Leadership (MBA 503/803) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course studies contemporary business issues facing managers. Emphasis will be on developing theoretical skills for analyzing ethical issues and competing claims, and formulating well–grounded policies. A special emphasis on organizations and their attendant process is designed to increase ones leadership skills and effectiveness.
Applied Statistical Methods (MBA 815) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Applied Statistical Methods studies statistical methods used in business decision-making, including the use of both descriptive and inferential techniques, probability, regression, and research study designs . Application and integration of statistical methods in business-related fields is emphasized along with the use of computer analysis. Undergraduate statistics prerequisite required.
Corporate Finance (MBA 530/830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Corporate Finance studies the function of finance and the flow of funds within the corporation. This course emphasizes financial analysis, decision-making, planning and controlling, capital acquisition and use, and strategic planning. Prerequisite: undergraduate finance or equivalent. Undergraduate finance prerequisite required.
Accounting: Financial Analysis for Decision Making (MBA 540/840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Accounting: Financial Analysis for Decision Making is the study of the interpretation and use of Accounting reports in decision making. Topics covered include financial statements, forecasting of financial performance/budgeting, cost-profit relationships, break-even analysis, and management planning and control. Undergraduate accounting prerequisite required.
Management Science and Analytics (MBA 569/869) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Management Science and Analytics introduces techniques and methods used in business management to analyze and solve business problems. The course will also explore the reasoning behind the use of management science techniques. We will explore various practices from the field of management science that can be applied in spreadsheet models to help in the decision-analysis and decision making process. The course will also present techniques to assist managers with planning, organizing, leading and controlling projects.
Issues in Human Resources Management (MBA 610/910) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Human Resources Management is a study of the management and administrative issues related to group and individual performances and their effective contribution to the organizational objectives . Strategies for successful self-management, team building and delegation will be emphasized.
Strategic Management (MBA 590/890) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Capstone: Taken Last. Strategic Management incorporates utilization of a textbook, Capstone Foundation simulation, and other resources such as Internet and workplace materials. Undergraduate marketing prerequisite required.

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