You have a passion. Now pair it with power. Learn how to manage all aspects of nonprofits and other publicly engaged organizations — from people to assets to funding to public relations.
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This is more than just an advanced degree. The Strayer master of public administration degree enables you to channel your energy for your cause into effective, skilled action, whether that means working for citizens, providing aid at home or abroad or connecting resources to improve people’s lives.
A Strayer MPA prepares you to take a leadership role in government and nonprofit agencies, NGOs, lobbying and consulting firms, or activist organizations. You’ll get to explore social, economic and political frameworks and learn the ways in which your skills can help position your organization to make the biggest difference.
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PAD 500-Modern Public Administration: Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Examine the structure, functions and processes of the executive branch agencies of national, state and local governments, and of the nonprofit sector. Discuss the historical development of the field of public administration and the social/political context of its formation. Survey organizational and management practice, and applies efficiency and accountability concepts to public and nonprofit administration. Analyze the size and scope of the nonprofit sector, and explore the similarities and differences between the nonprofit and public sectors.
PAD 505-Public Budgeting and Finance
Examine key financial institutions, processes and techniques relating to public budgeting, revenue and expenditure. Cover analytical techniques appropriate for the analysis of revenue, spending and debt issuance. Review stages of the budget process and related actors and analytical techniques using the federal budget process as a case study. Discuss performance-laden budget reforms, governmental accounting, debt management and financial reporting. Review principles of taxation and evaluates major sources of revenue and their significance.
PAD 510-Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
Prerequisite: PAD 500
Get a foundation in public policy analysis. Explore the interrelationships among politics, policy formulation and implementation, and ethics and values, with an emphasis on the public sector in the United States. Examine how political parties, key stakeholders, interest groups and public opinion influence public policy. Understand public policy's role and issues in federal, state, local and nonprofit agencies; and learn how public bureaucracies implement policy through decision making, planning, organizing and other administrative processes.