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Public Administration Doctor of Public Administration

School of Public Service Leadership

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Residency Requirements:

Two four-day residencies. See university policy 3.04.05 Attendance at Residencies and the Residencies page on Campus for more information. Also see each graduate school’s residency courses.

 

Twenty Required Courses

 

74 quarter credits

PSL7010, PSL7020, and PSL7030 taken in a prescribed sequence.

PSL7010
21st-Century Communication and Leadership

This course begins the three-course sequence designed to enhance professional communication, scholarly competencies, and leadership effectiveness. Learners apply theoretical models of leadership and interpersonal relations to practical situations in the workplace. Learners also use contemporary technology to communicate effectively as scholars and professionals in real-world situations.  Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
PSL-R8941 *
Professional Doctorate Research Seminar for Public Service Leadership Track 1

This intensive, ten-week seminar includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face residency experience. Learners apply the skills necessary to identify a research problem, develop a research question, and select an appropriate capstone research topic. Learners also use current peer- reviewed articles to begin to develop a literature review, including an appropriate theory of change to support their topic. Upon successful completion of this course, learners achieve Professional Doctorate Capstone Milestone 1 (Topic Approval). For DEM, DPA, and DSW learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PSL7864.

3 quarter credits
PSL-R8942 *
Professional Doctorate Research Seminar for Public Service Leadership Track 2 †

This seminar has both an online courseroom and a face-to-face residency experience. Learners apply the research skills necessary to initiate the development of a capstone research plan; identify and engage stakeholders in order to obtain site permission; and draft a full research plan, including a detailed action plan or program evaluation plan, research design, sampling plan, and strategy for data analysis. Upon successful completion of this course learners achieve Professional Doctorate Capstone Milestone 2 (Research Plan Approval). For DEM, DPA, and DSW learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PSL8130 or PSL8140; PSL-R8941.

3 quarter credits
PSL7020 *
Professional Practice and Collaboration in a Diverse and Dynamic World

Learners in this course examine a variety of social and professional situations to build their skills in effective and creative collaboration across an organization. Learners analyze and benchmark best practices from an organizational, team, and individual perspective to create an environment of inclusivity and collaborative results. In addition, learners examine conflict management, diversity management, group dynamics, cultural competence, ethical decision making, followership, and social responsibility. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PSL7010.

4 quarter credits
PSL7030 *
Introduction to Critical Analysis and Research

This course reinforces the leadership knowledge and skills gained during previous coursework, and enables learners to be more effective consumers of data and to better utilize research in applied and academic endeavors. Learners develop and demonstrate skills to evaluate source quality, credibility, and relevance to practice; assess research concepts and strengthen their ability to critically analyze; and apply information literacy, research ethics, and methods of inquiry. Prerequisite(s): PSL7010, completion of or concurrent registration in PSL7020.

4 quarter credits
PSL7860 *
Survey of Research Methods

Learners in this course critically evaluate research in order to gain an understanding of the scientific methods of inquiry and the ethical considerations of research. Learners focus on becoming educated consumers and creators of research. Learners also use their research design skills to analyze and apply research methodologies, validity, reliability and other components of scientific research related to their field of interest. Prerequisite(s): DPA8400 or MPA5400 or PSL7030 or PSL8106 or completion of or concurrent registration in HMSV8216 or SWK8035. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
PSL7864 *
Quantitative Design and Analysis

In this course, learners investigate the fundamental concepts needed to conduct quantitative research. Learners examine and apply quantitative research techniques; appropriate applications of quantitative research; research design, measurement, and analysis, and their associated interdependencies; variable types and levels of measurement; sampling; descriptive and inferential statistics; and hypothesis testing. Learners define the strengths and limitations of descriptive statistics, analyze the quantitative scales of measurement, review the logic of probability and null hypothesis testing, and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Prerequisite(s): PSL7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
PSL7868 *
Qualitative Design and Analysis

Learners in this course assess the fundamental concepts needed to conduct qualitative research. Learners practice qualitative research techniques; appropriate applications of qualitative research; the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research design, sampling, and analysis and their associated interdependencies; and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Prerequisite(s): PSL7864. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
PUAD7015 *
Theories and Concepts in Public Administration

Learners in this course investigate the structures, practices, and theoretical underpinnings of public administration. Learners acquire and demonstrate public administration knowledge and skills to provide high-quality professional services to the communities they serve. Prerequisite(s): PSL7020, completion of or concurrent registration in PSL7030. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

4 quarter credits
PUAD7025 *
Ethics in the Public Sector

In this course, learners examine and apply the theoretical and conceptual foundations of various ethical models and use them to analyze and evaluate practices in public administration. Learners also identify ways to ensure public sector agencies act in an ethical and legal manner, while ensuring the integrity of all public sector practices. Prerequisite(s): PSL7030, completion of or concurrent registration in PUAD7015. 

4 quarter credits
PUAD7035 *
Public Sector Policy Analysis

Learners in this course gain knowledge of differing theories associated with organizational structure, organizational environments, and organizational leadership in public sector settings. Learners also determine ways to effectively apply theories and skills needed to collaborate with diverse populations; manage human, technological, information, financial, political, and networking resources; analyze and formulate appropriate responses to public administration, public health, and public safety issues; communicate clearly and effectively; and maintain professional ethics and integrity. Prerequisite(s): PSL7030 and PUAD7015; or PSY8002. 

4 quarter credits
PUAD8015 *
Operational Strategic Management and Planning

Learners in this course build their understanding of operational strategic management and planning concepts. Learners analyze processes as well as collaboration, cooperation, and coordination practices within and among organizational operations. Learners apply these concepts to real-life situations and organizational operations through the examination of their internal and external environments, the allocation of resources, and the translation of strategic plans into tactical operations. Prerequisite(s): PUAD7015, PUAD7025. 

4 quarter credits
PUAD8025 *
Organizational Leadership and Theory Within Public Administration

In this course, learners examine the roles of public administration leaders and managers. Learners analyze operational change management, systems theories, organizational behavior, and culture from applied and theoretical perspectives. Learners evaluate local, state, federal, elected, appointed, and employed government structures to gain a further understanding of the respective leadership and operational requirements. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PUAD7035; PUAD8015. 

4 quarter credits
PUAD8035 *
Diversity Within the Global Society

Learners in this course analyze the cultural values and styles of effective communication, reasoning, and decision-making across various cultural boundaries. Learners also examine the challenges of working cross-culturally to create and enhance public value and equitable solutions. In particular, learners focus on effective public administration systems and policies that improve operational processes and best practices. Prerequisite(s): PUAD8025. 

4 quarter credits
PUAD8045 *
Public Administration Strategic Accounting and Finance

In this course, learners analyze and implement strategic finance and accounting concepts within public administration. Learners investigate the policies and practices associated with public organizations in conjunction with the operational fiscal climate. In addition, learners apply the skills required to construct and evaluate budget documents and assess the strategic operational financial needs. Prerequisite(s): PUAD8025.

4 quarter credits

Choose one from the following courses:

PSL8130 *
Action Research for Public Service Leadership

In this course, learners attain a conceptual understanding of action research methods in public service leadership. Upon successful completion of this course, learners are able to evaluate research methodologies, analyze an action research study, and prepare an action research plan. Prerequisite(s): PSL7868.

4 quarter credits
PSL8140 *
Program Evaluation for Public Service Leadership

Learners in this course gain knowledge and skills in different types of program evaluation, including needs assessment, formative and summative research, process evaluation, and the design and use of logic model monitoring of outputs and outcomes. Learners build and apply practical experience through the design of a conceptual framework and a logic model, as well as the development of indicators and an evaluation plan to measure impact. Prerequisite(s): PSL7868.

4 quarter credits

Upon completion of all required and elective coursework, learners must register for PSL9971 a minimum of four times to fulfill their program requirements.

PSL9971 *
Doctoral Capstone

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and support as they fulfill the required milestones toward completion of a doctoral capstone. Learners apply scholarly research within a particular professional context to advance their knowledge in the science and practice of the profession and solve organizational, institutional, or community concerns. Department consent is required for registration. Grading for this course is S/NS. DEM and DPA learners must register for this course a minimum of four times to fulfill their program requirements. DSW learners must register for this course a minimum of three times to fulfill their program requirements. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required and elective coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

 

Total

 

74 quarter credits

 

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

† Learners are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with this course.

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Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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