2013-14 Catalogs

MPPM in Public Policy & Management

The Public Policy & Management (PPM) program prepares graduates for leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, government, and the private sector. The program provides each student with a strong, multi-disciplinary foundation of skills and knowledge and the opportunity to apply both to contemporary issues of public concern to strengthen communities and develop effective public leaders.

Mission Statement

The Public Policy & Management program at the Muskie School offers graduate-level education and training for those seeking a career in the public and nonprofit sectors. Educational experiences are multi-disciplinary and problem focused, with flexible delivery through traditional classes and distance technologies. PPM faculty, staff, and students engage in rigorous inquiry about the complex challenges of democratic governance in our diverse communities, states, and nation.

Goals

To educate students to have the ability to:

1. Lead and manage in public governance and nonprofit organizations;

2. Participate in and contribute to the policy process;

3. Analyze and develop public policy;

4. Solve problems and make decisions;

5. Articulate and apply a public service perspective;

6. Communicate and interact effectively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry

For More Information

For more information about the Public Policy and Management Program, please e-mail Barbara Fraumeni, chair of the program, at at bfraumeni@usm.maine.edu or (207) 228-8245.

A total of 39 credits is required to earn the master’s degree in public policy and management. A core curriculum of 21 credits assures an understanding of basic principles of political science, management, economics, public finance, and statistics. Following the core courses, students elect one of two tracks of study: policy analysis or public management. Each track requires a combination of required and elective courses totaling twelve credits.

Students who specialize in policy analysis examine the role of analysis in public policy making, and are taught the methods typically employed by analysts. The curriculum provides students with numerous opportunities to apply developing skills to real decision-making situations.

The track in public management allows students to focus on either organizational or financial aspects of public and nonprofit management. Organizational management provides students a greater understanding of how organizations and people work in the public sector, and the skills to improve the management of public and nonprofit organizations. Financial management builds skills in accounting, economics, and the financial management of public agencies and governments. Special attention is offered to the financial management problems confronting states and local governments.

After the core and track courses, students have six credits of electives to be used in any manner.  Electives are those courses listed in the “course description” section, but not required for the students’ chosen track. Typically, a student will either take an additional course in a track, or courses toward a certificate of graduate study.

Students with undergraduate Public Administration degrees from the University of Maine in Augusta who have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher from UMA and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in their Public Administration courses at UMA will have the following two courses waived and the total credits required for the degree reduced to 33 credits:

  • PPM 610 Foundations of Public Policy and Management (3 credits)
  • PPM 615 Foundations of Public Service and Management (3 credits)

Degree-seeking students may opt to complete certificates of graduate study while simultaneously completing their graduate degrees.

The Core Curriculum

At the center of the curriculum is a core of study in policy analysis and public management, providing a foundation of knowledge and skills for effective performance in public policy and management.

The core of study includes a course which integrates politics, management, and policy making, as well as courses which approach the study of public policy from the perspectives of economics, law and ethics, and courses in the theory and techniques of computing, statistics, management, research design, and public finance and budgeting.

  • PPM 601 Applied Statistics for Public Policy and Management (3 credits)
  • PPM 602 Research Design (3 credits)
  • PPM 610 Foundations of Public Policy and Management (3 credits)
  • PPM 611 Economics and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPM 615 Foundations for Public Service and Management (3 credits)
  • PPM 640 Public Finance and Budgeting (3 credits)
  • PPM 696 Field Experience (0 credits)
  • PPM 698 or PPM 699 Capstone (3 credits)

Tracks of Study

After completion of the core courses, students select a twelve-credit track of study in either policy analysis or public management. The tracks are designed to provide more depth of knowledge in one of the two primary curriculum areas. Each track requires one or two courses, with the additional six or nine credits selected from a range of designated courses which may change over time as student interests and program initiatives vary.

Policy Analysis Track

Required Course:

  • PPM 620 Introduction to Policy Analysis (3 credits)

Select six credits from the following set of methods courses:

  • PPM 503/603 Applied Research Methods (each worth 1 credit)
  • PPM 604 Evaluation Methods (3 credits)
  • PPM 606 Survey Methods and Design (3 credits)
  • PPM 622 Applied Policy Analysis (3 credits)

Select three credits from above methods courses or from the following set:

  • CPD 622 Introduction to ArcGIS (1 - 3 credits)
  • CPD 672 Food Systems Planning and Policy (3 credits)
  • PPM 511 Economic and Business Data and Methodology (3 credits)
  • PPM 519 Communication for Public and Nonprofit Managers (3 credits)
  • PPM 521 Social Justice Theory and Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • PPM 524 Gender, Race and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPM 528 Comparative Public Policy and Administration (3 credits)
  • PPM 550 State and Regional Economic Development (3 credits)
  • PPM 605 Advanced Research Methods (3 credits)
  • PPM 623 Risk and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPM 633 Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
  • PPM 642 Policy Issues in State and Local Finance (3 credits)
  • PPM 666 Environmental Policy (3 credits)

Public and Nonprofit Management Track

Students selecting the  Public and Nonprofit Management Track must choose one emphasis:

  • Organizational Management, or
  • Financial Management

Students may choose to complete both tracks.

Organizational Management emphasis

Required Course:

  • PPM 630 Organizational Dynamics (3 credits)

Select six credits from the following set of core management competencies:

  • PPM 604 Evaluation Methods (3 credits)
  • PPM 614 Public Service Ethics (3 credits)
  • PPM 632 Human Resource Management in Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations (3 credits)
  • PPM 633 Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
  • PPM 636 Management Information Systems in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
  • PPM 641 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)

Select three credits from the following set of management courses:

  • CPD 672 Food Systems (3 credits)
  • PPM 517 Practical Strategies for Effective Management (3 credits)
  • PPM 519 Communication for Public and Nonprofit Managers (3 credits)
  • PPM 521 Social Justice Theory and Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • PPM 528 Comparative Public Policy and Administration (3 credits)
  • PPM 531 Measuring Performance in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
  • PPM 533 State Administration and Policy (3 credits)
  • PPM 534 Managing Cities, Towns, and Counties (3 credits)
  • PPM 535 Managing in the Nonprofit Sector (3 credits)
  • PPM 545 Grant Writing and Development in the Nonprofit Organization (3 credits)
  • PPM 553 Volunteer Engagement and Management (3 credits)
  • PPM 614 Public Service Ethics (3 credits)
  • PPM 620 Introduction to Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • PPM 622 Applied Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • PPM 637 Intergovernmental Relations (3 credits)
  • PPM 642 Policy Issues in State and Local Finance (3 credits)

Financial Resources Management emphasis

Select three credits from the following set of foundation knowledge courses:

  • PPM 641 Financial Management for Public & Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
  • PPM 642 Policy Issues in State and Local Finance (3 credits)

Select six credits from the above foundation knowledge courses or from the following set:

  • MPH 640 Health Finance I (3 credits)
  • PPM 503/603 Applied Research Methods Modules (each worth 1 credit)
  • PPM 531 Measuring Performance in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
  • PPM 545 Grant Writing and Development in the Nonprofit Organization (3 credits)
  • PPM 550 State and Regional Economic Development (3 credits)

Select three credits from the above foundation knowledge courses, core competency courses, or from the following set:

  • CPD 552 Introduction to Community Development (3 credits)
  • MPH 645 Health Finance II (2 credits)
  • PPM 517 Practical Management Strategies (3 credits)
  • PPM 534 Managing Cities, Towns, and Counties (3 credits)
  • PPM 614 Public Service Ethics (3 credits)
  • PPM 630 Organizational Dynamics (3 credits)
  • PPM 633 Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)

Beyond the core and track requirements, students take six credits of electives of their choice that may include further courses from the tracks, the beginnings of a certificate, or some other combination of courses.

Please see the USM Graduate Admissions website for information on the admissions process.

Upon entering the first semester, students will be given academic planning sheets they and their advisors should use to plan their courses for the duration of their degree.  As these sheets are track-specific, students should begin their degrees with an idea of which tracks they wish to complete.  Students can change their tracks at any point during their degree, so the initial track selection is in no way binding.

Core Courses

Students should register for the following core courses during their first two (non-summer) semesters:

  • PPM 601
  • PPM 610
  • PPM 611
  • PPM 615
  • PPM 602 (should be taken during students' second or third semester)

The capstone project (PPM 699) is an integrating experience taken near the end of the master's program.

Electives

Students can take their two electives at any time, however priority should be given to core and track-specific courses.