Core Coursework

(24 Credits)

Students will develop key competencies in quantitative research and the fundamentals of public policy through 8 courses, including a required course on diversity.

The key competencies are:

The toolbox - Quantitative and Empirical Methods - 6 credits

The analysis - Economic Analysis of Public Policy - 3 credits

The inner workings - Organizational Behavior - 3 credits

Students can fulfill this requirement through the Public Administration program or the Department of Sociology.

Public Administration
PADM 521: Institutional Development and Behavior

SOC 595: Special Topics in Sociology (when offered as Organizational Behavior)

The big picture - The Political Context - 3 credits

Two courses offered by the Political Science Department fulfill this requirement:
POLS 510: Pro-Seminar in American Government and Politics
POLS 570: Pro-Seminar in Public Policy

The people - Public Policy and Diversity-3 credits

Diversity is not just a buzzword for the MPP program. Understanding the populations affected by policy is key to successful policy analysis. The University of New Mexico and the Albuquerque area are ideal places to learn about diversity and apply that knowledge across the country. Several courses fulfill this requirement.

Political Science
POLS 511: Research Seminar in American Politics and Government. (When topic is relevant to diversity)

Public Administration 
PADM 526: Diversity in the Public Sector

SOC 520: Racial and Ethnic Relations
SOC 528: Sociology of Mexican Americans
SOC 595: Special Topics in Sociology (The Department of Sociology regularly offers topics courses in diversity.)

More than just good intentions - Public Management and Ethics - 3 credits

How do we put into practice what we learn in the classroom in an effective and ethical way?
PADM 500: Public Management and Policy

Making every dollar count - Financial Management - 3 credits

Establishment of priorities through budgeting.
PADM 544: Public Budgeting