Graduate Courses in Public Administration

These examples of PAST syllabi are provided to help give prospective students insight into the learning objectives and content covered in our public administration programs.

Please do not buy books based on these sample syllabi from past semesters.

Syllabi change each semester as courses evolve and improve. The syllabus distributed by your instructor is the official guiding document for your class and semester.

* Note: PADM 6240 Personnel Management is a required Core course in the MPA for students who began their MPA coursework in or after Jan 2010. Those who began their MPA coursework earlier may use it as an elective.

** Note: The MPA internship of 300 hours (six credits) may be exempted, given required documentation, for all MPA students who have at least one year of appropriate professional public sector, healthcare or nonprofit experience (contingent on approval of the student's internship exemption application and paper). Otherwise the internship is required to receive the MPA.

***Note: Students who want to seek the MPA and a graduate certificate simultaneously (healthcare administration & planning or nonprofit) must seek advising BEFORE choosing courses for the certificate (read the MPA handbook on this topic and contact your advisor).

Prefix

No.

Title

Sample syllabus

MPA

PhD

Healthcare Cert.***

Nonprofit  Cert***

PADM 6110 Statistics for Public Administrators syllabus CORE ELECTIVE ELECTIVE  
PADM 6130 Research Methods in Public Administration syllabus  CORE   ELECTIVE ELECTIVE  
PADM 6150 Information Technology in Public Administration syllabus CORE ELECTIVE    
PADM 6190 Financial Management for Nonprofit and Health Orgs. syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE REQUIRED REQUIRED
PADM 6210 Seminar in Public Administration syllabus CORE ELECTIVE    
PADM 6220 Seminar in Administrative Law syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE    
PADM 6230 Public Budgeting and Finance syllabus CORE ELECTIVE    
PADM 6240 Seminar in Personnel Management* syllabus CORE* ELECTIVE    
PADM 6270 Seminar in Administrative Leadership syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE    
PADM 6310 Seminar in Organization Theory syllabus CORE ELECTIVE    
PADM 6390 Ethics and Values in the Public Service syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE    
PADM 6410 Public Policy Analysis syllabus CORE ELECTIVE    
PADM 6430 Seminar in Contemporary Public Policy syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE    
PADM 6440 Seminar in Urban Administration syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE    
PADM 6470 Tennessee State Government syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE    
PADM 6490 Politics of Administration syllabus CORE ELECTIVE    
PADM 6500 MPA Internship** syllabus CORE**      
PADM 6510 Mgmt. of Health Agencies syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE ELECTIVE  
PADM 6515 Health Organizations and Delivery Systems syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE REQUIRED  
PADM 6520 Health Policy in the US syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE ELECTIVE  
PADM 6530 Topics in Administration of Health and Human Services syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE ELECTIVE  
P ADM 6540 Planning and Problem-solving in Health Orgs. syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE ELECTIVE  
PADM 6550 Epidemiology syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE REQUIRED  
PADM 6950 Intro to Nonprofit Organizations syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE   REQUIRED
PADM 6960 Resource Development for Nonprofits syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE   REQUIRED
PADM 6970 Marketing for Nonprofits syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE   REQUIRED
PADM 6980 Strategic Planning and Mgmt. Issues for Nonprofits syllabus ELECTIVE ELECTIVE   REQUIRED
PADM 7000 Theory & Practice of Public Administration (Phd only) syllabus   CORE    
PADM 7130 Research Methods in Public Administration (Phd only) syllabus   CORE    
PADM 7140 Applied Quantitative Techniques in Public Administration (Phd only) syllabus   CORE    
PADM 7220 Seminar in Administrative Management (Phd only) syllabus   CORE    
PADM 7230 Seminar in Public Budgeting & Finance (Phd only) syllabus   CORE    
PADM 7310 Public Organization Theory (Phd only) syllabus   CORE    
PADM 7410 Seminar in Public Policy Implementation (Phd only) syllabus   CORE