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University Professor S.J. Trachtenberg

Professors K.E. Newcomer(Director), W.C. Adams, B.S. Barnow, E. Berkowitz, J.M. Brinkerhoff, G. Brock, J.J. Cordes, A. Dor, W.B. Griffith, D.L. Infeld, S. Pace, S. Rosenbaum, R.W. Rycroft, G.D. Squires, S.A. Tuch, N. Vonortas, P.W. Wirtz, H.L. Wolman, M.J. Worth

Associate Professors S.J. Balla, S. Cellini, D. Conger, D.S. Cropp, C. Deitch, E.J. Englander, C.E. Harrison, J.F. Kasle, A.S. Malik, Y. Nakib, R.P. Stoker, L.A. Brainard

Assistant Professors C.M. Carrigan, S. Kasdin, J. McGinnis, D.E. Rigby

Through its Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences offers the Master of Public Policy, Master of Public Administration, and the Doctor of Philosophy in the field of public policy and administration. The master’s programs provide academic preparation toward professional careers in government, business, and the nonprofit sector; the programs are accredited and provide graduate instruction in all areas recommended by the Guidelines and Standards for Professional Master’s Degree Programs issued by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. In addition, a graduate certificate in nonprofit management is offered. Three Master of Arts programs are affiliated with TSPPPA (see below).

Master of Public Policy—Prerequisite: a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Required: The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. The 40-credit-hour program consists of a seven-course policy core (PPPA 6002, 6011, 6013, 6014, and 6019, plus two courses chosen from PPPA 6005, 6015, 6016); a three-course policy field; and electives chosen with approval of the advisor. Policy fields include budget and public finance, education policy, environmental policy, health policy, national security and foreign policy, international development policy, program and policy evaluation, regulatory policy, social policy, and urban policy. With approval, a special field may be constructed, tailored to the student’s academic interests and career objectives.

The Master of Public Policy is available in a dual degree program with the Ph.D. in the field of political science and a joint degree program with the J.D. in the GW Law School.

Master of Public Administration—Prerequisite: a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Required: The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. The 40-credit-hour program includes a 22-credit core (PPPA 6000, 6001, 6002, 6003, 6004, 6005, 6006, and 6009). Each student selects three or four courses chosen from budget and public finance; federal policy, politics, and management; international development management; managing state and local governments; homeland security and emergency management; nonprofit management; policy analysis and evaluation; public– private policy and management. With approval, a special field may be constructed, tailored to the student’s academic interests and career objectives. The remainder of the program consists of elective courses chosen by the student with the advisor’s approval from any related program or discipline.

The Master of Public Administration is available in a joint degree program with the J.D. in the GW Law School.

Doctor of Philosophy in the field of public policy and administration—Required: the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, including (1) the prequalifying core curriculum: PPPA 6005, 6013, 6014, 8100, 8105; PSc 8103, 8229; (2) a written qualifying examination; (3) an additional approved course in quantitative or qualitative research methods; (4) PPPA 8190 and 8191; (5) a minimum of 18 hours in one of the following areas: education policy; health policy; budgeting and public finance; program evaluation; administration and management; international development; science and technology policy; urban and social policy; and race, gender, and public policy; (6) a written examination in a policy or public administration field.

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences also offers related interdisciplinary M.A. programs that enable students to concentrate in a specific policy area, while completing courses in economics, politics, quantitative methods, and approaches to policy analysis; see Environmental Resource Policy, Philosophy, and Women’s Studies. See the School of Business and the Elliott School of International Affairs for other graduate degree programs with public policy concentrations.

The green leaf indicates that the course addresses environmental, social or economic sustainability.
6000 Cross-Sectoral Governance in the U.S. Federal System (1) Staff
  Introduction to the roles and responsibilities of the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors in the delivery of public goods and services. (Fall)
6001 Introduction to Public Service and Administration (3) Brinkerhoff
  Introduction to the discipline of public administration. The intellectual traditions and theoretical frames of reference that inform public administration as a field of professional practice and study. Current and continuing challenges and controversies. (Fall)
6002 Research Methods and Applied Statistics (3) Adams, Conger, Rigby,
  Carrigan Development of skills and knowledge for conducting original research and critically evaluating empirical studies. Various research designs and data collection techniques are examined. Focus on computerizing data sets for quantitative analysis, analyzing strength of relationships, selecting appropriate statistical techniques, and testing statistical hypotheses. Laboratory fee.
6003 Economics for Public Decision Making (3) Cellini, Carrigan
  The basic tools and concepts in microeconomic analysis; how these tools can be useful in public decision making. (Fall and spring)
6004 Leadership in Public Administration and Public Policy (3) McGinnis and Staff
  Organizational dynamics, management approaches, and workplace relationships that affect behavior in public organizations. Prerequisite: PPPA 6001. (Fall)
6005 Public Budgeting, Revenue, and Expenditure Analysis (3) Cordes, Kasdin
  Survey course that focuses on the institutions and analytical tools associated with raising revenue and allocating/managing resources at all levels of government. Hands-on budgeting skills and communication of analysis to decision makers. Prerequisite: PPPA 6003. (Spring)
6006 Policy Analysis (3) Infeld
  Development of skills in conducting and critiquing policy analyses. Application of methodologies used in analyzing possible consequences of specified alternatives as applied in the public policy decision-making process. Appropriate applications and limitations of policy analysis and its relationship to politics and the policy process.
6008 M.P.A./M.P.P. Capstone (3) Staff
  For M.P.A. and M.P.P. students who will complete their degree program at the end of the fall semester, this course substitutes for PPPA 6009 and 6119, respectively. (Fall)
6009 M.P.A. Capstone (3) Brainard
  Review of concepts and issues; analysis and integration of ethical, political, economic, managerial, and personal values and issues in the field. (Spring)
6010 Politics and Public Policy (3) Staff
  The role of policy analysts in public policymaking. The impact that the political, economic, cultural, and bureaucratic context has on the policymaking process and outcomes. Political and ethical issues raised by the intricate interface of the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors in public policy formulation and implementation.
6011 Introduction to Public Policy (3) Rigby, Stoker
  Foundations of the field of public policy, emphasizing the role of policy analysts in the policymaking process. Topics include agenda setting, decisionmaking, policy implementation, program evaluation, and policy feedback.
6013 Econometrics—Policy Research I (3) Conger, Cordes
  Multivariate research methods in policy analysis Prerequisite: PPPA 6002 or equivalent. Laboratory fee.
6014 Economics in Policy Analysis (3) Brock, Cordes
  The application of intermediate microeconomic theory to the study of public policy. Topics include: models of individual choice in policy analysis, policy aspects of models of the firm, theory of market failure and welfare economics, and resource allocation decisions in the public sector. Prerequisite: Econ 6217 or equivalent. Credit cannot be earned for both PPPA 6014 and SMPP 6206.
6015 Benefit–Cost Analysis (3) Cordes, Cellini
  The application of microeconomic theory and welfare economics to the empirical evaluation of public policies and programs. Applied welfare economics as a framework for policy analysis; empirical measures of welfare change; techniques of benefit–cost analysis. Prerequisite: PPPA 6014.
6016 Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation (3) Newcomer, Barnow
  Theory and practice of program evaluation and evaluative research. Exploration of scope and limitations of current practice in evaluation, considering economic, political, social, and administrative factors. Examination of methodological considerations for design, data collection, analysis, and dissemination. Prerequisite: PPPA 6002 or equivalent. (Spring)
6018 Public Policy, Governance, and the Global Market (3) Staff
  The socioeconomic foundations of government regulation and public policy cooperation for the governance of firms, markets, and globalization. The evolution of national, transatlantic, and multilateral frameworks for market and civil society governance, international competition policy cooperation, regulatory harmonization, and industry standards.
6019 M.P.P. Capstone (3) Rigby and Staff
  Policy theory and typologies; policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation; ethics and practice in policy analysis, processes, content, and contexts; policy linkages to multiple disciplines. Students submit an analysis of a substantive policy primarily utilizing resources in the D.C. region. (Spring)
6022 Econometrics—Policy Research II (3) Cordes
  Experimental and quasi-experimental designs; measurement issues. Prerequisite: PPPA 6013 or equivalent.
6024 Leadership in Complex Organizations (3) Staff
  What the manager must know and do to provide leadership and guidance in large, complex organizations. An exploration of leadership theories and the factors and processes that condition effective leadership. (Spring)
6025 Ethics and Public Values (3) Harmon
  Ethical dimensions of personal and professional judgments of public officials. Cases are used to consider the ethos of public organizations and the moral foundations of public policy. (Fall)
6031 Governing and Managing Nonprofit Organizations (3) Worth
  Historical, legal, and social foundations of the nonprofit sector. Developing organizational strategy and capacity; managing staff, boards, and volunteers; financial management; fund raising, marketing, public advocacy, and other external relations; partnerships and entrepreneurial activities; measuring performance; and policy issues.
6032 Managing Fund Raising and Philanthropy (3) McGinnis, Worth
  Fund-raising for nonprofit organizations and the management of relationships between donors and recipient organizations. Positioning the organization for fund raising; roles of staff and volunteers; principal techniques for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting donors; ethical principles; emerging trends; and relevant policy issues.
6033 Nonprofit Enterprise (3) Worth
  The use of business methods by nonprofit organizations, commercialization in the nonprofit sector, and the relationship between nonprofit and for-profit entities in pursuing social purposes. Case studies.
6034 Managing Nonprofit Boards (3) Worth
  Overview of the responsibilities, roles, and management of nonprofit boards. The emphasis is on governing boards, but advisory councils and boards of other types are also considered.
6042 Managing State and Local Governments (3) Staff
  Examination of state and local governmental structures and functions, their place within the federal system, their revenue sources, their limitations, and the alternatives available to encourage more effective administration to meet public and private demands. (Fall)
6043 Land Use Planning and Community Development (3) Staff
  Theory and practice of land use planning. Issues of competing land uses in an era of increased sprawl, population pressure, and environmental threat. Growth management techniques and practices in states and localities; the use of various regulatory controls and economic incentives to achieve desired outcomes. The idea of “sustainable community.” (Spring)
6048 Financing State and Local Government (3) Staff
  Analysis of the theory and practice of public finance in state and local governments. Includes the financing of services through municipal taxation, intergovernmental funds, debt instruments, and other revenue sources. Review of expenditures as well as financial management practices. (Spring)
6049 Urban and Regional Policy Analysis (3) Staff
  Examination of selected national policies and their effects on urban areas and governments. Emphasis on policy dimensions of urban systems and their relationship to the social, political, and economic context. Against the background of urban politics and administration, areas of health, education, welfare, manpower, transportation, and housing are addressed. (Spring)
6051 Governmental Budgeting (3) Kasdin
  Survey of the actors, institutions, and processes in the federal budgeting system. Executive budget preparation/execution, legislative review and approval of budget requirements, and independent audit of government spending. (Fall)
6053 Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3) Staff
  Intensive analysis, using the case study approach, of concepts and principles used in the not-for-profit sector for financial management purposes. Disciplines of accounting, budgeting, operations control, management, and auditing are integrated into comprehensive management control systems and include issues of system design and implementation. (Spring)
6054 Public Budget and Tax Policy (3) Staff
  Policy tools available to pursue social objectives, including grants, loans, contracting out, regulation, tax credits, and tax expenditures. Focus on criteria such as effectiveness, efficiency, equity, legitimacy, and administrative ease. (Summer)
6055 Contracting Out and Public–Private Partnerships (3) Staff
  Contracting out and public–private partnerships as methods of delivering government goods and services. Policy and implementation issues, including when and how contracting out may provide a more efficient and effective method of delivering government goods and services.
6057 International Development Administration (3) Brinkerhoff and Staff
  An institutional and policy context for work in the international development industry. Mainstream policies, reform efforts, and alternative approaches. Major actors, selected policy areas, and regional and comparative perspectives.
6058 International Development NGO Management (3) Brinkerhoff
  Provides an understanding of the primary implementers of international development assistance. Overview of NGO management, highlighting those features that are particular to NGOs active in international development, including NGO relations with government and donors. Recommended: PPPA 6057 or approval of instructor.
6059 International Development Management Processes and Tools (3) Brinkerhoff
  Training in development management tools and processes; application of international development approaches specific to the development management profession. Key theories and perspectives of community development and development management. Recommended: PPPA 6057 or approval of instructor.
6060 Policy Formulation and Administration (3) Staff
  Impact of economic and political factors on public policy formulation and implementation; intensive analysis of the analytical, normative, and decision-making models of the policy process with special emphasis on their relationship to current policy problems. (Summer)
6065 Federalism and Public Policy (3) Brunori
  How federalism and intergovernmental relations affect public finance, policy, and administration. Salient issues of intergovernmental relations in the areas of environmental protection, welfare distribution, education, homeland security, immigration, and health care.
6066 Environmental Policy (3) Staff
  Current issues in environmental policy: biodiversity, land use including wilderness protection, climate change, environmental justice, economic growth, and ecological sustainability.
6067 Environment, Energy, Technology, and Society (3) Staff
  The identification, examination, and evaluation of how environment, energy, and technology are interrelated and how these interactions influence policy formulation and implementation at the international, national, regional, industrial, and organizational levels. Same as SMPP 6207.
6072 Legislative Management and Congress (3) Brainard
  Analysis of Congress as a management system; examination of its internal administration and its role in formulating policy through legislation. Staffing practices, leadership, rules and procedures, oversight functions, and coalition building. (Fall)
6075 Law and the Public Administrator (3) Staff
  Exploration and analysis of the functions of law in a democratic society. Emphasis is placed upon the procedural, historical, and jurisprudential dimensions of American law. This broad perspective seeks to convey understanding of the law as a legal and moral force guiding and constraining public decision making. (Spring and summer)
6076 Federal Government Regulation of Society (3) Brainard and Staff
  Analysis of the federal regulatory process as it affects the public and private sectors. The regulatory process from legal, economic, administrative, and political perspectives. (Spring)
6077 Case Studies in Public Policy (1 to 3) Staff
  Critical analysis of topical issues in public policy, using a case-study approach. May be repeated for credit, provided the topic differs. (Fall, spring, and summer)
6085 Special Topics in Public Policy (3) Staff
Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for credit, provided the topic differs.
6097 Practicum in Public Policy and Public Administration (0)
6098 Independent Research (arr.) Staff
  Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and program director.
8100 Seminar: Public Administration and American Political and Social Institutions (3) Staff
  Contemporary and historical literature in the institutional and intellectual development of public administration. (Spring)
8101 Research Methods (3) Newcomer
  Doctoral seminar on theory and practice in research methodology. Data sources and gathering, research models and designs. Critical evaluation of research studies. Emphasis on application of research methods to policy questions. (Spring)
8105 Seminar: Public Finance and Budgeting (3) Staff
  The many facets of budgeting and finance and the research approaches used to study issues in this field.
8111 Seminar: Public–Private Sector Institutions and Relationships (3) Staff
  Same as SMPP 8311.
8123 Seminar: The Policy Organization (3) Staff
  Unique problems of complex organizations: public, private, and mixed. Emerging concepts and theories. Selected issues.
8164 Seminar: Program Evaluation (3) Newcomer
  Doctoral seminar on theory and practice in public and nonprofit program evaluation. The broad range of approaches undertaken, current controversies in the field, and the political and ethical context for evaluators.
8174 Seminar: Public Organization Theory (3) Harmon
  Survey of contemporary normative and epistemological issues in public organization theory and practice. Analysis of the past and present influence of logical positivism, behaviorism, pragmatism, humanism, existentialism, phenomenology, and postmodernism. (Fall)
8183 Current Topics and Research (1) Staff
  Current scholarship discussed in a seminar setting. The conduct of research and presentation of research findings. May be repeated for credit.
8187 Advanced Special Topics in Public Policy (3) Staff
  Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. Limited to doctoral students or master’s students with instructor approval. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.
8190 Philosophical Foundations of Policy and Administrative Research (3) Harmon
  Philosophy of science as applied to research in public policy and public administration. Topics include the nature and current problems of epistemology, development and role of theories, and relationships among theory, methodology, and empirical data.
8191 Dissertation Workshop (3) Infeld
  Limited to doctoral candidates who have taken and passed the qualifying examination and completed all required course work in a policy or public administration field. Critical analysis of current research. Formulation of a dissertation proposal and development of dissertation research strategies.
8197 Doctoral Seminar (1 to 3) Staff
8998 Advanced Reading and Research (arr.) Staff
  Limited to students preparing for the Doctor of Philosophy general examination.
8999 Dissertation Research (arr.) Staff
  Limited to Doctor of Philosophy candidates. May be repeated for credit.

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