The Master of Management/Public Administration program is designed to enhance the management skills students need to function effectively within an organization. Students learn to synthesize business concepts and practices presented in this program to develop solutions for specific managerial situations found within the organizational environment. Areas of focus include the development of human capital, implementation of organizational initiatives, managing conflict, fostering creativity, innovation through organizational design, and managing in a cross-cultural environment.

The Master of Management program utilizes problem-based learning where students refine their problem-solving skills along with their communication, creativity, information-utilization, and critical-thinking skills. They are assessed on the basis of their use of the problem-solving process (which employs a general rubric) as well as their communication and critical-thinking skills during their presentations. Learning teams will apply the principles of benchmarking throughout the program to research the most creative solutions to a problem. This will enrich the alternatives that learners consider in evaluating possible solutions to the problems.

In the MM/PA specialization, students will create complex business problem-solving scenarios drawing upon skills and competencies mastered during the program. Students will gain experience in distilling a situation into a well-defined business problem to exploit management-based opportunities for an organization of their choice. They will apply business tools and concepts to analyze a variety of alternative solutions and will receive feedback on the choices they make. They will defend their solutions and recommend a course of action and performance-based evaluation metrics for the business problem.

The MM/PA consists of 45 credit hours and includes three proficiency courses (MMPBL/501, MMPBL/502, MMPBL/503) which may be satisfied using undergraduate coursework. Students may also waive an additional nine credits using graduate courses and may qualify for a 27-credit hour residency.

Course #Course Title CreditsPrerequisite(s)
MMPBL/500Foundations of Problem-Based Learning3
Proficiency Courses
MMPBL/501Forces Influencing Business in the 21st Century3
MMPBL/502Managing the Business Enterprise3
MMPBL/503 Introduction to Finance and Accounting3
Core Courses
MMPBL/520Transformational Leadership3 MMPBL/500
MMPBL/530Human Capital Development3 MMPBL/500
MMPBL/510Implementing Organizational Initiatives3 MMPBL/500, MMPBL/501, MMPBL/502, MMPBL/503
MMPBL/540Conflict Management3 MMPBL/500, MMPBL/510
MMPBL/550Creativity, Innovation, and Organizational Development3 MMPBL/500, MMPBL/510
MMPBL/560Managing in a Cross-Cultural Environment3 MMPBL/500, MMPBL/510
MMPBL/570Corporate Governance3 MMPBL/500, MMPBL/510
MMPBL/580Marketing Management3 MMPBL/500, MMPBL/510
MMPBL/590Strategies for Competitive Advantage3 All previous 12 courses in the preferred sequence
Specialization Courses
MMPA/591Public Administration Seminar in Problem Solving3 All previous 13 courses (MMPBL/500-MMPBL/590) in the preferred sequence
MMPA/592Public Administration Seminar in Decision Outcomes3 All previous 14 courses (MMPBL/500-MMPBL/590) in the preferred sequence