Public Administration Program

Public Administration Program (PUBA) Class Schedules

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

Summer 2016

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

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MPA Requirements Form

Practicum Form

Public Administration Program (PUBA) Classes and Requirements

Degree and Certificate Offered: MPA, Graduate Certificate in Public Administration
Most classes are taught in the evenings, thus the course work is compatible with the schedules of people working full-time.
MPA candidates must complete 24 credit hours of core requirements, 6 credit hours of electives, 3 credit hours of practicum, and 6 credit hours of capstone. The student must earn at least a grade of B in the practicum and in both capstone courses to graduate and must maintain a B average in all other classes.
Up to nine credits of the MPA degree can be counted toward the graduate degree. Call the PUBA program office for additional information.

The Certificate in Public Administration
The program offers two certificate tracks: (1) public service leadership, and (2) nonprofit management. Each is 15 credits.

The Certificate in Public Administration
The track in public service leadership consists of 15 credits. Four required courses, (Introduction to Public Administration, Organizations, Effective Communication in Public Administration and Leadership and Ethics) are required courses for the MPA. Certificate students may then choose an elective course selected from any course taught in PUBA (e.g. Human Resource Management, Policy Analysis and Implementation, Collaborative Management, or Public Budgeting.)

The Nonprofit Management Track
The track in nonprofit management is made up of two 3-credit required courses (Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Practices and Tools) that provide an overview of issues in the field; 6 credits of electives; and a 3-credit practicum. Students take two electives: one from the list of PUBA courses and one from outside. The student in consultation with his or her advisor selects these courses.

Courses in both tracks are compatible with working schedules, and each utilizes a cohort model to enhance learning. The nonprofit management certificate may be taken in conjunction with the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. The classes in both of these tracks may be counted toward the MPA degree, with some restrictions. Students wishing to move from one of the certificate into the MPA must apply for and be formally accepted into the Masters Program.


PUBA 499 Directed Reading and Research in Public Administration (V) Independent research and reading on topics in public administration, public service, and community development. Repeatable one time. Pre: consent.


PUBA 602 Introduction to Public Administration (3) Develop a comprehension of the history and foundation of public administration. Topics include the economic, political and social dynamics; decision-making and leadership theories, management challenges, human resources, budgeting, program evaluation, policy and technology. A-F only. Pre:PUBA student or Consent of instructor. (Fall only).

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PUBA 603 Orgs: Theory and Change (3) Explores characteristics and structural, human resources, political, and cultural frames of organizational theory. Focuses on organizational change strategies and theories. Discusses how to use these frames and theories in everyday management of public service organizations. A-F only. Pre: PUBA student or Consent of instructor. (Fall only)

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PUBA 604 Leadership and Ethics (3) Applies leadership and ethical theories to public and non-profit sectors, focusing on ethical leadership; emphasizes critical thinking to address value conflicts; and teaches moral reasoning as a practical professional skill. A-F only. Pre: PUBA student or Consent of instructor (Fall only)

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PUBA 605 Effective Communication in P.A. (3) Equips students with knowledge and skills to effectively communicate in the public sector. Focuses on communication foundations and skills, levels and contexts of public sector communication, and handling challenges such as diverse and multi-cultural settings. A-F only. Pre:PUBA student or Consent of instructor (Spring only)

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PUBA 606 Public Personnel Management (3) Understand the pivotal role that effective human resource management (also known as personnel management) plays in improving organizational effectiveness. Topics include managing diversity, employment law and discrimination, performance appraisal, and labor-management relations. A-F only. Pre: PUBA student or Consent of instructor (Spring only)

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PUBA 607 Research Methods in P.A. (3) Introduction to research methods for graduate students and administrators who wish to understand the principles and methods used to conduct and analyze valid research. Examples are oriented to the field; theory and hands-on practice utilized. A-F only. Pre: PUBA student or Consent of instructor (Spring only)

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PUBA 608 Public Budgeting (3) Institutions and issues related to public-sector budgeting at federal, state, and local levels. Process of developing public budgets and constraints on public policy reflected in budgets. A-F only. Pre: PUBA student or Consent of instructor. (Spring only)

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PUBA 609 Policy Analysis and Implementation (3) Explore contemporary policy issues relating to public administration practice. Develop analytic techniques and models of public policy-making processes, administrative rules and policy implementation strategies. Learn how social forces, political and economic pressures influence policy orientation. A-F only. Pre:PUBA student or Consent of instructor. (Fall only)

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PUBA 620 Reforming Public Organizations (3) Looks at the challenges and opportunities for changing public organizations so that they may be more successful in meeting their public responsibilities and better places for people to work. Focus is on the creation of positive images of organization and effective change strategies. A-F only. (Cross-listed as CEE 620)

Syllabus- R. Pratt

PUBA 621 The Political Environment of Public Organizations (3) Seminar on the role of public managers in shaping public opinion and public policy. Using evidence from theory and practice presents students with tools for understanding management roles within a political context. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

Syllabus-M. Johansen

PUBA 622 Strategies of Change: Leaders and Leadership (3) Explores the key elements of leadership in public settings by examining what leaders actually do, looking at popular media portrayals of leadership, and talking together with guests about the challenges of leadership, effective followership, and positive change. A-F only.
PUBA 623 Organizational Communication (3) Communication theory/research applied to formal organizations; assessments of strengths and weaknesses of organizational communications systems.

Syllabus- R. Pratt


PUBA 623 Organizational Communication (3) Communication theory/research applied to formal organizations; assessments of strengths and weaknesses of organizational communications systems
Syllabus- J. Ady

PUBA 624 Intercultural Challenges in Public Sector (3) Seminar on the dimensions of cultural variability and how they affect government operations from macro to micro levels, from international policy transfer to major intercultural task interaction processes such as negotiation, planning, and relationship management. Graduate standing. A-F only.

Syllabus- J. Ady


PUBA 625 Law, Economics, and Public Admin. (3) Explore U.S. law as applied to public institutions using economic lens. Rationale of property, contract, and tort law; evolution of administrative law, economic efficiency of common law system, effects of legal rules on economic behavior. A-F only. Graduate standing.

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PUBA 626 Collaborative Public Management (3) Theories, skills and tools needed to effectively manage networks in government and nonprofit organizations; explores how to administer, assess performance, and evaluate success in these dynamic new partnerships. A-F only. PUBA student or Consent of instructor

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PUBA 630 Nonprofit Management (3) Fundamental aspects of managing a nonprofit organization: overview of the nonprofit sector; mission and scope of nonprofit organizations; organizational structures and functions; resource and volunteer development; major management issues. A-F only Pre: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. (Fall only)

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Syllabus- S. Chandler

PUBA 631 Nonprofit Management Practices and Tools (3) Skills and tools needed by nonprofit managers. Topics include but are not limited to grant writing, strategic planning, business practices, program evaluation, and advocacy. A-F only. Pre: PUBA 630 or consent of instructor. (Spring only)

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PUBA 640 International Perspectives on Public Administration (3) Key dimensions of public administration systems on a global scale; historic and contemporary forces shaping national systems; the dimensions that distinguish them, the opportunities and constraints for comparison and the transfer of knowledge and experience. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

Syllabus- T. Choi

PUBA 667 Special Topics in Public Administration (3) Topics of current interest in the field of public service and public administration, taught by regular and visiting faculty. Repeatable for different topics up to six credit hours. A-F only. Repeatable two times. Pre: consent.

Leadership- J. Ady

Diversity Management- M. Johansen

PUBA 690 MPA Practicum (3) Placement in public, private, and nonprofit organizations to observe and analyze organizational functions and processes while undertaking projects of use to the host agency. A-F only. Pre: PUBA 602, 603, 604. See graduate handbook for practicum guidelines and requirements and consult with your advisor before undertaking practicum requirements including the writing of the final practicum analysis paper.

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PUBA 691 Nonprofit Practicum (3) Students in the nonprofit management track of the certificate will learn by doing and observing in a nonprofit organization selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.  A-F only. Pre: PUBA Graduate Certificate students only.

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PUBA 695 Capstone Planning Seminar (3) Develops topics, methods, objectives, and resources to guide work of the capstone seminar. A-F only. Pre: PUBA 602, 603, 605 and 607

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PUBA 696 Capstone Seminar (3) Culminates public administration core courses by incorporating theoretical, analytical, and practicum observations into examination of public issues of importance to Hawai'i and the region. A-F only. Pre: PUBA 695

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PUBA 699 Directed Reading (V) Repeatable unlimited times.

PUBA 700 Thesis Research (V) Repeatable unlimited times

Previous class schedules

Summer 2015