Public Policy & Administration

Course Schedule

Below you will find a listing of courses for the MPPA program. You can narrow your search for specific courses by determining when, where and with who you prefer taking classes.

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration
MPPA 402-DL Elements of Public Finance and Budgeting *Core Course

Public budgeting is one of the most important responsibilities of democratic governance. The budget defines policy, sets priorities, allocates scarce public resources, and distributes the burden of paying for public goods and services. The budget is inescapably both a political document and a management tool. The purpose of this course is to understand the complexities of the budget process and its central role in both democratic institutions and the profession of public administration. Students will be introduced to the public budgetary process and to key budget theories, practices, and methodologies. The budget structure and process will be reviewed as well as the role of the public administrator and other participants in the process. The course will also examine politics in the budget process and the role of interest groups in decision-making; more specifically, the role of politics in both establishing public spending priorities and in distributing the burden of taxes and fees. Lastly, students will learn about concepts and methodologies relating to program cost analysis and how the budget may be used as a management tool.

Winter 2018 Sec #55 (402-DL)
01/08/18 - 03/18/18 Optional Sync Th
Online Open