MA in Public Management
At a time when governments at all levels are expected to do more with less, good management is essential. The Johns Hopkins MA in Public Management will empower you to be strategic by teaching students the fundamentals of public management: policy analysis and evaluation, financial management, economics and fiscal policy, and public policy and administration. This innovative degree prepares emerging leaders to tackle complex public policy and management problems faced by leaders at all levels of government.
PROGRAM SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the materials and credentials required for all programs, the Master of Arts in Public Management requires:
- A writing sample of two to five pages that is policy oriented. If the applicant does not have a policy-oriented paper that he or she wishes to submit, the applicant may write a three page, double-spaced essay on the following question:
“A memorandum is not written to inform the reader, but to protect the writer.” —Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson
Please discuss whether you think the quote from former Secretary Acheson is accurate or not and why?
- Five core courses
- Six elective courses
- Capstone course
For more information about core and elective courses, please visit publicmanagement.jhu.edu. Please note that not all courses are available each semester.
|Core Courses and Capstone|
|AS.470.608||Public Policy Evaluation & the Policy Process||3|
|AS.470.631||Economics for Public Decision-Making||3|
|AS.470.627||Financial Management & Analysis in the Public Sector||3|
|AS.470.695||Proseminar: Essentials of Public and Private Management||3|
|AS.470.854||Fundamentals of Quantitative Methods||3|
|AS.470.860||Capstone for Public Management||3|
|Select six electives 1||18|
Electives need to be chosen in consultation with the student’s adviser and should accommodate professional and/or personal goals. Students (with the permission of the program director) may take up to two relevant course offerings from other parts of Johns Hopkins University, including the School of Public Health, the School of Advanced International Studies, and other programs in the School of Arts and Sciences.
|AS.470.605||Global Political Economy||3|
|AS.470.609||Leadership Skills in the 21st Century||3|
|AS.470.619||State Politics and Policymaking||3|
|AS.470.624||Healthcare Analytics and Policy||3|
|AS.470.629||The Politics of Health Care Policy||3|
|AS.470.638||Negotiating as a Leadership Skill||3|
|AS.470.645||The Budgetary Process||3|
|AS.470.646||Poverty, Inequality, Opportunity: Theoretical Foundations and Policy Implications||3|
|AS.470.670||The Practice & Politics of U.S. Tax Policy||3|
|AS.470.684||Legislative Language and Policymaking||3|
|AS.470.688||Political Institutions and the Policy Process||3|
|AS.470.692||Military Strategy & National Policy||3|
|AS.470.728||Fundamentals of Nonprofits and Nonprofit Management||3|
|AS.470.742||Politics of Cybersecurity||3|
|AS.470.744||Trade and Security||3|
|AS.470.754||Project Management for NGOs||3|
|AS.470.773||Energy and Environmental Security||3|
|AS.470.774||Nonprofit Governance & Executive Leadership||3|
|AS.470.778||Conflict, Security, and Development||3|
|AS.470.798||Financial Management and Analysis in Nonprofits||3|
|AS.470.799||State Politics: A Year in the Life||3|
The MA in Public Management program (MPM) equips students with the strategic skills needed to meet today’s challenges in the public sector. This is accomplished by a rigorous and demanding curriculum taught by leading academics and practitioners in the fields of public policy and administration.
The degree program encompasses both the analytical and administrative side of public policy and management. The MA in Public Management educates students in several key disciplines: financial management, policy analysis, tax and budget policy, quantitative methods, and public administration. Students learn to apply the latest theory, scientific findings, and new management methods to help solve real-world governance and policy issues.
The curriculum is designed for working professionals in government, the public policy sector (including think tanks and advocacy organizations), and nonprofits. Courses may be taken at a full- or part-time pace. All undergraduate majors are welcome. Students can take any combination of on-campus and online courses, or all on-campus or all online, to complete their degree. Twelve courses, including a capstone project, are necessary to complete the degree.
The Public Management program is endorsed by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and is a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NAS PAA).
Sequence of Study
Students should make every effort to take the core course Public Policy and the Policy Process in their first semester. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the other core course requirements as early in their program of study as possible. The final required course of the program is Capstone for Public Management, which students take in their final semester. Students expecting to graduate at the completion of the summer semester should take capstone during the prior spring semester.
AREAS OF FOCUS
Students may pursue an area of focus (AF) in one of the following fields:
1. Public Administration & Leadership
2. Public Policy & Evaluation
3. Public Financial Management and Budgeting
Choosing an AF would not be required; however, students wanting to earn an area of focus would be required to take 3 courses from a list of select electives on top of their core requirements and the Capstone for Public Management.
All courses are three graduate credits unless otherwise specified.
The MA in Public Management weaves the study of public administration, public policy, economics, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and financial management into a program that will enable its graduates to lead and shape this rapidly-growing field. The program combines recognized faculty with extensive governmental experience experience and publications, an on-site and online curriculum, and the research resources, tools, and opportunities for its students to:
1. Utilize analytical skills—including quantitative and qualitative tools—to assess policies and program effectiveness.
2. Appraise and compare management and organization systems utilized in public sector for the purpose of maximizing efficiency and effectiveness.
3. Design, evaluate, and experiment with specific policies with regard to their ability to meet public priorities.
4. Formulate and construct budgets and financial systems used in the public sector.