The Management Specialization prepares students to lead and manage organizations around the world. The curriculum begins with the premise that the public, nonprofit and private sectors are inextricably linked, and that managers and leaders in one sector need to appreciate the demands, opportunities, and constraints of the other sectors. To help students develop the appropriate breadth and depth of skills after completing the core management course, CORE-GP 1020, Managing Public Service Organizations, the curriculum is arranged in three Areas of Expertise: Strategy & Organizations, Human Resources & Organizational Behavior, and Performance Management & Operations. Each Area of Expertise is organized around a cluster of courses and includes one course that is required of students specializing in management.
Required Specialization Courses
Students must complete the following 12 credits:*
Strategy & Organization
This area of expertise teaches students skills in designing organizations, systems and strategies that anticipate and respond effectively to dynamic and complex environments. These courses develop an understanding of the multiple stakeholders for which organizations are responsible and the collaborative and competitive dynamics in fields and sectors. Another way to think of this area is that it helps students understand the "big picture" as they build organizations for long-term prosperity. The required course in this area is PADM-GP 2110, Strategic Management.
Human Resources & Organizational Behavior
This area of expertise develops students' skills in a variety of interpersonal, organizational and leadership processes. These skills include: supervising and motivating employees to do their best work, working in groups and teams, influencing up and down hierarchies and across social networks, negotiating and managing conflict with others, learning from cultural diversity, and reflecting on and changing one's own practice. Another way to think of this area is that these courses help students manage themselves and others in organizational contexts.
The required course in this area is PADM-GP 2135, Developing Human Resources.
Organizational Performance Management
This area of expertise provides students with skills needed to manage operations, measure performance, analyze data, and report outcomes for all stages in the production process, from inputs (e.g., financial and human resources) to operational activities (e.g., project planning, budgeting and service delivery) to short-term outputs and long-term outcomes. Another way to think of this area is that it helps students plan and manage the day-to-day work of organizations by building appropriate infrastructures and systems to ensure their success.
The required course in this area is PADM-GP 2170, Performance Measurement & Management.
Management students choose one of the following Capstone courses. All Capstones begin in the fall and are completed at the end of the spring semester. Full-time students who begin in the spring semester typically need 2½ years to complete their degree.