Management & Leadership Specialization


The specialization in Management and Leadership gives you the practical knowledge and applied skills necessary to effectively lead and manage organizations from nonprofits and public agencies to global institutions and private corporations with a social mission.

Today's complex and interconnected world demands that public service leaders ignite innovative thinking, initiate transformational change, and drive collective action. From strategically positioning your organization to managing its day-to-day footprint, you’ll need a unique blend of both management and leadership skills to make an impact.

After completing a core management course, you'll take courses in three areas of expertise: Strategy & Organizations, Human Resources & Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Performance Management.


Below is an overview of the required coursework. For detailed information, view the program checksheet


CORE-GP.1011, Statistical Methods
CORE-GP.1018, Microeconomics
CORE-GP.1020, Management and Leadership
CORE-GP.1021, Financial Management
CORE-GP.1022, Introduction to Public Policy


Students complete the following courses:

PADM-GP.2110, Strategic Management and Leadership
PADM-GP.2135, Human Resources: Leading Talent Development
PADM-GP.2170, Performance Measurement and Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Care Organizations

Students must also complete 6 credits from the following areas of expertise:

Strategy & Organizations

You will learn to design organizations, systems, and strategies that anticipate and respond effectively to dynamic and complex environments. Through these courses, you'll develop an understanding of the multiple stakeholders for which organizations are responsible and the collaborative and competitive dynamics in fields and sectors. It helps you understand the "big picture" as you build organizations for long-term prosperity. The required course in this area is PADM-GP 2110, Strategic Management and Leadership.

PADM-GP.1801, Communication Skills for Public Service
PADM-GP.2106, Community Organizing
PADM-GP.2119, Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
PADM-GP.2125, Foundations of Nonprofit Management
PADM-GP.2127, Corporate Social Responsibility: Social Finance Partnerships and Models
PADM-GP.2129, Race, Identity, and Inclusion in Organizations
PADM-GP.2132, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Design
PADM-GP.2145, Design Thinking: A Creative Approach to Problem Solving and Creating Impact
PADM-GP.2174, The Intersection of Operations, Policy, and Leadership
HPAM-GP.2244, Global Health Governance and Management
PADM-GP.2310, Understanding Social Enterprise
PADM-GP.2311, Social Impact Investment
PADM-GP.2413, Strategic Philanthropy
PADM-GP.2430, Multi-Sector Partnerships: A Comparative Perspective
PADM-GP.4109, Leveraging Nonprofit Leadership for Organizational Success
PADM-GP.4129, Race, Identity, and Inclusion in Organizations
PADM-GP.4131, Fundamentals of Fundraising
PADM-GP.4137, Communications and Branding for Nonprofits
PADM-GP.4154, Management Consulting for Public Service Organizations
PADM-GP.4311, Lean Approaches to Social Innovation
PADM-GP.4414, Corporate Philanthropy and Engagement

Human Resources & Organizational Behavior

This area of expertise develops your skills in a variety of interpersonal, organizational, and leadership processes. This includes: 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 your own practice. You will learn to manage yourself and others in organizational contexts. The required course in this area is PADM-GP 2135, Human Resources: Leading Talent Development.

PADM-GP.2112, Women and Men in the Workplace
PADM-GP.2186, Leadership and Social Transformation
PADM-GP.4101, Conflict Management and Negotiation
PADM-GP.4105, Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Conflict Management in Multicultural Teams
PADM-GP.4112, Building Effective Teams
PADM-GP.4126, Leading Values-Based Culture in Nonprofit Organizations
PADM-GP.4151, Gender, Politics, and Leadership
PADM-GP.4155, Leading on Disability in Public Service

Organizational Performance Management

You will learn to plan and manage the day-to-day work of organizations by building appropriate infrastructures and systems to ensure their success. You'll gain the skills 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, to long-term outcomes. The required course in this area is PADM-GP 2170, Performance Measurement & Management.

PADM-GP.2142, Financial Management II
PADM-GP.2143, Government Budgeting
PADM-GP.2171, Evaluating Programs and Policies
PADM-GP.2173, Operations Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Contexts
PADM-GP.2211, Program Development and Management for International Organizations
PADM-GP.2312, Managing Financial and Social Returns of the Social Enterprise
HPAM-GP.2825, Continuous Quality Improvement
PADM-GP.2902, Multiple Regression and Introduction to Econometrics
PADM-GP.4110, Project Management
PADM-GP.4111, Leading Service Delivery
HPAM-GP.4130, Fundamentals of Accounting
PADM-GP.4147, Large Scale Data Analysis I
PADM-GP.4148, Large Scale Data Analysis II
PADM-GP.4217, NGO Accountability
PADM-GP.4467, Managing for Environmental Sustainability
HPAM-GP.4852, Ethical Issues in Healthcare Management


Choose electives from a wide array of Wagner courses.