City and County Management

Overview
Local government is increasingly being described as the level of government “where things get done.” This certificate is designed for those who are interested in a career in local government organizations (cities and counties) or in non-profit or private sector organizations that collaborate or serve local governments. It offers broad coverage of the leadership and management skills that local government professionals need as well as more in-depth instruction on key issues facing modern communities.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate is comprised of 4 courses for a total of 12 graduate credit hours.  Other courses may be substituted with approval of the MPA Faculty Director.  Students who wish to pursue both the City and County Management and Public and Nonprofit Management graduate certificates must seek approval from the MPA Faculty Director.   PUAD 834 Human Resources Management will count toward both certificates, but the student must take one additional elective to meet the 12 credit-hour completion requirement for each.  Otherwise, students pursuing more than one SPAA certificate may use a maximum of one course to count towards both certificates.  Please note that the curriculum in effect until Fall 2020 is listed below.  Students may opt into the updated certificate curriculum effective Summer 2020.

CITY / COUNTY MANAGEMENT CURRICULUM EFFECTIVE FALL 2020:

Required Courses:

PUAD 825 Urban Policy and Administration
This course explores the development, implementation and evaluation of public policy in the local government context. It examines a variety of policy tools used to address urban problems and applies theories of the policy process, intergovernmental relations, and institutions to municipal governance. (Same as PUAD 825.) LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Johnson, Bonnie
Wu, Michael
Th 06:00-08:40 PM SNOW 201 - LAWRENCE
3 58031

 - or -

UBPL 816 Politics, Planning and Administration
Planners and public administrators operate within highly technical yet political environments. Planners and administrators often try to bring consensus, efficiency, effectiveness, and action-taking to communities, but the very structure of our democracies promotes conflict and stalemate. Understanding how power, structure, and agency influence policymaking will help planners and administrators become savvier as they balance their roles as advisors, educators, facilitators, advocates, managers, and leaders. The course starts with theories of institutionalism (the rules of the game matter), policymaking (getting issues on the public agenda), roles of public servants (use of discretion and leadership), conflict, citizen engagement, and communication. Students then apply those theories to specific case studies associated with different policy areas (transportation, economic development, hazard mitigation, sustainability, historic preservation, etc.). Through research and case studies this class explores the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of planners and administrators as they deal with politics. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Johnson, Bonnie
Wu, Michael
Th 06:00-08:40 PM SNOW 201 - LAWRENCE
3 58033

PUAD 834 Human Resource Management
This course presents the context and practice of effective human resource management, with emphasis on the political, legal, historical, and ethical dimensions of public employment. This course considers the functions of workforce management, including: 1) planning of work and the allocation of labor to that work, 2) acquisition of employees and their competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities, 3) development of employees to channel, improve and create new knowledge, skills, and abilities, and 4) maintaining the working relationship between employee and employer. Students will apply workforce management theories and techniques to contemporary organizational challenges and investigate the tensions inherent to balancing competing values (such as: responsiveness/neutrality and efficiency/equity) and meeting conflicting demands of organizational stakeholders and society. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Getha-Taylor, Heather
M 06:00-08:50 PM WES 4035 - LAWRENCE
3 51525

PUAD 837 Budgeting and Resource Allocation
Examines the practices and the political, economic, and organizational contexts of public and nonprofit budgeting, tools of financial analysis, and ethics of financial management. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Ho, Alfred
Th 06:00-08:50 PM REGN 250 - EDWARDS
APPT- ONLNE KUEC - EDWARDS
3 50545

1 course from the following or another department-approved graduate course:

PUAD 702: Diversity Public Administraton

PUAD 853 Policy Analysis and Evaluation
This course will introduce students to the conceptual foundations and applied techniques associated with identifying, describing, and seeking solutions to public policy problems (policy analysis) and evaluating the performance of public programs and organizations (program evaluation). Basic microeconomic theory is introduced. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

 - or -

  PUAD 863:  Program Evaluation

UBPL 730 City and County Planning
This course is about how to create plans and put the pieces of cities together in a sustainable manner, balancing the competing values of economy, ecology, equity, and livability. It introduces students to the planning process in the U.S., what makes great plans, the basic implementation tools for planning (zoning, capital improvement plans, engineering standards, and subdivision regulations.) We will learn about the Comprehensive Plan along with specialized plans for transportation, housing, land use, and the environment. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

CURRENT CITY / COUNTY MANAGEMENT CURRICULUM:

The certificate is comprised of four courses (12 credit hours) from the following:

  • PUAD825: Urban Policy and Administration (3)
  • PUAD 851: Infrastructure Management
  • PUAD 854: Innovation and Organizational Change
  • PUAD 856: Managing Information and Technology
  • PUAD 857: Performance Management and Governance
  • PUAD 859: Service Management
  • PUAD 860: Governing Sustainable Communities -OR- UBPL 762: Sustainability and the Future of the Built Environment
  • PUAD 898: Leadership, Professionalism, and Citizen Engagement
  • UBPL 816: Politics, Planning, and Administration
  • UBPL 730: Plans and Planning Processes

City Management Fellows
The certificate requirement for Fellows is somewhat more prescribed. To complete this certificate, they must take the following two courses:

  • PUAD 824: Public Policy and Administration OR PUAD 825: Urban Policy and Administration
  • PUAD 895:  Professional Development Seminar II

And two of the following electives:  

  • PUAD 851: Infrastructure Management
  • PUAD 857: Performance Management and Governance
  • PUAD 860: Governing Sustainable Communities -OR- UBPL 762: Sustainability and the Future of the Built Environment
  • UBPL 816: Politics, Planning, and Administration
  • UBPL 730: Plans and Planning Processes

 


School of Public Affairs & Administration Certificate Admission

The School of Public Affairs and Administration accepts students on a rolling admissions basis. Students may apply to be admitted for either the fall, summer or spring semesters.  Applicants for the certificate are required to have:

  • Undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 (if the undergraduate degree was awarded in the last three years).
  • At least three years of managerial experience or be already admitted to any graduate programs of KU or already have a graduate management or leadership degree from an accredited institution.
  • Non-native speakers of English must meet the English proficiency requirements as described here.

 
Current School of Public Administration and Affairs graduate students who wish to earn a graduate certificate credential in any of the certificates listed here with their Master of Public Administration degree must submit a graduate application for the specific certificate program no later than enrollment in the final course that will count toward the certificate.  Current MPA students may send this email to Cari Ann Kreienhop to receive instructions on how to expedite completion of the application.

Students in the Master of Public Administration program may opt to complete certificate course work without the credential.  Please note that no credential will be awarded without completion of the graduate application into the certificate.  Additionally, the School will prioritize course scheduling needs based on formal certificate enrollments.

Individuals who are not already enrolled as School of Public Affairs and Administration graduate students must complete an application to Graduate Studies for admission into the certificate program and submit an application fee along with the following materials:
•    A current resume.
•    A statement of interest in the graduate certificate program. This 1-2 page narrative should summarize your education, employment history, career goals, and how this certificate will bolster your professional aspirations.
•    Official transcripts of baccalaureate degree/s and any post-baccalaureate course work.

The admissions committee may request additional materials if needed to assess an applicant’s ability to be successful in the coursework.