PhD Course Descriptions

Ph.D Public Administration

Catalog Courses
Draft 4yr PhD Course Schedule

A minimum of 96 semester hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate is required. Those holding the Master of Public Administration from UIC or an equivalent program will ordinarily receive a maximum of 32 semester hours toward the degree requirement. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (A = 4.00) in all graduate courses taken at UIC is required for graduation.

The required courses are listed below:

Students must satisfactorily complete the following courses for a total of 48 semester hours. Credit is not given for any course in which a grade of less than “B” is earned.

All courses are 4 credits unless indicated otherwise.

Core Courses – Theory (8 Hours)
PA 511: The History and Development of Public Administration (2 Hours)
PA 510: Organization Theory and Behavior in Public Administration (2 Hours)
PA 513: Collaborative Management and Governance Networks (2 Hours)
PA 515: Bureaucracy and the Policy Process (2 Hours)

Core Courses – Methods (20 Hours)
PA 540: Research Design for Public Administration
PA 541: Advanced Data Analysis I

Plus any of the following courses:**

PA 528: Public Program Evaluation
PA 544: Qualitative Research Methods in Public Administration
PA 542: Advanced Data Analysis II
Any of the survey courses listed in the Survey Method specialization section below with the exception of PA 578, which cannot be used to fulfill the methods requirement.

Core Courses – Applied Research Seminars (4 Hours)
PA 545: Applied Research Seminar I (2 Hours)
PA 546: Applied Research Seminar II (2 Hours)

Areas of Specialization (Minimum 12 Hours)
Students are required to select one of the following four areas of specialization

Public and Nonprofit Management
Ph.D. Specific Courses:
PA 527: Public Management Theory (required)
PA 534: Human Resources Development and Management

MPA-level courses that can be taken to fulfill this area of specialization: **
PA 521: Strategic Management: Planning and Measurement
PA 522: Ethics and Accountability (2 hours)
PA 524: Leadership in Public Sector Organizations (2 hours)
PA 526: Public Decision Analysis
PA 529: Change and Reform in Public Organizations (2 hours)
PA 530: History and Theory of the Non-Profit Sector
PA 532: Labor Management Relations in the Public Sector
PA 533: Managing Workplace Diversity (2 hours)
PA 561: Intergovernmental Management
PA 572: History and Theory of the Non-Profit Sector

Financial Management
Ph.D. Specific Courses:
PA 554: Advanced Seminar in Financial Management (required)

MPA-level courses that can be taken to fulfill this area of specialization: **
PA 521: Strategic Management: Planning and Measurement
PA 552: Capital Budgeting and Infrastructure
PA 553: State and Local Public Finance
PA 561: Intergovernmental Management
UPP 533: Development Finance Analysis

Urban Governance and Networks
PA 562: Seminar in Urban Governance (required)

Political Science courses that can be taken to fulfill this area of specialization**
POLS 500 Introduction to Policy and Governance
POLS 551: Introduction to Urban Politics
MPA-level courses that can be taken to fulfill this area of specialization: **
PA 506: Policy Development & Analysis for Public Administrators
PA 553: State and Local Public Finance
PA 561: Intergovernmental Management

Survey Methods
PA 578: Surveys, Public Opinion, and Public Policy (required)

Students must take at least one of the following:
PA 577: Survey Questionnaire Design (3 credit hours)
PA 582: Survey Data Collection and Methods
PA 588: Applied Survey Sampling and Analysis

Select remaining concentration courses from the following. (Unless listed otherwise, each course below is 2 credit hours. These courses will either meet for 1.5 hours per week or will only meet for 8 weeks.)
PA 579: Practicum in Survey Research (2 – 6 variable credit hours)
PA 580: Survey Non-Response
PA 581: Cross-Cultural Survey Measurement
PA 583: Cognitive Processing of Survey Information
PA 584: Internet Surveys
PA 585: Survey Research Ethics
PA 586: History of Survey Research
PA 587: Seminar in Special Issues in Survey Methodology

 

Course descriptions are directly below this list of courses.

 

 

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Course Descriptions

510: Organization Theory and Behavior in Public Administration Research. 2 Hours.
In this course students will be introduced to important organization theory frameworks including organizations as rational systems, open systems theory, resource dependent theory, and institutional theory. Topics to be covered include organizational change, organizational politics, networks and institutional economics. Prerequisite: Admission to the Ph.D. program in Public Administration or approval of the instructor.

511: The History and Development of Public Administration Research and Theory. 2 Hours.
In this course students will be introduced to the history of public administration as an academic discipline in the U.S. Students will learn about key issues and controversies that have served as a focus of scholars in the field. Prerequisite: Admission to the Ph.D. Program in Public Administration or approval of the instructor.

513: Collaborative Management and Governance Networks. 2 Hours
This course will analyze public administration and policy through a collaborative governance lens and explore the types of network structures that exist among public and private organizations.

515: The Bureaucracy and the Policy Process. 4 Hours.
Students will be introduced to a number of the frameworks and theories that have been put forth for the purpose of understanding and explicating the policy process including, the “stages’ approach, the “multiple streams” approach, the advocacy coalition model, and the punctuated equilibrium approach. We will also look in some depth at topics of particular relevance to the role of the bureaucracy in the policy process including the concept of policy subsystems or subgovernments, policy learning and diffusion, implementation, and policy analysis and evaluation. Prerequisite: Admission to the Ph.D. program in Public Administration or approval of the instructor.

527: Public Management Theory. 4 Hours. Syllabus
This course addresses the development of the public management subfield within the field of public administration. It covers the development of public management theory from its early stages to current questions and theoretical approaches. Prerequisite: Graduate or professional standing; or consent of the instructor. Admission to the Ph.D. Program in PA or consent of the instructor

528: Evaluating Public Programs. 4 Hours. Syllabus
Different qualitative and quantitative methods used to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of public (and nonprofit) programs and policies. Course requires some familiarity with research methods and statistical techniques. Prerequisites: PA 407 and admission to the PhD program in Public Administration or consent of the instructor.

534: Human Resource Development and Management in Public Administration. 4 Hours. Syllabus
A review of the literature of public personnel administration including recruitment, examination, selection, evaluation, promotion, and career development. Motivation theory, equal rights, and affirmative action issues. Prerequisite: Admission to a Ph.D. program or consent of the instructor

540:  Research  Design for Public  AdministrationSyllabus
Logic and methods of quantitative and non-quantitative research in public administration. Issues in measurement; causal inference; experimental and quasi experimental designs; and methods of data collection. Prerequisite: Admission to the Ph.D. program in Public Administration or approval of the instructor.

541: Advanced Data Analysis I. 4 Hours. Syllabus
Elements of matrix theory; introduction to the theory of estimation; hypothesis testing; logit and probit models; factor analysis; and principal components analysis. Application of techniques to public administration research. Prerequisite: PA 540.

542: Advanced Data Analysis II. 4 Hours.Syllabus
For those likely to pursue careers in the more quantitative aspects of public administration research. Discrete multivariate analysis and regression; multivariate analysis of variance; other advanced techniques. Prerequisite: PA 541.

544: Qualitative Research Methods in Public Administration. 4 Hours. Syllabus
The uses, strengths and limitations of qualitative methods of research and analysis including case studies, participant-observer, and ethnography will be explored. Prerequisite: Graduate or professional standing; or consent of the instructor. Admission to the Ph.D. Program in PA or consent of the instructor.

545: Research Topics in Public Administration I. 2 Hours.Syllabus
This course will provide Ph.D. students with a better understanding of current research topics in PA. Students will read current working papers and published articles so as to develop the tools needed for critical analysis of current research. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Admission to the Ph.D. program in PA or consent of the instructor.

546: Research Topics in Public Administration II. 2 Hours. Syllabus
This is a continuation of Research Topics in PA 1. Students critically analyze current research and will develop a research topic of their own focusing on the elements needed to write a quality research paper. Prerequisite: PA 545; or consent of the instructor. Open only to Ph.D. degree students. Admission to the Ph.D. program in PA or consent of the instructor. The prerequisite for this course is PA 545.
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554: Financial Management in Public Administration. 4 Hours. Syllabus
Principles of financial management and applications in various institutional and programmatic settings. Forecasting techniques, computer applications, innovations in public borrowing and debt management. Prerequisite: Admission to the Ph.D. program in Public Administration or approval of the instructor.

561: Intergovernmental Management
TBA

562: Local, Urban, and Regional Institutions and Public Policy
TBA

572: History and Theory of the Non-Profit Sector
TBA

578: Surveys, Public Opinion, and Public Policy. 4 Hours. Syllabus
This course will address the nature of the relationship between public policy and public opinion and the role that surveys play in that relationship. Prerequisite: Graduate or professional standing; or consent of the instructor. Admission to the MPA or PhD Program in PA or consent of the instructor.

579: Practicum in Survey Methodology. 2-6 Hours.
Students learn about survey research by participating in the process of conducting a survey or surveys. Prerequisite: Graduate or professional standing; or consent of the instructor. Admission to the MPA or Ph.D. Program in PA or consent of the instructor.

580: Survey Nonresponse. 2 Hours. Syllabus
This course provides an overview of current problems in survey nonresponse and related questions of impact on data quality. Prerequisite: Graduate or professional standing; or consent of the instructor. Admission to the MPA or PhD Program in PA or consent of the instructor.

581: Cross-Cultural Survey Research Methods. 2 Hours.
This course will provide graduate students with a clear understanding of the methodological issues involved in collecting survey data across multiple cultural groups and best practices when conducting cross-cultural research. Prerequisite: Graduate or professional standing; or consent of the instructor.

582: Survey Data Collection Methods. 4 Hours.
This course will address the impact of data collection methods on survey responses and data quality. Prerequisite: Graduate or professional standing; or consent of the instructor. Admission to the MPA or PhD Program in PA or consent of the instructor.

583: The Psychology of Survey Measurement: Cognitive and Social Processes. 2 Hours.
This course introduces students to one approach to survey methodology – the examination of the psychological processes through which survey respondents answer questions. Prerequisite: Graduate or professional standing; or consent of the instructor. Admission to the MPA or PhD program in PA or consent of the instructor.

584: Internet Surveys. 2 Hours.
This course examines current developments in the collection of survey data via the internet, including both the methodological strengths and weaknesses of this approach, as well as current standards for best practice. Prerequisite: Graduate or professional standing; or consent of the instructor. Admission to the MPA or PhD Program in PA or consent of the instructor.

585: Survey Research Ethics. 2 Hours.
Students will be exposed to survey research ethical issues. Prerequisite: Graduate or professional standing; or consent of the instructor. Admission to the MPA or PhD Program in PA or consent of the instructor.

586: The History of Survey Methodology. 2 Hours.
This course examines the history of surveys and their development and change over time. Prerequisite: Graduate or professional standing; or consent of the instructor. Admission to the MPA Program or PhD program in PA or consent of the instructor.

587: Seminar on Special Topics in Survey Methodology. 2 Hours.
This seminar is for special topics in survey methodology not covered in the other elective courses. Prerequisite: Graduate or professional standing; or consent of the instructor. Admission to the MPA or PhD program in PA or consent of the instructor.

588: Survey Data Reduction and Analysis. 4 Hours.
This course will provide an in-depth overview of available procedures and standards for survey data reduction and data analysis activities. Prerequisite: Graduate or professional standing; or consent of the instructor. Admission to the MPA or Ph.D. Program in PA or consent of the instructor.

593: Independent Research in Public Administration. 1 to 8 Hours.
May be repeated for credit. Students may register for more than one section per term. S/U grade only. Advanced study and analysis of a topic selected by a student under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisites: Approval of the Director of Graduate Studies and consent of the instructor.

594: Special Topics in Public Administration. 1 to 4 Hours. Syllabus
May be repeated for credit. Students may register for more than one section per term. Advanced study of an announced topic. Prerequisite: Admission to the Ph.D. in Public Administration program or consent of the instructor.

596: Independent Study in Public Administration. 1 to 4 Hours.
May be repeated for credit. Students may register for more than one section per term. Advanced study and analysis of a topic under guidance of select faculty. Prerequisites: Approval of the director of graduate studies and consent of the instructor.

599: Ph.D. Thesis Research. 0 to 16 Hours.
May be repeated for credit. S/U grade only. Individual study and research. Prerequisite: Open only to degree candidates, upon approval of topic and by dissertation committee.

Course Information Last Updated: Sept 21st,2015

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