Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)

EMPA Curriculum

The EMPA curriculum is designed to strengthen students' analytical and management skills and to deepen their policy knowledge, making them more effective in their chosen careers. Students enrolled in the Executive MPA program may complete the degree in either two or three years of study, depending on the course load they wish to carry. All students complete a set of core courses and choose between three concentrations.

The program requires students to complete a total of 54 points, up to 9 of which are granted for professional and management work experience, and 45 are earned during the program of study. Upon approval of their academic advisor, students may transfer a total of two courses (6 points) from outside EMPA course offerings towards graduation requirements.

For additional information on the Executive Master of Public Administration program, including information for prospective students and admissions, please refer back to the program's main site.

William B. Eimicke, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs; Director of Executive MPA


Joann Baney, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Richard Betts, Leo A. Shifrin Professor of War and Peace Studies and Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies

Andrea Bubula, Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Howard Buffett, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Stephen Cameron, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Reginald Chambers, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Ralph da Costa-Nunes, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Kristian Denny, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Arthur Dong, Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Emanuele Gerratana, Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Adela Gondek, Lecturer in the Discipline of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

Timothy J. Goodspeed, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Richard Greenwald, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Todd Jacobson, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Kevin G. Kelly, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Brian Kennedy, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

James Kim, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Arvid Lukauskas, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Lalith Munasinghe, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Sanjay Peters, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Lucius Riccio, Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Francisco Rivera-Batiz, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Joah Sapphire, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Yumiko Shimabukuro, Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Basil Smikle, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs (part-time)

David Spiro, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Zachary Tumin, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Paola Maria Valenti, Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Stuart Ward, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Kweli Washington, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Naomi Weinberger, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Core Curriculum

All EMPA students are required to take the core courses that build skills required of top leadership (21 Points).

Points
EMPA U6310Quantitative Techniques3
EMPA U9500Portfolio Presentation Workshop3
EMPA U6010Accounting for Public Affairs3
or EMPA U8201 Financial Management
EMPA U8213
 - EMPA U8216
Microeconomics and Policy Analysis
and Microeconomics and Policy Analysis - II
6
Management Requirement
Select one of the following:
EMPA U8200Effective Management in the Public Service3
EMPA U9225Public Management Innovation3
SIPA U6005Effective Management in the Public Service Course Video3
SUMA PS4100Sustainability Management3

Policy Concentrations

All students choose one of the following concentrations: a policy field in which they focus their studies at SIPA  (21 Points).

Professional Work Experience

In lieu of an internship, EMPA students are granted up to 9 points for professional and management work experience.

Electives

Electives allow students flexibility to expand their knowledge in any area. For descriptions of concentration electives, please refer to each individual concentration's page.

EMPA Courses

EMPA U6015 Public Finance. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: Advanced Management & Finance
Open to EMPA Students Only

Public Finance will introduce the nuances of the US municipal financing market from the perspective of issuers, investors and intermediaries. Students will learn about traditional fixed rate bond structures, but will also look at innovative financing techniques that have been implemented in recent years. In-depth discussions of interest rate markets and their impact on financing will be a key area of study. The growing pressures of public sector pensions are influencing how states and municipalities manage their budgets, and are under increased scrutiny by market participants; as such, pension accounting will be a focus area for the class as well. Financial distress and municipal bankruptcy will be examined through case studies of recent high profile issuers, such as the City of Detroit and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The class is intended to prepare students to be versed in the fundamental concepts underpinning capital markets as they relate to municipalities and non-profit corporations, and to provide a knowledge base that can be utilized in practice in their careers.

EMPA U6018 International Finance and Monetary Policy. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: International Economic Policy & Management
Open to EMPA Students Only

Prerequisites: SIPA U6401

Examines international finance and the institutions and principles governing the functioning of the international monetary system. Among the topics discussed are the structure, operation, and stability of foreign exchange markets, the causes and consequences of international accounts disequilibria, the mechanisms of balance-of-payments adjustment, the merits of different exchange rate regimes, financial crises, the effects of international capital mobility on trade, growth, and employment, and the problem of international policy coordination. 

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 26780 Timothy Goodspeed Sa 9:00am - 10:50am
410 International Affairs Bldg

EMPA U6020 Public Sector Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Communication. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: Advanced Management & Finance
Open to EMPA Students Only

This course deals with how public and non-profit agencies interact with their external environment: how they generate revenue, and develop brand identity.  The class further discusses the application of private sector marketing techniques to non-profit and governmental organization as well as methodologies and uses of strategic planning in the public sector. (Spring semester only)

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 60822 Basil Smikle, Kristian Denny Sa 9:00am - 10:50am
413 International Affairs Bldg

EMPA U6035 Open Economy Macroeconomic Analysis. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA
Summer 2017 Course Dates: May 24 - July 26

This course examines key issues in open economy macroeconomics, including the foreign exchange market, international monetary arrangements, the balance of payments and current account imbalances, national income accounting, the effectiveness of monetary and fiscal policies in open economies, the determinants of exchange rate changes, and the economics of monetary integration. The course is policy-oriented, analyzing case studies and issues relating to the current global economic and financial crisis, the U.S. budget and current account deficits, the value of the dollar, the Japanese economy, Chinese trade and the value of the yuan, the operation of the European Monetary System, the European Central Bank and the crisis over the euro, the international transmission of economic disturbances, and other related topics.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Summer 2017 001 88396 Francisco Rivera-Batiz W 6:30pm - 9:30pm
407 International Affairs Bldg

EMPA U6036 Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: Advanced Management & Finance, EMPA: International Economic Policy & Management, HRHP, Management, EPD, EPD:Sustainable

This course will introduce students to the global context of CSR through comparative business perspectives. After considering the theoretical frameworks for undertaking CSR activities the course will addresses a number of public policy issues facing globalizing companies through a series of case studies. Under examination is the manner in which business and ethical considerations have impacted upon different social, labor, and environmental challenges. We will be asking students to consider: to what extent such factors have been, and will be, part of the corporate strategy decision-making process; why companies are having to adapt (or not) to different pressures; and whether they might sometimes be going above and beyond the standards required by regulation.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 83096 Todd Jacobson M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
501a International Affairs Bldg

EMPA U6223 The Political Environment of Policymaking. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA
Summer 2017 Course Dates: May 25 - July 27

This course is designed for future leaders, activists, and top-level advisors within both governmental and non-governmental (i.e. private for-profit and non-profit) organizations. The goal of the course is to introduce the participants to the basic concepts, skills, and tools of "positive political theory" in policymaking. In effect, a significant portion of the class material will be devoted to the abstract theoretical foundations of strategic political interaction, which will prove instrumental in understanding and predicting patterns of political behavior and outcomes. Although there will be a sizable amount of literature you will be asked to decipher, our approach will not entirely be interpretive. In fact, a significant amount of class time will allocated to the practical application of knowledge gathered from the readings and discussions. Although the core materials will focus on national policymaking in the United States, we will from time to time refer to other sub-national levels (i.e. states and municipal) and countries.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Summer 2017 001 63006 James Kim Th 6:30pm - 9:30pm
410 International Affairs Bldg

EMPA U6233 International Political Economy. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA

This course serves as an introduction to the politics of international economic relations. It examines the principal conceptual approaches in the field of international political economy and basic elements of several key substantive issue areas such as money, finance, trade, development, and globalization.

EMPA U6237 Global Context of Policymaking. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA
Summer 2017 Course Dates: May 23 - July 25

This course addresses the question of how multilateralism may facilitate policy making in meeting global challenges. The readings, discussions, and guest speakers survey emerging issues in the debate on global governance. Special attention is given to the role of international institutions, including the United Nations, regional organizations, and international financial institutions. Pressing security issues are discussed, including terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and prospects for peacebuilding in war-torn societies. Attention then turns to global policies on investment and trade, combating poverty, and sustainable development.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Summer 2017 001 28029 Naomi Weinberger T 6:30pm - 9:30pm
407 International Affairs Bldg

EMPA U6270 Affordable Housing Development. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Affordable Housing Development is an introduction to the technical skills necessary for development of housing for individuals and families earning less than 80% of the area median income (AMI). This immensely challenging field requires familiarity with the capital markets, knowledge of zoning, general real estate transactional concepts, contract and tax law and architecture, just to name a few trades. Affordable housing is increasingly developed by non-profit community development corporations (CDCs), which are often thinly capitalized and operate with limited resources. Many CDCs are long on motivation and short on capacity. This class will provide students with an introduction to the core concepts needed for eventual employment with CDCs and other development organizations with a mission to create affordable housing.

EMPA U6310 Quantitative Techniques. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: Core
Open to EMPA Students Only

The use of quantitative research techniques, statistics, and computer software in designing public policies and in evaluating, monitoring, and administering governmental programs. Practical applications include research, design measurement, data collection, data processing, and presentation of research findings.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 81396 Stuart Ward Sa 2:00pm - 3:50pm
407 International Affairs Bldg
Spring 2017 R01 82946 M 6:10pm - 9:00pm
501b International Affairs Bldg
Spring 2017 R01 82946 Th 8:10pm - 9:00pm
510a International Affairs Bldg

EMPA U6425 Communicating in Organizations. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: Advanced Management & Finance
Open to EMPA Students Only

A survey course that explores aspects of day-to-day managerial communication, presentations and high-profile moments, as well as interpersonal communication. The course uses many teaching techniques: short lectures, individual and group exercises, videotaped presentations, role-plays, case discussions, video clips, and writing assignments.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 88647 Joann Baney Sa 11:00am - 12:50pm
402b International Affairs Bldg

EMPA U6510 Managing Social and Economic Risk: Comparative Public Policy Approaches. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, USP, USP:Social

What motivates governments to protect citizens from economic hardships by implementing social welfare programs instead of relying on private market solutions?  What explains the quantitative and qualitative variation in social protection schemes across countries with similar income levels?  This course explores these issues by examining the politics, economics, and history behind the creation and maintenance of social welfare systems in advanced industrialized countries.  It introduces students to key concepts and recent research in the field of social policy.  Through the case method, small group exercises, and panel presentations, this course provides a forum for students to engage, debate, and write about contemporary trends such as aging, fiscal austerity, housing crisis, and technological and social innovation.  This course also offers various tools—the fundamentals of knowledge transfer, contingency planning, relaxation strategies, and body language—to assist you in improving and diversifying your oral presentation skills.

EMPA U6560 Policy Formation, Emerging Markets and the Global Business Revolution. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA

One of the key learning objectives of this course is to ensure that course participants become familiar with the major debates surrounding the growing influence of emerging markets (especially emerging giants such as China and India) on the global economy. The impact that these two Asian giants have had, particularly over the past 15 years, on countries in regions such as the EU, the US, Latin America, Africa the Middle East, and even within other parts of Asia will be examined and carefully analyzed by relying on selected case studies, government reports, articles from scholarly journals and book chapters. Questions about whether China, India and other emerging markets are taking jobs away from the US and from EU countries, or whether they are actually creating new opportunities for mature market firms and policy makers will be addressed by examing available empirical data. A detailed survey of the changing trends in government policy making, international trade, investment patterns, innovations in financial markets, along with a risk assessment of global markets will enable private enterpreneurs, senior management and directors of global companies, as well as public policy makers to be better equipped with the necessary analytical tools to make appropriate policy choices and decisions. A close review and analysis will also be made of the rising role of sovereign wealth funds from emerging markets in order to measure their impact on global capital markets. In light of the biggest global economic recession since the "Great Depression", the timeliness of an EMPA course such as this will be especially useful to raise awareness of public policy makers and business leaders and to enable them to gain in-depth knowledge about the changing socio-political, economic and global business landscape.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 96146 Sanjay Peters M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
402b International Affairs Bldg

EMPA U6600 Economic Setting of Public Policy. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA
Summer 2017 Course Dates: May 22 - July 25

This course is designed to help students understand the interrelation between economic reasoning and public policy. The objective is to provide students with economic tools of analysis and to use these tools to analyze some of the important public policy issues of today. Calculus is generally not required, but we will review and utilize the fundamental concepts developed in intermediate courses in the economics of public finance and certain parts of macroeconomics.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Summer 2017 001 72193 Timothy Goodspeed T 6:30pm - 9:30pm
405 International Affairs Bldg

EMPA U6810 Sustainability Metrics. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management

Over the past two decades, various institutions, both public and private, have begun to set clear targets for environmental performance and are increasingly focusing on the use of analytical tools to assess problems and measure their progress toward sustainability. This course will address the use of metrics, data, and indicators to measure sustainability, including how they are used to shape policies and track progress. Students will be asked to consider the strengths and limitations of quantitatively analyzing data. The course will survey a broad range of environmental challenges and evaluate the choices confronting public officials, private companies, colleges and universities, environmental advocates, and citizens. A goal of this course is to make students acquainted with the debate, challenges, and opportunities of a changing climate. The course will focus on the solutions and responses to environmental challenges by using real world and current examples. Classes will particularly focus on the various policy initiatives and actions that policymakers are taking globally and locally, including the specific efforts of the C40 Cities (the 40 largest cities in the world) as well as New York City's efforts through PlaNYC.  

EMPA U8149 International Economic Policy Analysis. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: International Economic Policy & Management
Open to EMPA Students Only

Application of the tools of international economic analysis and political economy to current policy issues. Sample topics include the Mexican and Asian financial crises, contemporary trade problems, international regulatory issues, the economic transition in Eastern Europe, and recent proposals to reform the international financial architecture. Students work in teams to write an in-depth paper that analyzes a contemporary international economic topic. (Spring semester only)

EMPA U8200 Effective Management in the Public Service. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: Core, USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social
Open to EMPA Students Only

The course is designed to introduce you to the field of public management. It is a practical course organized around the tools managers may use to influence the behavior of their organizations. The course also discusses the political environment in which public managers must interact.

EMPA U8201 Financial Management. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: Core
Open to EMPA Students Only

Basic principles and actual practices of managing financial resources and accounting in government organizations at the federal, state, and local levels.  Topics include Public budgeting and accounting systems, principles of financial reporting, taxation, intergovernmental aid, financial statement analysis, public securities, and debt management.  Hands-on computer laboratory exercises provide training in financial analysis.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 61530 Joah Sapphire Sa 11:00am - 12:50pm
410 International Affairs Bldg

EMPA U8213 Microeconomics and Policy Analysis. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: Core
Open to EMPA Students Only

This two-semester course shows students that it is both possible and useful to think about public policy rigorously to see what assumptions work; to understand how formal models operate; to question vagueness and cliches; and to make sophisticated ethical arguments. An important goal of the class is to have students work in groups to apply microeconomic concepts to current public policy issues having to do with urban environmental and earth systems. The course includes problem sets designed to teach core concepts and their application. In the spring semester, the emphasis is on the application of concepts to analyze contemporary policy problems. Some time is also devoted to international trade and regulation, and industrial organization issues. Students not only learn microeconomic concepts, but also how to explain them to decision-makers. Student groups take on specific earth system policy issues, analyze options through the use of microeconomic concepts, and then make oral presentations to the class.

EMPA U8216 Microeconomics and Policy Analysis - II. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: Core
Open to EMPA Students Only

Introduction and development of microeconomic concepts that are of particular importance in policy analysis and program evaluation. Background training in economics is recommended, although not required.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 13443 Stephen Cameron Sa 9:00am - 10:50am
403 International Affairs Bldg
Spring 2017 002 26029 Emanuele Gerratana Sa 2:00pm - 3:50pm
403 International Affairs Bldg
Spring 2017 R01 81031 Sa 11:00am - 12:00pm
403 International Affairs Bldg
Spring 2017 R02 99780 Sa 4:00pm - 5:00pm
403 International Affairs Bldg

EMPA U9225 Public Management Innovation. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA
Summer 2017 Course Dates: May 24 - July 26

Analysis of public management literature on innovation covering such topics as engineering, team based management, privatization, public private partnership, contracting, benchmarking, quality management, and strategic planning. Emphasis is on advantages and disadvantages of these techniques in a point counterpoint format.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Summer 2017 001 60820 William Eimicke, Howard Buffett W 6:30pm - 9:30pm
404 International Affairs Bldg

EMPA U9500 Portfolio Presentation Workshop. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: Core
Open to EMPA Students Only

This is a course during which the mid-career executives who are enrolled as students in the Executive MPA program exhibit and share professional work they have managed or directly created during their first year in the program. Materials are presented to the faculty and students for criticism, analysis, and potential improvement.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 88004 Ralph da Costa Nunes Sa 1:00pm - 4:00pm
402 International Affairs Bldg
Spring 2017 002 61346 Kweli Washington Sa 1:00pm - 4:00pm
402b International Affairs Bldg
Spring 2017 003 68446 William Eimicke Sa 1:00pm - 4:00pm
405a International Affairs Bldg
Spring 2017 004 23696 Arvid Lukauskas Sa 1:00pm - 4:00pm
418 International Affairs Bldg