Advanced Management and Finance Concentration

The concentration in Advanced Management and Finance enables students to deepen the policy and management analytic skills they are exposed to in the core curriculum. Students receive rigorous training in public and nonprofit finance. They also learn management innovation tools such as total quality management, reengineering, benchmarking, strategic planning, electronic communication and commerce, performance management, and team management. Thus, the concentration provides Executive MPA graduates with the latest cutting-edge management and finance skills in demand in today’s rapidly changing public sector.

Core Courses

Students must take at least one of the following core courses for the Advanced Management & Finance concentration  (3 Points):

Points
Please select at least one of the following:
EMPA U6036Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility3
EMPA U6025Ethics for Public Leadership3

Concentration Electives

In addition to the core course, students must select 8 of the following courses to complete the Advanced Management & Finance concentration  (24 Points):

Points
EMPA U6015Public Finance3
EMPA U6020Public Sector Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Communication3
EMPA U6223The Political Environment of Policymaking3
EMPA U6270Affordable Housing Development3
EMPA U6272Housing and Community Development3
EMPA U6415Nonprofit Management and Finance3
EMPA U6425Communicating in Organizations3
EMPA U6600Economic Setting of Public Policy3
EMPA U8300Strategy, Community Partnerships, and Philanthropy3
EMPA U9225Public Management Innovation3

2-Year Sample Program

Two-Year Option with Advanced Management & Finance concentration

Year 1
FallPointsSpringPointsSummerPoints
SIPA U60053EMPA U82163EMPA U92253
EMPA U63103EMPA U82013EMPA U62233
EMPA U82133EMPA U62723EMPA U66003
 9 9 9
Year 2
FallPointsSpringPoints 
EMPA U60103EMPA U60253 
EMPA U60203EMPA U95003 
EMPA U60153EMPA U64153 
 9 9
Total Points: 45

3-Year Sample Program

Three-Year Option with Advanced Management & Finance concentration

Year 1
FallPointsSpringPointsSummerPoints
SIPA U60053EMPA U82163EMPA U66003
EMPA U82133EMPA U82013 
 6 6 3
Year 2
FallPointsSpringPointsSummerPoints
EMPA U60103EMPA U60253EMPA U92253
EMPA U63103EMPA U64253 
 6 6 3
Year 3
FallPointsSpringPointsSummerPoints
EMPA U60203EMPA U95003EMPA U62233
EMPA U60153EMPA U64303 
 6 6 3
Total Points: 45

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.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 88948 Brian Kennedy Sa 3:10pm - 5:00pm
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)

EMPA U6025 Ethics for Public Leadership. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: Advanced Management & Finance

The purpose of this course is to examine corruption in public life to determine what transformative ethical measures can be taken by the public leader in response. Corruption impedes human rights, sustainable development and humanitarian aid, in addition to the rule of law and the administration of justice. Effective management requires an understanding of soft or relational corruption, including narcissistic leadership, prejudicial culture, complicit loyalty and impassive technocracy. It also requires an understanding of hard, or material corruption, including bribery and gift-giving; evident conflict of interest, such as self-dealt compensation and investment, besides nepotism, cronyism and favoritism; and latent conflict of interest, such as campaign contributions, voter suasion and lobbyist support, in exchange for regulatory loopholes, waivers, earmarks, bailouts, subsidies, permits and contracts, besides perquisites such as honoraria, board directorships and revolving-door career advancements. Expectations for the quality of civil discourse and the integrity of civil society are examined, as are appropriate anti-corruption measures. These include soft measures such as transparency and inclusivity and hard measures such as financial disclosure and whistle-blower protections. The course aims to model the public leader, using ethical building blocks of sensitivity and rationality, among them empathy and authenticity. Local, national and international cases are analyzed to determine how a public leader can remediate corrupt practices to achieve ethical decision making outcomes. 

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
Fall 2017 001 62998 Todd Jacobson M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
418 International Affairs Bldg

EMPA U6272 Housing and Community Development. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: Advanced Management & Finance
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course is a broad overview of evidence based and outcome focused practice of housing and community development work currently underway to address poverty from a municipal perspective. The topics range across the health and human services domain, with an eye toward how mayors exercise their authority at a local level to tackle issues ranging from affordable housing and homelessness, to the reduction of social disparities for marginalized populations. Taught by the former Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the course draws on the current literature in the field and profiles initiatives in NYC and other cities around the globe.

EMPA U6415 Nonprofit Management and Finance. 3 Points.

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

How to organize, lead and fund nonprofit organizations.  The course provides an overview of key issues in not-for-profit accounting and a summary of the main legal issues that are crucial to effectively manage a nonprofit organization. The ability to communicate evaluations and conclusions of situations, especially to audiences not trained in policy and management analysis, is stressed throughout the semester.

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
Fall 2017 001 29532 Joann Baney Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
402b International Affairs Bldg

EMPA U6430 Organizational Behavior. 3 Points.

Category: EMPA, EMPA: Advanced Management & Finance

This course explores both timeless and topical issues for senior managers in governmental, not-for-profit, and for-profit enterprises viewed through the lenses of organizational behavior (“OB”). As senior managers mobilize for change or reform, how do the issues of individual motivation, group wherewithal, and organization capacity affect the prospects for change, shape options, and frame action – and what should managers do next? These are the central questions of the course. We have little interest in answers that are disconnected from the realities of practice. Our goal, rather, is to provide mid-career practitioners who are intent on lifting organization performance and transforming service or product delivery with tactical, practical, and actionable insights they can use every day. Grounded in OB research and theory, and rooted firmly in current practice, organizational reality, and the wisdom of experience (peers and others), this class will help you become a more effective leader, and develop the insight, skills and behaviors you will need to succeed.