Help position yourself for a local government leadership role with this specialization as you explore strategies for creating and maintaining successful communities. Examine the factors that contribute to the success of communities, including civic involvement, demographic analysis, and programs for sustainable living. Delve into the issues that affect local governments, from urban sprawl to transportation and infrastructure. Learn the fundamentals of community planning to meet the needs of citizens.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
|Quarter||1||Course Code||MMPP 6117||Course||Foundations for Graduate Study||Credits||(3 cr.)|
|Quarter||1||Course Code||MMPP 6405||Course||Ethics and Social Justice||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Quarter||2||Course Code||MMPP 6111||Course||Leadership and Organizational Change||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Quarter||2||Course Code||MMPP 6112||Course||Governance and Public Policy||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Quarter||3||Course Code||MMPP 6280||Course||Policy and Politics in American Political Institutions||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Quarter||3||Course Code||MMPP 6281||Course||Program Evaluation||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Quarter||4||Course Code||MMPP 6282||Course||Public Policy and Finance||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Quarter||4||Course Code||MMPP 6480||Course||Applied Research and Evaluation Methods||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Quarter||5||Course Code||MMPP 6465||Course||Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Quarter||5||Course Code||MMPP 6820||Course||Elements of Sustainable and Livable Communities||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Quarter||6||Course Code||MMPP 6821||Course||Tools for Sustainable Community Development||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Quarter||6||Course Code||MMPP 6822||Course||Current Issues in Regional and Local Public Policy||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Quarter||7||Course Code||MMPP 6910||Course||Capstone Seminar||Credits||(5 cr.)|
Students in this course are introduced to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. They are provided a foundation for academic and professional success as a scholar-practitioner and social change agent. Topics include the relation of mission and vision to professional goals, development of the program of study, strategies for online success, introduction to the online library, and an introduction to critical thinking, professional writing, and academic integrity. Course assignments focus on the practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and promote professional and academic excellence.
Ethics is a foundational element of leadership. Leaders face increasingly complex social and political challenges as they seek to meet the needs of diverse constituents. Students in this course explore ethics and social justice related to economic disparity, power, and privilege. Students use demographic data, current social trends, and themes to understand, analyze, and address ethical and social justice issues that impact service delivery in a global community.
Successful public sector organizations require high-caliber leaders who are accountable to multiple constituencies. A rapidly accelerating rate of change and blurring of organizational boundaries contribute to the need for leaders who are equipped to meet the challenge. Students taking this course explore the theoretical underpinnings of leadership and the important role of the leader in organizational change. By exploring leadership theory, current research, and practice within an area of public administration or nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations, students demonstrate their understanding of leadership in organizations that are increasingly complex in nature. Ethical dimensions, boundary-spanning functions, and how leaders influence positive social change are key factors of this course. Students draw on historical and current events, as well as their personal experiences, to examine the demands of leadership.
Democratic principles are the foundation of modern life. In this course, students are provided an overview of democratic governance in public administration, public policy, or nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations in modern society. Students will examine the theoretical underpinnings of democratic governance and public policy in their chosen area of specialization necessary for doctoral-level research. Students will review fundamental theories of governance, research current literature on a specialized topic, and apply best practices within the area of specialization. The emphasis is on the context in which public and nonprofit leaders function and the social institutions that influence public policy and guide administrative decision making.
Students in this course learn about the crafts of policymaking and policy analysis in the U.S. democratic system. They cover the policy process: setting agendas, using policy analysis tools, managing the political process, implementing policy, and providing evaluations and feedback. Students develop skills in policy and economic analyses as well as in determining the political feasibility of proposed policies. Regulation as a policy choice will be discussed. Students completing this course will enhance their abilities to develop alternatives and to assess strategies proposed to achieve certain policy objectives. Policy areas of interest to students form the foundation of this course and may include communications, immigration, social, transportation, housing, labor, arts, and environmental policies.
Students in this course are introduced to the tools used by policymakers and policy analysts to evaluate the impact of social programs. Topics include selecting programs to evaluate, crafting program descriptions, identifying stakeholders and their interests, developing logic models, framing evaluation questions, applying utilization-focused evaluation techniques, using quantitative and qualitative tools to complete formative and summative evaluations, and providing evaluation reports and feedback to decision makers. By the end of the course, each student will develop a program-evaluation design for a social program.
Students in this course cover microeconomic and macroeconomic models used in policy formulation and how public finance influences policy choices as well as implementation alternatives. Students examine tax policies and tax incentive models, budgeting, public/private models, market influences on policy, the impact of government expenditures on income redistribution, and economic considerations of welfare, food stamps, workers' compensation, and Social Security. Students also examine outsourcing of public programs.
Organizational credibility, community trust, and fundraising are increasingly dependent upon demonstration of program effectiveness and success. Students in this course are introduced to research and evaluation methods in the public and nonprofit sectors to learn ways to measure and assess a program's effectiveness and potential success as well as to address problems or issues in the field. Students examine the strengths, limitations, and threats to validity; models, quantitative metrics, and tools used to evaluate programs and policies; and legal and ethical issues associated with research and evaluation methods. Using these parameters and other concepts presented in the course, students critically evaluate sample research, consider ways to communicate results to an intended audience, and reflect on trends and challenges that could affect future program evaluation.
In an increasingly complex world, leaders and managers in public, private, and nonprofit organizations need to be strategic in planning and creating effective, collaborative programs and services. Students in this course explore the role and process of strategic planning with an emphasis on collaboration, cooperation, and coordination within and among organizations. Students apply these concepts to real-life situations and organizations.
Creating and maintaining livable and sustainable communities require leaders who understand and can assess the interrelated elements that make a community viable over time. Students in this course explore demographics, health, education, employment opportunities, transportation, recreation, housing, natural resources, technology, and other elements necessary to sustain a thriving community. Students define and explore these concepts through case studies and local community examples.
Effective community leaders require comprehensive tools and resources to create livable and sustainable communities. Students explore topics that include demographic analysis and forecasting, citizen engagement, economic forecasting and budgeting, acquisition of alternative funding sources, GIS (geographic information system) technology, comprehensive-use planning, and other tools and resources needed to meet the challenge of creating and maintaining sustainable communities. Students use case studies and examples drawn from local communities to identify and apply appropriate strategies.
Local government leaders must understand and address complex and interrelated issues including public health and safety, urban sprawl, immigration, transportation, the aging of the baby-boom generation, affordable housing, living wage jobs, and the threats to natural resources. Students in this course explore current concepts with an emphasis on creating livable and sustainable communities through cooperation, coordination, and collaboration of community stakeholders. Students use local community examples to assess critical issues and identify problem-solving strategies.
Students in this course have with an opportunity to integrate learning from courses in the program in a capstone project, defined as an applied project with a written paper or a research paper. Students may use the capstone to focus on governance, policy, or leadership and management in either the public or nonprofit sectors or take a cross-sector comparative perspective.