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Upon completion of the Master of Public Administration Degree program, students should be able to: • Demonstrate thorough understanding of the political, social, institutional, and organizational setting in which practitioners in public administrators function. • Comprehend and apply the concepts, principles, and methods of research in public administration to enhancing administrative functions and decision-making. • Demonstrate thorough understanding of non-profit and government accounting requirements and ability to develop a comprehensive operating budget with multiple funding streams and varied contract periods and terms. • Develop research design using scientific investigation and systematic inquiry in an area of public administration or public policy College of Business development or implementation. • Gain comprehensive understanding of all aspects of strategic human resource management. In addition to the above objectives, students completing the Non-profit Administration specialization should be able to: • Gain a thorough understanding of the status of non-profit organizations in the United States, their legal and governance framework, and their general role in the area of public services. • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of volunteers, their recruitment, training, and retention. • Articulate the key challenges facing non-profit organizations in the areas of fundraising, marketing and public relations and the trends in private non-profit and private for-profit collaborations. • Demonstrate an understanding of the grants process including locating potential funding sources (from foundations, corporations, and through government grants and contracts), evaluating Requests for Proposals (RFPs), developing all components of a grant application and of subsequent administrative, financial, and programmatic contract management. • Demonstrate ability to conduct administrative, financial, and programmatic evaluations of non-profit organizations and government programs. In addition to the above objectives, students completing the Public Policy specialization should be able to: • Demonstrate ability to conduct administrative, financial, and programmatic evaluations of non-profit and government programs. • Understand concepts of economics and its role in public policy making and demonstrate ability to use fundamentals in assessing policy options. • Articulate the legislative and judicial processes involved in public policy making at the local, state, and federal levels. • Demonstrate understanding of theories and ability to apply techniques of policy analysis to public policy making and to public sector and non-profit services and programs.