MBA in Public Administration

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  • 100% online

    100% Online

  • On Demand

    On-Demand24/7

  • Self-pay

    Self-Pay24/7

  • Self-Enroll

    Self-Enroll24/7

  • Self-Paced

    Self-Paced

  • Total Courses

    Total Courses

    14
  • Price Per Course

    Price Per Course

    $500
  • Total Tuition

    Total Tuition

    $7,000

Be a part of meaningful change. Shape policies and projects at the local and national level with UCC’s 100% online MBA in Public Administration


The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean’s (UCC) 100% online MBA in Public Administration will deepen your knowledge of economics, cost-based decision making, corporate financial management, operations, marketing strategy, organizational management, corporate planning and more. You will apply the theories learned in the digital classroom to real-world workplace challenges, learn to collaborate and work effectively in teams across and within functional areas, enhance your communication skills, sharpen your critical and analytical thinking, deepen your ethical decision-making in business contexts, and proactively anticipate rapidly changing business challenges in a global economy.

 

The public administration specialization comprises three courses and is ideal for students who have an interest in making a positive impact on society through public service, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to lead in the public sector and non-profit organizations. You will learn to create solutions to public administration challenges, implement effective public policy and programs, and learn strategies for managing the unique challenges of non-profit organizations.

 

UCC also offers you the choice to customize your MBA in Public Administration by taking either a research or applied pathway. If you intend to pursue a doctoral degree, the research pathway is often the best choice.


You’ll learn how to…


  • Develop strategies to improve the delivery of public services and programs by various institutions and non-institutions in government processes.
  • Apply social science concepts in public administration to real-world situations, including politics-administration distinctions, organizational decision-making, and leadership theories.
  • Create innovative solutions to challenges faced by public management subfields, including human resource management, performance measurement, strategic planning, community development, program evaluation, and budgeting.
  • Evaluate the impact of emerging ethical issues on public administration, propose strategies to address them, and analyze the effectiveness of public policies.
  • Develop effective strategies for non-profit management and governance, including financial management and resource allocation, funding strategies, and communication and marketing.
  • Analyze the policy process, stakeholders, and their roles, and develop effective decision-making practices and communication strategies for implementing public policies.

And elevate your skills and career…

 

A stabilizing force in society: the demand for public administration professionals is high and looks set to increase. Equip yourself with the essential public administration skills and knowledge needed to accelerate your career in roles including:

 

  • Local Government Analyst
  • Budget Analyst
  • Public Administration Consultant
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Program Coordinator

With a program designed for your needs…

 

UCC’s MBA in Public Administration offers the full flexibility needed to balance your life, including full-time work, alongside your learning, as you pursue the next phase of your career. It prepares the next civil service leaders with business and management fundamentals and specialized knowledge of the challenges and strategies unique to public service contexts.

 

Designed for those on the go, you can study when and where it suits you, with completely online study and self-paced learning.

Program Courses

Business Strategy

Business strategy consists of the theories, concepts, and methods top and middle-level managers can use to ensure the profitable and long-term growth of their organizations. Strategy helps general managers (as opposed to functional managers whose responsibilities focus on one function such as finance, production, marketing, human resources, IT, etc.), make better decisions to improve the competitive position of their organization in the long run and create value for its key stakeholders.

 

Gain a perspective on organizations, both within and outside of the for-profit business world. Strategic analysis and managerial thinking applies to organizations regardless of their activities, for or not-for-profit orientation, governance structure, geographic locations, size, etc. You’ll examine the main theories, concepts, and models of strategic analysis and their role in management practice.

$500
Finance for Managers

Examine the critical financial fundamentals necessary for managing an organization's operational activities and achieving its strategic goals. You’ll learn about the time value of money, investing in various instruments, making critical decisions regarding capital expenditures, and various methods for successfully capitalizing the firm. Managing critical cash flows and allocation of financial assets are also discussed in detail from a managerial perspective.

$500
Economics for Managers

Explore a wide range of economic concepts, theories and analytical techniques and key economic fundamentals. You will learn about the supply and demand model – the fundamental market model where trade-offs and choices are considered by comparing benefits and costs. Product and market structures, including perfectly competitive, monopolistically competitive, oligopolies, and monopolies, are also analyzed at the firm level.


Macroeconomic issues of fiscal and monetary policy are explored at an aggregate level. Finally, you’ll gain an understanding of selected topics in international trade, financial markets, economic growth, and positive and negative externalities.

$500
Financial Accounting and Analysis

Many business decisions throughout every level of an organization are based on the information found in the company’s financial statements. Explore how small and large process changes can increase organizational efficiency and profits through analyzing financial statement information. You’ll also examine how decisions made about capital projects, long-term investments, and a company’s risk aversion impact the bottom line.

$500
Leadership and Organizational Behavior

Examine the skills and characteristics necessary to be an effective leader. You’ll learn how to apply leadership skills during change and in multicultural and diverse environments. The common thread throughout the course will be leading with strong managerial ethics, emotional intelligence, and reflective leadership. You’ll also examine the relationship between contemporary leadership issues and classical leadership theory.

$500
Marketing Management

Explore the design and implementation of the best combination of marketing efforts to carry out an organization's strategy in its target markets. You’ll develop an understanding of how an organization can benefit by creating and delivering value to its customers, and stakeholders, and the skills in applying the analytical concepts and tools of marketing to such decisions as segmentation and targeting, branding, pricing, distribution, and promotion.

$500
Operations Management

Gain a deep understanding of operations management and how it is critical to your success in any field, from consulting to entrepreneurship to general management. You’ll explore the major problems and decision processes of operations management such as operations strategy, process and capacity planning, facilities planning, aggregate planning, materials planning, and quality planning.

$500
Ethics

Modern business is conducted by economic organizations in a highly competitive market environment. Managers often make decisions under severe time pressure without sufficient information. Ethical decision making in business cannot be considered apart from the complexity and uncertainty of actual situations. Therefore, the focus of the course is on ethical questions from the point of view of the practicing manager, with the aim of making ethical decisions that are consistent with effective corporate management.

 

Develop your understanding of theoretical and practical insights and developments in the fields of business ethics and sustainable business and learn the principles, practices, and ethical concerns/challenges organizations face in their daily operations. You will also gain an understanding of the theoretical basis of business ethics: stakeholder-theory, theories of responsibility and normative ethical theory, as well as intercultural ethics.

$500
Global Strategic Management (Available Soon)

Conduct a strategic assessment of the overall global competitive environment and consider how an organization can leverage resources, capabilities, and preferential entry modes to create competitive advantages when entering a foreign market. As part of the final assessment of global strategy, you’ll take part either virtually or in-person in an international trip, visiting one to two foreign locations to experience local business culture. You’ll use theoretical knowledge to assess the strategy of an international organization in an applied cultural context. 

$500
Managing People for Competitive Advantage (Available Soon)

People are an organization’s most valuable resource. The quality of an organization’s talent is perhaps the single most important resource contributing to its profitability and or viability. Leaders and managers within the contemporary organizational context appreciate that a critical source of competitive advantage comes from the effective management of human resources. Product designs or service processes, creative marketing strategies, while critical, are not considered sufficient to deliver sustainable competitive advantage.

 

Academics, policy makers and practitioners are thus paying greater attention to work force issues. Managing human resources is as much a science as it is an art; it represents the combination of the application of scientific principles and practices, and, the application of personal characteristics. The human resource function exists within the organization in order to support the achievement of the organization’s strategic imperatives.

$500
Non-Profit Management

Explore the unique environment, characteristics and challenges of non-profit organizations and their management. You’ll discuss the purpose of non-profit organizations and their management as they strive to serve the mission of the organization and establish and maintain their place in society.

 

You’ll gain an understanding of the historical basis, foundations and fundamentals of non-profit organizations and their leadership. You’ll also learn how to best manage, govern, and adapt to an ever-changing environment. You’ll discuss the legal and ethical environment which surrounds non-profit boards and managers, and how to develop financial resources and management, marketing and communication techniques. Additionally, you’ll explore the role of the governing board in the non-profit organizations.

$500
Understanding Public Policy

Explore the importance between public administration and the formulation of public policy which encompasses political and organizational perspectives as they relate in the policymaking process, including strategic mapping, policy leadership skills, and negotiation.

$500
Foundations of Public Administration
$500
Research Methods for Business and Management

Develop your understanding of research in general and business. You’ll address both academic business research and business consultancy research and examine the concepts and theories underlying research, as well as the practice of research.


This course has an applied focus. Your readings and assignments are designed to identify a feasible research topic and develop a research proposal for academic business or business consultancy research. You will examine how research problems and questions may be identified, and the process of achieving thoughtful, effective, and efficient research design. You will also investigate the importance of the literature review and how it can be carried out for optimal effectiveness in research.

 

Learn the research methodologies and methods, as well as the techniques of the research process as applied to business, whether as a business consultant or as an academic researcher. You will also study the philosophical and epistemological assumptions underpinning the research approaches and methodologies, as well as their role in determining the design and implementation of the research. Finally, you will also gain an understanding of the ethical aspects of research and consultancy.

$500

For entry into this program you will need…

 

  • An accredited bachelor’s degree
  • UCC Global teaches all programs and courses in English. Applicants whose most recent education was not in English will need to demonstrate English language proficiency by completing an approved English language test such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Both TOEFL Paper-based (PBT) and TOEFL Internet-based (IBT) are accepted.

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