Course Catalog

Regent's Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a 36-credit-hour program. See the MPA Degree Plan page for specific degree plans. RSG continually develops classes that help to prepare students to become both philosophically sound and technically efficient. With this goal in mind, new courses are frequently added to the curriculum.

Course Descriptions

GOV 602 Principles of Economics (3)
Study of the Judeo-Christian foundations of economic activity, work and wealth, enterprise and stewardship, money, interest and debt, trade and development and the role of government in the economy.

GOV 603 Governmental Research Methods (3)
Analysis of basic research design strategies. Students attain statistical literacy as they generate and critique research reports normally required in a variety of governmental settings.

GOV 604 Christian Foundations of Government (3)
Offers a biblical perspective of the religious, philosophical, and cultural foundations of Western civilization as expressed in education, law, ethics, biology, politics, science, psychology, sociology, economics and history. It will contrast biblical Christianity with the other principal worldviews in Western civilization: Secular Humanism, Marxism/Leninism and Cosmic Humanism (New Age), and will analyze public policy issues using each worldview.

GOV 621 Public Program Evaluation/Planning (3)
Provides conceptual and methodological tools to analysts charged with assessing and evaluating program implementation. Develop an understanding of different analytic strategies for assessing if a program is being instituted as designed and is reasonably connected to its articulated goals. Focuses on formative and summative evaluations.

GOV 623 Public Policy Initiatives (3)
Covers the basic aspects of various current policy initiatives. Each topic has a class devoted to biblical principles, guest lectures from experts in the related fields and brief oral reports presented by students.

GOV 624 Crisis Management
Builds on the core course "Problem Solving through Strategic Decision Making," and challenges students to think strategically about how to use prior planning to avoid crises, and to think strategically about solving unanticipated political problems. Students are equipped to develop timely, principled responses to crisis situations and to develop ethical approaches to implement damage control strategies.

GOV 630 Public Human Resource Management (3)
Focuses on the history, evolution and modern-day dynamics, policy and issues within human resource management. Discusses examples from all three levels of government.

GOV 634 Public Budgeting and Taxation Policy (3)
Understand how to develop successful fiscal policy initiatives. Specifically, a sufficient understanding of the technical material and the political processes involved in making tax and spending policy in order to effectively interact with other professionals in the development, prosecution and ultimate attainment of a public policy objective. Recommended: complete Principles of Economics or equivalent experience to be determined by the instructor.

GOV 660 Intelligence and National Security (3)
Explores the role of the various U.S. intelligence agencies in assessing foreign and domestic terror threats, developing effective counterterrorism strategies, and thwarting terrorist aggression. Topics include intelligence collection and analysis, domestic vs. foreign intelligence, uses and limits of intelligence for counterterrorism, ethical issues in intelligence, and intelligence oversight and reform.

GOV 669 Public Management (3)
Examination of the management process in federal government and agencies, focusing on contemporary issues and problems facing the modern-day federal manager, how the manager addresses these issues and with what tools. Uses case studies.

GOV 670 Principles of Public Administration (3)
An in depth analysis of the history of the discipline of American public administration and a development of several distinct principles of normative administrative theory and Judeo-Christian ethics based upon classics in the field.

GOV 671 Organizational Theory (3)
Focuses on theories of organizational structure, dynamics, policy and issues within the public organization.

GOV 677 Terrorism and Homeland Defense (3)
Broadens individual understanding of the ever changing nature of international terrorism and its consequences on American society at large. It covers the present-day US domestic and external responses to terrorism and focus on the rise of the US Homeland Security Agency. Also, there is a focus on trends in modern terrorism, especially the proliferation of WMD and what the US can do (or is doing) to counter such trends.

GOV 678 Terrorism/Disaster Consequence Management (3)
Assists local governments and communities in planning and preparing to deal with disasters on the scale of 9/11, major hurricanes, earthquake relief, and other natural and man-made occurrences that involve a large loss of life and/or substantial property and infrastructure damage. Taught in conjunction with experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other local responder agencies, the course is designed to inform the public and local government officials of what it takes to be prepared for disasters and natural occurrences of substantial consequence.

GOV 679 National Security Affairs (3)
Explores how and why national security decisions get made and the manner in which they are made. It is "designed to increase student understanding of the political, organizational, and behavioral phenomena that are relevant to national security decision making at the national level" of political discourse in the United States. Using policy analysis, it focuses on the critical changes within the international and domestic political arenas and explore how these changes impact national security decisions of the President and his key advisors.

GOV 695 Internship (3)
Supervised work experience for the purpose of applying curriculum content to current public policy, political management or public administration issues. Requires approval of advisor through submission of an Individual Study Form and written internship proposal. Political Management students may fulfill the internship requirement with volunteer and/or paid positions with two or more political campaigns, in consultation with the Program Director.

GOV 697 Biblical Foundations of Leadership (3)
This capstone course, drawing upon prior coursework and biblical principles, explores political leadership theories, leadership attributes, leader and follower relations, the consequences of good and poor political leadership, how leaders change history and impact society/world, and whether leadership endures after a crisis. Since communication is so important for effective leadership, great political speeches are studied to determine why and how they motivate followers.

LMOL 601 Foundations of Leadership: History, Theory, Application & Development (3)
An understanding of leadership from the wisdom literature from the evolution of leadership/management thought from 1900 to the present. Leadership as a contingent/context-specific application and organizational problems that have leader-follower interaction as a cause.

LMOL 602 Organizational Development: Consulting, Design, Intervention & Evaluation (3)
Provides an understanding of organizational structure and organizational life-cycle development. Students learn the role of the leader as an organizational architect. The course examines the role of the Organizational Development (OD) specialist and how leaders intervene in their own organizations, as well as how consultants intervene in other organizations.

LMOL 603 Organizational Research, Analysis, & Problem Solving (3)
Qualitative and quantitative research methods and data analysis that leaders and consultants use in organizations with particular attention to interview and observation.

LMOL 604 Motivation, Teams, Coaching & Mentoring (3)
Explores the psychological contract between leader and follower that takes any of many forms between two people or between the leader and small groups. Students study group formation and group development, as well as the intricacies of coaching, mentoring, and discipling. Students study organizational behavior and explore how OB concepts affect leadership effectiveness.

LMOL 605 Organizational Communication, Conflict Resolution & Negotiation (3)
Examines organizational communication, including dyadic, small group, formal and informal communication, as well as the relationship of communication to organizational satisfaction and effectiveness. In addition, students study how communication defers in leader-member exchange and mass-communication of charismatic leader/large group interaction.

LMOL 606 Strategic Thinking, Planning & Organizational Change (3)
Compares and contrasts strategic thinking with strategic planning and presents the value of both. Students study the leader's role in organizational change—creating and preventing change, as well as determining the organization's readiness for change. In addition, students explore the reasons for resistance to change and strategies for coping with resistance.

LMOL 607 Leadership, Technology, Job Design, Socio-technical Systems & Innovation (3)
Technology as the study of tools and methods and explores how leaders help followers interact with tools and methods to accomplish the organization's objectives. This includes job design, human-computer interaction, understanding how new technology should cause current tools and methods to change, and how to help followers through the adoption and diffusion of the innovation process.

GOV 693 Managing Not-for-Profit Organizations (3)
From a strategic management perspective, explore principles and practices of management and administration as they apply to not-for-profit organizations. Unique organizational issues covered include board-staff relations; recruiting and motivating volunteers; accountability; organizing for and managing growth; and strategies to respond to changes in the political, economic and cultural environment.

GOV 694 Not-for-Profit Fundraising Development (3)
Provides lectures, case studies, outside speakers, and class discussion of development and advancement issues in the management of not-for-profit ministries. Explores fundraising, including determining sources of support, planning the campaign, and successful strategies; marketing ministries, including promotional campaigns and public relations; and management issues including recruiting and managing volunteers.

GOV 696 Special Topics in Not-for-Profit Management (3)
This course examines some of the contemporary topics in not-for-profit management. The course is highly practical and applied in nature, and invites the student to dig deeply into some of the most pressing areas in the field. Among the interactive pedagogies used in this course are cases, experiential exercises, dialogue, and group activities. This course may be repeated upon advisor approval.