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Management and Leadership

The M&L specialization prepares future leaders and the individuals who will assume major management responsibilities at the local, state and/or federal level. Leadership and management are needed now more than ever. The public demand for excellence in the management of public resources has never been stronger. Virtually every level of government faces unprecedented pressure for improved accountability while striving to provide high levels of service at low cost. This growing challenge requires a keen understanding of complex financial mechanisms, management and leadership theories and practices, and the ability of government to work with the private and nonprofit sectors.

 Management & Leadership Alumni Jobs 

  • Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Senior Budget Analyst, City of Pittsburgh, Office of Management and Budget
  • Asst Director, National Policy Programs, Rural Policy Research Institute
  • Asst Director of Operations, State of Maryland, Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Policy Analyst, State of Maryland, Office of Legislative Services
  • Deputy Director, Communications, Office of the Comptroller, State of Maryland
  • State Representative, Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Analyst, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Budget and Management Analyst, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
  • Senior Associate, Under-Secretariat of Treasury, Turkey
  • Asset Manager, Urban Housing Solutions, Inc.


Management & Leadership Specialization Curriculum

In addition to meeting the overall requirements of their degree program, students electing to specialize in management & leadership complete four requirements:

(1) Networks: Leading and Managing Across Sectors (PUAF 698T) - This course reviews the concept of cross-sector governance and provides both a theoretical understanding and a practical grounding. It focuses on the roles and relationships of institutions in the public, private and non-profit sectors in pursuing public purposes such as emergency management, economic development, environmental protection, transportation, education, and human investment. (Prerequisite: PUAF688G 'Management and Accountability')

(2) Performance Management - Leading for Results (PUAF 689X) - This course provides frameworks, tools, and skills to improve program results in an environment where policy challenges span organizational boundaries with special attention to third party program implementation.  The course will examine several results-oriented frameworks and case illustrations such as the Government Performance and Results Act, the use of performance dashboards at the state and local level, the Obama Administration’s initiatives on performance, and international and US initiatives to foster civic engagement through open government and web based performance reporting. (Prerequisite: PUAF688G 'Management and Accountability')

(3) One elective public management and leadership course from the list below:

  • PUAF 752 "Managing Differences"
  • PUAF 753 "Advanced Negotiations"
  • PUAF 798Y "Non-Profit Management"
  • PUAF 698P "Issues in Information Policy & Technology"
  • Any MFL "Leadership" Course

(4) One MFL public finance or acquisitions course

MPP Only:  PUAF 790 "MFL Project Course" (in the core requirements for MPP program)

Centers Conducting Management & Leadership Research

Center for Public Policy & Private Enterprise (CPPPE)
Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (CPNL)


Management & Leadership Specialization Director

For more information on the Management & Leadership specialization, contact:

Dr. Elizabeth Duke