Henry W. Bloch School of Management

Emphasis Areas

The Bloch School’s M.P.A. program has three different emphasis areas that students may choose from. Additionally, students may tailor a general or specific program not covered in the below emphasis areas in order to meet individual needs or job requirements. Such a program must be developed in consultation with a faculty advisor.

After choosing an emphasis area, students must fill out a Declaration of Emphasis Area form (PDF) (if the emphasis area was not previously listed on the UMKC application, or the student has changed emphasis areas).


Nonprofit Management (12 hours)

Nonprofit organizations are integral to the social and civic fabric of every community in America. They help sustain and strengthen our communities, combat illiteracy, educate disadvantaged youth and enhance our quality of life through the arts and culture. The M.P.A. in nonprofit management prepares students with the knowledge and skills essential to careers leading and managing nonprofit public service organizations. Management in nonprofit organizations shares many elements with management in other sectors, yet some of the most crucial management and leadership tasks in nonprofits are unique. And the Bloch School created one of the country's first and most respected academic programs in nonprofit management.

Faculty contact: Dr. David Renz, 816-235-2342 or Dr. Brent Never, 816-235-1413

This emphasis requires 12 credit hours and includes the following courses:

  • PUB-ADM 455: Nonprofit Leadership Issues (1 hour)
  • PUB-ADM 495: Volunteerism, Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector in the United States (1 hour)
  • PUB-ADM 5551: Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations
  • PUB-ADM 5552: Community Organizations and Public Policy
  • PUB-ADM 5553: Legal Framework and Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations
  • PUB-ADM 5554: Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship
  • PUB-ADM 5555: Topics in Nonprofit Fundraising (1-2 hours each)
  • PUB-ADM 5556: Innovation in Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • PUB-ADM 5582: Developing and Managing the Nonprofit Social Enterprise
  • PUB-ADM 5598A: Supervised Research in Nonprofit Management(1-3 hours)
  • HLTH-ADM 5571: Financial Management Issues in Health and Human Services Organizations

Students choosing the nonprofit emphasis should choose at least six of their twelve emphasis-area credit hours from among the following courses: PUB-ADM 495, PUB-ADM 5551, PUB-ADM 5553, and PUB-ADM 5556.

Urban Policy and Administration (12 hours)

The Urban Policy and Administration emphasis area provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for roles in leadership and analysis in governmental, nonprofit, and private sector organizations engaged in solving urban problems. The interdependent character of urban regions means that problems are not confined to particular neighborhoods or individual cities, and the solutions to the most vexing urban challenges often require collaborative actions involving organizations throughout the region from all three sectors. The large and diverse set of organizations working in the bi-state Kansas City metropolitan region provides an excellent setting for students to learn the conceptual frameworks, policy tools, and methods of analysis that entrepreneurial and innovative leaders use to understand and engage these "wicked" urban problems.

Faculty contact: Dr. Jered Carr, 816-235-5177 (initial contact through email is encouraged)

Required:

Three courses selected from the following:

Students choosing the urban administration emphasis are allowed no more than three hours of internship to fulfill the emphasis area. Additional internship hours will count as electives.

*Topics in Community Economic Development are 1-3 credit workshop courses offered through the Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs. Students may apply up to three credit hours from these courses toward their emphasis in Urban Policy and Administration.

Click here for a description of these courses. Please keep in mind that although every course is listed in the catalog, not every course is offered every semester. Check the schedule for a current semester's offerings, either via Pathway (UMKC SSO required) or this printable schedule.

Health Services Administration (9 hours)

The Health Services Administration program area enables students to acquire the knowledge and skills that are currently in demand in the field of health care in the United States. As the health care economy has grown, it also has become diverse in occupational structure, modes of service delivery and client demographics. Health administrators find that they must develop innovative administrative skills and approaches in order to meet these challenges. In addition to the increasing opportunities in hospital administration, the number of employment opportunities outside of traditional hospital administration also continues to grow rapidly.

Faculty contact: Dr. Arif Ahmed, 816-235-2319 or Dr. Sarah Martin-Anderson, 816-235-2689

This emphasis requires 9 hours of coursework and includes the following courses:

  • HLTH-ADM 5571: Financial Management Issues in Health and Human Service Organizations
  • HLTH-ADM 5577: Health Service Administration and the Health Professions
  • HLTH-ADM 5578: The Evaluation and Control of Health Services
  • HLTH-ADM 5580: Economics of Health and Medicine
  • HLTH-ADM 5581: Health Policy in the United States
  • HLTH-ADM 5586: Supervised Research in Health Services Administration (independent study or internship)
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