Emphasis Areas

The Bloch School’s M.P.A. program has three emphasis areas that students may choose from. Additionally, students may tailor a general or specific program not covered in the emphasis areas in order to meet individual interests or career objectives. Such a program must be developed with the approval of a faculty advisor.

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

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. The Bloch School created one of the country’s first and most respected academic programs in nonprofit management.

Faculty contact: Dr. Brent Never, 816-235-1413

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

REQUIRED (9 hours)

ELECTIVES (3 hours from the following)

The Urban Policy and Management 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. Arif Ahmed, 816-235-2319

This emphasis requires 12 hours of coursework and includes the following courses:

REQUIRED (6 hours):

ELECTIVES (6 hours 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.

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 via Pathway.

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 healthcare delivery settings, the number of employment opportunities in healthcare technology, think-tanks, and advocacy organizations also continues to grow rapidly.

Faculty contact: Dr. Arif Ahmed, 816-235-2319 or Dr. Christopher Garmon, 816-235-2689

This emphasis requires 12 hours of coursework and includes the following courses:

REQUIRED (6 hours):

  • HLTH-ADM 5571: Financial Management Issues in Health and Human Service Organizations -OR- HLTH-ADM 5580: The Economics of Health and Medicine

ELECTIVES (6 hours from the following):

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