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Leadership and Management specialization

Based on a long tradition of an outstanding faculty of scholars and practitioners, we offer a specialization in leadership and management in cross-sector engagement and partnership. The Leadership and Management 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.

Leadership and Management specialization curriculum

In addition to meeting the core requirements of their degree program, students specializing in Leadership and Management are required to take:

  • Networks: Leading and Managing Across Sectors (PLCY698T) Reviews the concept of cross-sector governance and provides both a theoretical understanding and a practical grounding. 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: PLCY688G 'Governance: Management and Accountability')
  • Performance Management: Leading for Results (PLCY689X) 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. Examines 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: PLCY688G 'Governance: Management and Accountability')
  • Two of the following:
    • Nonprofit Management and Leadership (PLCY798Y)
    • Federal Acquisitions: Concepts and Management (PLCY689A)
    • Federal Budget (PLCY717)
    • State, Local and Nonprofit Financial Management (PLCY688F)

Sample plan of study for the Leadership and Management (LM) specialization

Below is an example of how a student in this specialization may progress towards her MPP degree semester by semester. It does not represent the only way to sequence the courses.

Centers conducting Management & Leadership research

  • Center for Public Policy & Private Enterprise (CPPPE)
  • Do Good Institute

Management and Leadership specialization curriculum for students admitted before Fall 2019

Students admitted before Fall 2019 may meet the Management and Leadership specialization requirements by completing the courses below:

(1) Networks: Leading and Managing Across Sectors (PLCY698T) 

(2) Performance Management: Leading for Results (PLCY689X)

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

  • PLCY752 "Managing Differences"
  • PLCY798Y "Nonprofit Management and Leadership"
  • PLCY699G "Leadership in Groups & Organizations"
  • PLCY689Z "Strategic Management for Nonprofit and Public Organizations"
  • Any "Leadership" course in the following specializations: Management & Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Public Sector Financial Management, and Federal Acquisitions.

(4) One public finance or acquisitions course

For more information, please contact the Management & Leadership specialization head, Dr. Elizabeth Duke, eduke1@umd.edu.