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Public Management vs. Private Management

Political scientists, legislators, educators, business executives, lawyers, consumerists—practically everyone, it sometimes seems—is calling for better public management. For businessmen, the need is especially important because they feel surrounded by government institutions with which they are legally required to interact. However, management in the public sector differs from corporate management in several important ways:


Public sector managers frequently must:

  • Accept goals that are set by organizations other than their own.

  • Operate structures designed by groups other than their own.

  • Work with people whose careers are in many respects outside management’s control.

  • Accomplish their goals in less time than is allowed for corporate managers.

  • Accountable to general public while in private the accountability is made by owner(s).

  • Is a political process while, private is a business activity. The goal is a welfare oriented while in private the goal is profit oriented.

Course Description
Executive Master in Public Administration
Become a Leader in the Sphere of Public Administration

An Executive Master’s degree in public administration (EMPA) is the accepted professional credential for public service professionals. By earning this degree, you can gain the skill set required to become an effective and highly in-demand leader, with the flexibility to move between government and nongovernmental careers. For example, in the United States. there is an increasing need for leaders in the public sector as approximately 550,000 federal employees prepare for retirement. This transition is energizing the already strong demand for trained public administration professionals in the nonprofit and nongovernmental sectors.


The United States Institute of Leadership and Diplomacy's EMPA program is designed to help you enhance your ability to understand, analyze, and control your organizational environment to manage more effectively and to promote positive change in the public and nonprofit sectors.

You will be blended with theoretical and applied concepts. Curriculum covers organizational governance, finance, and administration while also providing "real-world" experiences for the novice administrator. The program offers elective courses from many areas including:

  • nonprofit management

  • policy analysis and evaluation

  • public budgeting and financial management

  • state-local government and administration

Schedule Options


We’ve designed two convenient scheduling options for EMPA students. The EVENING option is popular among state residents and international students.

  • Complete the program in less than one year (September – May) full-time, or two years part-time.

  • Most courses are offered on weekday evenings, with one required course on Saturday afternoon.

The SATURDAY option appeals to students who work full-time during the week.

  • Complete the program in less than one year by taking two courses each Saturday for 28 weeks (September – May).

  • Start the program with one intensive, required course taught over four weekdays (9:00am - 5:30pm) in late August.

  • Take your other courses during the day on Saturday, beginning at 9:00am.

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