Public Administration, MPA (Emergency Management)

Master of Public Administration Degree with a Concentration in Emergency Management

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 39
    Credits
  • $365.00
    In-State
  • $600.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program offers a concentration in Emergency Management which is designed to develop skills to prevent, plan and prepare for large-scale natural or man-made disasters.

Students of the Public Administration, MPA (Emergency Management) program gain skills to:

  • Coordinate inter-agency and inter-jurisdictional involvement.
  • Implement effective recovery strategies after a disaster takes place.
  • Utilize the National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Students choose the online Master of Public Administration program because of the:

  • High-quality curriculum from a distinguished, accredited university.
  • Low tuition from a convenient, accessible location.
  • Faculty members regarded as national and international scholars and leaders in the field of public administration.
  • Flexible coursework offered 100% online, allowing for personal and skill development on a schedule that is conducive to busy professionals.
  • A community of scholars and practitioners who share a deep commitment to effective teaching and rigorous research on public administration.

Career Outlook: In today's working world, an advanced degree is essential. A degree in public administration prepares graduates for leadership positions in state and local government, health care administration, nonprofit management and human resources management. According to the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, graduate education is expected to continue giving persons working or seeking careers in the public and nonprofit sectors a competitive edge.

This program is ideal for professionals looking to work in areas such as:

  • Public service
  • Health care management
  • Federal, state and local government
  • Nonprofit management
  • Human resource management

More about the Public Administration, MPA:

The mission of the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is to strengthen public service in a democratic and diverse society by educating students to manage and lead public and nonprofit institutions effectively, ethically and democratically. The MPA degree is the recognized graduate degree for professionals in public service.

A master's degree in Public Administration is more than a professional degree. It’s a gateway to transforming society through a career in public service. The mission of the program is to strengthen public service in a democratic, yet diverse society by educating students who manage and lead public and nonprofit institutions effectively, ethically and democratically.

The online MPA offers several concentrations, including:

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice 
  • Local Government
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Management
  • Public Policy
  • Emergency Management

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    The personal essay or statement includes information that will help the selection committee understand your interest in a profession in the public or nonprofit sectors. Please include professional goals (currently and 10 years from now) and how the MPA can help you achieve these goals.

  5. 2 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions.
  2. Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EMGT 8430Response, Recovery & Resilience3
This course addresses the post-impact/disaster phases of Emergency Management, including response, recovery, and resiliency. The class focuses on disasters declarations and assistance, interagency cooperation, unified and incident command, operational application of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the political, legal, social, and economic considerations inherent with responding to and recovering from emergencies. Prerequisites: Students must have completed or be concurrently taking the beginning core of the MPA curriculum
PA 4560Intergovernmental Management3
This course is for students wanting to improve their knowledge and understanding of intergovernmental relations as they impact policy and administration in the United States. (Cross-listed with PA-8566.)
PA 8990Capstone Project for Public Administration3
The purpose of this course is to allow students to integrate their graduate public administration course experiences into a project that reflects the cumulative knowledge gained from their class instruction. This class is intended only for students who are completing the master of public administration degree. The course can be taken as an alternative to comprehensive exams. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 30 hours in the M.P.A. program and school permission.
PA 8300Policy Design & Implementation3
This course examines the formulation, adoption, implementation and evaluation of public policy. Important topics include the basic features of American government, the causes and determinants of public policies, the dynamics of decision-making in the public sector, the obstacles to "successful" public programs, and the criteria for the assessment of a public program's impact. Special emphasis is given to the role public manager’s play within the policy process. Prereq: PA 8010, 8050, and 8090 Not open to nondegree students.
PA 8120Analysis & Decision Making3
This course is designed to assist students develop their skills in quantitative analysis of information relevant to public affairs. The course introduces students to fundamentals of research designs, strategies of data collection and basic statistical analysis.
PA 8090Seminar in Organization Theory & Behavior3
Study of the various approaches to understanding public organizations and people in them with special emphasis on the design, functioning and management of public agencies. Not open to non-degree students.
PA 8400Public Budgeting3
The purpose of the course is to familiarize public administration students with the basic characteristics and features of public budgets and enable them to deal competently with them. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.
CPH 514Planning & Evaluation3
This course is designed to prepare the graduate student, professional student or fellow to apply multi-leveled evidence-based policy and program approaches to improve public health. The course will guide students through planning and evaluating the impact of public health strategies based on the reach, effectiveness, scalability, implementation quality and sustainability of these approaches in complicated and complex systems.
PA 8100Advanced Management & Leadership for Public & Non-Profit Professionals3
This course is designed to advance students’ understanding and techniques about the role of leadership and ethics in the public and nonprofit sectors. Special attention will be paid on the application of theories of leadership and ethics to manage various boundary spanning activities including managing external relationships, collaborations/networks, performance, and innovation and change.
PA 8050Foundations of Public Service3
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the art and science of public administration and to enable the student to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities requisite to the pursuit of graduate education in public administration.
EMGT 8060Planning, Preparedness & Mitigation3
This course addresses the pre-disaster phases of Emergency Management, including planning, preparedness, and mitigation. The class covers the National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and their influence on modern community Emergency Management and Homeland Security. EMGT 8060 is intended to prepare students for the various tangible and intangible considerations EMGT professionals face when planning and preparing for disasters, either natural or man-made. Prerequisites: Students must have completed or be concurrently taking the beginning core of the MPA curriculum

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$365.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$417.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1095.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1251.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$600.00
Fees
$0.00
Total
$600.00

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1800.00
Fees
$0.00
Total
$1800.00
About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJun 01
  • Spring SemesterOct 01