Online Public Administration, MPA | University of Nebraska at Omaha

Public Administration, MPA (Emergency Management)

Master of Public Administration

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    39
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $365.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $600.00

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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. Its 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


This program is described by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration as a model program.
Njoki Mwarumba, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Njoki Mwarumba's research interests include public health disasters, social vulnerability and how people viewed as otherwise vulnerable leverage social capital, indigenous knowledge and local skills in disasters. Dr. Mwarumba's dissertation was an examination of select indicators of social vulnerability and determinants of health, and their impact on the global community during the H1N1 2009 pandemic. The dissertation encapsulates Dr. Mwarumbas interest in the role of social vulnerability during public health disasters for purposes of engaging and bolstering social capital and indigenous knowledge towards more resilient communities.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. A written personal statement

    What are the factors in your background that will help us understand your interest in a profession in the public or nonprofit sectors? What are your professional goals? Ten years from now, what do you hope to be doing professionally? How can an MPA from UNO help you to achieve these goals?

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

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


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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 1
Spring Semester
October 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EMGT 8060Planning, Preparedness & Mitigation3

Course Number: EMGT 8060

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.

EMGT 8430Response, Recovery & Resilience3

Course Number: EMGT 8430

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 consider

PA 8050Foundations of Public Service3

Course Number: PA 8050

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.

PA 8090Seminar in Organizational Theory & Behavior3

Course Number: PA 8090

A 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.

PA 8100Advanced Management & Leadership for Public & Nonprofit Professionals3

Course Number: PA 8100

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 8120Analysis & Decision Making3

Course Number: PA 8120

This course assists students to develop their skills in research design and data analysis, covering both qualitative and quantitative data relevant to public affairs. The course introduces students to the fundamentals of research design, data collection, data and statistical analysis and drawing pertinent policy and management.

PA 8300Policy Design & Implementation3

Course Number: PA 8300

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 managers play within the policy process.

PA 8400Public Budgeting3

Course Number: PA 8400

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.

PA 8530Planning & Evaluation3

Course Number: PA 8530

The basic question presented in this course is how we can use strategic planning and evaluation to build public and nonprofit organizations that function creatively and effectively, and that enhance the overall public value of their services.

PA 8566Intergovernmental Management3

Course Number: PA 8566

This course is directed at those who wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of intergovernmental relations as it impacts policy and administration in the United States. The course will look at history and theoretical underpinnings of intergovernmental relations, the different elements of these relationships and review specific management arenas that are affected by these relationships. (Cross-listed with PA 4560).

PA 8990Capstone Project for Public Administration3

Course Number: PA 8990

The Capstone Project offers each student the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the theory and practice of public administration by applying the knowledge and skills gained in the MPA program to a project of the student's choice. This involves completing a project report reflecting the cumulative knowledge gained from these experiences. The course is intended only for students who are completing their Masters of Public Administration (MPA).

Cost for 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

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $600.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $652.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1800.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1956.75

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    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

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