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Master of Public Administration Graduate

M.P.A. concentration in Disaster and Emergency Management

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Mission Statement

The mission of the M.P.A. program is to enhance local and state governance as well as nonprofit organizations through education, research and service. On-campus and accessible distance-learning educational programs are provided in public administration for a diverse student population to enhance and advance their careers as managers. The program cultivates analytical skills and public service values like accountability, integrity, diversity and ethical decision-making by engaging students and faculty in innovative, life-long learning experiences.

Admissions Deadlines:

Fall I 2018: August 10, 2018
Winter I 2018: December 14, 2018


The Nova Southeastern University Master of Public Administration Program is accredited by the NASPAA Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation and listed on the Annual Roster of Accredited Programs in conformity with NASPAA standards. View Program Data

Meet the leadership challenges in one of the fastest growing segments of public administration.

With more than 40 years of experience in public administration, the Huizenga College of Business is uniquely poised to meet the needs of an expanding population and government through training and community development. The Master of Public Administration program develops skills to lead public and community agencies, as well as to understand the social, economic, and political context in which public decisions are made.

The M.P.A. program's curriculum has been designed to meet public sector, government, and nonprofit needs in the new millennium based on emerging theory, employee surveys, and focus groups of professional administrators. The result is one of the most current, relevant, and practically focused curriculum anywhere.

  • Courses offered Saturdays on the Davie campus, select campuses, and online.
  • Program can be completed in as little as 21 months.
  • Program begins two times annually with starts in August and January.
  • International students on a F1 visa are not eligible for this program.

For more information about the program, please contact:

The Office of Graduate Admissions
(954) 262-5168
1-800-672-7223 ext. 25168
  • A conferred bachelor's degree earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or equivalent for international applicants, with a 3.0 GPA overall may be considered for admission.
  • Applicants with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 overall or in the last 60 credit hours of their undergraduate program may be considered for admission, based on the overall review of the application package.
  • Applicants with a GPA between 2.25-2.49 overall or in the last 60 credit hours of their undergraduate program, and/or applicants with an undergraduate degree from a non-regionally accredited institution may be granted admission at the discretion of the Dean in consultation with the M.P.A. Faculty Admissions Committee. This consideration is based on an overall review of the application package.
  • For all applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0, the M.P.A. Faculty Admissions Committee reserves the right to place conditions on the applicants' first terms, such as: remedial coursework in appropriate subjects, limit course enrollment to appropriate levels, suspend or dismiss such applicants based upon first term course grades or require GMAT scores of 450+ or GRE scores of 306+.
  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS or PTE Academic) is required for any applicant whose native language is not English and whose bachelor's degree education was not completed in English. The minimum required scores are as follows: a TOEFL score of 550 (paper test) or 79 (Internet test), a score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or a score of 54 on the PTE Academic exam. Test scores cannot be more than two years old. A letter on official letterhead from the applicant's prior university stating that all bachelor's degree course material was taught and studied in English may suffice for the TOEFL requirement.

Required Admissions Documentation:

  1. Completed Master's Application for Admission.
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. The applicant's bachelor degree transcript must show degree conferral date in order to be evaluated for admission consideration. Electronic transcripts can be sent to Hard copies may be mailed to:
    Nova Southeastern University
    Enrollment Processing Services (EPS)
    Attn: H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
    3301 College Avenue
    PO Box 299000
    Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida 33329-9905
  4. Resume
  5. 2 Letters of Recommendation from employment supervisors (Only required if students overall GPA is less than a 3.0).
  6. An essay of 500-750+ words explaining why you wish to pursue the Master of Public Administration degree and how it will help to fulfill their personal and professional goals. Also, describe in detail your accomplishments, experiences, value, potential for professional excellence and commitment to complete the degree program.

International Applicants

To be considered for acceptance into the M.P.A. program, international applicants must fulfill additional admission criteria.

Applications are evaluated as soon as the student's file is complete.

The M.P.A. curriculum is divided into three sections: a core, a concentration, and a capstone. All students are required to complete the core courses. Students individually select a concentration, as well as the courses within the selected concentration, which best achieves their personal career goals. To complete their program of study, students select a capstone that best suits their personal learning needs based on their work backgrounds.

Total credits: 42

I. Core Curriculum:

Each of the following courses is required – 21 total credits
MGT 5000* Orientation for Success  (0 credits)
PUB 5409* Public Administration in Theory and Application  
PUB 5419 Public Sector Human Resource Management  
PUB 5429 Public Sector Statistical Analysis  
PUB 5439 Administrative Law and Ethics in the Public Sector  
PUB 5449 Public Policy Analysis  
PUB 5459 Managing Information and Technology in the Public Sector  
PUB 5469 Public Finance  
* MGT 5000 and PUB 5409 must be taken in the first semester.

II. Concentration

Disaster and Emergency Management
(Classes with DEM prefix are taken from the College of Osteopathic Medicine – 3 required courses and 3 elective courses, 18 total credits)

Required Courses

DEM 5001 Biostatistics
PUB 5922 Emergency Management in the Public Sector
PUB 5925 Leadership in the Public Sector

Elective Courses (Choose three)

DEM 5020 Preparedness, Planning, Mitigation, and Continuity Management
DEM 5070 Risk Assessment and Mitigation
DEM 5090 Weapons of Mass Threat and Communicable Diseases
DEM 6110 Community Vulnerability Assessment
DEM 6424 Community Disaster Preparedness

III. Capstone*

Choose one – 3 total credits
PUB 5945 Master of Public Administration Integrative Seminar
(Term-long online course with one week-end meeting on the main campus)
PUB 5941 Public Administration Internship
PUB 5949 Public Administration Practicum
* Must be taken during the last two terms of the student's curriculum and student must be in good academic standing to register.

Full-Time professionals are available to discuss the Master of Public Administration curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.672.7223 Ext. 25168 or contact our Enrollment Services Staff.

Course Descriptions

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George L. Hanbury, II, Ph.D.
University President and CEO, Professor

Jennifer O'Flannery Anderson
Jennifer O'Flannery Anderson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Advancement and Community Relations, Lecturer

Irv Rosenbaum
Irv Rosenbaum, D.P.A.
Vice Chancellor and Provost of the Health Professions Division, Senior Lecturer

James Agbodzakey
James Agbodzakey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

John Carroll
John Carroll, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

D. Ryan Miller
D. Ryan Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Kristi Caravella
Kristi Caravella, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Donna Comrie
Donna Comrie, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

A. Victor Ferreros
A. Victor Ferreros, Ph.D.

Jorene Jameson, Ph.D., CFRE
Jorene Jameson, Ph.D., CFRE
Adjunct Professor

Terrell Manyak
Terrell Manyak, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Jane Patricia Mitchell
Jane Patricia Mitchell, D.P.A.
Adjunct Professor

Kenrick Pierre
Kenrick Pierre, Ph.D.

Jack Pinkowski
Jack Pinkowski, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Dale Sugerman
Dale Sugerman, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Natacha Yacinthe
Natacha Yacinthe, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Murray Widner
Murray Widener, D.P.A.

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