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Master of Public Administration Graduate

M.P.A. with 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 2018: August 10, 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

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.

We reflect the public service values that follow in our mission, and emphasize them in our academic program and practice. Our values are consistent with those of the University.

Public service: serving public interests by contributing to the field through public administration projects by providing business, management, and cross-discipline know-how to resolve public sector problems.

Accountability: determining and communicating optional and optimal courses of action by applying leading edge leadership, management, strategic, best practice, and analytical models and methods to public organizational issues.

Integrity and ethical decision making: applying the professional ethics code and additional relevant principles and frameworks to promote trust, fairness, and representativeness, and to help guide objective decision-making.

Diversity: applying diversity frameworks to organizational challenges to help utilize multiple perspectives, to promote opportunities for all, and to avoid discrimination. This allows us to work effectively in the public sector environment.

Engagement: relating effectively with participants to add value; e.g., faculty designing learning experiences to enhance student achievement of learning outcomes, the College of Business supporting faculty for professional development, and the PA Group supporting professional community activities.

Innovation: using teaching, research, scholarship and service creatively and effectively to benefit education and the academic, professional, and public sector community.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Public Administration degree program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Determine optional/optimal courses of action to public sector challenges.
  2. Contribute to the policy process.
  3. Apply leadership management, strategic, decision-making, and continuous improvement values, principles and best practices to public sector organizational situations.
  4. Apply legal, ethical and diversity frameworks to organizational challenges in public sector organizations.
  5. Analyze public sector organizations using financial/economic, statistical and technological models.
  6. Contribute to the field through public administration projects.
  7. Communicate effectively (interpersonally, in writing and verbally) in the public sector organizational context.

The purpose of assessing student achievement of the Master of Public Administration's (M.P.A.) Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) is to continually enhance the quality of our program. This also assists us in fulfilling our relevant goals and objectives consistent with University, College and accrediting body standards. The 2013-2014 results are below.

On November 17, 2014, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) acknowledged our Self Study Report and recommended that we proceed with a Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) Site Visit to evaluate our alignment with their standards.

One of NASPAA's standards states that we develop "competencies related to our mission, public service values and the abilities to:

  • lead and manage in public governance;
  • participate in and contribute to the policy process;
  • analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions;
  • articulate and apply a public service perspective; and
  • communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry."

Please use the legend below with the following graphs. The graphs show how the results of the Assessment of the M.P.A. Program Learning Outcomes Results align with NASPAA's five key abilities.

Vertical Axis Label In Graphs That Follow
M.P.A. Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Upon successful completion of the Master of Public Administration Program, graduates will be able to:
PLO 1 Determine optional/optimal courses of action to public sector challenges.
PLO 2 Contribute to the policy process.
PLO 3 Apply (a) leadership / management, (b) strategic / decision-making, and (c) continuous improvement values, principles and best practices to public sector situations.
PLO 4a Apply legal frameworks to organizational challenges in public sector organizations.
PLO 4bc Apply ethical and diversity frameworks to organizational challenges in public sector organizations.
PLO 5 Analyze public sector organizations using (a) financial/economic, (b) statistical and (c) technological models.
PLO 6 Contribute to the field through public administration projects.
PLO 7a Communicate effectively interpersonally in the public sector organizational context.
PLO 7b Communicate effectively in writing in the public sector organizational context.
PLO 7c Communicate effectively verbally in the public sector organizational context.
Additional Measures from Specific Courses
PUB 5409 Public Administration Theory and Application, evaluate ~ PA values
PUB 5922 Emergency Management in the Public Sector, innovation ~ policy decisions
PUB 5403a M.P.A. Integrative Capstone, recommend optimal solution
PUB 5403b M.P.A. Integrative Capstone, demonstrate transparency

Universal Competency 1
Universal Competency 2
Universal Competency 3
Universal Competency 4
Universal Competency 5
  • Courses offered Saturdays on the Davie campus 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.

As of fall 2017, there are 99 students enrolled in M.P.A. coursework at NSU.

The five-year completion rate for the class entering Fall of 2011 is 51.5%.

MPA Employment figures

*Data based on a response rate of 65.6%.

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.

For students who need to meet the prerequisites for American government and statistics, the M.P.A. program also offers two foundations workshops. These workshops are equivalent to an undergraduate course in the topics covered. The workshops provide students one means to meet the prerequisites. Students may meet the prerequisite by another means in consultation with their academic advisors.

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  

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.

Because Master's level study extends knowledge and skills acquired in both the classroom and workplace, each of our programs of study assume prerequisite knowledge in selected content areas.

  • Completion of the following undergraduate course sequence (C or higher and for the foundation courses to transfer, the Bachelor’s degree has to have been completed/earned within 5 years from the date of graduation from your Bachelor's degree program):
    • American Government
    • Statistics

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

Prerequisite Course Descriptions

Click on the picture to view the faculty member's biography

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

Jack Pinkowski
Jack Pinkowski, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Associate Professor

Terrell Manyak
Terrell Manyak, Ph.D.

John Carroll
John Carroll, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

James Agbodzakey
James Agbodzakey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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

Jorene Jameson, Ph.D., CFRE
Jorene Jameson, Ph.D., CFRE

Kristi Caravella
Kristi Caravella, Ph.D.

Donna Comrie
Donna Comrie, Ph.D.

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

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

Kenrick Pierre
Kenrick Pierre, Ph.D.

Jeffrey M. Silbert
Jeffrey M. Silbert, Ph.D.

Leslie Taylor
Leslie Taylor, Ph.D.

Murray Widner
Murray Widner, D.P.A.

Natacha Yacinthe
Natacha Yacinthe, Ph.D.

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