Public Administration (Emergency Management), MPA
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The MPA program with a concentration in emergency management provides students with the skills and knowledge to manage and assume positions of leadership within the field of emergency management. An all-hazards and all-threats orientation provides the student with a generalist perspective which is critically important for the disaster managers of today and tomorrow. In addition, this program examines community resilience from a systems perspective, embracing government, private, nonprofit and civic roles. The program also provides an understanding of how community members respond to the need to prepare for, endure and recover from disasters and provides the ability to utilize multiple communication methods to help community members before, during and after these emergencies.

 

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The MPA program with a concentration in emergency management provides students with the skills and knowledge to manage and assume positions of leadership within the field of emergency management.

An all-hazards and all-threats orientation provides the student with a generalist perspective, which is critically important for the disaster managers of today and tomorrow. In addition, this program examines community resilience from a systems perspective, embracing government, private, nonprofit and civic roles. The program provides an understanding of how community members respond to the need to prepare for, endure and recover from disasters and provides the ability to utilize multiple communication methods to help community members before, during and after these emergencies.

Program offered

Public Administration (Emergency Management), MPA

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Location
Downtown

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application deadlines

Applicants to the MPA and MPP programs are accepted year-round. Students may be granted admission for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Priority application deadlines:

July 1 for Fall semester
Nov 1 for Spring semester
April 1 for Summer semester

Program requirements

Required Core (24 credit hours)
PAF 501 Public Service Research I (3)
PAF 502 Public Service Research II (3)
PAF 503 Public Affairs (3)
PAF 504 Microeconomics of Public Policy I (3)
PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis (3)
PAF 506 Public Budgeting and Finance (3)
PAF 507 Public Human Resource Management (3)
PAF 508 Organization Behavior (3)

Required Concentration (9 credit hours)
PAF 520 Public Management (3)
PAF 552 Integrated Emergency Management (3)
PAF 555 Information Technology in Emergency Management (3)

Electives or Research (6 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
PAF 509 Public Affairs Capstone (3)

Additional Curriculum Information
Students should see the academic unit for a complete list of approved electives.

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