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Public Administration, MPA

Man in City

A Degree for the Greater Good

Earn the credentials you need to help solve the most important issues confronting society today. The MPA degree is the recognized graduate degree for professional positions focusing on the public sector.

This program is described by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration as a model program.

Program Concentration
Program Specialization

Program Description

Ranked 15th nationally among Public Management and Administration Masters programs by U.S. News & World Best Graduate Schools review. The online MPA degree prepares graduates for a career in public service.

With a strong foundation in academic theory, applied research, experiential learning and internships, students will gain the tools of visionary leadership and effective management.

Today's public service professionals make tough decisions regarding the allocation of resources while ensuring social equity. Gain the skills you need to effectively operate in the nonprofit sector to:

  • Plan and implement innovative, efficient and effective strategies affecting constituencies ranging from the most vulnerable to the most affluent populations
  • Protect our natural resources, build our cities, and lead our communities
  • Be a steward of our democratic way of life

NASPAA Recognized

In addition to the Higher Learning Commission accreditation carried by all University of Nebraska campuses, this program is described by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration as a model program.

 

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska Omaha

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Academic Year 2014 - 2015

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed.  Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$318.00$25.00$9.00$4.00$356.00
3 credit hour$954.00$75.00$27.00$12.00$1,068.00

Non-Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$535.50$25.00$9.00$4.00$573.50
3 credit hour$1,606.50$75.00$27.00$12.00$1,720.50

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $57.75 registration fee each semester they enroll in courses.

Tuition listed in the table above is for degree area courses. Tuition for distance education courses in other subject areas, or offered by other colleges may be different. For more information visit the UNO Student Accounts page, or contact a program adviser listed on the Admissions tab of this page.

All MPA students graduate with 39 credit hours. All students take the same 7 core classes (8050, 8010, 8090, 8120, 8300, 8530 or 8440, 8320 or 8330 or 8450), their concentration required courses, and electives.

Concentration Core Requirements (Cross-Functional)

Aviation 9 credit hours AVN 8020, 8095 and 8480
Local Government 9 credit hours PA 8410, 8436 and 8480
Public Management 6 credit hours PA 8400 and 8410
 Public Works 18 credit hours PA 8410, 8420, 8480, UBNS 8060
and two electives 

Specialization Core Requirements (Cross-Functional)

Criminology and Criminal Justice 6 credit hours PA 8400 or 8480 and 8410

Elective Requirements

Aviation 9 credit hours minimum AVN 8045, 8070, 8100, 8155, 8510,
8510, 8106, 8750, 8896, 8906, 8920,
8940, 8030, 8040, 9980, CIVE 8620 
and PA 8990 
Local Goverment 9 credit hours minimum PA 8030, 8040, 8400, 8470, 8566, 8600,
8616, 8990, GEOG 8120, ECON 8850
UBNS 8020, 8060 and CIVE 8610 
Public Management 12 credit hours minimum PA 8110, 8320, 8420, 8440, 8450, 8470
8480, 8500, 8530, 8550, 8566, 8600, 8896
8930 and 8990 
Public Works 9 credit hours minimum PA 8110, 8400, 8436, 8470, 8990, 8750,
8990, AVN 8750, 8086 and 8095 
Criminal Justice 12 credit hours minimum CJ 8010, 8020, 8040, 8050, 8080, 8800
and 8990 (CJ=CJUS,

Other graduate courses in criminal justice
may be appropriate depending upon
student's interests and background.
CJUS 8090 (Independent Study) is not
recommended.)

 

Course Name
Course #
Credits
Core Courses

Public Administration and Democracy

PA 8050
3
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. Prereq: None. Not open to nondegree students.

The Public Economy

PA 8010
3
This course focuses on microeconomics and its application to policy and management in the public and non-profit sectors. The concept of efficiency is developed along with the goal of social equity to help determine the roles of the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Some key issues examined are: the balance between equity and efficiency, government intervention in the market, privatization of public services, and cost benefit analysis. Not open to nondegree students.

Seminar in Organization Theory & Behavior

PA 8090
3
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.

Research Methods

PA 8120
3
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. Not open to non-degree students.

Policy Design and Implementation

PA 8300
3
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.

Organizational Development

PA 8440
3
PA 8440 provides students with the theories and skills necessary to manage organizational change in the public sector. To accomplish this will require that the student become versed in the strategies of organizational development and planning in the public sector while at the same time mastering intervention techniques. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, PA 8090, PA 8120 and completion of at least 24 hours in the MPA. Not open to nondegree students.

Strategic Planning and Management

PA 8530
3
PA 8530 is designed to have the student understand the relationship between public policy, agency strategy, agency operation and the delivery of public services to citizens. It will provide the student an opportunity to devise a model strategy for a public agency or jurisdiction, introduce a variety of systems for managing particular tasks within the public sector and give the student the opportunity to construct operating procedures for a specific public program or subprogram. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, PA 8090, and PA 8120 and completion of at least 24 hours in the MPA program. Not open to non-degree students.

Policy Evaluation

PA 8320
3
PA 8320 is designed to have the students understand the role of evaluation in the policy process, to demonstrate how to conduct and implement evaluations of public programs, to illustrate the procedures for presenting an evaluation report to public officials and citizens, to introduce operational issues and problems associated with management of an office of policy evaluation, and to insure the exploration of conflicts and limitations inherent to public policy evaluation. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, PA 8090, PA 8120 and completion of at least 24 hours in the MPA program. Not open to nondegree students.

Advanced Management Analysis

PA 8450
3
PA 8450 is a study of theory and method related to analysis of problems of organization and workflow in public agencies. The course includes problem analysis, field study methods, design of improved methods, selecting alternatives and developing decision packages. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, PA 8090, PA 8120 and completion of at least 24 hours in the MPA program.

Policy Analysis

PA 8330
3
PA 8330 focuses on the application of analytical techniques to the assessment of alternative courses of public action and the development and design of public programs; utilization and impact of expert analysis by public officials and political groups; impact and role of technical analysis in a democracy; management of policy analysis units within government. Prereq: PA 8050 and PA 8120 Not open to nondegree students.
Elective Courses

Internship in Aviation

AVN 8030/8840
1-6

Prereq: Permission of aviation graduate program coordinator. (1-6) A maximum of 6 hours to be granted upon completion of written report on internship. The internship will be in some area of aviation administration: national, state, local or non-profit agency and in some instances public-oriented private agencies. Students will take the course as Credit/No Credit. May be taken for a maximum of 6 hours of credit.

Internship in Aviation

AVN 8040
1-6
A maximum of 6 hours to be granted upon completion of written report on internship. The internship will be in some area of aviation administration: national, state, local or non-profit agency and in some instances public-oriented private agencies. Students will take the course as Credit/No Credit. May be taken for a maximum of 6 hours of credit. Prereq: Permission of aviation graduate program coordinator.

Airport Safety and Security

AVN 8086
3
This course will explore the role of airports in relation to safety and security. Topics will include regulations, responsibilities, security issues, ramp safety, disaster preparedness, and emergency management. Prereq: AVN 1000 or its equivalent or permission of the instructor. (Cross-listed with AVN-4080.)

Seminar in Police and Society

CJ 8040
3

Prereq: Graduate and permission of instructor.  This course is designed to explore the role of the police in American society. Attention is given to the origins of policing, the nature of police organizations and police work, and patterns of relations between the police and the public. The values of a democratic society as they affect the law enforcement role are discussed.

Public Works Management

PA 8420
3
This course is designed to develop an understanding of the profession of public works management, and its relationship with urban service delivery. Students will learn substantive specialty areas of public works, as well as management techniques to improve service delivery efficiency.

Seminar in Urban Economics

ECON 8850
3
An examination of the theoretical basis for the analysis of urban economic problems with emphasis upon the policy alternatives applicable toward their possible solution. Prereq: At least six hours of upper division course work in economics or permission of the instructor.

Criminal Justice Research Theory and Methodology

CJ 8030
3
Research theory and methodology in the social sciences as applicable to criminal justice; preparation of research designs, conceptual models; sampling procedures; and development of individual research papers. Prereq: Graduate and permission. Not open to nondegree students.

Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis

CJ 8210
3
This course is a survey of program evaluation and policy analysis techniques. The focus is on theoretical foundations of the Criminal Justice policy process, program development and implementation, research designs specific to program evaluation and policy research, and methodological techniques commonly used to evaluate criminal justice programs and policies Prereq: Completion of CJ 8030, Criminal Justice Research, Theory, and Methodology.

Seminar in Corrections

CJ 8050
3

Prereq: Graduate and permission of instructor.  This course is designed to give an analytical perspective to the history, development, implementation and future of critical issues in the field of corrections. Primary focus will be directed toward an exploration of the various theoretical approaches to corrections and the research intended to support or refute these perspectives.

Seminar in the Criminal Court System

CJ 8060
3

Prereq: Graduate and permission of instructor. This course is designed to provide a social science perspective on the role of the courts in the criminal justice system. The ideals of the system will be compared with actual functioning, and court reform programs and proposals will be critically examined.

Seminar in Administration of Justice

CJ 8020
3

Prereq: Graduate and permission. Not open to nondegree students. 
This course is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of responses to crime. Particular emphasis is placed on theory and research bearing upon the effectiveness of the policies and strategies of the principal institutions of the criminal justice system - the police, courts and corrections. Additionally, philosophical and practical matters pertaining to "justice" and "fairness" in the administration of the criminal law are explored.

The Nature of Crime

CJ 8010
3

Prereq: Graduate and permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.
This course provides an overview of the major dimensions of crime in the U.S. Content areas included are the epidemiology of crime, the costs of crime and typologies of crime and criminals.

Aviation Fiscal Administration

AVN 8750
3

Prereq: PA 8010 and AVN 8020. This course will combine the advanced study of aviation fiscal administration, load factor analysis, financial forecasting and yield management; as well as focus on serveral of hte differing fiscal/monetary systems being encountered with the globalization of the air transportation industry. 

Critical Issues in Aviation

AVN 8896
3

(Same as PA 4890/8896) A study of timely as well as timeless issues in aviation. Topics will cover dynamic critical issues in the field of aviation. These issues emphasize recent and significant changes and evolutionary developments found in various components of the aviation industry. Students will need access to and a working knowledge of the World Wide Web. (Cross-listed with AVN-4890, PA-4890, PA-8896.)

Special Topics in Aviation Administration

AVN 8906
1-3
This course will address various topics in the Aviation Industry, determined each time the course is offered. Possible topics include international aviation, current issues and regulatory agencies within the industry, along with other topics. (Cross-listed with AVN-4900.)

Readings in Aviation

AVN 8920
1-3
Prereq: Eighteen hours in the MPA program or permission of graduate program committee. Specially planned readings in public administration for the graduate student who encounters scheduling problems in the completion of his degree program, or who has special preparatory needs and who is adjudged by the department to be capable of pursuing a highly independent course of study.

Research in Aviation

AVN 8940
1-3
Prereq: Twenty-one hours in the MPA program or permission of the graduate program committee. The course is intended for advanced graduate students in public administration. It is especially suited for those in-career students who have had their internships waived and who might profit more by in-depth research on a problem of public administration rather than additional classroom courses.

Urban Transportation Planning

CIVE 8610
3

Development of urban transportation planning objectives and goals. Data collection procedures, land use and travel forecasting techniques, trip generation, trip distribution, modal choice analysis, and traffic assignment. Site development and traffic impact analysis. Prereq: CIVE 361. (Cross-listed with CIVE-461.)

Airport Planning and Design

CIVE 8620
3

Planning and design of general aviation and air-carrier airports. Land-side components include vehicle ground access systems, vehicle circulation parking and terminal buildings. Air-side componenents include aircraft apron-gate area, taxiway system, runway system and air traffic control facilities and airspace. Emphasis on design projects. Prereq: CIVE 361. (Cross-listed with CIVE-462.)

Directed Readings in Public Administration

AVN 9980
1-6
Prereq: Admission to Ph.D. program in public administration and permission.  This course is designed to provide the advanced graduate student with the opportunity to do extended readings on a specialized public administration topic. (Cross-listed with PA-9980)

Issues in Public-Private Cooperation

PA 8500
3

This course introduces students to the organization and processes, as well as the tools and techniques, of public-private sector cooperation. The objective of such a course is to familiarize students with the concepts and skills needed to develop and administer joint activities between the public and private sectors. Such cooperative activies have become an important aspect of public administration in recent years. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, & PA 8090 or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.

Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector

PA 8550
3

This course focuses on the contribution and importance of philanthropy, volunteerism and nonprofit organizations in society. Includes the differentiation between both public and private nonprofit organizations and the for profit sector. Management issues regarding nonprofit agencies is introduced. Prereq: Graduate standing and permission of adviser and PA 8010, PA 8090 or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students

Negotiation Skills In General Management

PA 8930
3

This course will focus on the theories of negotiation and the negotiating process. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, PA 8090, or permission of the school. Not open to nondegree students.

Special Topics in Public Administration

PA 8896
3

A course with the purpose of acquainting the student with key issues and topics of special concern to public and non-profit management that they otherwise would not receive elsewhere. No more than six hours of total credit in PA 8896 and PA 8906 can be taken without prior permission by the graduate program committee. Further, each topic in the course will need the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies prior to being offered. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, PA 8090 or permission of the school. Not open to nondegree students. (Cross-listed with AVN-4890, AVN-8896.)

Human Factors in Aviation Safety

AVN 8045
3

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of human factors as they apply to pilots and administrators. Topics will include pilot physiological and psychological issues, work station design, crew resource management, and related public sectors issues for managers. (Cross-listed with AVN-3040.)

Case Research

AVN 8070
3

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to key concepts through the casewriting method of interactive learning. Issues within the public sector will be explored. The casewriting experience integrates key issues and concepts. This opportunity allows the student to explore specific topical areas through the case research method. (Cross-listed with PA-8070.)

Aviation Law

AVN 8155
3

This course will increase the student's knowledge of aviation law. Particular attention will focus on the manner in which legal forces affect the aviation system. Prereq: AVN 1000 or equivalent or instructor permission. (Cross-listed with AVN-3150.)(Cross-listed with AVN-4100.)

Aerospace Education

AVN 8510
3

The course wil take an in-depth look at the aviation and aerospace industry and its impact on society. It will seek to communicate knowledge, impact skill and develop attitudes relative to the scientific, engineering and technical, as well as the social, economic and political aspects of aviation and space flight efforts. (Cross-listed with TED-8510.)

Marketing in Public, Non-Profit and Aviation...

AVN 8106
3

Marketing in Public, Non-Profit and Aviation Organizations

This course will focus on developing a working knowledge of marketing and its component parts as they may be applied to non-profit organizations. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the marketing process and applying marketing principles to real organizational settings. Prereq: For graduate level: Graduate and permission of instructor, and PA 8010, 8090; or permission of department.

Airport Administration and Planning

AVN 8095
3

The course covers the principles of airport master planning. Fundamental principles of airport layout and design include runway configuration, airside/lanside technology, passenger and cargo terminal. Capacity and delay effects will be emphasized. (Cross-listed with AVN-3090.)

Seminar in Public Administration

AVN 8100
1-3
Prereq: Permission of graduate adviser. This course is an in-depth study of the relationships between the processes of government and the practice of public administration. Broad categories of political and administrative issues are examined to determine their impact on the administration of public and non-profit agencies. (Cross-listed with PA-8100.)

Urban Geography

GEOG 8120
3
A geography of the city from the viewpoint of history, site and situation, external relations, internal relations, and the comparative study of cities. (Cross-listed with GEOG-4120.)

Internship

PA 8030
3

Maximum of 3 hours to be granted upon completion of written report on internship. Internship in some government: national, state, local or nonprofit agency and in some instances public-oriented private agencies. Students will take course as Satisfactory Unsatisfactoy. An additinoal 3 hours may be taken through PA 8040. Prereq: Nine hours of MPA coursework and permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.

Internship

PA 8040
3

Maximum of 3 hours to be granted upon completion of written report on internship. Internship in some government: national, state, local or nonprofit agency and in some instances public-oriented private agencies. Students will take the course as Satisfactory Unsatisfactory. An additional 3 hours may be taken through PA 8030. Prereq: Nine hours of MPA course work and permission of the school. Not open to nondegree students.

Managing Information in the Public Sector

PA 8110
3

This course is directed toward in-career and pre-career students in public administration who wish to acquire knowledge of issues in the management of information in the public sector and the basics of computing applications in the public sector. Its primary focus is on special issues in the management of information. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, and PA 8090; or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.

Policy Evaluation

PA 8320
3
PA 8320 is designed to have the students understand the role of evaluation in the policy process, to demonstrate how to conduct and implement evaluations of public programs, to illustrate the procedures for presenting an evaluation report to public officials and citizens, to introduce operational issues and problems associated with management of an office of policy evaluation, and to insure the exploration of conflicts and limitations inherent to public policy evaluation. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, PA 8090, PA 8120 and completion of at least 24 hours in the MPA program. Not open to nondegree students.

Public Budgeting

PA 8400
3

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.

Municipal Administration

PA 8436
3

The administrative structure and administrative practices of American cities covering such areas as finance, personnel, public works, public safety, health, utilities and planning. Prereq: PA 8010 and PA 8050 or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students. (Cross-listed with PA-4430.)

Organizational Development

PA 8440
3
PA 8440 provides students with the theories and skills necessary to manage organizational change in the public sector. To accomplish this will require that the student become versed in the strategies of organizational development and planning in the public sector while at the same time mastering intervention techniques. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, PA 8090, PA 8120 and completion of at least 24 hours in the MPA. Not open to nondegree students.

Advanced Management Analysis

PA 8450
3
PA 8450 is a study of theory and method related to analysis of problems of organization and workflow in public agencies. The course includes problem analysis, field study methods, design of improved methods, selecting alternatives and developing decision packages. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, PA 8090, PA 8120 and completion of at least 24 hours in the MPA program.

Administrative Ethics and Leadership

PA 8470
3

Ethical action and effective leadership are especially important in public service and they are closely related. This course introduces students to concepts from public sector ethics and from leadership theory. Emphasis is placed on decision-making processes, relationships between public and nonprofit sector professionals and elected officials and citizens, and the role of the career public service professional in a democratic society. Prereq: PA 8050 or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.

Seminar in Public Finance Administration

PA 8480
3

The study of public finance administration policy and techniques areas. Emphasis is placed on the technical aspects of public finance administration with particular emphasis on the purposes, processes and issues associated with particular techniques or technique areas. Prereq: PA 8010 and PA 8050; or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students. (Cross-listed with AVN-8480.)

Strategic Planning and Management

PA 8530
3
PA 8530 is designed to have the student understand the relationship between public policy, agency strategy, agency operation and the delivery of public services to citizens. It will provide the student an opportunity to devise a model strategy for a public agency or jurisdiction, introduce a variety of systems for managing particular tasks within the public sector and give the student the opportunity to construct operating procedures for a specific public program or subprogram. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, PA 8090, and PA 8120 and completion of at least 24 hours in the MPA program. Not open to non-degree students.

Intergovernmental Management

PA 8566
3

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. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, and PA 8090; or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students. (Cross-listed with PA-4560.)

Administrative Law

PA 8600
3

A review of the principal elements of the role and character of legal processes in government administration, including delegation of powers, legal forms of administrative action, liability of government units and officers and judicial review of administrative action. Prereq: PA 8050. Not open to nondegree students.

Municipal Law

PA 8616
3

This course is directed at both graduates and undergraduates who wish to have some exposure to the legal issues which affect public administrators. At the conclusion of the course, each student should have a basic understanding of municipal law which defines the parameters within which a public administrator must function, as well as other laws or legal concepts which will affect them on a day-to-day basis. Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to identify potential legal problems with their proposed actions. Prereq: PA 8050 or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students. (Cross-listed with PA-4610.)

Capstone Project

PA 8990
3

This course is designed as a doctoral seminar that surveys the development of public administration from its earliest antecedents to the present day, taking both a historical and topical approach. Prereq: Admission into the doctoral program or permission. Not open to nondegree students

Race, Ethnicity, and American Urban Culture

UBNS 8020
3

This course focuses on various theories and applications of organizing communities and neighborhoods to effect change. Of particular interest is the role of engaging citizens in improving their communities. Prereq: None Not open to nondegree students.

Introduction to Urban Planning

UBNS 8060
3

This course is an introduction to the development of urban planning as it has shaped and reacted to major trends in U.S. history. It provides students with major themes and traditions in the field of planning and includes planning practice, planning procedures and methods and contemporary issues in the field. Not open to nondegree students.

Cross-functional Courses

Municipal Administration

PA 8436
3

The administrative structure and administrative practices of American cities covering such areas as finance, personnel, public works, public safety, health, utilities and planning. Prereq: PA 8010 and PA 8050 or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students. (Cross-listed with PA-4430.)

Public Human Resource Management

PA 8410
3

A study of the personnel process in American governmental administration. The processes and problems of recruiting, structuring and operating public bureaucracies are examined as well as problems in personnel leadership, neutrality, accountability and performance. Prereq: PA 8050 or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.

Seminar in Public Finance Administration

PA 8480
3

The study of public finance administration policy and techniques areas. Emphasis is placed on the technical aspects of public finance administration with particular emphasis on the purposes, processes and issues associated with particular techniques or technique areas. Prereq: PA 8010 and PA 8050; or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students. (Cross-listed with AVN-8480.)

Managing Information in the Public Sector

PA 8110
3

This course is directed toward in-career and pre-career students in public administration who wish to acquire knowledge of issues in the management of information in the public sector and the basics of computing applications in the public sector. Its primary focus is on special issues in the management of information. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, and PA 8090; or permission of school. Not open to nondegree students.

Public Budgeting

PA 8400
3

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.

Survey of Aviation Administration and...

AVN 8020
3

Survey of Aviation Administration and Transportation Policy

The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with advanced concepts of aviation administration and the implementation of aviation policy within the pulic sector and to identify key concepts and critical issues both domestic and international. The primary focus is to explore the various affects that have resulted from the formation and enactment of major aviation and transportation regulatory issues. (Cross-listed with PA-8020.)

Airport Administration and Planning

AVN 8095
3

The course covers the principles of airport master planning. Fundamental principles of airport layout and design include runway configuration, airside/lanside technology, passenger and cargo terminal. Capacity and delay effects will be emphasized. (Cross-listed with AVN-3090.)

Capstone Project

PA 8990
3

This course is designed as a doctoral seminar that surveys the development of public administration from its earliest antecedents to the present day, taking both a historical and topical approach. Prereq: Admission into the doctoral program or permission. Not open to nondegree students

Aviation Fiscal Administration

AVN 8750
3

Prereq: PA 8010 and AVN 8020. This course will combine the advanced study of aviation fiscal administration, load factor analysis, financial forecasting and yield management; as well as focus on serveral of hte differing fiscal/monetary systems being encountered with the globalization of the air transportation industry. 

The Nature of Crime

CJ 8010
3

Prereq: Graduate and permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.
This course provides an overview of the major dimensions of crime in the U.S. Content areas included are the epidemiology of crime, the costs of crime and typologies of crime and criminals.

Seminar in Administration of Justice

CJ 8020
3

Prereq: Graduate and permission. Not open to nondegree students. 
This course is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of responses to crime. Particular emphasis is placed on theory and research bearing upon the effectiveness of the policies and strategies of the principal institutions of the criminal justice system - the police, courts and corrections. Additionally, philosophical and practical matters pertaining to "justice" and "fairness" in the administration of the criminal law are explored.

Seminar in Corrections

CJ 8050
3

Prereq: Graduate and permission of instructor.  This course is designed to give an analytical perspective to the history, development, implementation and future of critical issues in the field of corrections. Primary focus will be directed toward an exploration of the various theoretical approaches to corrections and the research intended to support or refute these perspectives.

Public Works Management

PA 8420
3
This course is designed to develop an understanding of the profession of public works management, and its relationship with urban service delivery. Students will learn substantive specialty areas of public works, as well as management techniques to improve service delivery efficiency.

Seminar in Police and Society

CJ 8040
3

Prereq: Graduate and permission of instructor.  This course is designed to explore the role of the police in American society. Attention is given to the origins of policing, the nature of police organizations and police work, and patterns of relations between the police and the public. The values of a democratic society as they affect the law enforcement role are discussed.

Airport Safety and Security

AVN 8086
3
This course will explore the role of airports in relation to safety and security. Topics will include regulations, responsibilities, security issues, ramp safety, disaster preparedness, and emergency management. Prereq: AVN 1000 or its equivalent or permission of the instructor. (Cross-listed with AVN-4080.)

Seminar in Juvenile Justice

CJ 8080
3
An inquiry in the social ramifications of the entire juvenile delinquency process including labeling, detention, incarceration and tolerance. Pre- and post-adjudicatory issues are dealt with as well as a realistic perspective given to delinquency prevention strategies. Prereq: Admission to graduate program or instructor permission.

Please note that areas of specialization will NOT be noted as such on your transcript.

John Bartle, M.P.A., Ph.D., Professor and Dean

Robert Blair, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director of MS in Urban Studies

Tara Bryan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

David Byers, M.B.A, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Carol Ebdon, Ph.D., Regents/Foundation Professor

Angela Eikenberry, M.P.A., Ph.D., Associate Professor

Mary Hamilton, Ph.D., Senior Executive in Residence

Bryce Hoflund, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dale Krane, Ph.D., Kayser Chair Professor

Jooho Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Rebecca Lutte, Assistant Professor

Gary Marshall, M.P.A., Ph.D., Professor

James Milliken, J.D., President, University of Nebraska

Patrick O'Neil, M.P.A., Ph.D., Assistant Professor

B.J. Reed, Ph.D., Professor & Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Christine Reed, Ph.D., Professor

David G. Smith, MSEng, Instructor & Flight Training Coordinator

Russell Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Meagan Van Gelder, Ed.D., Academic Program Coordinator

Scott Vlasek, MPA, Director, Aviation Institute

Ethel Williams, M.P.A., Ph.D., School Director

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this program the student must have:

  • Bachelor's degree from a four-year institution 
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale the junior-senior year (last 50-60 credit hours)

Other considerations will include:

  • Grade point average for the undergraduate degree 
  • Work history (e.g. professional experience related to public or nonprofit service, community service, publications, etc.) 
  • Writing skills 
  • GRE exam scores 
  • Recommendations

Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
  2. Apply and be admitted to the program:
    • Submit GRE scores: verbal, quantitative and analytical scores are required
    • Submit a resume including work history in PDF format
    • Submit a Statement of Purpose (Essay) in PDF format. The essay should answer the following questions:
      • 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?
    • Submit two references:
      • Please provide the names and email addresses of two individuals who can address your qualifications for graduate study. The references provided will be sent an online recommendation form to complete. Please inform each of them to expect this correspondence from the UNO Graduate Studies Office.
    • If your native language is not English, demonstrate English proficiency by one of the following*:

Paper-based TOEFL score of 550 or higher Internet-based TOEFL score of 79 or higher IELTS score of 6.5 or higher

*These program minimum scores are higher than those for admission to Graduate Studies.

 

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester  June 1 
Spring Semester  October 1

 

Contact

Online Worldwide Educational Representative
Phone:
888.622.0332
E-mail: online@nebraska.edu

Program Contact
Name:
Meagan Van Gelder
Phone: 402.554.3480
E-mail: mvangelder@unomaha.edu

Office of Military and Veteran Services
Phone: 402.554.2349
E-mail:  unovets@unomaha.edu

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