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Emergency Management MPA Online Courses

Curriculum Details

36 total credits required

Master of Public Administration – Emergency Management Specialization

Commit to Lead Under Stressful Situations

The toll of leading in preparation of and during times of crisis is intense. Increased situational foundations and expert knowledge can ease such stresses. Your education, network, and expertise strengthen your ability to manage through an emergency. The Emergency Management Specialization of the Master’s in Public Administration online degree integrates the most current emergency management techniques, provides a sound networking board and gives you the most progressive knowledge available.

Those students who have recently graduated and for those who are considering a career change, the MPA online Direct Track focuses attention on a total of 12 courses, including the Public Administration core curriculum and four Emergency Management specialization courses.

MPA Core Courses


Provides an overview of how a leader can address current and emerging human capital challenges to drive organizational transformation.

The study of the fundamental theory of the management development process and the analysis of employee behavior patterns.

This course focuses on the study and analysis of human behavior patterns. Special consideration is given to the role of the emergency services department management team member as a leader and motivator of people.

This course explores various aspects of local financial management including developing new revenue sources, designing a budget that includes performance reporting, conducting strategic economic development, understanding debt management and bond sales, use of modern information systems to improve financial decision, and meeting the day-to-day challenges of financial management from procurement to labor negotiations.

Examines ethical principles as they apply to the many practical problems that confront criminal justice professionals in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. Uses case studies to illustrate ethical reasoning and examine issues of social justice.

Focuses on probability and statistics with an emphasis on data analysis, including univariate and multivariate techniques. Statistical problem solving is engaged using various data sources.

This course uses case studies and other materials to help students to develop excellence in oral and written skills in the formation of public policy at the senior management level. Drawing on previous course work in ethics, quantitative analysis and management students will develop models for solving significant problems in the public arena coupled with the planning strategy for implementing these policies.

Through the utilization and application of risk assessment and master planning concepts, this program will guide the student through the process of problem identification and comparative analysis. This course will focus upon identifying the benefits and the development of a long term planning effort within the student’s local jurisdiction.

Emergency Management Specialization Courses


This course deals with emerging topics in the field of emergency management based on current involved to include major emergencies, disaster and emerging trends.

Introduces operations frameworks in the United States such as the National Response Framework and other frameworks used by NGOs, the military, and international organizations are compared. The need for organization, pre-planning, and coordination are integrated with the need to expand structures and adapts plans when handling complex incidents and large, preplanned events.

EMS, EPR, FRS, HCA, HLS, JAD, or PSM with a 600 or higher #

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Designed to give students the chance to apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired throughout their graduate education to real-world situations. A capstone project is designed for those entering directly into a specific field, without plan for postgraduate study.

Designed to give students the opportunity to do focused research on a topic from their respective field of study. Applied research is designed primarily for those planning to continue to doctoral or other postgraduate studies.

Mid-Career MPA Track Available

Students who have graduated from a qualified fire academy and work in a relevant field may be eligible to take the Anna Maria College Emergency Management MPA Mid-Career Track, allowing them to complete the degree program with just 10 courses (six from the MPA curriculum and four Emergency Management concentration courses).

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