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    Online Master of Public Administration Degree with a Concentration in Spatial Analysis and Management

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Institutional Membership(s): SOC PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Master of Public Administration - Master's Enrollment: 200 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: E-mail, Online Assignment Submission, Threaded Discussion Board Subject: Geography and Cartography METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    This course uses Blackboard

    The Department of Physical and Earth Sciences offers core courses and an area of concentration in Spatial Analysis and Management within the Master of Public Administration degree program and supporting courses for the Master of Arts with a major in liberal studies. The degree requirements consist of a total of 36 semester hours with 15 required semester hours in public administration courses, 15 required semester hours in the spatial analysis (GIS) and management concentration, and 6 semester hours of electives.
    Students having had no undergraduate courses in GIS or with no prior experience in GIS using ESRI software are required to complete the following course as a prerequisite for the required courses: SAM 510 Introduction to Spatial Analysis (3)
    All courses are available online via the Internet for those students unable to commute to scheduled classes. Those online courses within the spatial analysis (GIS) and management concentration require access to a PC type computer with at least a 500 MHz processor, at least 128 MB memory, running either Windows NT, 2000, or XP operating systems. Most course work will involve the use of ESRI's ArcGIS but may utilize other GIS software packages. Must be able to read PowerPoint, MS Word, and Adobe (PDF) files (readers provided through Office of Distance Education).

    Please also review JSU's Office of Distance Education listing of technical requirements for helpful links to software downloads, information on antivirus protection, and an opportunity to utilize the Blackboard Student Demo Course online

    JSU's University Campus Bookstore supplies textbooks (new and used), study guides, clothing, gifts and supplies. Texts can be ordered by telephone and received by mail (256)782-5283 or 1-800-231-5291 (request the Bookstore). Textbook buy-back days are available. JSU's Houston Cole Library serves the needs of distance students and instructors with full Electronic Reference Desk services, where an Electronic Reference Librarian is available. Complete search facilities exist with multiple databases available via remote access (IP authentication). Librarians accept email questions and all areas of the library are available via email and the web from JSU's Home Page. A specialized section for distance education students exists within the Library web site
    JSU provides grants (Federal Pell, FSEOG, Alabama Student Assistance), campus employment, loans (Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized, Federal Direct PLUS Loans), scholarships, Veteran's Affairs benefits, and other state (Alabama) programs of assistance.

    Most aid programs are based on individual need of the applicant, determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which does not require a processing fee. Forms are available in January and may be obtained through the University or completed on-line. Application for financial aid must be made each academic year. Although March 15 is the preference deadline for most applications, JSU accepts applications throughout the academic year. VA Education benefits pay for classes toward the major and require completion of several forms. Contact JSU's Office of Veterans Affairs (256/782-5892) for further information. Most programs require at least half-time for eligibility. The JSU Financial Aid web site contains all information to apply for financial aid.


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