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    Online Master of Public Administration Degree

    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: 250 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: E-mail, Voice, Bulletin Board Subject: Public Administration and Social Service Professions METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    The Electronic Master of Public Administration Program (eMPA) uses innovative emerging Internet technology, redefining the concept of a classroom and of distance education. The eMPA supports the university mission of offering academic programs at times convenient to students, employing innovative delivery systems, and rich learning resources on campus and at distant sites. The program has adopted all the rigors of our weekend public administration program, including identical learning outcomes, virtually the same syllabi and textbook requirements, identical distance library resources, and the same faculty pool. The eMPA Program curriculum and admission requirements are identical to the weekend public administration program, except for the delivery method, which utilizes both synchronous and asynchronous communication.

    The mission of the M.P.A. program is to provide students with management skills to lead our 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 serves adult learners who are already in public sector careers above the entry level who aspire to greater responsibility and management positions as agency or organization leaders. The curriculum aims to improve the students� knowledge and skills as public sector managers, enhance their ability to analyze public organization problems, craft solutions to issues facing contemporary real-world organizations, and increase their understanding of management principles. The competing organizational goals of accountability and efficiency under fragmented authority that includes political, legislative, judicial, and executive oversight sets public management apart from business organizations. In this environment, programmatic and organization goals are often intentionally not clear and, in addition, all management decisions are open to public and media scrutiny and inspection. M.P.A. students learn to lead and manage their organizations under these conditions, which require unique skills in addition to competencies required in any organization that operates in a business-like manner.
    The minimum hardware and software requirements are as follows:

    Pentium (or Celeron) 500mhz
    Sound card and Speakers
    128MB RAM
    Internet Explorer (IE)*
    56K Modem (cable or DSL strongly recommended)
    Windows 2000 or higher
    CD ROM
    NSU email Account
    Internet Service Provider**
    Office 2000 or higher including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
    New release of Virus Program (Dr. Solomon, McAfee, Norton AntiVirus,...etc) updated monthly

    *As new versions of the web browser become available, we ask students to upgrade. These upgrades are free and the link to the download sites can be found on our Software Downloads page.
    **America Online (AOL) users must also have Internet Explorer. Macintosh/Apple computers are not compatible with our programs. We require all students to use IBM compatible PC's.

    Students are required to have unrestricted access to a computer and the Internet.
    Online students are provided access to the same library resources normally available to on-campus students. The university抯 Distance Library Services (DLS) are accessible from a web site that provides online students with the ability to conduct index and catalog searches, request books, journal articles, and other documents using online forms, and to contact a reference librarian. Students may also communicate with the DLS office using email, telephone, and fax. The university抯 Electronic Library provides online access to hundreds of databases and thousands of full-text journals online. All materials mailed by the library are sent by first-class mail.

    Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, as the university's official bookstore, offers comprehensive bookstore services to our local and online students. While students have the option to purchase textbooks from other online and local sources, there are benefits from purchasing from the university's bookstore (on-campus or online), including better availability and the ability to directly apply financial aid to book orders. The university's bookstore provides the full-spectrum of shipping options. The school insures that required textbooks are available, and then posts them on its website at least one month prior to the start of each term. Students should place their orders early enough to ensure delivery prior to the start of the term.
    The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers the university抯 financial aid programs of grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment and provides professional financial advisers to help students plan for the most efficient use of their financial resources for education. In order to participate in financial aid programs, a student must be admitted into a university program and must be a citizen, a national, or a permanent resident of the United States, or be in the United States for other than a temporary purpose.

    A prospective student who requires financial assistance must apply for financial aid while he or she is a candidate for admission. Students/applicants may apply for financial aid online. For additional information or application forms call 800-806-3680 or 954-262-3380. To continue financial aid, at a minimum, enrolled students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward a stated educational objective in accordance with the university抯 policy on satisfactory progress for financial aid recipients.


    To be eligible for graduation, students must fulfill the following requirements:
    1. Completion of all curriculum and program requirements (including prerequisite courses)
    2. Must be in good academic standing with the Huizenga School
    3. Satisfactory fulfillment of the GPA Requirement for course work taken
    4. Satisfactory fulfillment of the Grade Requirement for all coursework completed (master抯 level)
    8. Payment of all tuition and fees
    9. Completion of the Application for Degree Form and payment of graduation fee. The Application for Degree form may be downloaded from the school抯 Web site, or obtained from the program office or the Office of the University Registrar. Master抯 students should complete the form at the time of registration for their final term.
    10. Fulfillment of all obligations to the library, the student抯 program, and the comptroller抯 office.
    Successful completion of a Huizenga School graduate degree culminates in the awarding of a diploma, validating the student抯 successful fulfillment of all graduation requirements noted above.
    The Office of Enrollment Services consists of a team of enrollment counselors that are available to guide you through your studies at the Huizenga School. This team of enrollment counselors is versed across the curricula to provide support to students from application through the graduation process. Registration for each new term is accessible online, however, enrollment counselors are available to counsel students. Advising is strongly recommended but not mandatory. To reach an enrollment counselor contact the Office of Enrollment Services toll free at 800-672-7223, or 954-262-5000.
    Students are required to register themselves for courses via the WebStar system located at www.webstar.nova.edu during the registration period. To access this system, students must have a WebStar PIN, which may be obtained by contacting Pin Help at (954) 262-4850 (local) or 1-800-541-6682 x 4850 weekdays or via email at pinhelp@nova.edu. After contacting the PIN Specialist, the PIN will be mailed to the student.
    Students must register for all courses attempted during a term. Students cannot attend classes for which they are not registered. No credit for work will be granted in a course for which a student is not registered. Students cannot be registered for a course after the first class meeting date.
    Students are expected to attend all scheduled class meetings. Students must clear any anticipated absences with instructors (or the program office, if an instructor is not available) in advance. Excessive absences will result in a failing grade. Instructors are required to take attendance at each class session.
    Specific degree-related prerequisite course work must be satisfied before a student may pursue the appropriate graduate-level courses in that discipline. Each student receives a detailed listing of prerequisite course requirements at the time he or she receives admittance to his or her program. Satisfactory completion of prerequisite courses requires grades of C or better.

    M.P.A. � American government, statistics, public budgeting/accounting


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