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
- The program is delivered primarily through
Supplemental delivery formats include internet
SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
- 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
ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES
- The minimum hardware and software requirements are as follows:
Pentium (or Celeron) 500mhz
Sound card and Speakers
Internet Explorer (IE)*
56K Modem (cable or DSL strongly recommended)
Windows 2000 or higher
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
ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
- 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
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
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.
SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
ACCESS TO ADVISING/MENTORING SERVICES
- To be eligible for graduation, students must fulfill the
1. Completion of all curriculum and program requirements (including
2. Must be in good academic standing with the Huizenga School
3. Satisfactory fulfillment of the GPA Requirement for course work
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.
SPECIAL TRANSFER POLICIES
- 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.
SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
SPECIAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
- 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
email@example.com. 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.
SPECIAL PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
- 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.
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