Master of Public Administration:
Emergency Management and Homeland Security

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for careers in the emergency management sector is expected to grow by approximately 6% from 2014-2024. Students will use emergency management and homeland security theories, ideas, and concepts to guide their decision making in an effort to create a “secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk” (FEMA, n.d.).

To be awarded the Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in emergency management and homeland security, candidates must earn 36 approved graduate credit hours. All courses are offered online.

Contact Coleen Sassmann at or 563-425-5931

All classes and electives listed are three credits each.

Core Requirements

  • PA 501 Democracy, Public Administration, and Public Policy
  • PA 502 Introduction to Program Evaluation
  • PA 503 Program Evaluation Implementation and Evaluation
  • PA 504 Political Economy and Regulatory Policy for Public Administrators
  • PA 511 Gov't and NFP Financial Mgmt and Control 
  • Capstone: PA 590 Research Seminar

Total: 18 Credits

Emergency Management and Homeland Security Emphasis

This emphasis area is designed to prepare students for leadership
positions in agencies and organizations with missions to protect
life, liberty, and property.

Emphasis Competency: Students will possess the knowledge
needed to provide strategic leadership for an all hazards/Whole
Community approach to an emergency event given a networked
environment operating within a democratic political system.

  • Graduate Elective
  • Graduate Elective

Choose four of the following:

  • PA 508 Terrorism and Politics
  • PA 522 Psychology and Culture of Terrorism
  • PA 523 Emergency Management, Homeland Security, and Public Policy
  • PA 524 Leadership Issues with Critical Incidents
  • PA 525 Comparative Strategies of National Security
  • PA 526 Emergency Management: Mitigation, Recovery, and Continuity
  • PA 535 Counter-Terrorism
  • PA 543 Emergency Management: Planning and Response
  • PA 555 Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection

Total: 18 Credits