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SPPA ALUMNI IN ACTION
  • Alex Greer
    Alex Greer
    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local governmental leader and elected official.
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  • Chunjing Liu
    Chunjing Liu
    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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  • Cimone Philpotts
    Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • Hira Rashid
    Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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  • Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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  • James B. Goetschius
    James B. Goetschius
    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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  • Jenna Ahner
    Jenna Ahner
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • Kelsey Edmond
    Kelsey Edmond
    M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
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  • Lindsey Interlante
    Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Mark Rucci
    Mark Rucci
    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • Paul Ruiz
    Paul Ruiz
    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's depencdence on oil.
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  • Stephanie Ottino
    Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • Yuliya Brel
    Yuliya Brel
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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  • Megan Wakelee
    Megan Wakelee
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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  • Zack Adinoff
    Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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  • Jissell Martinez
    Jissell Martinez
    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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  • Scott Beale
    Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Measuring perfomance and running analyses for a federal government agency.
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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  • Kirsten Jones
    Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
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  • Elizabeth Burland
    Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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  • Elizabeth Lockman
    Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Education policy and equity in the urban landscape; improving advocacy efforts in Wilmington.
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  • Thomas Martin
    Thomas Martin
    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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  • Savannah Edwards
    Savannah Edwards
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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  • Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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  • Taylor Hawk
    Taylor Hawk
    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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  • Evan Miller
    Evan Miller
    MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career
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  • Natasha R. Nau
    Natasha R. Nau
    MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
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  • Jeremy Rothwell
    Jeremy Rothwell
    M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
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  • Mark D. Stevens
    Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Angela Gladwell
    Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • Janet Sheridan
    Janet Sheridan
    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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  • Melanie Ross Levin
    Melanie Ross Levin
    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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  • Dená Brummer
    Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Johnson
    Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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  • Albert Shields
    Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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  • Erika Farris
    Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • Emily Gonce
    Emily Gonce
    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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  • Bill Clark
    Bill Clark
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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  • Anastasia Kuzmina
    Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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M.S. in Disaster Science & Management Curriculum

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30-credit research and experience-based disaster management degree

​The curriculum requirements for your M.S. Disaster Science and Management degree program will depend upon whether you choose the thesis or the non-thesis option. If you are not sure which path fits your interests and professional aspirations, review the details on the main Disaster Science and Management program description page.

Non-thesis M.S. Degree

The non-thesis option of the Master of Science in Disaster Science & Management program requires 30 credits including: 24 credits of graduate level coursework, 2 credits of Disaster Science and Management seminar, 2 semesters of non-credit professional development, 1 credit of practicum and a 3 credit internship. Details are provided in the student's plan of study and must include the following:

Three core courses (9 credits):

​DISA650
​Overview of Disaster Science and Management
​DISA651​International Aspects of Disasters
​DISA670​Issues in Disaster Response

Research/Methods/Analysis Course (3 credits):

EDUC665
OR
UAPP808
OR
SOCI605
OR
EDUC850
OR
UAPP691
OR
UAPP702
Elementary Statistics 

Qualitative Methods for Program Evaluation

Data Collection and Analysis

Qualitative Research in Education

Quantitative Analysis in Public and Nonprofit Sector

Research Methods in Urban and Public Policy

Public Policy and Organizational Decision-Making (3 credits):

​UAPP698
OR
MAST663
        Management Decision Making for Public or Non-Profit Sectors                          
        Decision Tools for Policy Analysis

Other Requirements:

​DISA680

SPPA661

Disaster Science & Management Seminar (1 credit)- Take this two semesters for credit. 

Master's level Professional Development (0 credits) Required each semester for all fulltime students after completing two semesters of DISA680  

Practicum/Internship:

​DISA857Practicum (1 credit) Introduces students to organizations and agencies involved in disaster science and management.

​DISA858

Internship (3 credits) Completed in any semester (including summer and winter sessions) The 120-hour internship requires a report. Example of potential internship placements include: DEMA, FEMA, other DHS Offices, United Nations and USAID.

Elective (9 credits) -Electives are selected from the complete graduate catalogue and are intended to enhance and/or broaden a student’s scholarly work.  All electives are selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Study Abroad is also strongly encouraged: http://www1.udel.edu/global/     

Thesis M.S. Degree

​The thesis option of the Master of Science in Disaster Science & Management program requires 30 credits including: 24 credits of graduate level coursework, 2 credits of Disaster Science and Management seminar, 2 semesters of non-credit professional development, 1 credit of practicum and 6 credits of Master Thesis. Details are provided in the student’s plan of study and must include the following:

Three core courses (9 credits):

​DISA650​Overview of Disaster Science & Management
​DISA651​International Aspects of Disasters
​DISA670​Issues in Disaster Response

Research/Methods/Analysis Course (6 credits):

EDUC665



UAPP808
​Elementary Statistics (or if appropriate)
SOCI605-Data Collection and Analysisor
UAPP691-Quantitative Analysis in Public & Nonprofit Sectors

Quantitative Methods For Program Evaluation (or if appropriate) EDUC850-Qualitative Research in Education

Public Policy and Organizational Decision-Making (3 credits):

​UAPP698
OR
MAST663
​         Management Decision Making for Public and Nonprofit Sectors                    
         Decision Tools for Policy Analysis

Electives (3 credits) -Electives are selected from the complete graduate catalogue and are intended to enhance and/or broaden a student’s scholarly work.  All electives are selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Other Requirements:

​DISA680


DISA681                   
Disaster Science and Management Seminar (1 credit)
To be taken two semesters for creditProfessional Development (0 credits)

Required each semester for all full-time Students after completing two semesters of DISA680       

Practicum (1 credit):

​DISA857    Introduces students to organizations and agencies involved in disaster science and management. 

Study Abroad is also strongly encouraged: http://www1.udel.edu/global/ 

Thesis (6 credits)

The Masters Thesis credits are earned by working under the mentorship of a Faculty Advisor to develop and complete an original research project. The process involves a written proposal, an oral proposal defense, the conduct of the project, a final thesis document and an oral thesis defense.

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