This dual degree in Emergency and Disaster Management & Homeland Security is comprised of two separate master’s programs offered at this university. Taking these online graduate programs in tandem in a dual degree gives you the core courses of both programs along with a selection of electives culminating in an end-of-program assessment.
This online dual master’s degree offers a natural symbiosis between these two fields: emergency management professionals who save lives by responding to disasters such as floods, fires, earthquakes, etc., and homeland security personnel who provide a secure and collaborative information sharing environment for communication during critical incidents. This dual master's degree program will allow you to gain competency in these two fields simultaneously.
This program is taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who are board-certified emergency managers (CEM) or who hold key positions in government agencies or national safety and security organizations.
The mission of the Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management/Homeland Security is to help prepare students to assume leadership roles in the protection of the US homeland in emergency circumstances by providing students with the theory, operations, and best practices across the entire field and challenging them to demonstrate how to effectively apply them.
Degree Program Objectives
In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:
- Organize emergency management functions and activities using contemporary emergency and disaster management concepts and federal guidelines.
- Design inter-disciplinary training to assure integration between all aspects of an Emergency Operations function including: planning and pre-event preparedness; threat and vulnerability assessments; capability and capacity evaluation; public policy issues; mitigation strategies; exercises and training; program evaluation.
- Formulate policies procedures and protocols to allow seamless agency integration in both small and large Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) assuring compliance with the National Response Plan, National Incident Management System.
- Perform economic and social analyses necessary to provide funding recommendations to appropriate fiscal authorities, develop and manage budgets.
- Evaluate specific domestic security challenges for the 21st Century that face the United States and other industrialized nations.
- Develop proposed changes at federal, state, and/or local levels, to reflect the evolving strategic policy issues associated with a statutory and presidential direction for homeland security.
- Analyze the statutory, policy, strategy and legal differences between the different organizations involved in homeland security.
- Synthesize existing policies, procedures and protocols by DHS and inter-agency community to allow seamless agency integration through prevention, protection, incident response and recovery scenarios.
- Validate literal and procedural alignment / compliance with the National Response Framework, National Incident Management System, and Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPDs).
Degree at a Glance
|Final Program Requirements||3|
|Total Semester Hours||60|
Degree Program Requirements
Core Requirements (45 semester hours)
|EDMG502||Emergency and Disaster Theory 1||3|
|SSGS500||Research Design and Methods||3|
|EDMG503||Emergency and Disaster Planning and Management||3|
|EDMG509||Interagency Disaster Management||3|
|EDMG530||Economics of Disaster||3|
|EDMG541||Mass Casualty Incident Management||3|
|EDMG560||Crisis Action Planning||3|
|EDMG611||Case Analysis: Crisis and Disaster||3|
|HLSS502||Homeland Security and Defense||3|
|HLSS505||Security Risk Management||3|
|HLSS522||Weapons of Mass Destruction and the New Terrorism||3|
|HLSS523||Domestic Terrorism and Extremist Groups||3|
|HLSS603||Resilience and Homeland Security||3|
|INTL613||Intelligence and Homeland Security||3|
|Total Semester Hours||45|
Required as the first course in this program.
Major Requirements (6 semester hours)
|Select 2 courses from the following:||6|
|Airport Security Design|
|National Transportation Management|
|Cargo Security Management|
|Total Semester Hours||6|
Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)
|EMHS699||Emergency and Disaster Management & Homeland Security Capstone 1||3|
|Total Semester Hours||3|
Taken once all other degree requirements have been met.
Elective Requirements (6 semester hours)
|Select any graduate courses not already taken to fulfill the requirements listed above.||6|
|Total Semester Hours||6|