The Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management provides graduate-level knowledge to improve critical thinking and decision-making skills required in the planning and management of public crises. This online master's degree program exposes you to the history, theory, response, recovery, and economics of EDM. Through case study examination, you'll study natural, technical, and human-induced public emergencies, disasters, and catastrophes. Knowledge gained from this online program can supplement experience previously gained in the public safety field, or can help to prepare you for a new career in EDM. Knowledgeable leaders who can effectively manage crisis events are in demand in government agencies, public safety, and law enforcement organizations.

This program is recognized by the Foundation of Higher Education for Disaster and Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The university is the first 100% online institution to receive this important distinction. 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.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning outcomes objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Develop a research proposal for emergency and disaster management and report the findings including an estimation of economic impacts.
  • Select, evaluate, and prioritize research projects and proposals in community preparedness and emergency response.
  • Organize emergency management functions and activities using contemporary emergency and disaster management concepts and federal guidelines.
  • Formulate plans that clearly differentiate disaster response actions including recovery operations and their funding from routine emergency operations.
  • Design and promote 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.
  • Develop plans and policies that ensure the strong organizational and personal relationships necessary to be able to work with the key federal agencies to ensure interagency cooperation at all levels during any large scale incident.
  • 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 and National Incident Management System.
  • Perform economic and social analyses necessary to provide funding recommendations to appropriate fiscal authorities; develop and manage budgets.

Degree at a Glance

Core Requirements15
Major Requirements15
Elective Requirements3
Final Requirements3
Total Semester Hours36

Degree Program Requirements

Core Requirements (15 semester hours)

EDMG502Emergency and Disaster Theory 13
SSGS500Research Design and Methods3
EDMG503Emergency and Disaster Planning and Management3
EDMG509Interagency Disaster Management3
EDMG560Crisis Action Planning3
Total Semester Hours15
1

Required as the first course in this program.

Major Requirements (15 semester hours)

Select 5 courses from the following:15
Emergency Management and Public Law
Hazard Mitigation and Resilient Communities
Economics of Disaster
Mass Casualty Incident Management
Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management
Consequence Management: Terrorism Preparation & Response
Emergency Management Perspectives on Cybersecurity
Case Analysis: Crisis and Disaster
Risk Communications
Social Justice Issues in Emergency Management
Climate Change Adaptation
Weapons of Mass Destruction and the New Terrorism
Applied Statistics
Organizational Crisis Management
Public Management
Local Political Administration
Emergency Management Health and Medical Issues
Disaster Health Management
Epidemiology
Independent Study
Total Semester Hours15

Elective Requirements (3 semester hours)

Select from other graduate courses not taken to meet core or major requirements.

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

EDMG699Emergency and Disaster Management Capstone 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Taken once all other degree requirements have been met.