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.

This program is recognized by the Foundation of Higher Education for Disaster and Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The university is the first 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 have professional experience in government agencies or national safety and security organizations.

The mission of the Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management is to help students gain the knowledge often required in leadership roles in the protection of the public 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:

  • 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 Requirements21
Major Requirements12
Final Requirements3
Total Semester Hours36

Degree Program Requirements

Core Requirements (21 semester hours)

EDMG502Emergency and Disaster Theory 13
SSGS500Research Design and Methods3
EDMG503Emergency and Disaster Planning and Management3
EDMG509Interagency Disaster Management3
EDMG560Crisis Action Planning3
EDMG515Hazard Mitigation and Resilient Communities3
EDMG600Emergency Management Perspectives on Cybersecurity3
Total Semester Hours21

Major Requirements (12 semester hours)

Select 4 courses from the following:12
Emergency Management and Public Law
Economics of Disaster
Mass Casualty Incident Management
Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management
Consequence Management: Terrorism Preparation & Response
Case Analysis: Crisis and Disaster
Social Justice Issues in Emergency Management
Climate Change Adaptation
Security Risk Management
Weapons of Mass Destruction and the New Terrorism
Resilience and Homeland Security
Port Security
Introduction to Global Security
Homeland Security and the Law
Law, Ethics and Cybersecurity
Foundations of Governance and Policy
Applied Statistics
Organizational Crisis Management
Leadership in a Time of Crisis
Risk Management for Leaders
Concepts and Processes of Organizational Crisis Management
Ethics in Government
Public Management
Law and Public Policy
Public Finance
Local Political Administration
Emergency Management Health and Medical Issues
Disaster Health Management
Disaster Psychology
Social Psychology
Crisis and Emergency Intervention
Global Issues in Supply Chain Management
National Transportation Management
Strategic Intermodal Transportation
Cargo Security Management
Total Semester Hours12

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

Select 1 course from the following:3
Emergency and Disaster Management & Homeland Security Capstone
Master's Project Capstone Seminar 1
Total Semester Hours3