Emergency Management and Homeland Security, MA

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Currently ranked No. 3 by U.S. News & World Report, this program prepares you to be an agile, results-driven leader in emergency management and public safety. The degree is customizable, with community resilience and disaster management courses, electives, and five concentration options --- to fit your unique goals.

The MA program in emergency management and homeland security is designed to assist the professional development of current or future practitioners as the next generation of leaders in these fields. The program emphasizes a blended approach of practical knowledge and broader integrative thinking about the complex societal challenges of the 21st century. Its core values of collaboration between practitioners, faculty and students, public service, commitment to diversity, critical thinking and evidence-based assessment are all central to promoting informed and effective leadership.

One of the unique features of this program is its breadth of content coverage. The program offers the following five distinct concentration areas: emergency management, homeland security, community resilience, biosecurity and threat management, and cybersecurity policy and management. These subject area specializations underscore the program's commitment to strategic thinking about current and future challenges. Likewise, the program has a number of learning opportunities from an international perspective.

When students enroll in this program, they are encouraged to choose one of these area specializations. Students can enroll in the degree program without declaring a concentration. However, selecting a concentration is advisable because doing so assists in developing knowledge, skills and abilities pertinent to an intended career path.

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Currently ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report, this program prepares you to be an agile, results-driven leader in emergency management and public safety. The degree is customizable, with community resilience and disaster management courses, electives, and five concentration options --- to fit your unique goals.

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The MA program in emergency management and homeland security is designed to assist the professional development of current or future practitioners as the next generation of leaders in these fields. The program emphasizes a blended approach of practical knowledge and broader integrative thinking about the complex societal challenges of the 21st century. Its core values of collaboration between practitioners, faculty and students, public service, commitment to diversity, critical thinking and evidence-based assessment are all central to promoting informed and effective leadership.

One of the unique features of this program is its breadth of content coverage. The program offers the following five distinct concentration areas: emergency management, homeland security, community resilience, biosecurity and threat management, and cybersecurity policy and management. These subject area specializations underscore the program's commitment to strategic thinking about current and future challenges. Likewise, the program has a number of learning opportunities from an international perspective.

When students enroll in this program, they are encouraged to choose one of these area specializations. Students can enroll in the degree program without declaring a concentration. However, selecting a concentration is advisable because doing so assists in developing knowledge, skills and abilities pertinent to an intended career path.

At A Glance

Emergency Management and Homeland Security, MA

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application deadlines

For the Fall semester - June 30
For the Spring semester - November 30

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in criminology or criminal justice, public administration or public service, sociology or social work, public safety or fire service management, parks and recreation management, applied sciences, environmental sciences or geography, public health or another closely related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. evidence of current employment in an organization in this field or at least two years prior professional experience in this or a related field or a bachelor's degree in a related area is required.
  4. two letters of recommendation
  5. a written statement
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Admission Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

The written statement should be at least one page in length and describe the applicant's educational and career goals and long-term professional development strategy.

Elective courses

Choose four courses from the following list:

  • CPP 511 Hazard Mitigation Planning (3)
  • CPP 512 Exercises and Planning for Emergency Management and Homeland Security (3)
  • CPP 513 Public Private Partnerships for Emergency Management and Homeland Security (3)
  • CPP 514 Inter-Agency and Inter-Sector Coordination for Emergencies and Disasters (3)
  • CPP 521 Public Finance & Project Mgmt for Emergency Management & Homeland Security (3)
  • CPP 560 Emergency Services Operations Analysis and Planning (3)
  • CPP 575 US Cyber & Information Security Policy (3)
  • CRJ 553 Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction (3)
  • NLM 545 Volunteer Resource Management (3)
  • PAF 506 Public Budgeting and Finance (3)
  • PAF 508 Organization Behavior (3)
  • PAF 520 Public Management (3)
  • PAF 555 Information Technology in Emergency Management (3)
  • PAF 560 Community Resilience (3)
  • PAF 561 Interoperability for Emergency Managers (3)
  • SWG 579 Critical Incident Stress Management (3)

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