From earthquakes and train derailments to cybercrimes and terrorist acts, anything can happen, and today's emergency management professionals must be ready to respond.

Walden’s online Master of Science in Emergency Management program helps prepare you with the advanced skills you need to lead emergency response efforts, improve public policy, and protect communities from natural and human-caused disasters. Whether you work in the nonprofit, private, or public sector, this online master’s program will help enable you to serve in a variety of emergency management leadership roles. These roles may include collaborating with first-responder and critical incident-management teams, working with government leaders to improve public policy, and developing and delivering training to response teams and communities.

The online M.S. in Emergency Management program focuses on the key competencies related to creating and implementing disaster prevention and response plans. Coursework will also help prepare you to earn certificates from Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Emergency Management Institute.

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Walden’s M.S. in Emergency Management program offers a General Program as well as a variety of specializations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.

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General Program

The General Program provides you with a broad exposure to the field of emergency management. Coursework will help enable you to effectively develop, manage, and deploy disaster relief plans as well as help shape public policy.

Completion Requirements

  • 46 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (10 cr.)
    • Capstone Seminar (5 cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Note: Specializations are optional for the M.S. in Emergency Management program. Students who choose not to pursue a specialization will complete only these courses.

Courses

*You will take two elective courses (10 cr.). You can choose your courses from among the M.S. in Emergency Management specializations.

Criminal Justice

Whether it’s an act of terrorism or an act of nature, officials need to know how to respond in any emergency. This includes the ability to mitigate threats, establish control, and prosecute offenders. The Criminal Justice specialization can help prepare you to ethically and effectively respond to emergency situations. You’ll explore the technology and communication you need for disaster planning and then discover how they relate to criminal activity.

Completion Requirements

  • 51 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone Seminar (5 cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress; credits transferred, if applicable; and prerequisite courses. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

The program’s courses are 12 weeks in length and are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

Global Leadership

The Global Leadership specialization is designed for students who aspire to work in an international environment, particularly in global south countries or developing regions. Gain skills and strategies for community capacity building and learn how to operate more effectively in areas around the world seeking to develop and modernize. In this specialization, you will explore sustainability frameworks and models, examine methods for effecting transformative change in complex systems and organizations, and gain strategies for making effective and timely leadership decisions in complex and precarious environments.

Completion Requirements

  • 51 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone Seminar (5 cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress; credits transferred, if applicable; and prerequisite courses. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

The program’s courses are 11 weeks in length and are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

Homeland Security

Protecting the nation from attacks means more than securing its borders and transportation systems. Homeland security involves the management of both private and public sectors in their preparation and response to threats. The Homeland Security specialization explores the role of government and nongovernment agencies in providing protection and response during critical incidents. You will evaluate current policies and strategies as they relate to issues such as communication, technology, and terrorism.

Completion Requirements

  • 51 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone Seminar (5 cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress; credits transferred, if applicable; and prerequisite courses. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

The program’s courses are 12 weeks in length and are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

Public Management and Leadership

Recent devastation caused by natural disasters and terrorist acts highlights an elevated need for prepared public officials. Leaders who can react quickly and effectively during emergencies are essential. The Public Management and Leadership specialization helps prepare you to coordinate relief plans and supervise response teams. In this specialization, you can develop the project management skills you need to oversee large-scale disaster recovery efforts.

Completion Requirements

  • 51 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone Seminar (5 cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress; credits transferred, if applicable; and prerequisite courses. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

The program’s courses are 12 weeks in length and are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

Terrorism and Emergency Management

From terrorist attacks, such as 9/11, to natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, individuals are vulnerable to a multitude of dangers. Preparation is an important aspect of quick response. The Terrorism and Emergency Management specialization explores the history, economics, planning, and response strategies associated with public crises. You will analyze the USA PATRIOT Act and similar legislation to understand the impact these laws have on citizens and government agencies. You will also study the development and deployment of culturally appropriate relief services to determine their effectiveness in aiding those traumatized by disasters.

Completion Requirements

  • 51 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone Seminar (5 cr.)

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress; credits transferred, if applicable; and prerequisite courses. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

The program’s courses are 12 weeks in length and are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 46 total quarter credit hours  $470 per quarter hour $21,620
Books and Materials Estimated costs Included in tuition $0
Technology Fee  Per quarter $120 $600
    Total $22,220
    Transfer up to 23 credits  $11,110
    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits $11,110

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*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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With the effects of 9/11 still impacting both the public and private sectors, the spending on emergency management and need for field specialists has become increasingly important. A U.S. News & World Report article calls the role of emergency management specialist one of the 50 best jobs of 2011 and anticipates an increased need for this type of specialist over the next decade. Further, the article also states that the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment in the emergency management field to grow by 2,800, or 22%, between 2008 and 2018.*

Walden’s M.S. in Emergency Management program can help prepare you for a broad range of leadership positions within government agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as other public and private sectors of society, including health, public works, transportation, and community services.

Potential career options in emergency management include:

  • Public safety
  • Emergency response
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Fire services
  • Law enforcement
  • Community emergency response
  • First response teams

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

*U.S. News & World Report, “Best Jobs 2011,” on the Internet at http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2010/12/06/best-jobs-2011-emergency-management-specialist (viewed online Sept. 8, 2011). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Few online academic programs today offer the breadth and emphasis on emergency management that Walden’s M.S. in Emergency Management program provides.

Program highlights include:

  • Specializations that allow you to choose a specific path that complements your interests and career goals.
  • Scholar-practitioner faculty members, including several subject matter experts in the field of emergency management.
  • An opportunity to help you earn three certificates from the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) at FEMA. These “mini-courses” are included in the curriculum and are created as applications within the course.
  • capstone course that allows you to put your newfound knowledge to work on a real-world practical project.

At Walden, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Apply the theoretical underpinnings of emergency management to practice.
  2. Apply different research methodological approaches to theoretical and practical issues in emergency management.
  3. Interpret and analyze research data results related to emergency management.
  4. Critically analyze the emergency management cycle (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) as applied to urban and rural settings.
  5. Demonstrate competency in assessing risk susceptibility, resilience, resistance, and vulnerability among communities and organizations.
  6. Critically evaluate the role and purpose of response and recovery in emergency planning and policy development and implications for social change.
  7. Demonstrate advanced management skills specific to the needs of emergency management.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.