Emergency Management

In an era of increased awareness of the global impact of natural and man-made disasters, a new leadership approach to emergency management is required. This specialization can prepare you with the skills you need to effectively lead, motivate, and manage others during times of crisis. You will explore the ethical issues inherent to certain situations as well as the art and science of building strong, capable teams.

The Emergency Management specialization will help prepare you to apply for certificates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute.

Track I is a program of study for students who have a master’s degree in criminal justice or a related field. If you have a master's degree in an unrelated discipline, see Track II.

Completion Requirements

  • 81 total quarter credits
    • Introductory courses (6 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Dissertation (20 cr.)
  •  Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days 

The majority of our students take over 2 years to complete their doctoral study or dissertation.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will 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.

Introductory Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code CRJS 8000 Course Foundations of Doctoral Study Credits 1
Course Code CRJS 8350 Course History and Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Credits 5

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code CRJS 8351 Course Policy and Analysis in Criminal Justice Systems Credits 5
Course Code CRJS 8352 Course Leadership: Putting Theory Into Practice in Criminal Justice Administration Credits 5
Course Code CRJS 8100 Course Critical Issues in Emergency Management Credits 5
Course Code RSCH 8110J Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits 5
Course Code CRJS 8200 Course Risk Assessment, Preparedness, and Hazard Mitigation Credits 5
Course Code RSCH 8210J Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits 5
Course Code CRJS 8300 Course Disaster Response and Recovery Credits 5
Course Code RSCH 8310J Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits 5
Course Code CRJS 8381 Course Program Evaluation Credits 5
Course Code CRJS 8115 Course Writing A Quality Prospectus Credits 5
Choose one:
Course Code RSCH 8260J
RSCH 8360J
RSCH 8460J
Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
Credits 5



Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000G Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits 0


Course Code Course Credits
Course Code CRJS 9000 Course Dissertation Credits 20
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