Emergency Management (Traditional and Fast Track)

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.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 83 quarter credits
    • Introductory courses (8 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Electives/Specializations (15 cr.)
    • Dissertation (minimum 20 cr.)
  •  Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days 

Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Fast Track to Your PhD

For the highly motivated student with discipline and a flexible schedule, Walden offers an expedited path to your doctoral degree. With the Fast Track option, you can complete your PhD in Psychology in a shorter amount of time by taking additional courses per term. Learn more about this exciting option or contact your enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286 to see if it’s the right choice for you.

Introductory Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code CRJS 8002 Course Foundations of Doctoral Study Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code CRJS 8350 Course History and Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Credits (5 cr.)

Core Courses

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

Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)


Course Code Course Credits
Course Code CRJS 9000 Course Dissertation Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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