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 MS 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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.


Seth Barnett

Seth Barnett

MPA Graduate
I have been using my degree to write grants to help special needs children in my community.
I wish to pursue a PhD in Public Policy and Administration. It will be very beneficial to me because I can complete the program faster than normal based on my academic achievements in the same department.
Walden University allows me to gain the skills I need to grow as a professional and the credentials to make more positive social changes in my community. That’s why I am continuing my education at Walden University by enrolling in the PhD in Criminal Justice program.
Elizabeth Brown MPA Graduate
Elizabeth Brown
Gabirel Takang MPA Graduate
Gabriel Takang
Cathy Logan-Davis BS/MS in Criminal Justice Graduate / PhD in Criminal Justice Student
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