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Walden News // Jan 10, 2012

Walden University Introduces MS in Emergency Management Program

Minneapolis—January 10, 2012— Today’s emergency management professionals must be ready to respond to anything—from earthquakes and train derailments to cybercrimes and terrorist acts. Walden University’s new online MS in Emergency Management program helps prepare these professionals with the advanced skills they need to lead emergency response efforts, improve public policy and protect communities from natural disasters and other hazardous events.

This new online master’s degree program emphasizes key skills related to creating and implementing disaster prevention and response plans. The program’s coursework highlights principles and systems that can benefit students seeking to earn certificates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute. Students can choose from a general program as well as four specializations: Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Public Management and Leadership and Terrorism and Emergency Management.

“In times of disaster, the public often sees only the response efforts of emergency management teams. However, that is just a small part of what these professionals do in the field. There is also a core focus on risk analysis, mitigation planning and policy development,” said Dr. Mark Gordon, associate dean of Walden’s School of Public Policy and Administration. “The MS in Emergency Management helps prepare students to lead the types of initiatives that are critical for both disaster prevention and response.”

According to U.S. News & World Report, demand for emergency management specialists is anticipated to increase over the next decade. This online degree program can prepare Walden students to serve in a variety of emergency management leadership roles that 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 MS in Emergency Management program joins the portfolio of online programs in the School of Public Policy and Administration, which includes the BS in Criminal Justice, the BS in Political Science and Public Administration, the Master of Public Administration (MPA), the Master of Public Policy (MPP), the MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, the MS in Criminal Justice, the MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management and the PhD in Public Policy and Administration. For more information, go to


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For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 46,500 students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 55 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries.

Walden offers more than 60 degree programs with more than 300 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,