Emergency Management Leadership Overview
Dramatic increases in natural and man-made disasters have led to unprecedented need and job growth for emergency managers. The U.S. Department of Labor projects continued double-digit job growth at the state and federal levels through 2020. In addition, there is significant need for systems that address mental health interventions for disaster victims and emergency responders, according to new research published by The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Our program uniquely prepares emergency management professionals as socially responsible practitioners. This means they not only lead and support disaster prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts—but also systemically address psychological traumas suffered by both disaster victims and emergency response personnel.
Emergency management leaders develop disaster response plans, lead preparedness and response training, and coordinate with emergency and medical personnel in multiple agencies and organizations. Integrating the triage and delivery of emergency medical and mental health care is a critical component. Professionals in this field may work as consultants or in positions with the public sector: in the military, law enforcement, and other government agencies at all levels. They may also work in the private or nonprofit sectors, with colleges and universities, medical centers, community relief organizations, and other employers.
We provide an immersive learning experience with a teaching faculty of expert professionals, whose emergency management experience and related academic work have been recognized nationally and abroad.
Our curriculum is timely and relevant, giving our students an advantage as they enter the workforce. Unlike other programs, ours enables students to complete a Community Engagement Project/Capstone that provides real-world, hands-on experience, and is supported by community partners. It provides opportunities with organizations like the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Red Cross.
This online program provides students with great flexibility completing their coursework. State-of-the-art technology enhances the learning experience. Our individualized advising helps students succeed both inside and outside the classroom during their Adler School experience.
In addition to the online coursework, students complete three residency weekends to develop their leadership and tactical skills, through field exercises designed to apply textbook knowledge to simulated emergency situations.
Certification and Standards
- Fulfills International Association of Emergency Managers’ (IAEM) training requirements to apply for certification as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) or Associate Emergency Manager (AEM)
- Meets National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) minimum education and training requirements (Standard on Disaster/ Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs)
- Provides requisite knowledge to pass required examinations to earn the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Professional Development Series Certificate of Achievement, recognized as a commitment to standards of excellence in emergency management
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution or a comparable degree from an international institution
- A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework
- Completion of the following semester courses in psychology with grades of "C" or better: General or introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, and research methods or statistics. Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may also be considered.
- Applicants who meet the admission standards will be invited for an interview with faculty