Combine advanced leadership skills with leading-edge operational tactics in the dynamic master's degree program in management with a specialization in emergency management.

The emergency management specialization helps you master the five mission areas of the National Preparedness Goal (prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery) and take a leadership role in protecting organizations against major crises and disasters. Gain practical managerial skills in performing security risk assessments; planning and managing prevention, deterrence, protection, response, and operational recovery; and developing strategies to secure people and critical assets from natural or human-made threats.

Perfect for midcareer professionals, the emergency management specialization features coursework in financial analysis for managers, organizational theory, vulnerability assessments, IT in emergency management, and crisis communication, as well as courses that strengthen your core knowledge of management skills. Previous field experience in emergency management is not required for the program.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Management Master's Degree with Emergency Management Specialization

The curriculum in the emergency management specialization helps teach you practical skills that can make you an asset to organizations planning for emergencies. You'll use data from real crises in assignments and projects and practice making executive-level decisions, so you can apply what you're learning to the field of crisis management right away.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing
  • Apply logical processes to formulate clear, defensible ideas and draw conclusions based on ethical implications
  • Use mathematical information, operations, and quantitative analyses to solve problems and inform decision making
  • Lead, facilitate, and collaborate with a variety of individual and diverse teams to achieve organizational objectives
  • Describe current and emerging threats, including terrorism and technological and natural disasters; the social, cultural, psychological, political, and operational dynamics of threats; and the evolution and basic principles of critical infrastructure protection, principles, processes, and techniques
  • Trace the history of various incidents and threats and assess the risks and vulnerabilities associated with each
  • Assess threats and risks for facilities, entities, and communities and perform impact analysis
  • Define types of incidents and threats, the historical phases and dimensions of technical systems, and standards that frame the operating environment
  • Demonstrate a range of project management skills, from program to human resource management in financial, data, and information management
  • Write, communicate, and implement emergency operations plans
  • Construct discussion-based and operations-based exercises based on national, state, or local requirements and the principles of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program and the National Standard Exercise Curriculum in response to an after-action review or as a test of core capabilities
  • Discover and use specific applications of advanced technologies, systems, and services for protection, response, recovery and resilience, and disaster preparedness exercises and developmental and operational scenarios
  • Understand the laws, authorities, regulations, policies, and ethical concerns related to emergency management issues and operations and the importance of public stewardship and science-based approaches
  • Interpret data and determine solutions based on data, resources, and the legal, organizational, and social operating environment
  • Understand the principles of leading, motivating, and managing others within an organization to establish and achieve strategic and operational goals

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Complete a risk assessment of an urban area
  • Identify property and people at risk during a disaster scenario in a large population area
  • Determine pre-loss activity and resources to reduce loss to specific critical infrastructures
  • Design a plan for a specific ethnic or economically disadvantaged group within the community requiring special assistance during a disaster scenario

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):

Certified Emergency Manager (CEM (R))

Note: This degree can partially fulfill the CEM (R) requirements.

Management Master's Degree with Emergency Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • You can take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 instead of MGMT 630.
  • MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits.
  • MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be taken at the same time.
  • If you don't have recent statistics experience, take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650.
  • You should take MGMT 650 in your second or third term.

Specialization Courses

  • EMAN 600
  • EMAN 610
  • EMAN 620
  • HSMN 610
  • HSMN 630
  • EMAN 630
  • EMAN 670

Specialization Rules & Recommendations

  • EMAN 600 must be taken as one of the first two specialization courses.
  • EMAN 670 must be taken after all program coursework except MGMT 670.

Capstone Course

  • MGMT 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must complete 24 credits, including all core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

  • EMAN 670 must be taken in your last term.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in hazard risk assessment; prevention, response, recovery, and mitigation planning and management; and strategy development to secure people, communities, and the built environment from natural or human-induced threats.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

This program is designed for midcareer professionals. If you don't have recent statistics experience, we recommend you take UCSP 630. If you lack a background in finance or accounting, we recommend you take UCSP 620. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Public Safety Student Association encourages discussions on careers, current events, and topics within the public safety field. Previous activities have included webinars on related topics and careers.

Additional Information

Fast-Track Your Degree

Apply Undergraduate Coursework in Emergency Management to Master of Science in Management Specialization in Emergency Management

If you graduated from UMGC and took courses in emergency management, you could be eligible to fast-track a Master of Science in management with a specialization in emergency management by up to 6 credits and complete both degrees with a total of 150 credits of coursework.

The Graduate School will accept the following course substitutions toward the completion of this master's degree program, for a maximum of 6 credits:

  • EMGT 302 in lieu of EMAN 600
  • EMGT 304 in lieu of HSMN 630

To be eligible, you must have completed these courses at UMGC no more than two years before being accepted to the Graduate School and earned a B or better in the courses. The substitutions listed above are the only substitutions possible. Transfer credits are not accepted. Admission requirements and time limits for degree completion apply to all students.