The Master of Science in management's emergency management specialization prepares you to plan and respond to natural and human-made disasters and emergencies in the United States. In this specialization, you'll study the use of advanced technologies, emerging cyber and asymmetric threats, digital communication systems, global pandemic response and recovery, climate adaptation, continuity of operations, public and private partnerships, laws and policies, and ethical considerations in emergency management decision-making and planning. You'll develop the practical skills needed for security risk assessments, strategic planning and prevention, staff coordination, deterrence, mitigation, protection, response, and operational recovery and design strategies and processes to secure individuals and critical infrastructure from natural and human-made threats.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Management Master's Degree with Emergency Management Specialization

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply strategies and tactics for managing crisis communications, including the use of current technologies, through a strategic approach to developing community-specific public responses to emergency management and national security crisis situations
  • Use the principles of leadership and management, including building public and private partnerships, to achieve strategic and operational goals for emergency management and national security responses
  • Evaluate ethical considerations when applying laws, authorities, regulations, policies, quantitative analyses, and data interpretation to ensure standards of privacy and civil liberties are met while developing emergency management preparedness initiatives and responses
  • Explain cybersecurity threats and assess how cyber plans, strategies, policies, and initiatives are intended to defend against cyber attacks and protect essential preparedness and disaster response operations
  • Utilize specific applications of advanced and emerging technologies, systems, and services for protection, response, recovery, and disaster preparedness initiatives involving U.S. national security
  • Assess the impact analysis of current and emerging threats and risks, including human and natural disasters; the social, cultural, psychological, political, and operational dynamics of threats; and the evolution and basic principles of critical infrastructure protection, processes, and techniques

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))

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

Initial Requirement

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

Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Specialization Courses

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

Capstone Course

  • MGMT 670

Course Rules and Program Progression

  • MGMT 630 (or MGMT 610) must be taken within the first 6 credits.
    • MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 may be taken instead of MGMT 630.
  • MGMT 640 should not be attempted simultaneously with MGMT 650.
  • EMAN 600 must be taken as one of the first two specialization courses.
  • EMAN 670 must be taken in your last semester.
  • You must complete 24 credits of program coursework, including all core courses, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

Vertical Pathway

If you completed your undergraduate degree at UMGC with coursework in emergency management, a vertical pathway between UMGC's graduate and undergraduate degree programs in that field allows you to reduce your total coursework for this program by up to 6 credits.

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.

Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.

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

If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640.

If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650. Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to help improve 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.