The Master of Science in management's emergency management specialization helps you master the five mission areas of the National Preparedness Goal (prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery) and prepares you to take a leadership role in protecting organizations against major crises and disasters. You can 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 requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 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

  • 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))

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.