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Online Management Master's Degree

Emergency Management

Management: Emergency Management
Master's Specialization
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 12 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • $524 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $480 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Combine advanced leadership skills with leading-edge operational tactics in this program.

The online master’s in management specialization in emergency management at University of Maryland Global Campus will prepare 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.

Total Credits Required: 36

Initial Requirement

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

The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Core Courses

  • (6 Credits, MGMT 630)
  • (3 Credits, MGMT 640)
  • (3 Credits, MGMT 650)

Specialization Courses

  • (3 Credits, EMAN 600)
  • (3 Credits, EMAN 610)
  • (3 Credits, EMAN 620)
  • (3 Credits, HSMN 610)
  • (3 Credits, HSMN 630)
  • (3 Credits, EMAN 630)
  • (3 Credits, EMAN 670)

Capstone Course

  • (3 Credits, MGMT 670)

  • (6 Credits, MGMT 630) (or (3 Credits, MGMT 610)) must be taken within the first 6 credits.
    • (3 Credits, MGMT 610) and (3 Credits, MGMT 615) may be taken instead of (6 Credits, MGMT 630).
  • (3 Credits, MGMT 640) should not be attempted simultaneously with (3 Credits, MGMT 650).
  • (3 Credits, EMAN 600) must be taken as one of the first two specialization courses.
  • (3 Credits, EMAN 670) must be taken in your last semester.
  • You must complete 24 credits of program coursework, including all core courses, before enrolling in (3 Credits, MGMT 670).

General Master's Degree 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 above five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
  • Please review the overall master’s degree requirements for additional considerations.
Sequence Course
1 (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
2 (6 Credits, MGMT 630)
3 (3 Credits, EMAN 600)
4 (3 Credits, MGMT 640)
5 (3 Credits, EMAN 610)
6 (3 Credits, MGMT 650)
7 (3 Credits, EMAN 620)
8 (3 Credits, HSMN 610)
9 (3 Credits, HSMN 630)
10 (3 Credits, EMAN 630)
11 (3 Credits, EMAN 670)
12 (3 Credits, MGMT 670)

Accelerated Pathway

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

Search Course Catalog

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2023–2024 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Master’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each master's degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all master’s degrees.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Balance Your Goals & Responsibilities at UMGC

UMGC's online coursework and comprehensive student support allowed Linnhe M. (MS, Management: Emergency Management) to achieve her academic and career goals while balancing personal and professional responsibilities. Find out how Linnhe was able to find success.

Industry Snapshot

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

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Industry Certification

This program is designed to help prepare you for the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM (R)) certification exam.

Additional Program Information

We recommend a recent background in finance or accounting, as well as statistics. Strong writing skills are also encouraged.

Public Safety Student Association

The Public Safety Student Association encourages discussions on careers, current events, and topics within the public safety field. Activities have included webinars on related topics and careers. It is available to graduate or undergraduate students, alumni, staff, and faculty. Students and alumni can join the Public Safety Student Association group on CareerQuest

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)


Enrolling in my master's degree at UMGC has really been a force multiplier for both professional and personal goals that I've had.

Linnhe M., Millersville, PA, MS in Emergency Management


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