The emergency management concentration is a part of the Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security is offered by the College of Public Service & Community Solutions through ASU Online. This program’s graduates will be well-prepared to utilize public policy and best applicable management practices within their professional areas to develop protection, mitigation and preparedness measures to prevent and/or minimize societal impacts of natural and human-made threats and hazards. Likewise, our graduates will be able to employ necessary management and leadership skills in guiding local or national response to and recovery from any potential emergencies, disasters and other related societal threats. The 33-credit hour program can be completed in as little as one year.
The emergency management concentration is designed for individuals who intend to assume greater leadership and management responsibility in helping communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters in both private and public settings. Students gain an essential understanding of the entire vision, mission, and principles of emergency management with an emphasis on leadership, management, use of technology and both inter-agency collaboration and cross-sector collaboration.
Many emergency management-related positions reside in public sector agencies at all levels of government—and the concentration is not limited to those who are focused becoming an emergency manager per se. Those who are interested in pursuing careers in, and developing expertise in planning, emergency training and exercises, disaster recovery, hazards mitigation, and similar areas might choose to declare this concentration. Further, private sector organizations are increasingly developing emergency services units within their firms to enhance operational resilience, thus presenting another set of career opportunities.