EMHS: Community Resilience (MA)
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The Community Resilience concentration of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) master’s degree provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to tackle current and future challenges faced by cities globally.
The community resilience concentration is a part of the Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security is offered by the Watts 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.
Students have the option to choose one concentration from the following:
- biosecurity and threat management
- community resilience
- cybersecurity policy and management
- emergency management
- homeland security
The EMHS community resilience concentration is focused on developing knowledge and expertise pertaining to the interdisciplinary challenges of managing hazards and promoting sustainable practices as related to the functional areas of first response and emergency/crisis management. Its career path tracks for positions with specific hazards and response management responsibilities in areas such as planning, transportation, environmental quality, public health. The community resilience degree promotes the resilience capacity of urban systems and the physical and social infrastructure systems that support them, and reducing risk associated with natural, and technological disruptions.
This concentration area is designed to meet the career and professional development needs for those students interested in hazards management in general, whether it be natural or technological or intentionally-induced (i.e. terrorism). Developing expertise in hazards resilience cuts across a broad range of professional domains: it is relevant to traditional emergency management organizations, first response and public safety agencies, public health agencies, environmental protection agencies, and so on. Further, developing resilience expertise is useful for individuals with prior expertise and experience relevant to resilience, sustainability and hazards management—such as engineering, risk analysis, or communications—and are seeking to move into a career position more explicitly related to this broad field.
ASU Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions:
- US News ranks ASU’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management program top in nation
- Research is the forefront of all academic activities with 20 research centers for advancing research and discovery around challenges that affect us globally
- Home to ASU’s most diverse student body —and the largest community of first-generation college students
- #1 university in the U.S. for innovation
- Named a prestigious global university
- #4 university in the country for online undergraduate degree programs
The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity.
Recent Faculty Highlights Include:
- Fellow by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
- Fellow of the American Psychological Association
- Director inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration
Graduates with a Master of Arts in Community Resilience (EMHS) have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in criminology or criminal justice, public administration or public service, sociology or social work, public safety or fire service management, parks and recreation management, applied sciences, environmental sciences or geography, public health or another closely related field from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants are required to submit:
- Graduate application and application fee
- Official transcripts
- Proof of English proficiency
- Two letters of recommendation
- A written statement, at least one page in length, which describes the applicant's educational and career goals and long-term professional development strategy
- Evidence of current employment in an organization in this field or at least two years prior professional experience in this or a related field or a bachelor's degree in a related area
Additional Admission Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.