Emergency Management Degree - Master of Science
The master's degree in Emergency Management provides a necessary option to students seeking mid- to upper-level careers in public service or the private sector of emergency management. The master's degree will focus on emergency planning including the topics of threats, command structure, resource allocation, emergency communication, and funding. The degree will also prepare students to utilize necessary leadership skills to maintain legal and ethical standards in management level positions.
Major Requirements (36 credit hours)
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MSEM 500 Public Sector Emergency Management
This course examines the role of the public sector in the role emergency management including the role and relationship of each level of government in a natural or manmade disaster. The role and interaction of government emergency management agencies at the local, county, state, and federal levels will be investigated.
MSEM 510 Governmental Roles in Emergency Management
This course examines the governmental positions and roles specific to the management of emergency situations through the emergency management cycle. The gap that can exist between emergency managers and operational personnel as well as approaches to narrowing the gap will be discussed.
MSEM 520 Public Sector Emergency Planning Project
Students will complete a planning project that identifies lessons learned from a past disaster relative to the effectiveness of planning and resource allocation. This course is taken in conjunction with MSEM 500 & MSEM 510.
MSEM 530 Private Sector Emergency Management
This course examines the role of the private sector in emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The specific role of hospitals, transportation, utility and other businesses as well as non-profit organizations will be discussed.
MSEM 540 Business Continuity Planning
This course examines crisis management thinking and steps for defining a business continuity plan to meet a private organization's needs. The importance of understanding the risks, impacts and consequences of an emergency event will be distinguished. Strategy selection, salvage, restoration and long term continuity will be discussed.
MSEM 550 Business Continuity Project
Students will develop and present a business continuity plan aimed at the needs of a particular organization in the private sector. This course is taken in conjunction with MSEM 530 & MSEM 540.
MSEM 600 Leadership and Management in Emergency Management
This course examines leadership strategies and management techniques supportive of emergency managers during emergency planning and disaster response. Models of leadership and contemporary theories of leadership will be discussed.
MSEM 610 Ethical Issues in Emergency Management
This course examines the ethical issues of disaster related to all phases of the emergency management cycle. Ethical risks, principles and obligations during times of disaster will be discussed.
MSEM 620 Disaster Management Analysis Project
Students will complete a project that identifies lessons learned from a past disaster relative to the influence of legal and ethical issues in the success or failure of the disaster response. This course is taken in conjunction with MSEM 600 & MSEM 610.
MSEM 630 Resource Allocation and Funding Sources for Emergency Management
This course examines the complexities of resource allocation and availability. Memorandums of understanding and joint purchasing will be explored. Locating sources of grant funding will also be addressed.
MSEM 640 Grant Writing for Emergency Management
This course examines the process of writing and obtaining a grant. Grant writing submission guidelines and writing techniques will be examined. Purchasing, monitoring and reporting requirements for complying with the requirements of grant funding will be discussed.
MSEM 650 Emergency Management Grant Writing Project
Students will write and present a grant aimed at attaining funding specific to the needs of a particular organization. This course is taken in conjunction with MSEM 630 & MSEM 640.
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