Emergency Management

Master of Science

The market for emergency management personnel is on the brink of exponential expansion. One reason why: The field is emerging as an independent profession that offers the promise of increased identity, prestige, and monetary benefits for those holding degrees in the discipline.

When opportunity knocks

Before September 11, 2001, the job market for emergency management was already expanding quickly. The movement of populations into the “Sunshine States” and into risk-prone areas such as coastlines, floodplains, and forests made natural events such as hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes far more threatening and challenging to communities and businesses. After September 11, terrorism in all forms — including biological and chemical — became a crucial and inextricable part of emergency management.

A unique experience

Only the second such program in New England, the M.S. in Emergency Management program offers 36 credits of interdisciplinary coursework — delivered both online and on campus — that prepares students for successful roles in disaster mitigation and prevention. Students in the program complete eight required core courses covering topics in hazard mitigation, catastrophe readiness, disaster recovery, emergency incident management, and more. An additional four courses of electives are required for the degree, with the approval of the program advisor students may select courses from areas of study such as criminal justice, fire science, public administration, national security, or another area.

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Events

November 27 - December 1, 2017

November 30, 2017

What You'll Study

  • Principles and Practices of Hazard Mitigation

    This course will provide the student with an understanding of the principles and practice of hazard mitigation in the United States at the local, state, regional, and federal levels of governance, emphasizing the importance of avoiding or preventing future and recurring losses of life and damage to public and private property. Based on this understanding, a further objective of the course is to familiarize students with the tools, techniques, resources, programs, intergovernmental relationships, and broader social context involved in planning for and implementing hazard mitigation. Case studies, exercises, and discussions will be used to encourage critical review of the philosophy and principles of emergency management.

  • Emergency Incident Management

    This course will provide a study of the effective organization and management of emergency resources at various fire and large-scale emergency incidents. Includes a review of national standards and federal regulations impacting emergency incident management.

  • Catastrophe Readiness and Response

    Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to describe and discuss the characteristics of catastrophic events and the differences in strategies, techniques, and tools that are needed to prepare for and coordinate the response to catastrophes as compared to the disasters that form the core assumption of most modern emergency management work. This course is designed to help students step into a leadership role in catastrophe readiness and response. Case studies, exercises, and discussions will be used to encourage critical review of the philosophy and principles of emergency management.

  • Social Dimensions of Disaster

    This course will provide an overview of empirical vs. theoretical approaches; human behavior in disaster, myths and reality; group disaster behavior; community social systems and disaster; cultures, demographics, and disaster behavior distinctions, and model-building in sociological disaster research.

  • Full List of Courses for Emergency Management, M.S.

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Masters of Science in Emergency Management, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Emergency Management, M.S.

    Emergency Management Certificate

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