The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management provides an in-depth understanding of the challenges and policies involved with all-hazards, all-threats emergency response and planning.
Duration of Program
Meets F1 Visa Requirements
Evaluating crisis planning strategies and real-world scenarios using national frameworks such as the National Incident Management System and National Response System, students will understand and apply the roles and responsibilities of leaders at all levels of government, business, community, and organization. Scenario-based approaches, case studies, and analyzing real-world incidents throughout the phases of response will include current and emerging threats, both man-made and natural, and the principles of critical infrastructure protection. Technology tools such as GIS are incorporated with communication, risk management, and disaster response scenarios, enabling students to apply critical-thinking skills and homeland security and emergency management principles to real-world contingencies.
Certificate course credits are transferable to the Master of Arts in Homeland Security.
Credits transferrable toward MA in Homeland Security
Program is designed to fulfill a portion of the education and training needed for students to certify under the Certified Emergency Manager (or lower AEM) program, the U.S. industry standard certification program for professional emergency managers
Online program allows for flexible and enhanced learning for professionals already in the field
Collaboration with homeland security centers and institutes
Assess and implement response and planning mechanisms for emergency management across the sectors of government and business communities
Understand and evaluate the U.S. emergency management system, including how communities mitigate against, respond to, and recover from all disaster events as well as the U.S. involvement for international disaster response contingencies
Analyze, critique, and develop planning strategies based on existing real-world contingencies using the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines for U.S. protection and resilience for communities and organizations
Understand and evaluate the roles and authorities of federal, state, and local agencies as well as emergency management and disaster response while developing ways to positively advance security in partnership with the many levels of authority responsible to include private sector operations
Assess the threats, risks, and vulnerabilities of communities, infrastructure, and organizations, while planning for and developing strategic assessments for all-hazards, all-threats scenarios within the National Preparedness System
Evaluate crises and develop a systematic response to critical incidents using emergency management planning and preparedness strategies in relation to national emergency management guidelines
Conduct real-world actionable planning and strategy development through an all-hazards approach in the phases of emergency management, including planning, response, recovery, and mitigation measures
Emergency management at the federal, state, and local levels.
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Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; (official transcripts required at the time of admission)
English language proficiency proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
December 1, 2020
International in-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
December 15, 2020
Domestic application complete (first half start: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)
February 12, 2021
Recommended Admissions Deadline:
International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
February 8, 2021
International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
March 8, 2021
Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)
May 14, 2021
Recommended Admissions Deadline:
International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
May 10, 2021
International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
June 7, 2021
Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021
Recommended Admissions Deadline:
International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
July 19, 2021
International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
August 23, 2021
Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)
October 18, 2021
Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management General Requirements
HLS 6060 - Strategic Planning and Budgeting
HLS 6070 - Emergency Management and Geographic Information Systems
HLS 6080 - Continuity of Operations and Planning
HLS 6150 - Essentials of Emergency Management
HLS 6155 - Critical Infrastructure, Security, and Emergency Management
HLS 6160 - Advanced Emergency Management
HLS 6170 - Emergency Management Capstone
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
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