2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    Feb 05, 2023  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

MS in Emergency Management

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This program is no longer accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.


The MS in Emergency Management program offers a comprehensive foundation on the history, organizational structure, systems, and concerns that shape the management of disasters and other emergencies. Topics include public safety issues; managing public safety organizations; applied research and evaluation methods; and strategies for assessing, mitigating, and responding to emergency situations. The curriculum features case studies that focus on recent disasters, offering an opportunity for students to build their critical-thinking skills and grow into the next generation of leaders in this relatively new, emerging profession. The program offers the opportunity to help prepare to earn certificates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will be able to: 

  1. Analyze theoretical underpinnings of emergency management implemented in practice. (IV, V, VI)
  2. Evaluate the research designs used in the study of emergency management issues. (IV, V, VI, VII)
  3. Interpret research results related to emergency management. (II, IV, V, VI, VII)
  4. Analyze the emergency management cycle (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) applied to urban and rural settings. (IV, V, VI)
  5. Appropriately utilize assessment tools used in emergency management to measure risk, vulnerability, resistance, and resilience in communities. (II, IV, V, VI, VII, IX)
  6. Evaluate response and recovery in emergency planning and their social change implications. (I, II, IV, V, VI, VII, IX)
  7. Evaluate key leadership concepts and theories used in effectively leading and managing emergency management operations and programs. (IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX)

(Roman numerals in parentheses indicate University Outcomes.)


  • General (see below)
  • Self-Design (optional)

Degree Requirements

  • General Program: 48 total quarter credits or 63 with specialization
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (40 cr.)
  • Optional specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)


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