2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (December 2013) 
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2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (December 2013) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

M.S. in Emergency Management

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The M.S. 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 (FEMA)’s Emergency Management Institute.

 Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Apply the theoretical underpinnings of emergency management to practice.
  2. Apply different research methodological approaches to theoretical and practical issues in emergency management.
  3. Interpret and analyze research data results related to emergency management.
  4. Critically analyze the emergency management cycle (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) as applied to urban and rural settings.
  5. Demonstrate competency in assessing risk susceptibility, resilience, resistance, and vulnerability among communities and organizations.
  6. Critically evaluate the role and purpose of response and recovery in emergency planning and policy development and implications for social change.
  7. Demonstrate advanced management skills specific to the needs of emergency management.


Degree Requirements 

  • General Program: 46 total quarter credit hours; with optional specialization: 51 quarter credit hours
  • Foundation course (1 cr.)
  • Core courses (30 cr.)
  • Electives (10 cr) in General Program or optional specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Core Curriculum

Course Sequence


1 MSEM 6115 - Foundations for Graduate Study 1 cr.
MSEM 6363 - Public Safety Issues 5 cr.

MSEM 6100 - Critical Issues in Emergency Management 5 cr.
MSEM 6364 - Managing Public Safety Organizations 5 cr.

MSEM 6480 - Applied Research and Evaluation Methods 5 cr.
MSEM 6200 - Risk Assessment, Preparedness, and Disaster Mitigation 5 cr.

MSEM 6300 - Disaster Response and Recovery 5 cr.
MSEM XXXX - Elective or Specialization Course 1 5 cr.

MSEM XXXX - Elective or Specialization Course 2 5 cr.
MSEM XXXX - Specialization Course 3 5 cr.
  MSEM 6910 - Capstone Seminar 5 cr.


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