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Emergency Planning and Response (Master's)

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Learn to prevent, mitigate, and assess emergencies as you develop essential communication skills and build your leadership expertise. Whether an emergency is natural or manmade, emergency preparedness is vital to ensure the least possible impact on the welfare of those affected. From emergency preparedness to recovery, learn the process of emergency planning and response and take on leadership roles in security and emergency situations.

You’ll learn about:

  • Identify, analyze, and respond to a variety of human and natural crises

  • Manage the phases of comprehensive emergency management (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery)

  • Develop and communicate mitigation plans

To learn more about the Security Management degree, visit the program overview page.

Required Courses

MS in Security Management with a concentration in Emergency Planning and Response requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs

Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.

Concentration courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

Elective courses - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Security Management programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

Popular electives for students pursuing Security Management programs include:

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Careers in Emergency Planning and Response

Community Planner, Emergency Coordinator, Emergency Manager, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Emergency Prevention Officer; Emergency Program Specialist, Emergency Response Officer, Emergency Services Planning Director, Emergency Systems Specialist, Firefighter, Paramedic

Applying for and reporting on emergency federal funding; briefing elected officials and the media in the midst of a crisis; collaborating with government agencies, law enforcement offices, and nonprofit organizations to develop comprehensive emergency response plans; coordinating the pooling and use of resources to respond to emergencies; facilitating emergency response training programs for first responders, staff, and volunteers; making recommendations for the individual response plans of businesses and other entities; managing the execution of response plans in the midst of a crisis; preparing and analyzing damage and risk assessments; reviewing and revising local emergency operations and communications plans

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the emergency management industry currently employs approximately 1.6 million people for a total of $65 billion on wages every year. Between 2012 and 2022 though, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the field will add another 800 emergency management positions to that total. From communication and resource planning to response execution and risk control, government agencies, nonprofit groups, and even private businesses in every industry are looking for these bold professionals to help protect them during a crisis.

Careers In Security Management

Secure your future.
Security Magazine reports that a growing trend in the security management field includes business continuity and crisis management, as well as going green—from using hybrid cars to creating green systems for IT. Emergency management is seeing an increase in career opportunities, with a 21% job growth projected through 2018. Whether you are pursuing a career in IT security or physical security, the security management field is bustling with opportunity, particularly homeland security. Information security and cybersecurity continues to grow as a priority among businesses and the government, and a graduate degree in the field is becoming the minimum requirement, according to a 2010 Career Trends survey. Research shows a huge shortage of IT security professionals, making this a profession worth pursuing to secure your future.

Find your niche!
Security today is complex and in a burgeoning integrative world, effective professionals are in high demand to forge the way past the potential threats. So what are the emerging security trends? Extensible Threat Management Systems (XTM's), Two Factor Authentication, Encryption, Hosted Security, Internet Filtering, Endpoint Security, Low Footprint Anti-Virus, VoiP Security, Compliance, Convergence of Voice and Data. In the cybersecurity world, web applications account for 55% of threats, according to the IBM X-Force Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report. Beyond the IT realm of security, environmental threats and disasters also need the proper planning and management, for incidents such as hurricanes, oil spills, and fires. For job opportunities dealing with these threats, look to the government, military, financial institutions, educational facilities, or hospitals.

Where are they now?
University College alumni who graduated from the Security Management program have job titles such as Software Engineer, Senior Manager, Correctional Systems Officer, Supervisory Special Agent, and Investigator II at companies and organizations such as the FBI, Office of the Attorney General for Colorado, Lockheed Martin, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Bristol Myers Squibb.

Trends: Extensible Threat Management Systems (XTM's), Two Factor Authentication, Encryption, Hosted Security, Internet Filtering, Endpoint Security, Low Footprint Anti−Virus, VoiP Security, Compliance, Convergence of Voice and Data

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