Emergency Planning and Response (Master's)
This master's concentration will prepare you to strategize, implement, and assess emergency plans as you learn the skills for effective communication to individuals, teams, and private or public sector organizations. Whether an emergency is natural or man-made, emergency preparedness is vital to ensure the least possible impact on the welfare of those affected. You’ll learn about:
Develop leadership skills, learn the financial aspects of emergency planning, and gain strategies to implement team solutions in this concentration designed for current or aspiring emergency response professionals.
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.
- SMGT 4050 - Security Concepts Overview
- SMGT 4100 - Business Function of Security
- SMGT 4350 - Business Assets Protection
- SMGT 4910 - Research Practices and Applications
- SMGT 4901 - Capstone Project
- SMGT 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- SMGT 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
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.
- SMGT 4210 - Critical Incident Management
- SMGT 4220 - Hazardous and Radiological Material Preparedness
- SMGT 4230 - Mitigation for Emergency Managers
- SMGT 4400 - Emergency Planning
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:
- SMGT 4150 - Risk Management
- SMGT 4300 - Security Administration
- SMGT 4400 - Emergency Planning
- SMGT 4500 - Human Factors in Security
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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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