Master's Concentration

Emergency Planning and Response

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.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
January 4
Term Length
10 Weeks
Master's Degree
As few as 18 months
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Skills You'll Learn

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


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

All students are required to complete a zero-credit Student Success Course.

Core Courses
Concentration Courses
Elective Courses

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Security Management program. 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.

Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master's degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

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Take a Course Before You Apply

We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Emergency Planning and Response

Emergency management professionals are in high demand, particularly as experienced leaders of the baby boomer generation continue to retire at a rate of 10,000 per day according to a Trends in Executive Development report.

Opportunities for emergency management directors will open as professionals retire with an 8% job growth rate through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job candidates with extensive work experience in an emergency management role will have the best job prospects.

Job Titles

Emergency Management Director
Emergency Preparedness Manager
Emergency Prevention Officer
Emergency Management Program Specialist
Emergency Response Officer
Emergency Systems Specialist

Emergency Management Specialist Salary: National Average


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Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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