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Certificate in Emergency Management and Response

Whether an emergency is natural or man-made, emergency preparedness is vital to ensure the least possible impact on the welfare of those affected. Be prepared to strategize, implement, and assess emergency plans as you learn the skills for effective communication to individuals, teams, and private or public sector organizations.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
June 17

Term Length
10 Weeks

4 Course Certificate


6 Course Certificate




As few as 6 months

As few as 12 months

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Free Application


University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

Skills You’ll Learn

Develop emergency preparedness plans

Identify, assess, and respond to a variety of human and natural crises

Develop and communicate mitigation plans


Specialized Graduate Certificate in Emergency Planning and Response requires completion of 16 credit hours (4 courses).

4 Concentration Courses

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Graduate Certificate in Emergency Planning and Response requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).

Concentration Courses
Elective Courses

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Sample Schedule

Plan your schedule to complete your graduate certificate. Finish quickly in just six months or take up to two years (four course certificate) or three years for a six-course certificate.

Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 0 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 3 3 0 0
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 2 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 2 0
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 1 1
6-Course Certificate Classes 1 2 2 1

Interested in a master’s degree?

Explore our Master of Science in Security Management with a concentration in Emergency Planning and Response.

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 continue to grow at a rate of 6% through 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job candidates with extensive work experience in an emergency management role will have the best job prospects.

From emergency management specialists to public information officers, emergency management directors to business emergency operations specialist, careers in emergency and disaster management are in high-demand, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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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University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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