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Master’s Concentration

Emergency Planning and Response: Master’s Degree

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
June 17

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree



Duration As few as 18 months

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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

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).


Core Courses


Concentration Courses


Elective Courses

Core Courses

Learn the scope of activity, historical development, and future direction of the industry. These courses provide a foundation that you'll draw on throughout your concentration and elective courses. The capstone serves as the culminating academic experience in which you'll explore a problem of practice in your field of study.

Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

SMGT 4210 Critical Incident Management
SMGT 4230 Mitigation for Emergency Managers
SMGT 4240 Emergency Incident Recovery
SMGT 4400 Emergency Planning


Elective Courses
SMGT 4220 Hazardous and Radiological Material Preparedness
SMGT 4300 Security Administration
SMGT 4500 Human Factors in Security

Elective courses may be chosen from among non-core and concentration courses in the academic program, and you may also select courses in other University College graduate programs. Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals.

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Interested in a graduate certificate?

Explore our four and six course graduate certificates in Emergency Planning and Response.

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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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