Master of Science in Management: Emergency Management

Emergency Management Specialization

The emergency management specialization is designed for individuals who intend to assume greater management responsibility in helping communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters in both private and public settings. Students gain an essential understanding of the entire vision, mission, and principles of emergency management with an emphasis on leadership, management, use of technology and cross-agency collaboration.

The curriculum covers management theories and its application and emergency management-related research including interpreting hazard, vulnerability, and risk-related data and literature. Courses also explore the major principles of this cross-disciplinary field that integrates all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the ability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.

Career Path

  • Director of Emergency Management
  • Business Continuity Specialist
  • Emergency Management Department Director
  • Disaster Management Specialist
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Emergency Operations Manager
  • Emergency Management Director
  • Emergency Planner
  • Emergency Management Program Analyst
  • Hazard/Risk Management Specialist
  • Emergency Management Program Director
  • Disaster Recovery Specialist
  • Emergency Management Coordinating Officer
  • Emergency Management Training Specialist

Overall Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Management requires the successful completion of 36 credits of coursework, including 15 credits of core coursework and 21 credits of specialization coursework.

Required Courses


Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take UCSP 605 Effective Graduate Writing (0).

Core Required Courses

UCSP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study.

  • MGMT 630 Organizational Theory and Behavior (6)
  • MGMT 640 Financial Decision Making for Managers (3)
  • MGMT 650 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (3)
  • MGMT 670 Strategic Management Capstone (3)

Note: As an alternative to MGMT 630, you may take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615.

Emergency Management Specialization Required Courses

  • EMAN 600 Comprehensive Crisis and Emergency Management (3)
  • EMAN 610 Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (3)
  • EMAN 620 Information Technology in Emergency Management (3)
  • HSMN 610 Concepts in Homeland Security (3)
  • HSMN 630 Resilience Planning and Preparedness for Disaster Response and Recovery (3)
  • EMAN 630 Crisis Communication for Emergency Managers (3)
  • EMAN 670 Seminar in Emergency Management Leadership (3)

Course Sequencing

EMAN 600 must be taken as one of the first two specialization courses. EMAN 670 must be taken after all other core and specialization courses are complete (except for MGMT 670).

* The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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