Emergency Management

  • Certificate
Location: Boston
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Why Emergency Management?

The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management provides an in-depth understanding of the challenges and policies involved with all-hazards, all-threats emergency response and planning.

Evaluating crisis planning strategies and real-world scenarios using national frameworks such as the National Incident Management System and National Response System, students will understand and apply the roles and responsibilities of leaders at all levels of government, business, community, and organization. Scenario-based approaches, case studies, and analyzing real-world incidents throughout the phases of response will include current and emerging threats, both man-made and natural, and the principles of critical infrastructure protection. Technology tools such as GIS are incorporated with communication, risk management, and disaster response scenarios, enabling students to apply critical-thinking skills and homeland security and emergency management principles to real-world contingencies.

Certificate course credits are transferable to the Master of Arts in Homeland Security.

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Unique Features

  • Credits transferrable toward MA in Homeland Security
  • Program is designed to fulfill a portion of the education and training needed for students to certify under the Certified Emergency Manager (or lower AEM) program, the U.S. industry standard certification program for professional emergency managers
  • Online program allows for flexible and enhanced learning for professionals already in the field
  • Collaboration with homeland security centers and institutes

Program Objectives

  • Assess and implement response and planning mechanisms for emergency management across the sectors of government and business communities
  • Understand and evaluate the U.S. emergency management system, including how communities mitigate against, respond to, and recover from all disaster events as well as the U.S. involvement for international disaster response contingencies
  • Analyze, critique, and develop planning strategies based on existing real-world contingencies using Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines for U.S. protection and resilience for communities and organizations
  • Understand and evaluate the roles and authorities of federal, state, and local agencies as well as emergency management and disaster response while developing ways to positively advance security in partnership with the many levels of authority responsible to include private sector operations
  • Assess the threats, risks, and vulnerabilities of communities, infrastructure, and organizations, while planning for and developing strategic assessments for all-hazards, all-threats scenarios within the National Preparedness System
  • Evaluate crises and develop a systematic response to critical incidents using emergency management planning and preparedness strategies in relation to national emergency management guidelines
  • Conduct real-world actionable planning and strategy development through an all-hazards approach in the phases of emergency management, including planning, response, recovery, and mitigation measures

Career Outcomes

Emergency management at the federal, state, and local levels.

What you'll study

General Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management General Requirements

HLS 6060 - Strategic Planning and Budgeting
HLS 6070 - Emergency Management and Geographic Information Systems
HLS 6080 - Continuity of Operations and Planning
HLS 6150 - Essentials of Emergency Management
HLS 6155 - Critical Infrastructure, Security, and Emergency Management
HLS 6160 - Advanced Emergency Management
HLS 6170 - Emergency Management Capstone

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 21 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

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Did You Know?

#1 ranking for our online Master of Arts in Homeland Security in the nation (thebestschools.org).

Average Time to Completion

1 year



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