Curriculum

A Unique Program Offered Online

hurricane damageAll courses in Lander University’s Master of Science in Emergency Management program are specifically designed for this degree, and all are taught online by faculty with proven expertise and experience in academics, leadership and emergency management. Some of our instructors are fulltime faculty at Lander; others are from outside universities and organizations. Some are emergency managers or emergency responders. Most importantly, all are academically and professionally qualified to teach their courses.

Development of the program’s curriculum was a joint effort with prospective government, nonprofit and business employers, and governmental agencies responsible for emergency management, including FEMA and the National Guard.

Other Features of the Program:
  • Requires 10 three-credit-hour courses, plus a one-credit hour capstone course.
  • Reasonable expectation of completion in two years.
  • Up to nine-credit-hours of graduate course work may be transferable from another institution on a case-by-case basis.
  • Every applicant will be assigned a personal adviser to assist with the application process.
  • Practical research projects for your employer or approved local organization, embedded in most courses, create a portfolio of work that demonstrates your proficiency in the field.

Emergency Management Curriculum

The Master of Science in Emergency Management curriculum consists of a required core of eight courses, plus a capstone course for a total of 25 required hours. Two additional courses (or six credit hours) will be elective, making the full degree a total of 31 credit hours.

Core Courses Include:
  • EMGT 600: Foundations in Emergency Management
  • EMGT 605: Preparedness and mitigation
  • EMGT 610: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • EMGT 615: Response and Recovery
  • EMGT 620: Communications Strategies for Emergency Management
  • EMGT 625: Leadership for Emergency Management
  • EMGT 630: Business and Economic Continuity
  • EMGT 635: Emergency Mental Health
Elective courses include:
  • EMGT 670: Hurricane and Weather
  • EMGT 675: Nuclear Incident Management
  • EMGT 680: Continuity of Government
  • EMGT 685: Special Topics in Emergency Management
  • EMGT 695: A one-credit-hour capstone course
Program Designed to Fit Your Schedule:
  • Courses are planned so that students can finish in six terms (two years), taking two courses per term (including summer)
  • One elective is offered per term, providing flexibility of curriculum
  • Except for the introductory course and capstone, there is no required sequencing of courses
  • All courses were designed specifically for this degree