Master of Science in Emergency Management

A Critical Need at a Critical Time

emgt-logoHurricanes. Chemical spills. Floods. Earthquakes. Manufacturing accidents. Tornadoes. Blizzards. Acts of terrorism.

Whether man-made or natural, the list of potential disasters to which our state, region and nation are vulnerable is sizeable. From preparedness and first response to long-term recovery, the ability to provide expert emergency management in all phases of a disaster is critical to economic development and continuity, both on a small scale (businesses, organizations or institutions) and a large scale (city, state, region, or nation). 

Lander University’s online M.S. in Emergency Management can help you enhance your career if you have current responsibilities or wish to have responsibilities that relate to emergency management, such as: 

  • Insurance adjustment, risk assessment, & business management 
  • Government planning and public administration
  • Transportation logistics management
  • Information technology management
  • Non-profit or charitable management
  • First-response (medical, police, fire, National Guard, or U.S. military)

Lander’s Emergency Management program will train you in the science of management during both natural and man-made disasters. As a graduate of the program, you will:

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  • Know the differences among the phases of emergencies: (1) preparedness and mitigation; (2) response; and (3) recovery;
  • Comprehend the complexity of emergency management incidents from local, regional, national, and international-level emergencies;
  • Understand intergovernmental relations as well as the interplay of FEMA, Homeland Security, state emergency management agencies, National Guard, utility companies, non-profits, businesses, etc., in all phases of emergency management;
  • Recognize the cultural, socio-economic, and legal impacts of natural or man-made emergencies depending on location; and
  • Understand the special requirements of emergency management leadership, community relations, and crisis communications.

Notable traits of Lander’s curriculum

  • The program includes a core class in Emergency Mental Health given that so many first responders are likely to experience critical incidents that could pose mental health challenges and/or work with persons with mental health issues.
  • Lander’s program allows for students to complete courses within one year if their professional responsibilities pull them away from coursework in any given academic term.
  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach that borrows from several academic disciplines and best-practices in this emerging field of study.
  • Alumni of this program include Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.

Did you know?

  • The vast majority of costs of emergency management come from the private sector and charitable organizations.
  • The vast majority of people working in emergency management come from the private sector with primary operational responsibilities.
  • With increasing population densities, natural or man-made events are likely to cost billions of dollars; but with advanced education in emergency management, you will be better equipped to save lives and reduce damages.