Skills to weather any storm.

student in emergency drillWhether man-made or natural, disasters can strike our state, region and nation at any time and have negative effects upon any organization. Knowing how to prepare and plan for such events can assist with continuity of operations, both on a small scale (business, organization or institution) and large scale (city, county, or multi-site business or organization). 

This certificate can help those involved in general management who must also navigate emergency, disaster and crisis situations as part of their normal duties when they inevitably arise. It is designed to offer specialized training and improve these employees’ ability to prepare for and respond to situations, allowing organizations to maintain maximum continuity and effectiveness through any unexpected event.

This graduate certificate is designed to give individuals the knowledge and expertise they need to function as successful leaders in emergency situations arising in their professional roles. It requires 15 credit hours:  four core classes (chosen from six options); and one elective course (chosen from 7 elective courses or from an additional core course). 

Applicants seeking admission will need the following:  

  • B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited institution.
  • Official transcripts of all coursework must be submitted.

Courses follow the best practices of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) so that students stay current in this evolving field. Faculty have work experience in emergency management, training with FEMA, and have presented to officials with the S.C. Division of Emergency Management. Students in this certificate program have access to this network of professionals within South Carolina and would be able to call upon them for assistance.

Core Courses (Select four of the following):

Elective Courses (Select one of the following):