A Critical Need at a Critical Time

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.


Train with Lander’s Experts

All courses in the Emergency Management program are designed specifically for this degree and are taught by individuals with experience and expertise in academics, leadership and emergency management. 

  • Matthew Malone, Emergency Management Program Coordinator
    • Doctorate in Public Administration and Public Policy from Auburn University
    • Worked for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency in both response and recovery
    • Completed FEMA training courses both online, in person, and at the Emergency Management Institute in Maryland
    • Responded to multiple hurricane, flood, and tornadic events while an active emergency manager
  • Linda Carson, Emergency Management Instructor
    • Licensed Social Worker
    • Over 20 years’ experience in corrections systems in Texas and South Carolina providing mental health services, curriculum planning, and supervision
    • Grant reviewer for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
    • Faculty member at Lander for over 10 years
  • Frank Grand, Emergency Management Instructor
    • Retired U.S. Army colonel with 25 years pf experience in field artillery and nuclear operations
    • 14 years as senior-level manager at the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency that oversees weapons of mass destruction
    • Two master’s degrees and coursework from the U.S. Army War College
    • Life coach
  • Peggy Johnson, Emergency Management Instructor
    • Doctorate in Community Health from University of Tennessee
    • Author of articles in the International Journal of Emergency Management
    • Consultant to hospitals in Texas and South Carolina
    • Lander faculty member in Health Care Management, College of Business


As a graduate of the program, you will:

  • 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.


Did you know?

  • Lander’s 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.
  • Alumni of this program include Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.
  • Persons who quality for veterans benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should consult Lander’s Office of Military and Veteran Services for more information.
  • For an up-to-date list of graduate tuition and fees, visit the university's Business Office.