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Emergency Management Executive Leadership

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Emergency Management Executive Leadership provides you with the core knowledge needed to serve as an executive or leader in an emergency management program in your corporation, organization or community. It is designed to improve your knowledge of crisis management, local to national agency coordination, risk assessment, crisis planning, disaster response, and disaster recovery. With continual awareness on the need to assure sustainability in crisis situations, along with increasing regulatory requirements on businesses to develop emergency management programs, there is growing need to prepare professionals in all walks of industry to effectively lead and manage crisis and disaster response programs. This online certificate is intended for graduate students who want to expand their knowledge of emergency management leadership without committing to a degree program.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online graduate certificate is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Emergency management preparation, response, and recovery operations
  • Management structure of public and private emergency management organizations
  • Leadership skills for public organizations
  • Interactions between federal, state, and local agencies
  • Effective communication methods and responses
  • Emergency management hazards, planning, and mitigation
  • Economics associated with international, national, state, or local disasters

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Understand the role of law in planning for disaster operations.
  • Evaluate public law, regulation, and associated policy that are relevant to emergency planning, response and recovery operations.
  • Discuss and interpret the interaction, coordination, and facilitation between federal, state, and local agencies during preparation, response, and recovery operations.
  • Discuss the history of emergency response organizational to include the impact of the National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) on emergency operations.
  • Evaluate the potential for public-private partnerships in disaster response.
  • Apply hazard identification and risk reduction techniques to identify threats to community/corporate resilience.
  • Analyze and conduct research on the direct and indirect economic losses in public and private sectors that are associated with a disaster.
  • Understand the theoretical and practical public management concepts.
  • Apply public management theories to public management to emergency program management.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All AMU graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete the AMU admission application. View steps to apply.  

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, AMU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.