This dual degree in Emergency and Disaster Management & Homeland Security is comprised of two separate master’s programs offered at this university. Taking these online graduate programs in tandem in a dual degree gives you the core courses of both programs along with a selection of electives culminating in an end-of-program assessment.
This online dual master’s degree offers a natural symbiosis between these two fields: emergency management professionals who save lives by responding to disasters such as floods, fires, earthquakes, etc., and homeland security personnel who provide a secure and collaborative information sharing environment for communication during critical incidents. This dual master's degree program will help to expand your career options by allowing you to gain competency in these two fields simultaneously.
This program is taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who are board-certified emergency managers (CEM) or who hold key positions in government agencies or national safety and security organizations. This program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.
In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these program specific learning outcomes and be able to:
- Organize emergency management functions and activities using contemporary emergency and disaster management concepts and federal guidelines.
- Design inter-disciplinary training to assure integration between all aspects of an Emergency Operations function including: planning and pre-event preparedness; threat and vulnerability assessments; capability and capacity evaluation; public policy issues; mitigation strategies; exercises and training; program evaluation.
- Formulate policies procedures and protocols to allow seamless agency integration in both small and large Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) assuring compliance with the National Response Plan, National Incident Management System.
- Perform economic and social analyses necessary to provide funding recommendations to appropriate fiscal authorities, develop and manage budgets.
- Evaluate specific domestic security challenges for the 21st Century that face the United States and other industrialized nations.
- Develop proposed changes at federal, state, and/or local levels, to reflect the evolving strategic policy issues associated with a statutory and presidential direction for homeland security.
- Analyze the statutory, policy, strategy and legal differences between the different organizations involved in homeland security.
- Synthesize existing policies, procedures and protocols by DHS and inter-agency community to allow seamless agency integration through prevention, protection, incident response and recovery scenarios.
- Validate literal and procedural alignment / compliance with the National Response Framework, National Incident Management System, and Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPDs).