Minimize risk and safeguard the public by earning an online MSM degree in emergency management. You’ll learn the management skills to plan, prepare and respond to critical threats in both life and business, such as organizational crises, natural disasters, hazardous spills and security threats.
The MSM degree is becoming increasingly popular and is designed to give current and aspiring managers the people and project skills to face today's extreme business challenges. With the emergency management concentration, you’ll be ready to evaluate strategies for preparedness, response and recovery using the guidelines of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Incident Management System (FIMS). You’ll graduate prepared to lead the crisis response in a variety of settings, from public agencies to private firms, on a local or global scale.
The master's in emergency management online program gives you a deep understanding of the issues and challenges of disaster response and recovery. You’ll evaluate crisis planning strategies and structures, including the role and responsibilities of local, state and federal government. You’ll also be well versed in safeguarding an organization, community or nation from an unpredictable or unprecedented event. Even better, the classes use scenario-based approaches and case studies to analyze real-world critical incidents, so you’ll be ready to manage an emergency, from the early stages to the final phase of recovery.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your online emergency management degree at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Earning a master's in emergency management online degree puts you in a powerful position for employment in a range of fields, including government agencies, education, healthcare and private business. The strong core of your MSM degree gives you the added flexibility to apply your management skills across a wide range of industries. With this degree, you’ll be prepared to take on jobs such as:
Emergency management directors are in demand - according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects in this field are projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026.* Employees with a master's degree earn 20 percent more on average than those with only a bachelor's degree and almost 97 percent more than those without a degree, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.*
The master’s in emergency management online program covers the principles of crisis management, including the FEMA tenets of planning, preparedness, response and recovery. The MSM coursework also explores crisis communication, risk assessments and emergency leadership, from the beginning of an incident to its end.
Business leaders are responsible for cultivating, maintaining, and fostering an organizational culture that accurately represents the organization internally and externally, encourages and supports people, and holds organizational members accountable to the vision, mission, and goals of a business. This course provides students with the skills, theories, and practices necessary to identify a strong culture that permeates the ethics, decision-making, and behaviors of the organization. Students will work through advanced cases and apply these experiences to their own learning and organizations.
This course serves as an advanced exploration into ill-structured situations requiring strategic plans and effective resource management. Students are asked to develop strategies around personnel management, budget allocation, performance metrics, and goal setting. This course prepares students for the advanced concentration courses in their area and serves as a precursor to the integrated capstone experience.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the M.S. in Management program. The aim of the capstone is to assess students' ability to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their coursework, rather than introducing new concepts. This course is structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements.
This course provides students with an understanding of contemporary issues facing corporations, including consumerism, environmentalism and globalism, and the role of public relations in helping an organization thrive in its environment. The four-part public relations process of research and fact-finding, planning and programming, implementing and communicating and evaluating is reviewed.
This course is a study of individuals and groups and their interaction. Students examine theories of motivation, communication, leadership, power and change with practical relation to contemporary issues. They also study organizations for key design variables and reward systems aimed at improved performance and organizational efficiency through employee motivational programs, participative management and cooperative decision making.
Examine key regulatory procedures and human resource requirements as they relate to applications in organizations. Analyze the strategic role of the human resource manager in performing functions of recruitment, hiring, training, career development and other contemporary processes within the organizational setting. Study concepts aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK).
This course presents an overview of the various primary and secondary research methodologies used in the business world and the application of statistical techniques to those strategies. The focus of this course is the design and execution of a practical, primary research. It is recommended that this course be one of the first three taken in degree programs in which it is required.
This course includes the study of concepts, tools, and practices of project management. The course adopts a managerial process approach to Project Management, which consists of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing the project. Major topics will include project scope, project time, project cost, project quality, project risk, project resources, project communications and how to be an effective project manager. Cases are utilized to integrate the learning in the course and provide decision- making experience for the student.
This course examines the nation's emergency management system at all levels of government. Using exemplars and anti-exemplars, students will study how the system works to prevent disasters that are preventable, and how it works to mitigate the consequences of those disasters that are not. The National Incident Management System and the National Preparedness System will be studied and emphasized. Topics will include: communications, leadership, disaster management methods and program building models, the all-hazards concept and analysis, community resiliency, the whole-community concept, and the five national frameworks (Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery) under the National Preparedness System. Students who complete this course will have a comprehensive understanding of the nation's emergency management system, and of how communities mitigate against, respond to, and recover from all disaster events.
This course uses real-world disaster planning strategies and structures to prepare students for roles encompassing the construction of community or organizational disaster-preparedness programs. Various types of threats and hazards to communities and organizations will be studied. Using a scenario-based approach, students will examine existing real-world planning strategies intended to prevent or mitigate the consequences of a disaster event on communities. Students will use the latest guidelines and strategies from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Emphasis is on assessing risk, threats, and vulnerabilities to safeguard against disaster incidents. Emphasis will be on using FEMA systems and tools to assess and construct community disaster preparedness plans. Topics include: all aspects of the all hazards analysis, proper emergency management program building, including the use of community working groups, The National Preparedness System, the National Incident Management System, resilience planning, the whole community concept, the construction of community emergency management plans with FEMA standards, and roles and responsibilities of local, state, and federal government. Students who have completed this course will be well-prepared to plan and prepare for different types of emergencies, using the same FEMA guidelines and tools for disaster planning and program building currently in use by emergency managers throughout the county.
The course explores issues and challenges in disaster response and recovery, including evacuation or relocation in the aftermath of a crisis. Using a case-study approach, students analyze real-world critical incidents requiring fast response measures and recovery support and determine the degree of success, in part, on the coordination and cooperation of various departments and agencies. Topics include National Response Framework (NRF), National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), resource management, stakeholders, infrastructure, leadership, communication, and mitigation activities. Students completing the course have a broad view of a response and recovery mission from beginning to end.
The course dissects various types of crises within communities, organizations, and governmental agencies. Using a scenario-based approach, students differentiate between the types of crises and develop a systematic response to a critical incident using emergency management planning and preparedness strategies as well as analyzing the crisis in relation to FEMA and NIMS guidelines. Topics include FEMA's Continuity of Operations. Students completing the course have a thorough understanding of the level of preparation in developing an emergency management plan from the planning stages into the final phase of recovery.
For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:
This course is a foundational survey of the principles, vocabularies, and mechanics of how business firms function. The course is designed to give students with little or no business background the exposure and acumen necessary for advanced coursework in business-related topics and to appreciate the complex interactions of markets and firms. Financial aspects of business including the accounting system, financial statements, and financial reporting are covered in addition to the major macro- and micro-economic theories and market concepts that influence business.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25 percent tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
$40 Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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