When disaster strikes—whether it’s a devastating natural catastrophe or a manmade attack—there’s a critical need for assessment and recovery strategies that address physical damage AND the psychological traumas suffered by individual victims, affected communities, and emergency-response personnel.
Adler University’s fully online Master of Arts (M.A.) in Emergency Management Leadership is the first graduate program in the nation created from the ground up to produce true emergency management leaders—professionals with a deep academic grounding who are also trained as psychological first aid providers.
Our faculty members are experienced professionals with firsthand understanding of the unique culture of emergency management and its overt and hidden dangers. Every course in the curriculum focuses on the primary mission of emergency management: mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery. All of our online programs are delivered with the academic rigor and personal attention that has distinguished Adler University for more than 60 years.
Adler’s rigorous 24-month online curriculum teaches candidates how to develop disaster response plans, lead preparedness and response training, and coordinate with emergency and medical personnel across multiple agencies and organizations.
Qualified emergency management leaders are in high demand in the public and private sectors, with government agencies, military and first-response organizations, colleges and universities, medical centers, community relief organizations, and more.
This leadership-focused master’s program can help graduates advance their professional standing in the field; our schedule-flexible online approach means students can balance existing professional and personal responsibilities and complete this degree program. Earn your Emergency Management Leadership master’s degree fully online from an institution that shares your values of social justice and community-based solutions.
Adler University’s online Master of Arts (M.A.) in Emergency Management Leadership program is designed to produce emergency management professionals who understand both the complicated logistics of disaster response and the social and psychological impact on individuals and communities. Graduates of our online degree program have the knowledge and experience to fulfill the following critical roles and functions:
- Identify the historical climates from which the profession evolved.
- Cite the legal foundations that delineate the scope and limitations of emergency management and the emergency management leader.
- Implement the requisite emergency management leadership function—by employing emergency management practices and methodologies.
- Weigh the individual and collective effects on the community as a basis for both immediate and long-term response and recovery strategies.
- Develop leader postures that foster working relationships necessary to effectively serve within the command levels of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System.
- Establish appropriate communication skills to perform the functions of an emergency management leader.
- Determine suitable strategies that foster innovation, and technological creativity to improve currently recognized and accepted best practices.
- Appraise prominent theories of management and leadership while considering their applicability to navigating the dynamics of emergency management functions.
- Apply the intellectual standards of critical thinking to arrive at just solutions during decision-making activities that balance the rights of individuals against the needs of society.
- Articulate the ethnic, social, economic, emotional, psychological and political overtones that inherently arise in all disasters, and how these should be considered and weighted.
- Embrace intellectual flexibility in addressing emerging issues and challenges, including legal, social, political, and psychological trauma issues.
- Predict and appreciate the human side of every disaster, through discernable psychological trauma, mental health destabilization, and debilitating fear, to facilitate appropriate mental and behavioral health intervention strategies.
- Formulate effective private sector-based emergency preparedness and disaster response plans that prevent and mitigate the disruptive influences of a disaster or other emergency situation.
- Recommend proactive and responsive strategies that prevent acts of domestic terrorism or mitigate the potential results, while being mindful of both individual and societal rights and liberties.
- Devise interactive partnerships within the community that synthesize the goals of emergency management with society’s expectations of safety and security, both physical and psychological.
- Develop a leadership approach that capitalizes on the value of interpersonal relationships and transparent team interactions to bring about change, innovation, and improvements in an emergency management organization.
- Perform the duties and responsibilities of an emergency management leader in a manner that ensures the impartial and socially just delivery of services and recovery opportunities to the community through strong leadership, principled convictions, innovation, and an unwavering questioning of the status quo.
Adler University’s fully online Master of Arts (M.A.) in Emergency Management Leadership is a 37 credit-hour program. Courses are eight weeks in length, and this program can be completed online in just over two years with scheduled breaks.
The Emergency Management Leadership M.A. coursework meets the following minimum professional education requirements and/or requirements to apply for the following certifications (Additional experiential standards may be required):
- Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) certification from the International Association of Emergency Managers
- Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) certification from the International Association of Emergency Managers
- Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity education and training requirements from the National Fire Protection Association
- Professional Development Series Certificate of Achievement from the Emergency Management Institute
The Emergency Management Leadership M.A. is offered in the following sequence of classes, including a final capstone course:
This special topic course will closely examine trends and changes within the conceptualization of emergency management in the United States. It will focus on timely issues currently shaping the trajectory of the nation’s responses to disaster events. Students will contemplate current debates within the realm of emergency management focusing on topics such as application of technology, private sector and government partnerships, the role of government in grant funding, the role of homeland security and information sharing, the state of national preparedness, and current legal and policy issues.
This course builds on the Research Methods for Leaders in Emergency Management course and is designed to be a culminating experience that offers students the opportunity to integrate the knowledge, skills, and diverse professional experiences they brought with them to the program with knowledge and skills developed in the program. It will link knowing how (knowledge and skills) with knowing why (more in-depth understanding of their skill set and role related to their broader impact on people and communities) by requiring students to apply their knowledge and skills to the topic they chose to study in the research course. Areas of focus for the project can include but are not limited to developing a new training program, creating a community program, studying emergency management outcomes specific to a recent disaster, or developing a training curriculum and manual. Students will work with agencies or businesses to plan and implement a project that represents a socially responsive and just contribution to the practice of emergency management, and will present their findings to their peers, professors, and interested members of the community.
In both the private and public sector, there is an increasing need for trained and experienced emergency managers. Here are just a few of the career paths available to graduates of Adler’s online Master of Arts (M.A.) in Emergency Management Leadership program (please note that additional training requirements may apply):
- Federal Emergency Management Agency Official
- Department of Homeland Security Official
- Disaster Relief Coordinator
- Local, Regional or State Emergency Management Official
- Private-sector Emergency Manager (Business, Nonprofit, Higher Education: College or University)
- Hospital Emergency Preparedness Administrator
- Emergency Response Planner