The application deadline is 30 days prior to the start of the new semester. This is approximately July 15th (Fall), December 2nd (Winter), and April 10th (Summer). Students are accepted every semester. Check the MS DEM website for specific dates.
The following items are required to be considered for admission to the DEM program:
For applicants whose native language is not English, one of the following must also be provided:
Create an Self-Service Banner (WebSTAR) account if you do not already have one.
If you have been a student at NSU in the past, you will need to make an internal transcript request to have your NSU transcripts entered into your MS DEM file.
Once your file is complete (application, essay, letters of recommendation, transcripts, entrance exam scores), it will be reviewed by members of the Committee On Admissions within the week. Once the decision is made, the admissions office will email you and send a hard copy of the letter regarding the decision of the Committee. This process takes 2-3 days once the file is completed.
Two courses (6 credit hours) is considered to be full-time.
The degree is a 36-credit hour program. Typically students complete the degree in two years by taking two courses each semester (Fall, Winter, Summer); however, you may choose to take more than two courses or less than two courses per semester in which case your time to finish would vary.
The degree must be completed within seven years of matriculation unless you withdraw, and reapply, to the program or seek an extension, in writing, from the Program Director.
The DEM program is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the official accrediting body for all regionally accredited colleges and universities in the SE United States.
Yes. In order to be admitted into the program you need an undergraduate degree.
The following exams are accepted:
If you already have a terminal degree (e.g. M.D., D.O., J.D., Ph.D.) or master's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, no entrance exam is required. For all others, a graduate entrance exam is preferred, but not required. However, if you choose to apply to the program, and are accepted, without one of the listed entrance exams, you will be accepted on a provisional basis for the first three courses. In order to continue on in the program, you must attain a grade of "B" or better in your first three courses. Once this requirement has been satisfied, the "provisional" status on your acceptance will be removed and you can continue on in the program without further stipulation.
In this case the Program Director and the Admissions Committee will review your application. You may be required to take an entrance exam or be subject to the GPA benchmark of a "B" or better in your first three to four courses, or both. Each applicant will be reviewed individually.
A concentration track is a group of courses that are related to a specific subject or content area that can be taken to provide you with a subspecialty within the overall degree. You must take 12 credit hours within the subject area to earn the concentration. There are six tracks, but a concentration is not required.
Students can transfer a maximum of 12 credit hours if they meet the following criteria:
Do to the widely encompassing field of Disaster and Emergency Management, there are many academic disciplines which share an interest in this subject. Therefore, many of our courses are shared, or cross listed, with courses in other degree programs (Criminal Justice, Public Health, Computer and Information Science, Gerontology, and Human and Child Protective Services). As a result, there will often be a variety of students from different backgrounds and interests in the courses.
The student must fill out the Student Transaction Form. Once the form is completed, the Program Director will sign it and file it with admissions for the appropriate action.
Students can go to My NSU Identity to retrieve their IDs or passwords.
All classes are taught online through the Canvas web-based course management system. Classes generally involve both synchronous (in real time) and asynchronous (on your own time) components. Readings, discussion posts, papers, etc. are done on your own time, and then class "meets" online through Canvas once each week for 1-1.5 hours where you will have discussions and additional interactions and information with your instructor and classmates.
NSU has excellent support staff to help you with any problems or issues you may have using or learning Canvas. To maximize the use of the system, the web browser Mozilla is recommended. To get additional information and access online tutorials, go to Canvas Support.
As you will soon discover, there will be some writing assignments in many of your courses. As a matriculant in a master's level program, you will be expected to write at the graduate level. For resources, tools, and tips, go to the Tutoring and Testing Center (TTC).