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M.S. in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

Disaster and Emergency Management

In today’s ever changing world, being prepared to handle emergencies of all sizes is more important than ever. As we are seeing from the current pandemic, our response time, resources, healthcare capacity, and emergency management leadership drastically impacts our success and ability to recover in a timely manner. The more prepared we are, the safer our community is.

If you’re ready to explore opportunities in disaster and emergency management, we're ready to help. Get ahead of the chaos with a unique Master of Science degree in Disaster and Emergency Management.

What you’ll study

From the local to the international level, you’ll study the theory of emergency management and develop the skills required to be a leader in this interprofessional field. All students cover the areas of all-hazards prevention, response, mitigation, and recovery. You may choose a specialty track in maritime safety and security, cyber security, criminal justice, public health, or fire administration.

How you’ll learn more

Courses are taught by both academics and emergency management professionals and the online format offers flexibility for working professionals.  Your experience at NSU includes a community internship or research practicum in your area of specialty, and connects you with experts in the field.  Interprofessional classes expose you to the ideas and perspectives of professionals from criminal justice, fire service, public health, medicine and nursing, public administration, gerontology, biomedical informatics, and health and child protective services.

Where it can take you

The public and private sectors need leaders who can take a proactive approach to all-hazards preparedness and response. Job growth in the field is predicted to remain strong, and organizations at the local, national, and international levels are investing heavily in the field.

The essential emergency manager plays a vital role in helping communities, businesses, and public agencies recover from a spectrum of disasters.  Click on the YouTube icon below to check out an orientation video which gives an excellent overview of disaster management and the unique skillset offered by individuals in this field.

Program discounts are available to full-time law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and emergency services personnel, and military personnel (current and veterans). Students currently enrolled full time in the NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine are also eligible for affiliation discounts.  Please contact our program advisor for more information.

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