Master of Science - Executive Crisis and Emergency Management (ECEM)

This degree is designed to give students the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to become leaders in their profession. Specifically, the mission of the program is to provide a well-rounded graduate learning experience to current and future crisis and emergency management leaders for effectively addressing natural, intentional, and technical disasters.

This program is geared for individuals who are working full-time and cannot easily come to campus and is principally completed on-line with six long weekends on campus. Students learn: The general framework of Emergency Management and Homeland Security; Leadership, management and coordination skills for Emergency Management and Homeland Security; Community preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery from natural and man-made disasters; and, actually participate in exercise planning and execution.

Learning Objectives

  • Define and critique the definition(s) used for disasters and list the commonly held myths about disasters.
  • Explain what is meant by the “comprehensive emergency management approach.”
  • Differentiate between the different leadership and decision making styles used by individuals in emergency management.
  • Recognize and list the major elements of the three major types of disasters
  • Apply the FBI threat spectrum model to different case scenarios.
  • Define terrorism and identify the underlying social, political, and economic causes for international terrorism.
  • Identify the authority and responsibility of the three levels of government in dealing with natural disasters versus terrorist activities.
  • Recognize the physical and mental health issues commonly associated with natural disaster as well as terrorist activities.
  • Evaluate the engineering issues and questions that an emergency management officer would have to address in the responding to a disaster.
  • Evaluate the methods by which organizations and communities prevent and prepare for natural, intentional and technical disasters as well as vulnerability and threat assessments, resources and capabilities identification/integration, training and exercise programs so as to insure that communities remain resilient.
  • Develop an understanding of the scientific principles related to the explanation and measurement of natural hazards including earthquake, tsunamis, volcanos, severe storms, climate change, and their effect upon human populations.
  • Analyze plans and the basic elements of exercise design and identify objectives, principles and resources related to exercise design as well as the critical steps in the exercise design process and be able to write elements of emergency exercises.
  • Develop an understanding of the quantitative and qualitative methods for evaluating risk and be able to perform basic quantitative risk calculations as well as integrate risk assessment into decision making processes.
  • Develop an understanding of the principles that promote effective disaster response and recovery as well as be able to examine the nature of disasters, the context of response operation in the United States, and the roles and responsibilities of various emergency management related personnel.
  • Understand how to write a professional paper analyzing emergency management or how to implement a collaborative project requiring the application of scientific knowledge to a real-world problem identified by an emergency management agency, a business or a district.

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