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Master's Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management

Why Earn Your Emergency and Disaster Management Degree at Saint Leo University?

Prepare to manage the diverse challenges facing our nation as a result of recent disasters and complex global threats by earning your online master's degree in emergency and disaster management from Saint Leo University.

For individuals from the public and private sectors, non-governmental organization and the military, the College of Education & Social Services' online MS in emergency and disaster management provides the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to identify threats, minimize risk, and lead organizations in times of crisis.

The online master's degree in emergency and disaster management is available as both a two-year traditional program as well as an accelerated program, which requires special permission.

One of the leading military-friendly colleges in the United States, Saint Leo University has been educating criminal justice professionals for more than three decades. In the Catholic spirit, we base our criminal justice model on a steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value, and gifts of all people.

Traditional program: The MS in Emergency and Disaster Management is a two-year program of study. Take a maximum of two classes per semester or one online class per term. Earn full-time status for three credit hours per 8-week term, or six credit hours per 15-week semester.

Accelerated program: Complete your MS in Emergency and Disaster Management in less than two years. You must receive special permission each term or semester to take more courses than permitted in the traditional program. Accelerated students must send a letter to the Director of Graduate Studies in Criminal Justice petitioning this request to receive approval.

The online MS in emergency and disaster management degree provides the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to identify threats, minimize risk, and lead organizations in times of crisis.

Learning Experience:
Online
Est. Time to Complete:
2 years
Credit Hours:
36 hours

Master's in Emergency and Disaster Management Program Details

The emergency management masters degree curriculum is designed for criminal justice administrators, first responders, government officials, and organizations that are faced with a myriad of challenges as a result of recent disasters and current world threats. The course of study is designed to yield an understanding of how to manage critical incidents, psychological aspects of disasters for first responders, hazard mitigation, and risk identification.

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Online, On Campus, or Near You

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

    Emergency and disaster management students enjoy plenty of engaging learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as exciting departmental events.

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  • What are the benefits of earning your emergency and disaster management degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering emergency and disaster management degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.

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Specialization Options

Saint Leo University offers a specialization option for emergency and disaster management students. You can customize your degree to match your passions by choosing the following concentration.

The fire science administration specialization is directed toward those who are currently working in the field. In many jurisdictions (including the military), high-ranking public safety officials, to include fire service officers, are often encouraged—and may be required—to obtain a master’s degree.

Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

What skills you will learn?

  • Legal and regulatory aspects of critical incident management,
  • Financial management,
  • Politics and policies,
  • Organizational leadership theories and applications,
  • Impact of terrorism on homeland security,
  • Management of critical incident operations and personnel,
  • Risk identification and assessment,
  • Psychological and sociological aspects of catastrophic events,
  • Hazard mitigation
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  • How will you gain real experience?

    A few of the courses offered in Saint Leo’s MS in Emergency and Disaster Management program include, Policy and Politics in Critical Incident Management, Impact of Terrorism on Homeland Security, Risk Identification and Assessment, and Psychological Aspects of Critical Incidents.

What can you do with a master's in emergency and disaster management degree?

Upon earning your master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management, you’ll be prepared for roles working with local, state, federal and international public safety agencies and organizations; private sector companies and non-governmental organizations facing various threats, and military leadership.

What are the top emergency and disaster management degree jobs?

Career Growth Salary
Emergency Management Director 6% (As fast as average) $76,250 per year
Operations Research Analyst 24% (Much faster than average) $86,200 per year
Health and Safety Engineers 6% (As fast as average) $94,240 per year

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020.

Where are Saint Leo emergency and disaster management graduates now? 

Saint Leo University’s College of Education and Social Services couples a transformative liberal arts tradition with highly specialized training in the education and social services fields. Through close faculty mentorships, practical field internships, and applied learning experiences, we prepare students for careers in education, social work, criminal justice, and human services. Our faculty remain active in their respective fields as researchers and practitioners, giving students close access to a wealth of real-world knowledge and experience.

With the ever-changing needs of today's students, we provide flexible degree programs. These include programs at University Campus and education centers with evening and weekend options, as well as online offerings. These degree programs are grooming the next generation of educators and social service specialists—a new breed of professionals with the talent and resolve to make a difference in the world.

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  • Saint Leo University’s College of Education and Social Services couples a transformative liberal arts tradition with highly specialized training in the education and social services fields. Through close faculty mentorships, practical field internships, and applied learning experiences, we prepare students for careers in education, social work, criminal justice, and human services. Our faculty remain active in their respective fields as researchers and practitioners, giving students close access to a wealth of real-world knowledge and experience.

    With the ever-changing needs of today's students, we provide flexible degree programs. These include programs at University Campus and education centers with evening and weekend options, as well as online offerings. These degree programs are grooming the next generation of educators and social service specialists—a new breed of professionals with the talent and resolve to make a difference in the world.

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