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What is Emergency Management?

This uniquely satisfying and challenging career engages professionals to help keep their communities, organizations, and businesses safe during an emergency or disaster. Emergency management professionals have the leadership skills and knowledge to develop plans to help communities, organizations, and individuals avoid or recover from an emergency.

  • Work with community leaders to plan responses to natural or human-caused disasters
  • Train organization employees in emergency response procedures
  • Create mitigation plans that prevent harm and reduce panic among individuals affected by a disaster or emergency
  • Help communities prepare for and reduce vulnerability to threats and cope with disasters in private or public settings

Why Choose Capella?

In Capella’s emergency management program, you’ll gain in-depth expertise in coordinating all facets of emergency management, from preparation to mitigation to response and recovery. Our curriculum will help you evaluate research and apply that knowledge immediately to emergency preparedness and response.

Hands-On Learning

Meet real-world challenges in Capella’s one-of-a-kind simulation tool. Gain skills you can apply immediately in various emergency management roles.

Ways to Save

Capella wants to help make your degree more affordable with scholarships; transfer credits; and military, employer and association discounts.

Respected in the Field

We partner with over 500 recognized institutions in the United States, including security organizations. Our faculty all hold doctorates and are certified emergency managers.

Interactive, Hands-On Tools for Effective Leadership

Transcript: Capella’s Approach to Public Service Leadership

As a part of your courses, you’ll use interactive tools to apply what you learn in your emergency management program and develop problem-solving and leadership skills. You’ll encounter challenging, realistic problems designed to help you become a more effective leader.

Programs Available

Serve your community in a variety of roles and settings.

PhD/DEM Emergency Management

Jobs and Employment Settings

Choose a research-oriented PhD in Emergency Management or our new practice-focused Doctor of Emergency Management (DEM).

Jobs

  • Crisis management consultant
  • Crisis management training director
  • Disaster and emergency service director
  • Disaster response consultant
  • Emergency management agency director
  • Emergency operations center director
  • Faculty–full time, adjunct or part time
  • Policy writer
  • Risk management consultant

Employment settings

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Emergency Communications Agency
  • University or community college
  • Business Continuity Department of private business
  • Urban or regional planning councils or departments
  • State or county emergency management operations center
  • Private consulting firm
  • FEMA
  • Private business

MS Emergency Management

Jobs and Employment Settings

A Master’s in Emergency Management will help you build leadership skills to assume greater management responsibility.

Jobs

  • Business continuity manager
  • Continuity of operations planner
  • Director of emergency operations
  • Emergency management agency assistant director
  • Emergency management director
  • Emergency management director
  • Homeland security coordinator/manager
  • Logistics coordinator
  • Mitigation planner/specialist

Employment settings

  • Business Continuity Department of private business
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Emergency Communications Agency
  • FEMA
  • Private business
  • Private consulting firm
  • State or county emergency management operations center
  • University or community college 
  • Urban or regional planning councils or departments