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Emergency Management Master of Science in Emergency Management

School of Public Service Leadership

Overview

From natural disasters to human-caused crises, today’s emergency management professionals must be prepared to lead and coordinate disaster prevention and relief efforts efficiently and effectively. A Master of Science in Emergency Management from Capella University will help you build leadership abilities in a supportive, multidisciplinary learning environment. You’ll gain the knowledge and leadership skills to assume greater management responsibility in helping communities prepare for and reduce vulnerability to hazards as well as cope with disasters in private and public settings.

Gain in-depth expertise in coordinating all facets of emergency management, from preparation to mitigation to response and recovery. You’ll learn to evaluate research and apply that knowledge to everyday emergency preparedness and response. By participating in Capella’s virtual simulation lab, you’ll build on your critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and expand your effectiveness in a variety of emergency management leadership roles. And you can personalize your learning with a concentration that lets you focus on an area that fits your career goals.

An added bonus is that a majority of the courses fold directly into a Capella doctoral program in emergency management, helping to save you time and money if you decide to pursue a PhD in Emergency Management or Doctor of Emergency Management  degree from Capella.

Personalize Your Degree With a Concentration

Concentrations are designed to integrate theory with real-world application for personalized learning at no additional program cost or time commitment.

  • CIKR Concentration—Address the hazards that threaten the well-being of society with the Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) Concentration. 
  • Higher Education Concentration—Apply teaching theories to meet the needs of diverse adult learners within today’s higher education settings.

Degree Outcomes

With your master's in emergency management from Capella, you'll learn to lead and manage organizations and individuals in emergency preparedness activities, and evaluate current research to apply practical approaches and solutions to emergency management issues. You'll also analyze hazards, emergencies, and disasters to create solutions for emerging threats.

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online master's in emergency management include crisis management consultant, disaster response consultant, emergency operations center director, homeland security coordinator or manager, logistics coordinator, emergency/disaster management coordinator or consultant, mitigation manager, resilience manager, director of emergency preparedness/planning/operations, or corporate security specialist. Potential workplaces include: federal or state emergency management agency, law enforcement, corporate business continuity department, state and local government, emergency medical service, private security firm, or fire service.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start October 9th

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Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$525 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable–there are more ways to save than you might think. 

$30 Million in Scholarships Available

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

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10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

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Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

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Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Advisors

Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors–they know all about the details of your program.

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty holds top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now. 

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning–beyond graduation.

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.