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Emergency Management Doctor of Philosophy in Emergency Management

School of Public Service Leadership

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Residency Requirement(s):

Three ten-week courses with a four-day embedded residency experience (PSL-R8925, PSL-R8926, PSL-R8927).  See university policy 3.04.05 Attendance at Residencies and the Residencies page on Campus for more information. Also see each graduate school’s residency courses

 

Twenty-Two Required Courses

 

80 quarter credits

PSL7010, PSL7020, and PSL7030 taken in a prescribed sequence.

PSL7010
21st-Century Communication and Leadership

This course begins the three-course sequence designed to enhance professional communication, scholarly competencies, and leadership effectiveness. Learners apply theoretical models of leadership and interpersonal relations to practical situations in the workplace. Learners also use contemporary technology to communicate effectively as scholars and professionals in real-world situations.  Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
EMG7015 *
Application of Emergency Management Theory

This course introduces learners to the application of emergency management theories by scholars and professionals in research, policy, practice, and systems. Learners in the course identify and assess primary theoretical constructs and research methodologies commonly used in emergency management. Throughout the course, learners synthesize relevant theories and applicable methodologies in order to generate potential research topics, determine potential policy issues, and examine ways to inform emergency management administration. Prerequisite(s): PSL7020, completion of or concurrent registration in PSL7030. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EMG7025 *
Emergency Management Policy and the Administration of Emergencies and Disasters

This course focuses on the organizational challenges that emergency management leadership typically encounters in contemporary society. Learners critically examine the intended and unintended effects of political, social, and legal policies and pressures impacting the ways emergency management organizations function. Learners assess organizational and administrative theories, and best practices for leadership and administration in emergency management. Learners also analyze innovative policies and change initiatives to achieve specific ethical and functional objectives. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in EMG7015; PSL7030.

4 quarter credits
EMG7035 *
Emergency Management Systems

Learners in this course identify best practices to coordinate and manage comprehensive emergency management systems. Learners examine technology and research-integrated applications, risk communication, risk-based decision making, application of theory, and monitoring and measurement of the programs analyzed. Prerequisite(s): EMG7015, PSL7030. 

4 quarter credits
EMG8015 *
Risk Management in Emergency Management

Learners in this course integrate the concepts of hazard, risk, and vulnerability with impact assessments to inform the planning of effective and efficient risk-based decision making. Learners examine multiple real-life disaster scenarios, public events, and existing risk assessments then identify the relevant theoretical perspectives that can be applied to each type of context. Learners also develop and implement an assessment of their own creation as a final project. Prerequisite(s): EMG7015, EMG7025. 

4 quarter credits
EMG8025 *
Emergency Management Operations and Planning

In this course, learners examine relevant theoretical paradigms related to risk, planning, and resiliency. Throughout the course, learners analyze the interorganizational and intergovernmental roles seen regularly in the emergency management field, and interpret current federal laws and national policies driving the field. The course culminates with the learner selecting a specific community and developing a strategic proposal for enhancing community resilience. Prerequisite(s): EMG7035, EMG8015. 

4 quarter credits
EMG8035 *
Response, Continuity, Recovery, and Resilience

This course focuses on an examination of human-made and natural disasters through cross-cultural and historical perspectives. Learners analyze the impact that culture has on disaster response, recovery, and resilience as well as the cultural variation that may be seen across and within communities, including variations within disasters and emergency management systems. Prerequisite(s): EMG8025.

4 quarter credits
EMG8045 *
Contemporary Issues in Emergency Management

This course introduces learners to the contemporary issues relevant in the emergency management profession today. Learners analyze the intersection of social norms, professional best practices, and emergency management theory as well as their impact on disaster events, policy development, and the administration of emergency management services. Prerequisite(s): EMG8035. 

4 quarter credits
PSL-R8925 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to initiate the development of a dissertation research plan. Throughout the course, learners focus on identifying a theory, topic, and research problem appropriate for their specialization. Track 1 learners must also complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 1 (Research Ethics Education). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 1 learning outcomes. For PhD in Criminal Justice and PhD in Emergency Management learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PSL7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

3 quarter credits
PSL-R8926 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to develop a research question and to select an appropriate dissertation topic. In Track 2, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 2 (Topic Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 2 learning outcomes. For PhD in Criminal Justice and PhD in Emergency Management learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PSL7864. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
PSL-R8927 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Seminar Track 3 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to detail a methodological design, sampling plan, and strategy for data analysis. In Track 3, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 5 (Research Plan Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 3 learning outcomes. Learners must complete Track 3 prior to beginning the comprehensive examination phase of the program. For PhD in Criminal Justice and PhD in Emergency Management learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PSL8110 or PSL8120. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

3 quarter credits
PSL7020 *
Professional Practice and Collaboration in a Diverse and Dynamic World

Learners in this course examine a variety of social and professional situations to build their skills in effective and creative collaboration across an organization. Learners analyze and benchmark best practices from an organizational, team, and individual perspective to create an environment of inclusivity and collaborative results. In addition, learners examine conflict management, diversity management, group dynamics, cultural competence, ethical decision making, followership, and social responsibility. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PSL7010.

4 quarter credits
PSL7030 *
Introduction to Critical Analysis and Research

This course reinforces the leadership knowledge and skills gained during previous coursework, and enables learners to be more effective consumers of data and to better utilize research in applied and academic endeavors. Learners develop and demonstrate skills to evaluate source quality, credibility, and relevance to practice; assess research concepts and strengthen their ability to critically analyze; and apply information literacy, research ethics, and methods of inquiry. Prerequisite(s): PSL7010, completion of or concurrent registration in PSL7020.

4 quarter credits
PSL7860 *
Survey of Research Methods

Learners in this course critically evaluate research in order to gain an understanding of the scientific methods of inquiry and the ethical considerations of research. Learners focus on becoming educated consumers and creators of research. Learners also use their research design skills to analyze and apply research methodologies, validity, reliability and other components of scientific research related to their field of interest. Prerequisite(s): DPA8400 or MPA5400 or PSL7030 or PSL8106 or completion of or concurrent registration in HMSV8216 or SWK8035. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
PSL7864 *
Quantitative Design and Analysis

In this course, learners investigate the fundamental concepts needed to conduct quantitative research. Learners examine and apply quantitative research techniques; appropriate applications of quantitative research; research design, measurement, and analysis, and their associated interdependencies; variable types and levels of measurement; sampling; descriptive and inferential statistics; and hypothesis testing. Learners define the strengths and limitations of descriptive statistics, analyze the quantitative scales of measurement, review the logic of probability and null hypothesis testing, and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Prerequisite(s): PSL7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
PSL7868 *
Qualitative Design and Analysis

Learners in this course assess the fundamental concepts needed to conduct qualitative research. Learners practice qualitative research techniques; appropriate applications of qualitative research; the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research design, sampling, and analysis and their associated interdependencies; and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Prerequisite(s): PSL7864. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Choose one from the following courses:

PSL8110 *
Advanced Qualitative Analysis in Public Service Leadership

In this course, learners strengthen and apply their understanding of qualitative research approaches in depth, using books and articles considered to be primary sources within the field. Learners develop a research question and choose a research methodology to conduct the proposed study. In addition, learners evaluate the chosen methodology and use primary sources to collect, analyze, and apply data to the chosen methodology. Prerequisite(s): PSL7868.

4 quarter credits
PSL8120 *
Multivariate Analysis in Public Service Leadership

Learners in this course use SPSS to conduct multivariate analysis methods, including multivariate regression and ANOVA, and multivariate classification. Learners also examine nonparametric and/or categorical adaptations of traditional multivariate normal analyses, and assess existing datasets to gain and demonstrate knowledge and skills in analyzing, presenting, and interpreting numerical data. Prerequisite(s): PSL7868.

4 quarter credits

Upon completion of all required coursework:

PSL9919 *
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

This course includes an overview of the comprehensive examination process, the university’s expectations of academic honesty and integrity, the three core themes of the examination, and the evaluation criteria. The courseroom mentor provides three questions addressing the core themes. Learners write answers to the comprehensive examination questions. Answers are evaluated by faculty readers using point-scale scoring rubrics. Upon passing the comprehensive examination, learners are eligible to register for the first dissertation course. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required and elective coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Completion of practicum courses, if applicable. Fulfillment of all residency requirements. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

Learners must register for PSL9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their program requirements.

PSL9960 *
Dissertation Courseroom

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and peer and mentor support during each dissertation course as they complete the required milestones. Grading for this course is S/NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements. Prerequisite(s): PSL9919. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. transfer. 

3 quarter credits

 

Four Elective Courses

 

16 quarter credits

Choose any graduate course(s).

 

Total

 

96 quarter credits

 

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Admission to the PhD in Criminal Justice degree program requires learners to complete and submit the SoPSL Course Registration Acknowledgment.

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Concentrations

If you have elective courses yet to satisfy in your program, you may be able to add a concentration and satisfy those degree requirements at the same time, with no additional program cost or time commitment. Concentrations available for this program include:

  • Continuity Management
  • Corrections
  • Criminology
  • Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR)
  • Higher Education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Project Management

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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