EMER requires a total of 32 graduate level units. Of this total, 26 units of coursework are required of all students, while 6 units may be taken as electives. Since we look for students to come from many different backgrounds, with varied professional experience, we provide a strong set of foundational required courses and allow students to generate in their 6 units of electives a path of study that can strengthen a specific set of competencies in emergency management, their professional organization, or as their own career leadership development dictates.
Many of the EMER courses are specifically designed to support students’ development of their Capstone Projects/theses. The problems tackled in these culminating projects can be sanctioned through students’ senior administrators within their own organization, through EMER’s collaborative partnerships with multiple agencies throughout the world, or generated by the student.
EMER examines emergency management research and theory with a constant “eye” to practical application in the real world. EMER requires students to complete a Capstone Project or thesis as a final assessment of their studies. All final projects are delivered by students electronically and saved within EMER’s Digital Library, allowing access to future EMER students, EMER alumni, and members of EMER’s community collaborative partnerships. We want all of our graduating students to know they have made and will continue to make a positive difference in the lives of those they serve and in the organizations they have been educated to lead.