Master of Science in Emergency Management

Master of Science in Emergency Management

Be a Leader in Times of Crisis

The Master of Science in Emergency Management degree, which is offered totally online, was developed in response to a nationwide need identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for well-trained individuals to plan and coordinate emergency management efforts. Graduates are prepared to serve in a variety of positions in the emergency management field and to attain certified emergency manager status.

Courses are taught by Millersville University faculty, emergency management experts, and disaster studies researchers through the interdisciplinary Center for Disaster Research and Education. The program of courses and electives is designed to enhance student skills in leading efforts in planning, mitigation and response to disastrous events.

Even though a number of students enrolled in the program are employed in emergency management positions, many of our students have limited experience in emergency management.  The program is designed so that it not only benefits those currently working in emergency management but also those seeking to enter into emergency management careers.

The culminating requirement of the program is a practicum course, in which students will use what they have learned to improve existing emergency response polices, plans and practices in an emergency response organization. Using their skills to upgrade the organization’s procedures to reflect best practices and research, the student's practicum may take place at a current job site, volunteer position, or at a field location to be determined.

The 30-credit program is designed so that it can be completed in two calendar years. The program is also flexible for those who need additional time to complete the requirements.  The online courses will include faculty and student interaction, discussions, group work and individual projects. The curriculum follows key areas identified by FEMA's Higher Education Project.

Click here to view the MSEM brochure.

Course Schedule

Click here and select department “CDRE” and “Graduate Courses” for the next available term’s courses.

Remember, if you want to begin your studies immediately you may register as a non-degree student (click for more information) to enroll in classes while your application is being processed.

Contact Information

Luzerne Building
8 High School Avenue

Office Hours
Mon.-Fri. 9a.m. – 5p.m.

Contact Numbers
Tel: (717) 872-3631
Fax: (717) 871-2429

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