The MSEM Curriculum

The curriculum consists of 30 credit hours of study: 24 credit hours of required courses and an additional 6 credit hours of electives.

Each course will incorporate knowledge and skills from or relevant to academic research, best practices, human behavior, key organizations, as well as legal issues, policies, rules and regulations.

The program is developed primarily, but not exclusively, for graduate students who are already in an emergency management related career. Please contact the program office to discuss your career interests and goals.

Schedule of Course Offerings





EMGT 601

EMGT 601

EMGT 614

EMGT 603

EMGT 607

EMGT 605

EMGT 615 Winter
EMGT 693

EMGT 653

EMGT 614

EMGT 693



Fall of Odd years

Fall of Even Years

Spring of Odd Years

Spring of Even Years

Summer of Odd Years

Summer of Even Years

EMGT 633
EMGT 619

EMGT 629 EMGT 616 EMGT 617 EMGT 618

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Required Courses (24 s.h.)

EMGT 601 (3):  Principles & Practices of Emergency Management

History and perspectives of the field, hazards concepts and taxonomies, all-hazards approach, phases of emergency management, risk assessment, risk communication, emergency management functions, sustainable development, best practices, the EOC, the disaster plan, CEM, IAEM, forging intra- and inter-government relationships. Prereq: Program admission.

EMGT 603 (3):  Technical & Professional Writing for Emergency Management 

The emergency management professional is engaged in an ever increasing workload involving reporting, budget preparation, grant applications, and communicating with the public. This course is designed to enhance the necessary skills for the emergency manager to successfully negotiate the increased demands of the profession. Prereq: Program admission.

EMGT 605 (3):  Social Dimensions of Disaster

An overview of the findings of disaster sociology, including, but not limited to, an examination of the social science definition of disaster, the disaster mythology, the impact of the media, organizational challenges during disaster, creating and maintaining a disaster resilient community, national and international disaster researchers and the research literature. Prereq: EM 601 or permission of the instructor and MSEM director.

EMGT 607 (3):  Emergency Mental Health & Trauma

This in-depth course provides the emergency responder with a greater appreciation of the challenges, responses, and adjustments encountered by those exposed to disastrous events. Prereq: EM 601 or permission of the instructor and MSEM director.

EMGT 614 (3):  Natural Hazards Primer

Natural Science examination of natural or environmental hazards and their associated risks, the overview will possibly include hazards such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods. Prereq: EM 601 or permission of the instructor and MSEM director.

EMGT 615 (3):  Emergency Preparedness for  Industry

An examination of industrial and societal risks associated with the manufacture, handling, storing, and transporting of biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological materials. Prereq: EM 601 or permission of the instructor and MSEM director.

EMGT 653 (3):  Theoretical Perspectives & Methods Applied to Emergency Management

Theoretical perspectives drawn from sociology are applied to emergency management. The EM professional will develop insight into the common responses to planning, responding, recovery and mitigation. Such knowledge should prepare the EM professional to function as an effective leader through the four phases of disaster. The course also enables the EM professional to understand, critique, and use the basic research methods and assessment tools common in the discipline. The goal is to enable the practitioner to digest such information, determine what kinds of information may be needed to facilitate his or her work, as well as to contribute to the basic design and interpretation of appropriate methodology and analysis. Prereq: Advanced Degree Candidate status or permission of the MSEM director.

EMGT 693 (3): Field Experience Practicum

A capstone experience in which emergency management knowledge and skills are applied and integrated within a field experience. Those already working within an emergency management related career will use their current position as the basis for completing a project applicable to enhancing their current skills and applying best practices. Prereq: Advanced Degree Candidate status and permission of the MSEM coordinator. Form Required.

Elective Courses (At least 6 s.h.)

EMGT 616 (3): Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction & Homeland Security.

A sociological exploration of what terrorism is, why it occurs, prudent approaches to reducing the incidence of terrorism, and failed approaches; the origins and functions of homeland security, the necessity of maintaining an all-hazards approach and issues surrounding the placement of FEMA within the Department of Homeland Security. WMD history, an overview of the basic known biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear materials likely to be used as weapons; approaches to inoculation and treatment before and after exposure. Prereq: EM 601 or permission of the instructor and MSEM director.

EMGT 617 (3): Emergency Management Issues in Communication & Mass Media

How the media is an integral part of an effective disaster plan, how the media is problematic during disaster response, the value of a trained public information officer within organizations, key issues in risk communication and best practices. Prereq: EM 601 or permission of the instructor and MSEM director.

EMGT 618 (3): Humanitarian Responses to International Disasters

International organizations, challenges and experiences they commonly encounter in mitigating and responding to disaster events; considers if a global economy, global village will help or hinder future efforts.  Prereq: EM 601 or permission of the instructor and MSEM director.

EMGT 619 (3): Emergency Management Planning

An in-depth analysis of planning methodologies and constructs as well as pitfalls and limiting factors in the development and execution of emergency management plans at the strategic, operational and tactical levels.  Origins of emergency management planning, applicable policies and legislation, historical incident review and analysis, contemporary and emerging planning doctrine, and advanced planning concepts. Pre-requisites: EMGT 601.

EMGT 629-632 (3):   Special Topics Course

In-depth investigation and development of one or more topics of current interest not addressed in current curriculum. Topics will vary according to the needs of students and the faculty involved. Rereq: Dependent upon course offering. Permission of instructor and MSEM director.

EMGT 633 (3): GIS Applications for Emergency Management

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with emphasis on their use in emergency management.  Covers the different types of GIS data available, sources of data, and software tools for querying and spatially analyzing data.

EMGT 689 (1-3):   Independent Study

Intensive study of a particular emergency management area, topic or event. Prereq: Dependent upon course offering. Permission of instructor and MSEM director.

View the Millersville University Graduate Catalog.