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+ Campus alert: A-State Closed Jan. 16

A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

Important Updates

  • The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall tonight at 7:30pm.
  • For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • ETS testing candidates that were scheduled for today should contact the Testing Center in the Reng Student Union at 972-2038 when A-State reopens and they will assist with rescheduling.
  • The Red WOLF Center will open today on winter weather hours of noon until 5 p.m.
  • Dean B. Ellis Library is closed all day today.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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Disaster Preparedness
and Emergency Management

Master of Science (M.S.)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management



The Master of Science degree in disaster preparedness and emergency management is an interdisciplinary program that prepares professionals to effectively meet the demands of disaster preparedness, mitigation, planning, response and recovery.

The program requires graduate-level courses that include a variety of teaching methodologies and activities. All courses completed for the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Health apply to the MSDPEM. The degree culminates in an internship, research project or thesis.

  • Prerequisites


    To be considered for admission into the M.S. program in disaster preparedness and emergency management, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

    • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
    • ICS –100*
    • ICS – 200*
    • ICS – 700*
    • ICS – 800*
    • CDLS (Core Disaster Life Support)
    • BDLS (Basic Disaster Life Support)
    • TB Skin Test
    • TB Mask Fit Test
    • Health Care Provider CPR Card

    * ICS courses comparable to associated country.

  • Admission Information

    Before You Apply

    Class size is limited and all applicants may not be accepted into the program. Interested individuals are encouraged to seek an advisor to ensure that all prerequisite courses are completed in a timely manner.

    Applying to the Graduate School

    Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. To apply, complete the online application form from the Graduate School. Be sure to submit the required application fee, and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work to the Graduate School.

    Candidate Interviews

    Applicants must schedule a personal interview with a MS DPEM adviser. Venues for the interview include face-to-face, telephone or electronic. During this interview, the adviser will outline in detail the requirements of the MS program.

    The adviser and the student will analyze the appropriateness of the degree given the student’s goals and career objectives, the degree’s requirements along with the student’s academic progress to date. Admission to this degree program is conditioned upon completion of prerequisite course(s) required and acceptance by clinical agencies for practicum experiences.

    Equal Opportunity Policy

    Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, impediment/disability, or unlawful factors in the admission and treatment of students.
  • Tuition: Traditional Jonesboro

    Tuition Per Credit Hour


    College Support Assessment Fee Per Credit Hour

    Additional cost per credit hour for non-general education courses.
    College of Business
    College of Engineering
    College of Nursing & Health Professions
    College of Sciences & Mathematics

    Required Hourly Fees Per Credit Hour

    Athletic Fee
    Academic Excellence Fee
    Deferred Maintenance Fee
    Facilities Fee
    Technology Fee
    Infrastructure Fee
    Library Fee
    Student Recreation Fee
    Student Union Fee
    Total Per Credit Hour:

    Required Term Fees

    Arkansas Assessment Fee
    Student Activity Fee (3 or more hours)
    Yearbook Fee (12 or more hours)
    Total Per Term:
    The student activity and yearbook fee are only charged in Fall & Spring terms.

    Additional Fees

    Application Fee
    Clemency Fee
    Graduation Fee : Graduate
    Graduation Fee : Specialist
    Replacement Diploma Fee
    The fees listed above are only assessed if applicable.
  • Tuition: Approved Online Majors

    Tuition Per Credit Hour

    US Resident

    Required Hourly Fees Per Credit Hour

    Technology Fee
    Library Fee

    College Support Assessment Fee Per Credit Hour

    Additional cost per credit hour for non-general education courses.
    College of Nursing & Health Professions
  • How to Apply

    Applying to the Program

    Students wishing to pursue the M.S. in DPEM must apply to A-State Online and meet all of the admission requirements established by the Graduate School.

    Once all required documents have been submitted to the Graduate School, your information will be forwarded to the DPEM department for review. If accepted, you will be contacted to arrange a candidate interview.

  • Curriculum

    Master Curriculum - 6 Modules

    Students may enter the program in any module; each module will contain 2 courses. The Internship, Thesis or Project will be completed in Module VI regardless of the module in which they entered the program.

    Module VI may not be taken until the student completes Module III, regardless of the order in which the modules were taken. Each module will be 7 weeks duration. Four to five modules/calendar year will be offered. Should a student choose to take portions of a module, they can take the remaining courses the next time that module is offered.

    Module I – Theoretical Framework for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

    Module II – Communication in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

    Module III — Research Topics in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

    Module IV – Humanitarian Perspectives in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

    Module V – Collaboration in Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management

    Module VI – Internship, Research Project or Thesis

    At least one EMPHASIS course will be offered each 7 weeks. If desired course is not offered when registering student should contact DPEM office to determine when this particular course will be offered next.

    Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

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