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Disaster Preparedness
and Emergency Management

Master of Science (M.S.)


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Description

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 36 hours of graduate-level courses that are offered in 6 modules (2 courses each). Students may enter the program in any module.

  • Prerequisites

    ADMISSION CRITERIA

    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.
  • 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
    • DPEM 6113, Theory Development in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    • PLUS 3 hours EMPHASIS or 1-3 hours of PRACTICUM courses
    Module II – Communication in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    • DPEM 6153, Crisis Communication in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    • PLUS 3 hours EMPHASIS or 1-3 hours of PRACTICUM courses
    Module III — Research Topics in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    • DPEM 6123, Research Design and Methodologies in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    • May take Internship, Project or Thesis hours after completing this module
    Module IV – Humanitarian Perspectives in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    • DPEM 6143, Global Perspectives in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    • DPEM 6133, Ethics and Legal Considerations in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    Module V – Collaboration in Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management
    • DPEM 6103, Health Care Issues and Policies Related to Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management OR 1-3 hours Practicum
    • PLUS 3 hours EMPHASIS or 1-3 hours of PRACTICUM courses
    Module VI – Internship, Research Project or Thesis
    • DPEM 665V, Internship, Research Project, or Thesis(1-6 HOURS)
      Total of 6 hours for DPEM 665V
    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.
  • Emphasis Courses
    Select 9 Hours
    DPEM 5513, Incident Command System (ICS) Instructor Course
    DPEM 5523, Law Enforcement Protection Instructor Course
    DPEM 5533, All Hazards Awareness Instructor Course
    DPEM 5543, Teaching Emergency Response
    DPEM 5613, Radiological Emergencies
    DPEM 6163, Managing Incidents in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    DPEM 6213, Informatics in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    DPEM 6223, Epidemiology of Disasters
    DPEM 6253, Multi-Agency Response in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    DPEM 6263, Geographical Information Systems In Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    DPEM 6273, Vulnerable Populations in Disasters
    DPEM 6313, Seminar Topics in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    DPEM 6543, Pandemic Planning
    DPEM 6553, Leading Hospital Response to Mass Casualties
    DPEM 6563, Leading Hospital Response to Mass Casualties Instructor Course
    DPEM 6573, Complex Radiological Emergencies
  • Practicum Courses
    Select 3 Hours
    DPEM 661V, Seminar Topics in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (1-3 credit hours)
    DPEM 662V, Research Assistant (1-3 credit hours)
    DPEM 6631, Disaster Preparedness and/or Emergency Management Conference Presentation (1 credit hours)
    DPEM 6643, Practicum Experience — 60 contact hours