Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management — Online

The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management provides an in-depth understanding of the challenges and policies involved with all-hazards, all-threats emergency response and planning. 

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Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months


Evaluating crisis planning strategies and real-world scenarios using national frameworks such as the National Incident Management System and National Response System, students will understand and apply the roles and responsibilities of leaders at all levels of government, business, community, and organization. Scenario-based approaches, case studies, and analyzing real-world incidents throughout the phases of response will include current and emerging threats, both man-made and natural, and the principles of critical infrastructure protection. Technology tools such as GIS are incorporated with communication, risk management, and disaster response scenarios, enabling students to apply critical-thinking skills and homeland security and emergency management principles to real-world contingencies.

Certificate course credits are transferable to the Master of Arts in Homeland Security.

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Unique Features

  • Credits transferrable toward MA in Homeland Security
  • Program is designed to fulfill a portion of the education and training needed for students to certify under the Certified Emergency Manager (or lower AEM) program, the U.S. industry standard certification program for professional emergency managers
  • Online program allows for flexible and enhanced learning for professionals already in the field
  • Collaboration with homeland security centers and institutes

Program Objectives

  • Assess and implement response and planning mechanisms for emergency management across the sectors of government and business communities
  • Understand and evaluate the U.S. emergency management system, including how communities mitigate against, respond to, and recover from all disaster events as well as the U.S. involvement for international disaster response contingencies
  • Analyze, critique, and develop planning strategies based on existing real-world contingencies using the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines for U.S. protection and resilience for communities and organizations
  • Understand and evaluate the roles and authorities of federal, state, and local agencies as well as emergency management and disaster response while developing ways to positively advance security in partnership with the many levels of authority responsible to include private sector operations
  • Assess the threats, risks, and vulnerabilities of communities, infrastructure, and organizations, while planning for and developing strategic assessments for all-hazards, all-threats scenarios within the National Preparedness System
  • Evaluate crises and develop a systematic response to critical incidents using emergency management planning and preparedness strategies in relation to national emergency management guidelines
  • Conduct real-world actionable planning and strategy development through an all-hazards approach in the phases of emergency management, including planning, response, recovery, and mitigation measures

Career Outcomes

Emergency management at the federal, state, and local levels.

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General Requirements


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Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; (official transcripts required at the time of admission)
  • English language proficiency proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

International Requirements

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Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

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Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
December 7, 2020International in-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
February 8, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
March 8, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
May 10, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
June 7, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
July 19, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
August 23, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

Career Opportunities and Services


Did You Know?

#1 ranking for our online Master of Arts in Homeland Security in the nation (thebestschools.org).

Did You Know?

Employment of emergency management directors is projected to grow 8% from 2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Stackable Certificate

Once completed, you may apply to transfer those credits into the Master's in Homeland Security. All certificate credits may count toward this degree. 

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From Our Alumni

"Most (if not all) security studies programs mainly center on conflict and security issues through a military-based lens. Northeastern looks at these issues as well, but adds on the importance of non-military threats to the country—vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure, climate change, cyberspace, environmental disasters, and resilience." — Carlo Caro, Alumnus