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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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.


Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.


Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.


Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.


Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months

F1 Visa Eligible


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.

Get Set With a Custom Course Plan

Please note: The following is a sample curriculum and is subject to change. Enrolled students should reference the academic catalog for current program requirements.


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You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

  • 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

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Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

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

Domestic Application Guidelines

International Application Guidelines*


*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.