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Program at a Glance

College of Community Innovation and Education
Public Administration, Schl of
$369.65 per credit hour
$1,194.05 per credit hour

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The Master of Emergency Management and Crisis (MECM) is designed to prepare individuals to practice as highly trained practitioners in the emergency management field through the development of core competencies including: resiliency, hazard mitigation and analysis, disaster response and recovery, emergency preparedness and planning, fiscal management, communication, intergovernmental administration, geographic information systems, legal and ethical decision making, cultural competency and diversity, and general emergency management.

The frequency of man-made and natural disasters has dramatically increased since the 1990s; emergency and disaster declarations in the U.S. reflect it. Florida is the fifth highest state with 69 major disaster declarations between 1953 and 2016 (Congressional Research Service, 2017). For communities to be prepared for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate these disasters, an educated workforce of emergency management specialists is required. Students in UCF's Master in Emergency and Crisis Management program will learn and demonstrate the competencies required to lead and manage in this dynamic and complex profession.

Please Note: The Emergency and Crisis Management MECM may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.

Application Deadlines

November 1
June 1
July 1
January 15

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Career Opportunities

UCF prepares you for life beyond the classroom. Here, you’ll experience a wide range of opportunity, like learning diverse skills from world-renowned faculty to networking with top employers across Central Florida to gaining first-hand experience in internships nearby. Achieve your degree and more as a Knight.
  • Clerk of Court
  • Detective Lieutenant
  • Detective Supervisor
  • Director of Civil Defense
  • Director of Entertainment
  • EMS Director
  • Emergency Management System Director
  • Emergency Planner
  • Emergency Planning and Response Manager
  • Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
  • Emergency Services Director
  • Emergency Services Program Coordinator
  • Environmental Control Administrator
  • Police Lieutenant
  • Public Safety Director
  • Safety Coordinator
  • Social Science Manager
  • Traffic Lieutenant
  • Traffic Sergeant
  • Utilities Manager
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