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Program at a Glance

Online Master's
College of Community Innovation and Education
Credit Hours
Best Grad school - homeland security
Most Innovative University 2022

Safeguard communities before, during and after crises.

Disaster response demands bold leadership. Emergency management specialists across the world keep communities safe and help them rebuild whenever catastrophe strikes. With advanced training in emergency and crisis management, you will inspire hope and amplify your impact on the lives of the most vulnerable.

With your online emergency management degree from UCF Online, you’ll leverage your expertise to manage disaster preparations, responses and recovery. With an emphasis on ethical, financial, political and practical considerations, you’ll coordinate disaster plans, rally communities, enhance readiness and usher back a sense of stability.

UCF Online gives you the skills you need to make a true difference in the world. With applications open three times a year and highly flexible schedules within the program, you can complete your degree in as little as two years. As a graduate with your master’s in disaster management, you’ll confidently harness resources and knowledge to mitigate damage and restore normalcy to disrupted lives.

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Nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report among the Best Public Affairs – Homeland Security Graduate Programs.
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No GRE Required.

Application Deadlines

June 1
November 1

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Course Overview

Foundations of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Analyze the policy and organizational design issues confronting managers of emergency management and homeland security programs by: examining the natural and manmade threats; by analysis of the network of actors - national, state, local, and private and by assessing the policy, plans, and procedures at governmental and community levels.

Explore recognizing stakeholders and their needs along with focusing on communications specific to reputation management, branding and marketing strategies in keeping with regulatory standards.

Examine geospatial aspects of hazards analysis and planning with reference to disaster preparedness, recovery, mitigation and resilience.

Skills You'll Learn

  • Help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
  • Manage disaster and crisis communications.
  • Interpret and enact policy in regards to natural and manmade disaster.

Career Projections


Annual Job


Job Growth
2019 - 2029

Source: Lightcast™ . 2024

Career Opportunities

  • Crisis management lead
  • Disaster assistance specialist
  • Disaster program manager
  • Emergency planning coordinator
  • GIS analysis coordinator
  • Public health and medical preparedness planner