Emergency and Disaster Management

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM) introduces you to the concepts of emergency management, including hazard analysis, mitigation, planning, communication, response, and recovery. It provides a theoretical foundation and understanding of what constitutes disaster, and offers you a glimpse into real-world emergency operations centers. You’ll also uncover how various emergency support functions (fire, law enforcement, public works, healthcare providers, etc.) work together in an integrated emergency management system.  

This program is also recognized by the Foundation of Higher Education for Disaster and Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The university is the first fully online institution to receive this important distinction.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online graduate certificate is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Public laws, regulations, and policies
  • Interagency issues affecting emergency management
  • Disaster theories and concepts
  • Emergency and disaster planning and management
  • Interagency disaster management
  • Disaster economics, including direct and indirect losses
  • Historical disaster analysis

Courses in this program are taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who are board-certified emergency managers (CEM) or who hold key positions in government agencies or national safety and security organizations.

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Assess the impact of federal Homeland Security legislation and regulation, and the placement of FEMA within the Department of Homeland Security, on FEMA’s ability to perform in its traditional emergency and disaster role.
  • Develop budgetary guidance for emergency management functions.
  • Assess the threats to the community that derive from actual and potential "mass casualty--high impact" incidents and judge the effectiveness of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) upon the results of such incidents.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.  

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates  

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

As an accredited university, we accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.