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Emergency and Disaster Management and Homeland Security

Master of Arts - Dual Degree

This dual degree in Emergency and Disaster Management & Homeland Security is comprised of two separate master’s programs offered at this university. Taking these online graduate programs in tandem in a dual degree gives you the core courses of both programs along with a selection of electives culminating in an end-of-program assessment.

This online dual master’s degree offers a natural symbiosis between these two fields: emergency management professionals who save lives by responding to disasters such as floods, fires, earthquakes, etc., and homeland security personnel who provide a secure and collaborative information sharing environment for communication during critical incidents. This dual master's degree program will help to expand your career options by allowing you to gain competency in these two fields simultaneously.

This program is 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.  This program is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.
 

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

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

  • Organize emergency management functions and activities using contemporary emergency and disaster management concepts and federal guidelines.
  • Design inter-disciplinary training to assure integration between all aspects of an Emergency Operations function including: planning and pre-event preparedness; threat and vulnerability assessments; capability and capacity evaluation; public policy issues; mitigation strategies; exercises and training; program evaluation.
  • Formulate policies procedures and protocols to allow seamless agency integration in both small and large Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) assuring compliance with the National Response Plan, National Incident Management System.
  • Perform economic and social analyses necessary to provide funding recommendations to appropriate fiscal authorities, develop and manage budgets.
  • Evaluate specific domestic security challenges for the 21st Century that face the United States and other industrialized nations.
  • Develop proposed changes at federal, state, and/or local levels, to reflect the evolving strategic policy issues associated with a statutory and presidential direction for homeland security.
  • Analyze the statutory, policy, strategy and legal differences between the different organizations involved in homeland security.
  • Synthesize existing policies, procedures and protocols by DHS and inter-agency community to allow seamless agency integration through prevention, protection, incident response and recovery scenarios.
  • Validate literal and procedural alignment / compliance with the National Response Framework, National Incident Management System, and Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPDs).
International Fire Service Accreditation Congress

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An APU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

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 APU admissions 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, APU offers 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

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

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

APU 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.