If you’re a first-responder or you’re passionate about learning modern skills and knowledge used to lead a disaster response, the University’s Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster management was created specifically for you. The program is designed to enhance graduate-level knowledge and critical-thinking skills involved with mission planning, management relief, and recovery during a public crisis. It’s also offered fully online. This unique flexibility means you can complete this dynamic graduate program without having to sacrifice your existing responsibilities. Students can learn at home or on call, anytime, day or night.
Core components of the curriculum include history, theory, planning, management, response, relief, recovery, economics, and case-studies associated with public emergencies and catastrophes. American Public University System is accredited by the Foundation of Higher Education for Disaster and Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The University also works closely with industry advisory councils and leaders to ensure that students are exposed to cutting-edge techniques and strategies based on the information reported back from actual missions. In addition, students learn directly from practicing experts. Many instructors are leaders with frontline experience mitigating some of the largest and complex emergency and disaster responses in the United States and abroad. Students, graduates, and instructors are integral members of a tightknit and dedicated community of emergency and disaster management responders. Many students stay actively involved with industry associations including the International Association of Emergency Managers, Masters of Disaster, Golden Key International Honour Society, and more. Students in this program are often committed to serving the public and continually utilize education to stay current as they prepare to make a difference when disasters strike.
The University’s emergency and disaster management program is the first online program to receive accreditation by the Foundation for Higher Education Accreditation (FFHEA).
The following program details are intended to help you make an informed decision about the university that's right for you.
|2011-2012 Program Completion Rate|
|Normal time to completion for full-time student||2 years|
|Graduates who completed in this time1||20%|
|Tuition & Fees as of January 1, 2013||Median Loan Debt of 2011-2012 Graduates|
(before any awarded transfer credit)
|Technology fee2||$50||Private educational loans||$0|
|Transfer Credit Evaluation fee3 |
|$50||Institution financing plan||$0|
|Books and supplies5||$1,039|
|On-campus room and board||Not applicable|
1 Data may be “not available” if the program has no graduates during reporting period or if it has not been in existence the normal time for completion. If 0%, then graduates in the reporting period took longer than the average time, usually because they were part-time students. 91% of our students are working adults and do not take a full-time course load.
2 A $50 Technology Fee will be charged for all future undergraduate and graduate level course registrations, including audited courses. The fee is not applicable for Comprehensive Exam courses. An APUS grant will cover the fee for Active Duty Military, Reservists, National Guard, Vocational Rehabilitation (VOCA), VA and VA Chapter 33 students, and anyone using military tuition assistance (TA).
3 Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee waived for all United States Active Duty Military, Guard, and Reserve personnel.
4 If a comprehensive exam is required to complete your program of study there will be an additional fee of $250. This fee covers the cost of exam supplies and materials.
5 Cost for books and supplies is based on an average for the courses within this degree program. Students must obtain their own software when required for a course or program.
6 This figure does not include PLUS loans or TEACH grants converted to Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans.
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American Public University System (APUS) makes no representation or guarantee that successful completion of an APUS program or coursework will result in employment within a particular field. Many employers take into account various criteria, in addition to education, when determining eligibility for employment. To assist our students in their career search, the APUS Office of Career Services provides students and alumni a variety of tools, resources, information, and guidance to assist them as they pursue their life goals.