If you're a first-responder or you’re passionate about learning modern skills and knowledge used to lead a disaster response, American Public 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 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.