Why earn a Master’s in Emergency Management?

“The job market for emergency managers is expanding at a healthy rate. The field is emerging as an autonomous profession and offers the promise of increased identity, prestige, and monetary benefits to students who obtain degrees in the field.”

— Wayne Sandford, Professor and Program Advisor for the M.S. Emergency Management program and former Deputy Commissioner, State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS)

Before September 11, 2001, the job market for emergency management was already expanding quickly. The movement of populations into the “Sunshine States” and risk-prone areas–coastlines, floodplains, and forests made natural events such as hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes far more threatening and challenging to communities and businesses. After September 11, terrorism in all forms, including biological and chemical, became a crucial and inextricable part of emergency management. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), emergency management is one of the fastest-growing career fields, with directors/specialist positions among the top. 

Join us for your first step toward a new and rewarding career! 

Sample employers: 

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory 
  • CT Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security 
  • Department of Justice
  • Farmers Insurance Group 
  • FEMA 
  • Kentucky Independent District Health Department 
  • Marasco Newton Group Ltd. 
  • North Carolina Crime Control & Public Safety 
  • Port Authority of NY and NJ 
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

It will be your primary goal to establish contingency plans used to coordinate with various local, state, and federal agencies in the case of a disaster. Our Master’s in Emergency Management will help you learn how to correctly prepare these plans and prepare you to manage emergencies in your community in the most efficient way possible. This degree will also help you understand the most up-to-date strategies for dealing with disasters and how to provide the most effective aid to the affected area.  

With a Master’s in Emergency Management, you will be able to: 

  • Assist in preparing and maintaining disaster operations plans 
  • Train personnel on what to do in an emergency 
  • Operate and maintain nuclear, biological, and chemical detection and decontamination equipment 
  • Conduct surveys to determine needs in the event of an emergency 
  • Monitor disaster preparedness activities and training operations 
  • Serve as a member of emergency response teams 

Do you want to advance your career while also helping your community? Do you want to be the best at preparing for the worst? Then apply for the University of New Haven’s Master’s in Emergency Management program today! 

Here are several careers that can benefit from a Master of Science in Emergency Management: