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 into risk-prone areas such as 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) the field of emergency management is one of the fastest growing career fields.  BLS projections suggest that occupations in emergency management will grow at a faster than average pace nationally through 2018. Emergency management directors/specialist occupations are projected to grow the fastest, with an expected 22% total increase from 2008-2018.

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
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 main goal to establish the 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 also prepare you to manage emergency situations in your community in the most efficient way possible. This degree will also help you learn the most up-to-date strategies for dealing with disasters, and how to provide the most effective aid that you can to the area affected. With a Masters in Emergency Management, you will also 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 Masters in Emergency Management: