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Master of Science in
Emergency Management & Homeland Security

The Department of Emergency Management (EM) at Arkansas Tech University offers advanced study in the disciplines of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS). Students will have the opportunity to study the emerging technology as well as the social, political, legal, and economic aspects of EMHS from the perspective of a practitioner as well as a scholar. Graduates from the program are well-prepared to meet the growing demand for educated EMHS professionals in the private business sector, education, non-governmental organizations, and various government agencies and organizations at all levels-local, state, regional, national, and international.

The entire program is completely online and also offered in the classroom. It is a fully accredited degree program for both classroom and online delivery. The program is accredited through Foundation for Higher Education Accreditation (FFHEA). The EMHS Program Director acts as faculty advisor to each student admitted to the EMHS degree program.

This degree offers a specialized program both for existing career professionals in the field, those seeking the academic foundation on which to build a career, and others who look to the Master’s Degree as the first step towards the eventual pursuit of a doctorate. 

The curriculum reflects the latest research and practical applications in the fields of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Associated emerging technologies and areas of concentration are integrated into the curriculum. The EMHS Program Director acts as faculty advisor to each student admitted to the EMHS degree program.

Admissions

Priority deadline date for fall admission is March 1 and spring admission is October 1. Any student requesting admission for any academic term must have their documentation material processed for admission to the program as required by the Department of Emergency Management by the first day of the term requested. Documentation includes undergraduate transcript(s), a Statement of Intent and either a Resume or a Vitae. If processing cannot be completed, and approval given by the Program Director, the student will be rejected for admission for that term and must wait to enter the next academic term.

You can begin the admissions process by visiting the Graduate College Website.

Graduate College Application Process
  • Applicants must pay a $40.00 nonrefundable application fee directly to the Graduate College.
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college verified by an official transcript.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or a 3.00 on the last 30 hours of undergraduate work or hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Applicants must request a complete undergraduate official transcript from their bachelor's awarding institution sent directly to the Graduate College.

After students apply to the Graduate College, you will then apply to the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program for an admissions decision. In addition to the Graduate College requirements (listed above),

  • Applicants must submit a letter of intent, which is at least 500 words and addresses: career goals, interest in obtaining a graduate degree, interest in emergency management and/or homeland security, and research interests.
  • Applicants must submit a resume or vita.

All materials must be mailed to:

ATU Graduate College, 1507 North Boulder Avenue, Tomlinson 113, Russellville, AR 72801.

Or emailed to:  gradcollege@atu.edu

Unconditional Admission


Students are eligible to apply for unconditional admission to the Master of Science degree program in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) if they meet all of the following requirements. Additionally, all application credentials are examined by the Graduate Program Director and the Graduate Program Admission Committee when determining admission status.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the Graduate College. Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00. Statement of intent which addresses career goals, interests in Graduate College and emergency management, and research or practicum interests. Resume or vitae. Approval from the Program Director.

Conditional Admission


Conditional admission may be possible when the grade point average is between 2.5 and 3.0. In addition, all application credentials are examined by a faculty committee from the EMHS Department to determine admission status. If a student was admitted conditionally based on grade point average, the condition will be met if upon completion of twelve (12) semester hours a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better is achieved.

After completion of the Research I course, students choose to pursue either an original research thesis or a practicum research project. Students will select a thesis or practicum chair. The chairperson will assist thesis students in building a thesis committee. The Program Director will assist the student in designing a curriculum of study leading to the fulfillment of degree requirements. Additionally, the Program Director and the Graduate College will monitor the student's progress. Ultimately, it remains the student's responsibility to understand and to satisfy all degree requirements.

Admission to Candidacy

Students who have been granted conditional admission are eligible for admission to candidacy for the degree upon the completion of twelve (12) graduate hours with a 3.00 grade point average or better and completion of any deficiencies. Those students admitted with unconditional admission are eligible for admission to candidacy upon completion of twelve (12) graduate hours with a 3.00 grade point average or higher. Students must have the candidacy form approved by their Program Director before submission to the Graduate College. All students who do not submit an "Application for Admission to Candidacy" prior to the end of the semester in which the student becomes eligible will not be allowed to register for subsequent graduate classes.

Advising

The Program Director will assist the student in designing a curriculum of study leading to the fulfillment of degree requirements. Additionally, the academic advisor and the Graduate College will monitor the student's progress. Ultimately, it remains the student's responsibility to understand and to satisfy all degree requirements. The Program Director will assist students in choosing the Thesis or Practicum Option and in choosing a thesis advisor and committee if applicable.

Degree Requirements

The student seeking the Master of Science degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security must complete the following:

  1. A minimum of 36 semester hours at the graduate level (5000-6000) with at least 18 hours of 6000 level courses considered toward completion of the degree.
  2. Non-EMHS graduate courses that tailored to each student's interests and career objectives may count for up to six hours of elective credit.
  3. The successful completion of an oral defense of the completed thesis or comprehensive examination.
  4. A cumulative grade point average of a 3.00 or better must be achieved in all graduate work attempted at Arkansas Tech University, with a maximum of six (6) hours of "C" grades. A student receiving more than six (6) hours of "C" or grades lower than "C" should refer to the section of the catalog on "Academic Probation and Dismissal."
  5. The master's degree program must be completed within six (6) years from the time of admission to the graduate program.
Required Courses (9 hours)

EMHS 6043 Contemporary Issues in Emergency Management
EMHS 6063 Principles of Emergency Management
EMHS 6103 Research Design and Methods

Thesis Option

EMHS 6933 Research I
EMHS 6123 Applied Data Analysis
EMHS 6943 Research II
Approved 5000 or 6000 level elective courses – 18 hours

Practicum Option

EMHS 6403 Action Research Practicum I
EMHS 6413 Capstone Research Practicum II
Approved 5000 or 6000 level elective courses – 21 hours

Elective Course Options - 

(Interdisciplinary and Independent Study hours may be used to strengthen any of the above focus areas or to design a degree path to a very specific job description or specialization)

EMHS 5003 Principles and Practice of Disaster Relief and Recovery
EMHS 5043 Disaster and Emergency Management Ethics
EMHS 5053 Community Management of Hazardous Materials
EMHS 5991, 5992, 5993 Special Problems and Topics
EMHS 6003 Design and Management of Preparedness and Mitigation Systems
EMHS 6023 Risk and Vulnerability Assessment for Business and Industry
EMHS 6033 Foundation of Leadership
EMHS 6053 Legal Issues in Emergency Management
EMHS 6073 Introduction to Terrorism
EMHS 6083 Business Continuity Project Management
EMHS 6193 Introduction to International Emergency Management
EMHS 6203 Crisis Communications
EMHS 6243 Intelligence in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
EMHS 6253 Information Security for Public Managers
EMHS 6423 Internship for Professional Practice
EMHS 6513 Technology for Comprehensive Emergency Management
EMHS 6543 Advanced Digital Technology Applications in EM
EMHS 6563 Situational Awareness of Environmental Threats
EMHS 6891, 6892, 6893 Independent Study

Special Conditions of Graduate Credit

Graduate Credit Taken Prior to Admission to Arkansas Tech University

A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit with a grade point average of "B" or better may be transferred from an accredited graduate school if deemed appropriate to the graduate program by the head of the student's major department and the Dean of the Graduate College. Students must send a written request to the head of their major department to petition an acceptance of the transfer credit prior to requesting admission to candidacy to the graduate program. Graduate credit earned six (6) years prior to the completion date of all degree requirements may not be applied toward the degree without the approval of the appropriate program director and the Dean of the Graduate College. Credits earned by correspondence courses or for remedial purposes will not apply toward the graduate degree. No undergraduate course may be repeated for graduate credit. 

Contact Information

Persons interested in further details about the degree should contact the Department of Emergency Management by calling (479) 356-2092 or by e-mail to, emhs@atu.edu.