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Emergency Management Schools with Degree Program Information

There are several factors that prospective students can consider when choosing a school for emergency management training, including the levels of training and types of specializations. Some guidelines for choosing a program are provided below.

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Some schools that offer programs in emergency management may provide specializations in fire, police or hazardous materials. Certification is not strictly required in this field, but it does prove that emergency management professionals have met the educational and professional standards necessary to receive the designation.

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Emergency Management Schools

These schools offer emergency management programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2015-2016
Georgetown University Washington, DC 4-year, private not-for-profit Master's $45,136 (graduate rate)*
Arkansas State Jonesboro, AK 4-year, public Master's $7,894 in-state, $14,062 out-of-state (graduate rate)**
Barry University Miami, FL 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's $28,800 (undergraduate rate)*
Rochester Institute of Technology New York, NY 4-year, private not-for-profit Master's $40,426 (graduate rate)*
St. Louis University Saint Louis, MO 4-year, private not-for-profit Master's $19,346 (graduate rate)*
SUNY College of Technology at Canton Canton, NY 4-year, primarily associate's, public Bachelor's $7,855 in-state, $12,245 out-of-state (undergraduate rate)*
University of Alaska-Fairbanks Fairbanks, AK 4-year, public Bachelor's $5,674 in-state, $17,303 out-of-state (undergraduate rate)*
Idaho State University Pocatello, ID 4-year, public Associate's, Bachelor's $6,784 in-state, $20,182 out-of-state (undergraduate rate)*

Sources: *National Center for Educational Statistics and **school websites

School Selection Criteria

When choosing an emergency management training program, students will want to keep the following considerations in mind as they research schools:

  • Schools designated as training facilities by the Coast Guard or the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) convention should be highly considered, since these organizations specialize in emergency management and provide the most up-to-date training and regulation information.
  • Students should research prospective emergency management programs to see if their desired specializations - such as fire, police or hazardous materials - are offered.
  • Students should also consider whether they are seeking a program needed for an entry level position or advancement to a management position.
  • Students will want to see if a program prepares them for optional industry certifications.

Emergency management programs are mostly available at the bachelor's and master's degree levels, with a few schools offering associate's degrees. When choosing a program, students should consider things such as a school's facilities and specializations.

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