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Saint Leo University

MS in Emergency and Disaster Management

In the Master of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management program, working professionals or aspiring leaders in areas of criminal justice, emergency response, or homeland security might develop or strengthen their skills and knowledge of critical incident, disaster, and terrorism management. Get more details about this Saint Leo University MS degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management

School Offering Program:

Saint Leo University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of this MS program may have an undergraduate background in criminal justice or criminal justice administration. The Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Administration course is a prerequisite for all other courses in this program. Applicants to Saint Leo University's master's degree programs should have already earned a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students seeking to play a managerial role in helping communities or corporations handle natural or terroristic threats and disasters have the opportunity to develop necessary skills in Saint Leo University's Master of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management program. In major courses, students might learn about disaster response operations, emergency personnel responsibilities, the hazards risk management process, and psychological traumas and associated with terroristic and catastrophic events and how these traumas are treated. Core courses might discuss such topics as ethical standards and legal issues in criminal justice, public policy development, critical leadership practices, and criminal justice agency management. This program is available in a traditional two-year or an accelerated format; the latter can be completed in less than two years.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Saint Leo University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management:

To reach the total of 36 credits needed to graduate from this MS in n Emergency and Disaster Management degree program, students must complete 18 core credits, 12 major credits, and two elective courses of three credits each. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Saint Leo University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (18 credits)

  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Legal Issues in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Public Policy Making in Criminal Justice
  • Leadership Applications in Criminal Justice
  • Applied Project in Criminal Justice Administration

Emergency and Disaster Management Courses (12 credits)

  • Impact of Terrorism on Homeland Security
  • Management of Critical Incident Operations
  • Risk Identification and Assessment
  • Psychological Aspects of Critical Incidents

Elective Courses (6 credits)

  • Choose two of the following courses:
    • Special Topics
    • Terrorism in Israel
    • Hostage Negotiations Phase I & II
    • Preventing Terrorist Attacks
    • Intro to Behavior Science in Criminal Justice
    • Insights in Criminal Behavior
    • Contemporary Issues in Community Corrections
    • Offender Treatment Methodology
    • Corrections Issues and Trends
    • Correctional Leadership
    • Criminal Justice Policy Research and Evaluation
    • Research Methods in Criminal Justice I
    • Research Methods in Criminal Justice II
    • Management of Human Resources in Criminal Justice Agencies
    • Planning and Financial Management in Criminal Justice Agencies
    • Introduction to Forensic Science
    • Advanced Forensic Science
    • Forensic and Medicolegal Death Investigation
    • Crime Scene Investigation and Management
    • Legal Issues in Criminal Justice Agencies II
    • Criminal Advocacy and Judicial Procedure
    • Fundamentals of Civil Litigation
    • Human Behavior & the Judiciary
    • Information Resource Management for Criminal Justice Management
    • Future Studies in Criminal Justice
    • Analytical Understanding of Interviews & Interrogation
    • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Administration

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Once they have completed studies in such topics as risk and security management, graduates of the MS in Emergency and Disaster Management program might be prepared to seek supervisory or upper management positions in the field. They might seek employment in government offices, security firms, law enforcement organizations, corporate security departments, or public safety agencies.

Examples of some of the positions that graduates may be able to pursue include:

  • Security analyst
  • Emergency response coordinator
  • Emergency management director
  • Emergency planning manager
  • Public security manager