Program Overview

Adelphi University offers an online Master of Science degree in Emergency Management that incorporates a broad-multidisciplinary curriculum to adequately prepare students for leadership roles in organizations and services that deal with emergencies.  This program is ideal for working professionals with busy schedules because students study part-time in the evenings through online courses. 

Anyone with a Bachelor’s degree may apply, but those in the following professions are ideal: firefighters; law enforcement; emergency medical technicians; military personnel; federal, state, and local emergency administration officials; publicly elected officials; and hospital personnel, community service organization administrators and anyone else interested or currently working in emergency services.

The M.S in Emergency Management is a 39-credit-hour program.  Students choose one of three elective tracks in environmental, health or homeland security, each totaling six credit hours.  Prerequisite courses include Computer Applications and Mathematics for Managers.  Courses required for the Major are: Introduction to Emergency Management, Health Management in Times of Disaster, Organizational Planning and Response, Business Continuity, Emergency Management Law and Ethics, Research in Emergency and Disaster Management, Management Theory/Organizational Behavior, Management Information Systems, Statistical Methods, and Leadership and Innovation in Complex Systems.  The program culminates in a capstone research project and presentation.

Students may also choose to obtain the following professional credentials throughout their studies: Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) by the International Association of Emergency Managers, Business Continuity Institute (BCI), or Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPR) by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    • Online application with accompanying $40 fee
    • High school (if lacking any prior college experience)
    • College transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

    School Overview

    Adelphi University opened its doors as a preparatory academy in Brooklyn, New York, in 1863. By the end of the nineteenth century, Adelphi was recognized as a co-educational institution with a charter granted by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. Recognition continued as Adelphi became noted as the “first private co-educational institute of higher education on Long Island.” Today, the University continues to expand, hiring additional faculty, updating facilities, and installing modern technology. Adelphi University currently maintains four campuses, including the Garden City Campus, Manhattan Center, Hauppauge Center, and Hudson Valley Center, in addition to select programs at off-campus centers. Furthermore, the University houses eight schools.

    •     The College of Arts and Sciences
    •     The Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
    •     The Honors College
    •     The Robert B. Willumstad School of Business
    •     The Ruth S. Ammon School of Education
    •     The College of Nursing and Public Health
    •     The School of Social Work
    •     The University College

    The University awards Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees, along with Advanced Certificates and Postdoctoral postgraduate certificates.


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