Program Overview

Nova Southeastern University, primarily located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offers a Master of Science in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness. The program is offered in conjunction with the Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness. The Institute is a regional and national resource center focused on interdisciplinary training, information dissemination, and technical assistance related to all-hazards preparedness in a global society.

Students of the innovative degree in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness will be able to apply the learned theoretical knowledge and skills when working in fields of emergency management. The 36-credit-hour program is comprised of general courses in addition to several concentrations within the program to best fit with a student’s personal and professional career aspirations. Students can choose to earn a general Disaster and Emergency Preparedness degree, or choose from one of the concentration: Maritime Safety, Cyber Security, Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice or Public Health. The curriculum consists of required courses in addition to management and leadership, threats, hazards, and impacts courses.

Graduates of the M.S. in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness will be able to seek leadership positions in public and private sectors, as well as serve as the foundation for future educational pursuits.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Students must have a cumulative overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale from all institutions attended.

    School Overview

    Nova Southeastern University may have started as a small independent not-for-profit university when it first educated its first students in 1964, however this Ft. Lauderdale campus followed the lead of many growing movements from the sixties and quickly expanded into a modern global facility promoting distance learning by 1972. Today, NSU hosts field-based programs in more than twenty states, as well as internationally.

    Nova Southeastern University awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctorate degrees. Nova Southeastern University offers a large number of online degree programs to accommodate a wide range of students. Students can choose from online undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees. Online classes at Nova Southeastern University occur in both synchronous and asynchronous formats to best facilitate an interactive environment between students and faculty.


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