Master of Science in Emergency Management

Female EMT on the scene of a disaster

The M.S. program in Emergency Management balances the conceptual knowledge in emergency management with skill acquisition in crisis management, hazard assessment, and other analytic and management skills. A total of 30 graduate semester hours are required for a master’s degree in Emergency Management. Curriculum consists of 21 hours of required Emergency Management courses and nine hours of Emergency Management electives. A thesis is not required for a master’s degree in Emergency Management.

Someday, in the not so distant future, it happens. The moment arrives when you realize that you're ready for anything. Get a degree in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University in Alabama and be ready for where you're going. The Emergency Management (EM) program at Jacksonville State University was one of the first fully-accredited EM degree programs in the United States. We offer Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Science degrees in emergency management that support a unique and rapidly-growing career field.

Potential Careers

Emergency Management is a fantastically diverse career-field with a favorably projected future job growth. There are a variety of opportunities in public service at all levels of government and in a variety of sectors, including education, healthcare and private business.

  • Emergency Management Director (FEMA, State, local, non-profit, private sector)
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Disaster Program Manager
  • Emergency Planner
  • Anti-Terrorism Specialist
  • Information/Cyber Security Analyst
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Public Safety Telecommunicator

Median Annual Salary

Emergency Management Director (FEMA) $162,930
Emergency Management Director (Private Sector) $128,500
Information/Cyber Security Analyst $102,600
Emergency Management Director (State and Local) $76,730
Intelligence Analyst $72,692
Emergency Management Director (Nonprofit) $69,090
Anti-Terrorism Specialist $79,000
Emergency Management Specialist $64,500
Disaster Program Manager $47,900
Public Safety Telecommunicator $46,670

Degree Information

Program Overview

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Additional Facts

  • Only program in Alabama and one of the few in the nation that offers Emergency Management academic degrees in all three levels (undergraduate, master's and doctoral). We also offer a Cybersecurity micro-credential and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management.
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management is Available

Online Program Contact

Denise DaSilva
(256) 782-8262 or
(800) 231-JAX1 ext. 8262