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Emergency Preparedness Management Degree

Associate of Science


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The emergency preparedness management program is designed to provide students with a broad education in emergency management. The program focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to preparedness and the skills needed to organize and lead emergency management operations, and prepares students to perform in a disaster by providing the necessary skills for mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

The curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation of technical and professional knowledge needed for emergency services delivery in the fields of public service-including law enforcement, fire service, and emergency medical services, along with students wishing to study in this field for careers in emergency management.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Develop and evaluate an emergency operations plan based on data provided on a hypothetical jurisdiction.
  • Determine hazards and develop risk assessment programs in local communities.
  • Develop and implement short and long term recovery concepts into all areas of the community, using an all hazard approach.
  • Analyze organizational behavior problems as they apply to emergency operations.
  • Analyze the roles, responsibilities, and authorities of the various organizations responding to emergency incidents.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the activities that should happen in each phase of a disaster.

Program Advising

Available Fully Online
Complete this degree or certificate on your schedule, from anywhere with an internet connection, by taking all your classes online. Find out more about online learning.
Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.


For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

Related careers include law enforcement, fire service, and emergency medical services. 

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Suggested Course Sequence: Emergency Preparedness Management

A suggested course sequence for students follows.

  • All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor.
  • Find out about related programs and course in the Fields of Study section.
  • Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
  • All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.


Suggested Course Sequence

Students should complete the required English and Math foundation courses within the first 24 credit hours. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

  • HLTH 220 - Emergency Medical Responder  3 semester hours
  • Humanities Distribution (200 Level History) 3 semester hours (HUMD)
  • EMGT or HMLS Elective (Must Be at 200 Level) 3 semester hours

* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A, if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or elective.

‡ Students must choose a course from BSSD, Arts, or Humanities (HIST) to meet the Global/Cultural Perspectives Requirement.

This program can be completed either on campus or online.

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