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Massachusetts Maritime Academy - M.S. Emergency Management Graduate & Continuing Education - M.S. Emergency Management

The mission of the MSEM program is to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to implement both proactive and reactive strategies to reduce the cost of a disaster in life and property and thus to be successful emergency managers and leaders in both the public and private sectors.


The specific expected learning goals of the MSEM program is that the graduate can better:
1. mitigate
2. prepare
3. respond and
4. recover from incidents, hazards and emergencies

The Master of Science in Emergency Management program provides graduates with the knowledge and tools to be successful emergency managers in both the public and private sectors of industry. The program's graduates will gain the problem-solving capabilities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate disasters and emergencies. The program provides a multi-disciplinary approach requiring a core set of courses needed to address issues common to virtually all hazards, plus courses addressing special topics including public health and transportation security. The degree is offered in an 17 month executive format.

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The 34-credit, 11-course program is presented one course at a time and each course runs for a six-week period. Classes are held every other weekend beginning Friday evening and ending Saturday afternoon. Modeled after the Academy's successful Master of Science in Facilities Management degree, the MSEM classes are based at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods in Waltham, Massachusetts.  Students will be housed at the Westin in Waltham, Massachusetts. 

These sites were specifically chosen in consideration of its convenience for students working in the Greater Boston area. With overnight accommodations included in the program, students essentially have a one-way commute from work to class. 

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Specific courses include:

  • Principles of Emergency Management
  • Emergency Operations
  • Hazards Risk Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  • Strategic Planning and Budgeting in Emergency Management
  • Legal Issues in Emergency Management
  • Emergency Communications
  • Transportation Security Management
  • Public Health Issues in Emergency Management
  • Capstone Seminar in Emergency Management

The degree program culminates in a 4-credit capstone project. Throughout the curriculum, students will draw upon their education and experience to develop a capstone presentation specifically related to an emergency management scenario.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy - a long tradition of excellence
The maritime sector continues to be one of the greatest concerns to terrorism experts. A transportation security incident in one port could have major economic repercussions throughout the country. The Academy is uniquely positioned in the region to use its expertise and educate our future leaders about transportation security and the unique domain of ships, ports, and the complex and multiple disciplines involved in managing them.


To be considered for admission to the program, candidates must possess a Bachelor's Degree and must be capable of graduate-level study. Admissions will be based on an overall evaluation of the prospective student's application. The program total 17-month cost includes tuition, fees, accommodations, meals, and books.

For further information about this exciting new program, please contact the Division of Graduate & Continuing Education at 508-830-5096 or

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