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Emergency Management

Undergraduate Degree


Emergency Management (EMHS) and disaster-related issues are faced by individuals, families, businesses, and governments worldwide. The Emergency Management program prepares graduates for careers in the private and public sectors, including federal, state, and local government, law enforcement, fire service, and the Military.

Learning focuses on the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Cadets may also pursue a minor in Homeland Security. The program requires cadets to complete at least two co-ops. First-year cadets participate in a Habitat for Humanity public service experiential learning trip at the Domestic Global Village in Eustis, Florida.

Certificate options include Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Massachusetts Firefighter I and II certification through Onset Fire Department. 


The EM Program integrates academics with professional work experience and skills. It allows student opportunities to apply their classroom knowledge to the real-world in government, industry and non-governmental organizations. Students participate in exercises with EM professionals, students in their senior year, develop discussion based exercises for towns, cities and agencies throughout the Commonwealth, and utilize or Emergency Operations Training Center. As an Emergency Management major, you will:

  •  Help support communities
  •  Work alongside EM professionals in the field
  •  Learn cutting-edge and legacy EM technologies 
  • Develop an understanding of EM policy, practice and protocols
  • Learn about the Incident Command Structure, inherent in all EM incidents and events.

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A Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management affords graduates a broad array of professional opportunities upon graduation. Our recent graduates have joined state and local emergency management agencies, hospital emergency preparedness programs, and fire and law enforcement departments. Others have joined the military services as commissioned officers and enlisted members. Many graduates join private companies and non-governmental agencies as emergency preparedness specialists, planners, humanitarian aid workers, and more. Areas in which our graduates work include:

  • Local, State, and Federal Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Public Safety sector, including Fire, Police, EMS
  • Military
  • Humanitarian Aid/NGOs 
  • Environmental Health & Safety 
  • Public Health Emergency Management 
  • Consulting
  • Communications 
  • Cyber Security
  • Business Continuity
  • Hazardous Materials/Safety


As an Emergency Management major, you will be tasked with managing simulated emergencies and hands-on tasks. Your studying will be put to the test with our state-of-the-art EM Simulation Center, applying apply both legacy and emerging technologies in a near real-world environment.

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The Emergency Management program requires students to complete two co-ops (summer/winter break) and one experiential learning trip (winter break). Many students complete several co-ops. Freshmen EM students will participate in our Experiential Learning Trip, with Habitat for Humanity or Guatemala or National Outdoor Leadership School. Participation is required for all EM cadets who are freshmen or who transferred to MMA in the Spring.


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  1. Understand the four phases of Emergency Management; mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery, applied across an All Hazards/Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management.
  2. Identify the scientific principles involved in the development of mitigation and preparedness policies, strategies and tactics.
  3. Understand scientific principles involved in the development of multi-level response and recovery policies, strategies, and tactics.
  4. Evaluate the social science components of Emergency Management related to government, the private sector, to nongovernmental organizations, communities, and to individuals.
  5. Apply the Incident Command System and analyze its relationship to national preparedness goals.
  6. Apply new and emerging emergency management technologies across phases of Emergency Management.

Emergency Management cadets with an interest in pursuing careers as fire-fighters may apply for the firefighting program during the spring semester of their freshman year. The program is conducted in partnership with the Onset Fire Department and provides the opportunity for those selected to be trained and certified as firefighters and gain real-world, practical experience responding to emergencies with the Onset Fire Department. 

Under the guidance of Fire Chief Jeffrey R. Osswald, cadets will attend a recruit training program consisting of 240 hours of classroom and practical skills instruction over several months of their sophomore year. The program culminates with the cadets taking the National Board on Firefighting’s Professional Qualifications Firefighter I/II Certification examination. Cadets spend the remainder of their time at the Academy responding to a wide range of emergency incidents, including, structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, emergency medical incidents, hazardous materials incidents, water rescues, and brush fires, to name a few.

Cadets will train regularly and spend duty shifts at the station throughout their time in the program.  Many graduates of the program, in combination with their B.S. in Emergency Management, have gone on to secure full-time employment in the fire service, law enforcement, the Armed Forces, and other rewarding occupations. 

The Emergency Management Department’s liaison with the Onset Fire Department is Dr. Edward J. Valla.

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  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Basic Firefighting
  • Firefighter Program, (On-Call)
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 40
  • Some of our EM courses require certifications through EMI's independent studies. These certifications include, but are not limited to: 
    • IS 64.A: DHS Common Operating Picture Application
    • IS-120.C: An Introduction to Exercises
    • IS-700.B: An Introduction to National Incident Management System
    • IS-800.D: National Response Framework, An Introduction
    • IS-922: Applications of GIS for Emergency Management