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Graduate Degrees in Emergency Management via Distance Learning

written by: DeborahWoehr•edited by: Jacqueline Chinappi•updated: 12/17/2010

Are you interested in pursuing a career in Emergency Management? Then check out these distance learning emergency management graduate degree programs to see how they can help you.

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    Obtaining a distance learning emergency management graduate degree will help you gain a career as an Emergency Program Manager, Emergency Program Director, Risk Management Expert, Hospital Coordinator and more. Potential employers include state and local government, hospitals, and community food and housing emergency relief services. This article will provide you with information about emergency management graduate degrees and their curriculums, what their courses offer, and the tuition fees of each program.

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    Anna Maria College

    Anna Maria College’s masters degree program in emergency management helps students learn about federal terminology, how to organize search operations, continue business during emergencies, and plan for all kinds of hazards and events. Some of the courses offered are Essentials of Emergency Management; Hazard Analysis, Mitigation, and Sustainability; and, Operations Planning, Practice, and Evaluation.

    To apply for the program, students must fill out a completed application. They must also submit a non-refundable $40 application fee, official sealed transcripts from all previously attended colleges, including any graduate degree or completed coursework, two letters of recommendation, their resume, and a financial aid application. These documents must be mailed to the Online Admission Processing Center in Maitland, Florida.

    The tuition for the MS Emergency Management courses is $575 per credit hour. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The total cost of the tuition will depend upon the transfer credits that students have earned. If they do not have any transfer credits, then the total cost of the tuition would be $10,350.00.

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    University of Phoenix

    University of Phoenix offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management. This course was designed for emergency personnel who wish to expand their knowledge and skills related to emergency management, managing emergency response operations, and disaster preparedness.

    Some of the courses offered include Introduction to Health and Disease, Health Care Management, and Health Care Quality Management and Outcomes Analysis. Students must take General Education and Elective courses in order to satisfy the 120 (124 for Kansas) semester-credit minimum for this degree.

    To apply for the program, students must have earned a high school diploma, GED, California High School Proficiency Examination certificate, or a foreign secondary school equivalent. Students must also be employed or have access to an organizational environment that allows them to apply the skills learned in the university’s courses. They must be a citizen, permanent resident, or carry a valid visa. Finally, students must complete all required forms and submit official sealed transcripts from all the colleges and universities that they attended.

    The tuition for the bachelor’s degree is $550 per credit. There is also an electronic materials fee of $90 per course. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.

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    Graduate Degrees in Emergency Management via Distance Learning Page 2 continues the discussion on distance learning emergency management graduate degrees. The author highlights course requirements, curriculum and tuition fees for Kaplan and DeVry University.
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    Kaplan University

    Kaplan University offers a master of science in homeland security and emergency management. Students who already possess a bachelor’s degree may enroll in this program to advance their skills and meet their career goals. Kaplan’s curriculum explores how society, governments, lawmakers, businesses, and other organizations find security and emergency management solutions, ranging from local to global levels.

    Career opportunities include emergency preparedness and response, border and transportation security, homeland defense, hazard mitigation, and more. Some of the courses offered at Kaplan include Leadership in the Public Sector, Specialized Criminal Statutes and Complex Investigations, and All-Hazards Readiness and Emergency Management Functions.

    To apply for the program, students must be a high school graduate or possess a GED or a recognized state-approved Home Study certificate.

    The total cost of tuition is $21,175.00. Students must also pay a $100 technology fee per term. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Also check out Kaplan’s employer reimbursement and billing programs.

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    DeVry University

    DeVry University offers a bachelor’s degree in Justice Administration, with an emphasis on Emergency Management. Some of the courses offered include Emergency Management, Disaster Response, Emergency Planning, Terrorism in Emergency Management, Technology in Emergency Management, and Crisis Intervention.

    To apply for the program, students may either complete their application online or mail a hardcopy to their preferred DeVry University location. They must also submit official transcripts from all colleges that they attended and appear for an initial interview with a faculty advisor.

    The tuition for the justice administration bachelor’s degree costs $8,100 per semester. Supplemental fees for textbooks, supplies and equipment typically range from $220 to $540 per semester for full-time online students. They must also pay a non-refundable $20 student services charge per session.

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