Best Online Master’s in Emergency Management

Find top-ranked online master’s in emergency management degree programs to help students further their career and strengthen their expertise in areas such as public safety, disaster mitigation, and crisis management.

Best Online Master’s in Emergency Management

Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency Management Degrees

Pursuing a master’s degree in emergency management and homeland security can help further your career and strengthen your expertise in areas such as public safety, disaster mitigation, and crisis management.

This degree combines two unique but closely-related fields, providing students with an understanding of the emergency response tactics required in the face of natural, technological, or human-made disasters.

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Students can pursue this 30- to 45-credit degree both online or in person, with most completing their studies in about two to three years.

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What will I be learning?

Programs often require a thesis or final project and courses cover topics like homeland security, public health administration, and multi-agency coordination.

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Graduates will have the opportunity to advance in their current roles or obtain jobs like risk management specialists,security analysts, and emergency management directors.

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Learn more about what you can do with a mater’s in criminal justice.

Best Online Master's in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

How do we determine the best online emergency management master's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Master’s in Emergency Management Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of New Haven

    #1525 institution's historical influence
    #770 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/24

    West Haven, CT

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Emergency Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    University of Central Florida

    #494 institution's historical influence
    #181 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    45%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    60K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Orlando, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Emergency And Crisis Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    Virginia Commonwealth University

    #400 institution's historical influence
    #994 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    Richmond, VA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Homeland Security And Emergency Preparedness
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    Clemson University

    #443 institution's historical influence
    #513 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    85%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1315/29

    Clemson, SC

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    Online Degrees

    MPA in Public Administration

    Concentrations

    • Emergency Management
    • Homeland Defense And Security
    • Local And State Government
    • Nonprofit Management
    • Regional Sustainability
    • Required Credits: 39-42
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    Creighton University

    #685 institution's historical influence
    #247 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $43K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1260/26

    Omaha, NE

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    Online Degrees

    MSEMS in Emergency Medical Services
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  6. #6

    Nova Southeastern University

    #983 institution's historical influence
    #678 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/24

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Disaster and Emergency Management

    Concentrations

    • Criminal Justice
    • Environmental Hazards
    • Fire Administration
    • Public Health
    • Maritime Safety And Security
    • Emergency Preparedness Leadership
    • Cyber Security
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Adelphi University

    #707 institution's historical influence
    #610 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Garden City, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Emergency Management
    • Required Credits: 39
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Excelsior College

    #2202 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    6K

    Albany, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Criminal Justice

    Concentrations

    • Homeland Security and Emergency Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    Eastern Kentucky University

    #1707 institution's historical influence
    #888 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    12K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/23

    Richmond, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Safety, Security and Emergency Management

    Concentrations

    • Occupational Safety
    • Corporate Security Operations
    • Emergency Management and disater Resilience
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  10. #10

    Jacksonville State University

    #1861 institution's historical influence
    #686 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1045/21

    Jacksonville, AL

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    Online Degrees

    MPA in Public Administration

    Concentrations

    • Administrative Management
    • Criminal Justice
    • Emergency Management
    • Required Credits: 39
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Emergency Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Anna Maria College

    #4442 institution's historical influence
    #747 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    1K

    Paxton, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Public Administration

    Concentrations

    • Emergency Management
    • Fire And Emergency Services
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  12. #12

    University of Nebraska Medical Center

    #1120 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Student body

    3K

    Omaha, NE

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    Online Degrees

    MPH in Emergency Preparedness
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln

    #243 institution's historical influence
    #711 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Lincoln, NE

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Emergency Preparedness
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MPA in Public Administration

    Concentrations

    • Emergency Management
    • Required Credits: 39
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MPH in Public Health

    Concentrations

    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    #1151 institution's historical influence
    #1334 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/26

    Baltimore, MD

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Emergency Health Services
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    #489 institution's historical influence
    #1418 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/22

    Las Vegas, NV

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Emergency Crisis Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    DePaul University

    #483 institution's historical influence
    #308 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    19K

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MPA in Public Administration

    Concentrations

    • Emergency Management
    • Public Management
    • Metropolitan And Urban Affairs
    • International Public Management
    • Required Credits: 104
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Public Service Management

    Concentrations

    • Emergency Management
    • Healthcare Administration
    • Higher Education Administration
    • Metropolitan Planning And Urban Affairs
    • Required Credits: 104
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  17. #17

    National University

    #1863 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    23K

    La Jolla, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Park University

    #2469 institution's historical influence
    #640 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    8K

    Parkville, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MHA in Healthcare Administration

    Concentrations

    • General
    • Disaster Emergency Management
    • Finance
    • Homeland Security
    • Human Resource Management
    • Global Business
    • Management Accounting
    • Management Information System
    • Project Management
    • Quality and Innovation Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MPA in Public Administration

    Concentrations

    • Criminal Justice Administration
    • Disaster and Emergency Management
    • Information Systems and Business Analytics
    • M.P.A.
    • Management Information Systems
    • Nonprofit and Community Services Management
    • Project Management
    • Public Management
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Auburn University at Montgomery

    #3427 institution's historical influence
    #382 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/21

    Montgomery, AL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Homeland Security And Emergency Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Southern New Hampshire University

    #1468 institution's historical influence
    #1034 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    84K

    Manchester, NH

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Management

    Concentrations

    • Construction Management
    • Emergency Management
    • Healthcare
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  21. #21

    Regent University

    #1722 institution's historical influence
    #554 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/22

    Virginia Beach, VA

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    Online Degrees

    MPA in Emergency Management And Homeland Security
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2.5 years
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Arkansas State University

    #1337 institution's historical influence
    #1472 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    12K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1116/24

    Jonesboro, AR

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Bellevue University

    #3661 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    9K

    Bellevue, NE

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Emergency Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Saint Leo University

    #3000 institution's historical influence
    #291 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    10K

    Saint Leo, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Emergency And Disaster Management

    Concentrations

    • Fire Science Administration
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Criminal Justice

    Concentrations

    • Emergency And Disaster Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    Arkansas Tech University

    #3324 institution's historical influence
    #1227 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    9K

    Russellville, AR

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MSN in Nursing Administration and Emergency Management
    • Required Credits: 39
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And in many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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