M.S. Emergency and Disaster Management

In light of recent disasters and global threats, it is increasingly important for criminal justice administrators, first responders, government officials and public and private organizations to understand how to manage the diverse challenges facing our nation.

Saint Leo's M.S. in Emergency and Disaster Management provides the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to identify threats, minimize risk, and lead organizations in times of crisis.

Why choose Emergency and Disaster Management at Saint Leo?

Ranked among the nation's most military-friendly institutions by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazines, Saint Leo University has been educating criminal justice professionals for more than three decades. In the Catholic spirit, we base our criminal justice model on a steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value and gifts of all people.

As a Emergency and Disaster Management graduate student, you will study:

  • Terrorism, and natural and man-made disasters
  • Disaster response and post-disaster problems
  • Emergency management law
  • Homeland security
  • Legal and regulatory issues
  • Financial management strategies and outcomes
  • Public policy formation and implementation
  • Organizational leadership in criminal justice administration
  • Trauma-related psychological and physiological disorders

Flexibility for the working professional

The M.S. Emergency and Disaster Management is a blended program that can combine traditional, in-person classes—offered on alternating weekends—with a variety of delivery formats, including online options and video conferencing.

Contact your Graduate Admissions Counselor for more information on how a Emergency and Disaster Management degree can fit into your life.

  • Traditional Program: A two-year program. Take a maximum of two classes per 16-week semester, or one online class per eight-week term.
  • Accelerated Program: Complete the program in less than two years with approval from the Director of Graduate Studies in Criminal Justice.

Professional development opportunities

  • Hands-on learning: In a capstone course, you’ll address an important problem or launch a program initiative related to critical incident management.
  • Internships: Find an internship close to home or work, with federal agencies such as the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. District Court and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • FBI National Academy Associates: Saint Leo is an approved educational partner by the FBI National Academy Associates.
  • Experienced faculty: Learn from the best. Saint Leo faculty have served as local and federal agents, chief deputies, detectives and FBI advisors, and are leading experts on all the skills you need to advance to the next stage of your career: interrogation, non-verbal communication, hostage negotiation, and international sex and organ trafficking.

What can you do with a degree in Emergency and Disaster Management?

  • Director of Emergency Operations
  • Disaster Services Consultant
  • Community Preparedness Planner
  • Military Support Specialist
  • Federal Coordinating Officer
  • FEMA Administrator
  • Immigration Enforcement Agent
  • Transportation Security Officer
  • Safety and Security Coordinator
  • Coast Guard Officer

Where are Saint Leo grads now?

  • Secret Service
  • FBI
  • Tampa Police Department
  • Atlanta Police Department

Admission requirements

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