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Disaster Preparedness
and Emergency Management

Master of Science (M.S.)


College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

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Description

The Master of Science degree in disaster preparedness and emergency management is an interdisciplinary program that prepares professionals to effectively meet the demands of disaster preparedness, mitigation, planning, response and recovery.

The program requires graduate-level courses that include a variety of teaching methodologies and activities. All courses completed for the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Health apply to the MSDPEM. The degree culminates in an internship, research project or thesis.

  • Prerequisites

    ADMISSION CRITERIA

    To be considered for admission into the M.S. program in disaster preparedness and emergency management, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

    • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
    • ICS –100*
    • ICS – 200*
    • ICS – 700*
    • ICS – 800*
    • CDLS (Core Disaster Life Support)
    • BDLS (Basic Disaster Life Support)
    • Health Care Provider CPR Card

    * ICS courses comparable to associated country.

  • Admission Information

    Before You Apply

    Class size is limited and all applicants may not be accepted into the program. Interested individuals are encouraged to seek an advisor to ensure that all prerequisite courses are completed in a timely manner.

    Applying to the Graduate School

    Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School. To apply, complete the online application form from the Graduate School. Be sure to submit the required application fee, and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work to the Graduate School.

    Candidate Interviews

    Applicants must schedule a personal interview with a MS DPEM adviser. Venues for the interview include face-to-face, telephone or electronic. During this interview, the adviser will outline in detail the requirements of the MS program.

    The adviser and the student will analyze the appropriateness of the degree given the student’s goals and career objectives, the degree’s requirements along with the student’s academic progress to date. Admission to this degree program is conditioned upon completion of prerequisite course(s) required and acceptance by clinical agencies for practicum experiences.

    Equal Opportunity Policy

    Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, impediment/disability, or unlawful factors in the admission and treatment of students.
  • Tuition: Traditional Jonesboro

    Tuition Per Credit Hour

     
    Graduate
    In-State
    $267.00
    Out-of-State
    $534.00

    College Support Assessment Fee Per Credit Hour

    Additional cost per credit hour for non-general education courses.
     
    Graduate
    College of Business
    $55.00
    College of Engineering & Computer Science
    $55.00
    College of Nursing & Health Professions
    $55.00
    College of Sciences & Mathematics
    $55.00

    Required Hourly Fees Per Credit Hour

     
    Graduate
    Academic Excellence Fee
    $8.25
    Access and Security Fee
    $4.00
    Athletic Fee
    $19.00
    Deferred Maintenance Fee
    $3.00
    Facilities Fee
    $4.00
    Technology Fee
    $10.00
    Infrastructure Fee
    $4.00
    Library Fee
    $6.00
    Student Recreation Fee
    $7.00
    Student Union Fee
    $10.00
    Total Per Credit Hour:
    $75.25

    Required Term Fees

     
    Graduate
    Arkansas Assessment Fee
    $5.00
    Student Activity Fee (3 or more hours)
    $20.00
    Total Per Term:
    $25.00
    The student activity is only charged in Fall & Spring terms.

    Additional Fees

     
    Graduate
    Application Fee
    $30.00
    Clemency Fee
    $15.00
    Graduation Fee: Graduate
    $85.00
    Graduation Fee: Specialist
    $95.00
    Identity Compliance Fee (per credit hour, online courses)
    $10.00
    Replacement Diploma Fee
    $15.00
    The fees listed above are only assessed if applicable.
  • Tuition: Approved Online Majors

    Tuition Per Credit Hour

     
    Graduate
    US Resident
    $268.00
    International
    $536.00

    Required Hourly Fees Per Credit Hour

     
    Graduate
    Access and Security Fee
    $4.00
    Academic Excellence Fee
    $8.25
    Identity Compliance Fee
    $10.00
    Library Fee
    $6.00
    Technology Fee
    $10.00
    Total Per Credit Hour:
    $38.25

    College Support Assessment Fee Per Credit Hour

    Additional cost per credit hour for non-general education courses.
     
    Graduate
    College of Nursing & Health Professions
    $52.00
  • How to Apply

    Applying to the Program

    Applicants to this program should follow the steps to apply for graduate programs at Arkansas State. This procedure can be found on their website.

  • Curriculum

    The program consists of 36 Credit Hours that includes six Core Courses, three Emphasis Courses, a Practicum Experience, and a Final Project. The six Core Courses are each worth three credit hours (18 total) and the three Emphasis Courses are each worth three credit hours (9 total).

    The Practicum Experience is worth three credit hours and students can choose between a Seminar Topics Course or a 60 hour practicum at an approved site. The Final Project is worth six credit hours to be taken in two separate three hour terms. Students may choose between completing a Research Project, a Thesis, or a 240 hour internship at an approved site.

    FALL COURSES

    DPEM 6153 - Crisis Communications
    DPEM 6113 - Theory Development in Disaster Preparedness

    and Emergency Management
    EMPHASIS Course
    EMPHASIS Course, Practicum or Final Project

    SPRING COURSES

    DPEM 6123 - Research Design and Methodology in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

    DPEM 6143 - Global Perspectives
    EMPHASIS Course
    EMPHASIS Course, Practicum or Final Project

    SUMMER COURSES

    DPEM 6103 - Health Care Issues and Policies related to DPEM DPEM 6133 - Ethics and Legal Considerations in DPEM EMPHASIS Course
    Practicum Course or Final Project

    PRACTICUM COURSES IN DPEM

    (Select 3 hours/offered every term as needed.)

    DPEM 661V Seminar Topics in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (1-3 credit hours)

    DPEM 6631 Disaster Preparedness and/or Emergency Management Conference Presentation (1 credit hours)

    DPEM 6643 Practicum Experience—3 credit hours/60 contact hours

    FINAL PROJECT IN DPEM

    (Select one of the following/offered every term as needed.)

    DPEM 665V - Internship (6 Credit Hours) (240 Contact Hours) DPEM 667V - Research (6 Credit Hours)
    DPEM 668V - Thesis (6 Credit Hours)

    Note: At least one EMPHASIS course will be offered each 7 weeks.If desired course is not offered when registering student should contact DPEM office to determine when this particular course will be offered.