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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)
    • TB Skin Test
    • TB Mask Fit Test
    • 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
    $55.00
    College of Nursing & Health Professions
    $55.00
    College of Sciences & Mathematics
    $55.00

    Required Hourly Fees Per Credit Hour

     
    Graduate
    Athletic Fee
    $19.00
    Academic Excellence Fee
    $7.25
    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:
    $70.25

    Required Term Fees

     
    Graduate
    Arkansas Assessment Fee
    $5.00
    Student Activity Fee (3 or more hours)
    $20.00
    Yearbook Fee (12 or more hours)
    $10.00
    Total Per Term:
    $35.00
    The student activity and yearbook fee are 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
    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

    Required Hourly Fees Per Credit Hour

     
    Graduate
    Technology Fee
    $10.00
    Library Fee
    $6.00

    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

    Students wishing to pursue the M.S. in DPEM must apply to A-State Online and meet all of the admission requirements established by the Graduate School.

    Once all required documents have been submitted to the Graduate School, your information will be forwarded to the DPEM department for review. If accepted, you will be contacted to arrange a candidate interview.

  • Curriculum

    Master Curriculum - 6 Modules

    Students may enter the program in any module; each module will contain 2 courses. The Internship, Thesis or Project will be completed in Module VI regardless of the module in which they entered the program.

    Module VI may not be taken until the student completes Module III, regardless of the order in which the modules were taken. Each module will be 7 weeks duration. Four to five modules/calendar year will be offered. Should a student choose to take portions of a module, they can take the remaining courses the next time that module is offered.

    Module I – Theoretical Framework for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

    Module II – Communication in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

    Module III — Research Topics in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

    Module IV – Humanitarian Perspectives in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

    Module V – Collaboration in Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management

    Module VI – Internship, Research Project or Thesis

    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 next.

    Curriculum and degree requirements can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

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