When disaster strikes—whether it’s a devastating natural catastrophe or a manmade attack—there’s a critical need for assessment and recovery strategies that address physical damage and the psychological traumas suffered by individual victims, affected communities, and emergency-response personnel.

Adler University’s fully online Master of Arts (M.A.) in Emergency Management Leadership is the first graduate program in the nation created from the ground up to produce true emergency management leaders—professionals with a deep academic grounding who are also trained as psychological first aid providers.

Taught by experienced professionals with firsthand understanding of the unique culture of emergency management and its overt and hidden dangers, our curriculum focuses on the primary mission of emergency management: mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery. You’ll learn how to develop disaster response plans, lead preparedness and response training, and coordinate with emergency and medical personnel across multiple agencies and organizations.

Should you choose to enroll in our fully online leadership-focused master’s program, you can complete the curriculum in just 24 months—while balancing your existing professional and personal responsibilities. You’ll experience the academic rigor and personal attention that has distinguished Adler University for more than 60 years.

Career paths for qualified emergency management leaders include roles in the public and private sectors, with government agencies, military and first-response organizations, colleges and universities, medical centers, community relief organizations, and more. Advance your professional standing in the field by earning your Emergency Management Leadership master’s degree from an institution that shares your values of social justice and community-based solutions.

Online Format

Offered exclusively online, coursework to complete this degree can be completed in less than 24 months. This enables students to advance their education while keeping up with other life and work commitments.

Integrating state-of-the-art technology, our rigorous online programs are engaging, interactive, and student-centered with a focus on accessibility. Our innovative coursework is developed and delivered by qualified subject matter experts who are trained in online instruction and supported by a dedicated team of instructional designers and multimedia experts.

Our online students receive training and mentorship from faculty and supporting staff to prepare for their online courses. They also benefit from an academic advisor who acts as their personal coach from the day they enroll.