Jacksonville State University offers a Master of Science in Emergency Management. This degree balances conceptual knowledge in emergency management with skill acquisition in crisis management, hazard assessment and other analytic and management skills. A total of 30 graduate semester hours are required for the degree with 21 required hours of emergency management courses, and 9 hours of approved emergency management electives. All requirements for the degree can be met through distance learning. A 15-hour Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management degree are also available.
Successful completion of a total of 30 graduate semester hours of emergency management (EM) courses and passing of a comprehensive exam in the graduation term are required for this degree. Course requirements consist of twenty-one (21) hours of required EM courses and nine (9) hours of 500-level electives [choose three (3) courses from the elective EM courses listed below].
|EM 505 Foundations of Emergency Management||3 hours|
|EM 525 Disaster Recovery||3 hours|
|EM 530 Research Methods in Emergency Management||3 hours|
|EM 540 Hazard Mitigation||3 hours|
|EM 545 Emergency Preparedness||3 hours|
|EM 555 Disaster Response||3 hours|
|EM 590 Capstone in Emergency Management||3 hours|
|Total Required EM Courses||21 hours|
|Choose three elective courses for the list below:|
|EM 515 Legal Aspects of Emergency Management||3 hours|
|EM 528 Maritime Transportation Security||3 hours|
|EM 535 Terrorism and Homeland Security||3 hours|
|EM 548 Vulnerability and Capacity-Building||3 hours|
|EM 565 Management Systems in Disaster||3 hours|
|EM 568 Crisis Management for Business and Industry||3 hours|
|EM 570 Biosecurity||3 hours|
|EM 575 Medical Aspects of Emergency Management||3 hours|
|EM 580 Current Issues in Homeland Security||3 hours|
|EM 581 Disaster Analysis||3 hours|
|EM 585 Military's Role in Disaster Relief||3 hours|
|EM 586 Special Topics in Emergency Management||3 hours|
|EM 595 Directed Studies in Emergency Management||3 hours|
|EM 596 Internship in Emergency Management||3 hours|
|EM 598 EM Leadership and Organizational Behavior||3 hours|
|Total EM Elective Courses||9 hours|
|Total Hours Required for Degree||30 hours|
DISTANCE LEARNING AT JSU
All of the requirements for this degree can be met without attending any sessions on campus. JSU is uniquely qualified to meet your distance learning needs. A pioneer in the field, with over 1,200 of JSU's student body of 8,900 students are pursuing course work via distance learning.
Up to 6 hours of credit can be granted on transfer pending the approval of the Emergency Management Department Head and the Dean of the Graduate School. Please contact a graduate advisor concerning transfer credit.
ADVISEMENT AND REGISTRATION
Advisement is required for all students accepted into the program. If considering application to the MS in Emergency Management program, contact:
Denise DaSilva at 256-782-8262 or 800-231-JAX1 ext. 8262
For information on admission to JSU's graduate school, contact JSU's College of Graduate Studies at:
Phone: 256-782-5329 or 800-231-5291 ext. 5329
JSU provides comprehensive library services for distance learning students. Information on JSU's Distance Learning Library can be found at: http://www.jsu.edu/library/services/de_services.html
GRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from an institution accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association. A particular undergraduate major is not specified for admission to this program.
Applicants who meet general admission to the College of Graduate Studies are eligible for admission to this degree program. A particular undergraduate major is not specified for admission to this program. For more information, please see the Graduate School Bulletin at: http://www.jsu.edu/graduate/bulletin.html
Jacksonville State University provides easy on-line application to the Graduate School at: http://www.jsu.edu/graduate/grad_app.html . Other admission requirements are found here as well.
Applicants for the Master of Science with a major in emergency management must submit:
1. Completed JSU application.
2. Non-refundable $30.00 application processing fee.
3. Official transcript(s) from all postsecondary institutions attended.
4. Official test scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
5. Three "Graduate Reference Forms" completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of applicant's potential for success in graduate course work. This form is available in the Office of Graduate Studies or online at http://www.jsu.edu/graduate/forms.html
6. If English is not the applicant's native language, the applicant is required to submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A minimum score of 500 on the paper-based or 173 on the computer-based TOEFL is required for admission. The TOEFL is not required for international students who have earned a bachelor's degree from a United States regionally accredited institution.
To obtain unconditional admission into the Master of Science in Emergency Management, students must meet one of the following formula requirements:
450 times the undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) plus the total score of the verbal and quantitative sections of the General Test of the GRE is equal to or greater than a total of 2250 points;
15 times the undergraduate GPA plus the MAT raw score is equal to or greater than a total of 80 points;
450 times the undergraduate GPA on the last 64 hours attempted toward completion of the initial undergraduate degree plus the total score of the verbal and quantitative measures of the General Test of the GRE is equal to or greater than a total of 2250 points;
15 times the undergraduate GPA on the last 64 hours attempted toward completion of the initial undergraduate degree plus the MAT raw score is equal to or greater than a total of 80 points.
Any applicant failing to meet the requirement for unconditional admission may be conditionally admitted with the recommendation of the graduate faculty in the applicant's major and approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Applicants who are granted conditional admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 on the first twelve graduate hours attempted within a twelve-month time frame. Failure to meet these conditions will result in the student being dropped from graduate studies.
Applicants may be permitted to enroll for one semester of graduate course work while completing all other general application procedure requirements. The student will not be allowed to register or pre-register for subsequent semesters until all admission requirements have been completed and the student is admitted to graduate studies.