Graduate Catalog
Degree Programs

Master of Science
Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Dr. Sandy Smith, Head
Dean Hall, Room 110
(479) 498-6039
ssmith107@atu.edu

The Department of Emergency Management (EM) at Arkansas Tech University offers a solid background in emergency management skills such as preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. There is a growing demand for professionals educated in emergency management for the private business sector, education, and various government agencies and organizations at all levels-local, state, regional, national, and international.

This program may be completed online.

This degree offers a specialized program both for existing career professionals in the discipline and for those seeking the diverse employment opportunities available in this evolving career field. The curriculum applies a multidisciplinary approach targeting the principles of emergency management along with state-of-the-art technologies. The EMHS Program Director acts as faculty advisor to each student admitted to the EMHS degree program.

Unconditional Admission

Students are eligible to apply for unconditional admission to the Master of Science degree program in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) if they meet all of the following requirements. Additionally, all application credentials are examined by a faculty committee from the EM Department in determining admission status.

  1. Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the Graduate College.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
  3. Applicants must provide statement of intent which addresses career goals, interests in Graduate College and emergency management, and research interests. (500 word minimum)
  4. Applicants must provide a resume or vitae.
  5. Approval from the Program Director.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be possible when the grade point average is between 2.5 and 3.0. In addition, all application credentials are examined by a faculty committee from the EM Department to determine admission status. If a student was admitted conditionally based on grade point average, the condition will be met if upon completion of twelve (12) semester hours a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better is achieved.

After completion of the Research Design and Methods course, the Program Director will assist the student in picking a thesis advisor and thesis committee. The Program Director will assist the student in designing a curriculum of study leading to the fulfillment of degree requirements. Additionally, the academic advisor and the Graduate College will monitor the student's progress. Ultimately, it remains the student's responsibility to understand and to satisfy all degree requirements.

Late Admission

Priority deadline date for fall admission is March 1 and spring admission is October 1. Any student requesting admission for any academic term must have their documentation material processed for admission to the program as required by the Department of Emergency Management by the first day of the term requested. Documentation includes undergraduate transcript(s), a Statement of Intent and either a Resume or a Vitae. If processing cannot be completed, and approval given by the Program Director, the student will be rejected for admission for that term and must wait to enter the next academic term.

Degree Requirements

  1. The completion of 36 semester hours of graduate work is required, of which 18 semester hours must be at the 6000 level. The 36 hours are taken with four component areas: Professional Component, Methods Component, Applied Research Component, and Interdisciplinary Component.

    Professional Component (18-21 hours)

    Most courses have the prerequisite or acceptable equivalencies of EMHS 6043, EMHS 6063, and EMHS 6103, or the consent of the instructor.

    Methods Component (3-6 hours)

    EMHS 6103 Research Design and Methods
    EMHS 6123 Applied Data Analysis

    Applied Research Component (6 Hours)

    EMHS 6403 Action Research Practicum I
    EMHS 6413 Action Research Practicum II
    EMHS 6423 Internship for Professional Practice
    EMHS 6933 Research I
    EMHS 6943 Research II

    Interdisciplinary Component (6 hours)

    Elective EMHS or non-EMHS graduate courses tailored to each student's interests and career objectives.

  2. A cumulative grade point average of a 3.00 or better must be achieved in all graduate work attempted at Arkansas Tech University, with a maximum of six (6) hours of "C" grades. A student receiving more than six (6) hours of "C" or grades lower than "C" should refer to the section of the catalog on "Academic Probation and Dismissal."
  3. The master's degree program must be completed within six (6) years from the time of admission to the graduate program.
  4. A minimum of 27 semester hours of graduate coursework completed in residence at Arkansas Tech University.

Candidacy

Graduate students admitted unconditionally must apply for candidacy to the selected degree program upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours. Students admitted conditionally cannot apply for candidacy until all conditions assigned at the time of admission to graduate study have been removed.

Upon the completion of twelve (12) graduate hours, a hold will be placed on the students' record until a candidacy form has been approved by the Graduate Dean. Failure to apply for candidacy will result in the hold remaining on the students' record, and an inability to register for subsequent coursework. 

Students who have filed a candidacy form but do not enroll or receive graduate credit for one (1) academic year must submit a new candidacy form upon being readmitted into the same graduate program.  If admitted into a different academic program, students are not required to submit a new candidacy form until twelve (12) graduate credits have been accumulated within the new program.

Application for Graduation

In addition to satisfying all degree requirements, a candidate for a degree must file an "Application for Graduation" online or at the Registrar's Office.  Students must apply for graduation upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours.

Special Conditions of Graduate Credit

Graduate Credit Taken Prior to Admission to Arkansas Tech University

A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit with a grade point average of "B" or better may be transferred from an accredited graduate school if deemed appropriate to the graduate program by the head of the student's major department and the Graduate College Dean. Students must send a written request to the head of their major department to petition an acceptance of the transfer credit prior to requesting admission to candidacy to the graduate program. Graduate credit earned six (6) years prior to the completion date of all degree requirements may not be applied toward the degree without the approval of the appropriate program director and the Graduate College Dean. Credits earned by correspondence courses or for remedial purposes will not apply toward the graduate degree. No undergraduate course may be repeated for graduate credit.

Graduate Credit Taken After Admission to Arkansas Tech University

If after admission to graduate study, a student wishes to take a course at another institution to count toward degree requirements at Arkansas Tech University, the student must, in advance of enrollment, obtain written approval from the program director and the Graduate College Dean.