Master of Science Degree

Emergency Management & Homeland Security (EMHS)

The Department of Emergency Management at Arkansas Tech University offers a solid background in emergency management skills such as preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. Demand for a skilled work force in emergency management continues to expand in industries, business, and government both locally and nationally. Employers are looking for people who have concentrated in this evolving field. A specialized program has been developed both for existing career professionals and for those planning to enter the profession. The curriculum applies a multidisciplinary approach targeting the principles of emergency management along with state of the art technologies. Courses are flexible allowing a student to arrange a program of study that will serve as a basis for further study or preparation for positions in industry, business or government.

The Master of Science Degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security balances the conceptual knowledge in emergency management with skill acquisition in crisis management and hazard assessment along with other analytic and management skills. This program is designed to offer graduate students a specialized program of study to serve the educational needs of professionals actively engaged or planning to enter a profession related to the protection of lives, property, and the physical environment of our society. The curriculum focuses on a multidisciplinary approach and targets the principles of preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery in an integrated program of study.

Citizens will benefit from the services of emergency management professionals with this advanced degree in the event of natural or man made disasters. The community will benefit from increased economic stability that results from reduced financial losses in business and industry. Students completing this degree will be prepared to exercise critical judgment, independent thinking, creative initiative, and disciplined inquiry within competency areas related to emergency management. In addition, students completing the graduate degree have demonstrated requisite research skills.


The Department Of Emergency Management Requires The Following Minimum Criteria For Admission:
  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.00
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Statement of intent (address career goals, interest in graduate school, research or practicum interest-this is non-binding, interest in emergency management or homeland security) - 500 word minimum
  • Resume or vita
  • Other requirements of the Graduate College

Admission decisions are made by a Committee of faculty led by the Program director. Decisions arebased on examination of transcripts, resume or vita, and statement of intent. All application packages are evaluated by the faculty. The priority date for Fall semester is March 1 and the priority date for Spring semester is October 1. Other applications will considered up to 30 days before the beginning of the semester.

Additionally the Graduate College has minimum criteria to be admitted to Graduate Study with unconditional admission. Information on how to apply, admission requirements, and tuition and fees may be found here.

Persons interested in further details about the degree should contact the Department of Emergency Management by calling (479) 356- 2092 or by e-mail to,