Master of Science Degree
Emergency Management & Homeland Security (EMHS)
The Arkansas Tech University Master of Science for EMHS is the degree of choice in the discipline of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for working practitioners, those seeking an academic foundation on which to build a career, and others who look to the Master’s degree as the first step towards the eventual pursuit of a doctorate.
Students may complete our program online, on campus, or by combining online and campus courses—whatever works best for them. The program requires 36 hours of coursework and students have the option of attending full-or part-time. It is possible to complete the degree in 4 semesters (Fall/Spring) if a student wishes to enroll in 9 hours a semester. Students complete an original research thesis or a practicum research project as part of their coursework this research provides a much deeper experience and insight into the EMHS field and discipline. Out-of-state students may qualify for an out-of-state tuition waiver with unconditional program admission. ATU offers several financial aid options for which students may qualify. Students should contact the Arkansas Tech University Graduate College for additional information.
You can begin the admissions process by visiting the Graduate College Website.
Graduate College Application Process
- Applicants must pay a $40 nonrefundable application fee directly to the Graduate College.
- Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college verified by an official transcript.
- Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on undergrad work or hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Applicants must request a complete undergraduate official transcript from their bachelor's awarding institution to be sent directly to the Graduate College.
After students complete their application to the Graduate College, application materials will be forwarded to the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program for an admissions decision. In addition to the Graduate College requirements (listed above),
- Applicants must submit a letter of intent, of at least 500 words and addresses career goals, interest in obtaining a graduate degree, interest in emergency management and/or homeland security, and research interests.
- Applicants must submit a resume or vita.
All materials must be mailed to: ATU Graduate College, 1507 North Boulder Avenue, Tomlinson 113, Russellville, AR 72801.
Admission decisions are based on examination of transcripts, resume or vita, and statement of intent. All application packages are evaluated by the program director and committee as applicable. 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.
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 the following requirements. Additionally, all application credentials are examined by the Graduate Program Director in determining admission status.
- Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the Graduate College.
- Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
- Applicants must provide statement of intent which addresses career goals, interests in Graduate College and emergency management, and research interests. (500-word minimum)
- Applicants must provide a resume or vitae.
- Approval from the Program Director.
Conditional admission may be possible when the grade point average is between 2.5 and 3.0 or there is concern regarding the content or quality of other application materials. 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 the conditional status will be lifted upon completion of twelve (12) semester hours a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better is achieved.
After completion of Research I, the student will choose to pursue a thesis or practical research project and select a faculty research chair. The Program Director will assist the student in designing a curriculum of study leading to the fulfillment of degree requirements. Additionally, the Program Director 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.
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 have admission deferred to the next academic term.
1. 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.
2. The master's degree program must be completed within six (6) years from the time of admission to the graduate program.
3. A minimum of 27 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed in residence at Arkansas Tech University.
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.
The Program Director will assist the student in designing a plan 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.
The completion of 36 semester hours of graduate work is required. Students will decide between Practicum or Thesis Research following completion of EMHS 6993 Research I.
Required Courses (18 hours)
EMHS 6033 Foundation of Leadership
EMHS 6063 Principles of Emergency Management
EMHS 6093 Fundamentals of Homeland Security
EMHS 6103 Research Design and Methods
EMHS 6133 Ethical, Legal, and Political Considerations in Emergency Management and
EMHS 6513 Emerging Technology in EMHS
EMHS Electives (9 hours)
Elective EMHS or non-EMHS graduate courses tailored to each student's interests and career objectives.
Practicum Research Option (9 hours)
EMHS 6933 Research I
EMHS 6423 Profession Practicum, Experience and Project Development
EMHS 6413 Capstone Research
Thesis Research Option (9 hours)
EMHS 6933 Research I
EMHS 6123 Applied Data Analysis
EMHS 6943 Research II
The EMHS Program Director acts as faculty advisor to each student admitted to the EMHS degree program.
Elective Course Options
EMHS 5003 Principles and Practice of Disaster Relief and Recovery
EMHS 5053 Community Management of Hazardous Materials
EMHS 5991, 5992, 5993 Special Problems and Topics
EMHS 6003 Design and Management of Preparedness and Mitigation Systems
EMHS 6023 Risk and Vulnerability Assessment for Business and Industry
EMHS 6043 Contemporary Issues in Emergency Management
EMHS 6053 Advanced Legal Issues in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
EMHS 6073 Introduction to Terrorism
EMHS 6113 Risk Management
EMHS 6143 Grants
EMHS 6193 Introduction to International Emergency Management
EMHS 6203 Risk Communication
EMHS 6243 Intelligence in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
EMHS 6253 Information Security for Public Managers
EMHS 6543 Advanced Digital Technology Applications in Emergency Management
EMHS 6891, 6892, 6893 Independent Study
*Interdisciplinary and Independent Study hours may be used to strengthen any of the above focus areas or to design a degree path to a very specific job description or specialization
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Caroline Hackerott
Dean Hall, 110