About EAM

For adrenaline junkies that want to make a difference


Vision Statement

Our students will lead the discipline and field of emergency management and homeland security by bridging theory and practice.

Mission Statement

The Department of Emergency Management at Arkansas Tech University is dedicated to empowering students to become world-changers by equipping them with the education, critical thinking, and experience needed as scholars and practitioners in emergency management and homeland security.


The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Administration and Management (EAM) was established in 1997 when FEMA Director James Lee Witt authorized funding to establish emergency management programs at institutions of higher education. Specifically, authorizing from aboard Air Force One, the establishment of the EAM program at ATU. Arkansas Tech University was only the second institution to offer a bachelor’s degree in this specialized and rapidly growing academic discipline and the first institution to establish an academic Department of Emergency Management. In 2005, the Master of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security was approved by the Coordinating Board of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. 

In 2006, both programs became the first such degree programs to receive accreditation on a national as well as international level from the Foundation for Higher Education Accreditation in Emergency Management (now known as the Council for the Accreditation of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Education). In the 2019 re-accreditation of the programs, which resulted in a ten- year reaccreditation, the assessors stated:

“ATU’s DEM teaching of emergency management has a history of over 20 years and has continually been a leader in the emergency management education field.” 

What can I do with emergency management?

The real question is - what can't you do with a degree in emergency management?! Numerous career opportunities are available to those graduating with emergency management. An applied, practical, and interdisciplinary degree for those that want to change the world.



Select an available degree below to find out more about what students learn in our program. All programs offered on campus, online, or blended.