Emergency Management Leadership Overview
In times of disaster on any scale, communities seek support, direction and leadership. The field of emergency management is the core of coordination and support for prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts from disaster in communities. This program prepares students in developing the knowledge and skills of practices in the field of emergency management, with unique focus on the human and social factors inherent in all disasters.
Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Emergency Management Leadership Program will develop the ability to understand complex social, emotional, psychological, and political dynamics to effectively serve and lead support processes addressing an impacted community’s needs. This program takes psychology out of the classroom and private practice, and into the community to provide direct, hands-on services to individuals and groups who need professionals with the expertise to provide immediate and long-term support.
The 37 credit program is designed to be completed in two years, when students take two classes per semester. The program will consist of online coursework along with three weekend residential experiences. During the residential experiences, students will convene in Chicago and have an opportunity to participate in field exercises designed to develop their emergency management skills, applying textbook knowledge to simulated emergency situations.
The Adler School is poised to offer this program beginning fall 2013, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.