This page offers a variety of resources for current students, including:
Making the Most of Your Time in Graduate School
The Department of Emergency Management views the period of graduate study as presenting students with unique opportunities for learning and professional development. The Department expects incoming graduate students to immerse themselves in graduate study and participate in a variety of activities including the following
Body of Knowledge – The Department of Emergency Management expects students to take advantage of the opportunity to explore the emergency management body of knowledge both within and outside of the context of the students courses. There exists a broad and rich body of knowledge related to how human beings create, interact, and cope with hazards, vulnerability, and associated events; and, how human beings cope with hazard events through activities related to preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. This body of knowledge is represented in countless books, monographs, and journal articles. Students are strongly encouraged to independently explore this body of knowledge.
Colloquiums – The Department of Emergency Management hosts a departmental colloquium once a month during the academic year. Our colloquiums are informal settings for faculty and graduate students in emergency management to present their research. The colloquiums represent a unique opportunity for graduate students to present their work to colleagues and faculty at various stages and receive feedback critical to the development of their research. Specifically, it is hoped that graduate students utilize the colloquiums to develop their thesis or dissertation work and conference presentations.
Conferences – The Department of Emergency Management expects graduate students to actively seek opportunities to attend both academic and professional conferences related to emergency management. Students are encouraged, where possible, to do a poster or paper presentation at the conferences they attend. Key conferences the Department would highlight include the FEMA Higher Education Conference, the International Association of Emergency Managers Annual Conference and Expo, the Natural Hazards Center Conference, and the National Association of Emergency Management Conference.
Research Opportunities – The Department of Emergency Management strongly encourages students to seek opportunities to participate in ongoing Departmental faculty research and/or to seek opportunities to conduct their own research. This research could be in conjunction with or, in addition to, the student’s thesis or dissertation.
Publications – The Department of Emergency Management strongly encourages students to develop articles for publication in emergency management journals. Publication is of particular importance for the professional development and marketability of doctoral students. Students can make valuable contributions to the emergency management body of knowledge by exploring emergency management theory (e.g., articulating theory, exploring methods and methodological issues in the development of theory, analyzing theoretical constructs from disciplines outside emergency management and their application to emergency management, etcetera), developing literature reviews that synthesize and integrate the disaster literature from various disciplines, and reporting the findings of original research.
Graduate Student Handbook
The Department of Emergency Management's Graduate Handbook contains important policy related to graduate study in our Department specifically and at NDSU in general. It is a key document; and, students are expected to review it upon their arrival and consult it throughout the time they seek their degree.
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Emergency Management Course Schedule Fall 2014-Spring 2018
Description of Courses Offered
Emergency Management Research Resources
Accessing the Library’s Journals
Funding for Research
Graduate Student Theses and Dissertations
Current students can review the list of Theses and Dissertations completed by students in Emergency Management to see examples of topics studied by students in the program; and, where complete copies of a thesis or dissertation are provided, students can learn about potential methodological approaches to emergency management research, examples of how to approach writing an introduction and literature review to a thesis or dissertation, and much more.
Graduate School Resources
The Graduate School at NDSU has many resources for current students.
The Graduate School Student Forms page contains a number of forms that current students will need during their time studying emergency management including the forms for Plans of Study (should be filed within first year of study in a graduate program), the Request to Schedule Examination (form must be filed two weeks prior to a thesis or dissertation proposal and defense), and the Application for Graduate Degree (form should be filed the semester when coursework completed).
The Graduate School Dissertation, Theses, and Papers page contains important information regarding the completion of dissertations, theses, and papers including the Guidelines for Theses, Dissertations, and Papers, Disquisition Completion Package, and Master's and Doctoral Examination Packets, among others.
The Graduate School Funding Opportunities page contains links to information about a number of funding opportunities for current students including funding sources for thesis and dissertation research.
View section that provides information about what former graduate students in emergency management are up to now. Our former graduate students have provided information on their current employment, what they found beneficial about the NDSU emergency management program, and advice for students currently in the program. This information can be used to inform your personal career goals and choices, how you tailor your Plan of Study at NDSU, and the kinds of extracurricular activities you might want to pursue to augment your professional development.