Requirements for a Doctoral Degree in Emergency Management
Theory and Methods (complete all, 15 credits)[i]
EMGT 720: Emergency Management Theory
SOC 700: Qualitative Methods
SOC 701: Quantitative Methods OR COMM 707: Quantitative Methods
EMGT 730: Advanced Research Methods
STAT 725: Applied Statistics
Emergency Management Functional Areas (complete all, 12 credits)[ii]
EMGT 761: Preparedness Theory and Practice
EMGT 762: Mitigation Theory and Practice
EMGT 763: Response Theory and Practice
EMGT 764: Recovery Theory and Practice
Functional Area Specialization (complete two courses, 6 credits)[iii].
EMGT 861: Preparedness Theory and Practice II
EMGT 862: Mitigation Theory and Practice II
EMGT 863: Response Theory and Practice II
EMGT 864: Recovery Theory and Practice II
Emergency Management Elective Courses (complete seven courses, 21 credits).
EMGT 620: Hazard, Risk, and Vulnerability Assessment
EMGT 610: Comprehensive Emergency Management Planning
EMGT 614: Spatial Analysis in Emergency Management
EMGT 625: International Emergency Management
EMGT 635: Issues in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
EMGT 645: Vulnerability and Functional Needs in Emergency Management
EMGT 681: Disaster Analysis
EMGT 661: Business Continuity & Crisis Management
EMGT 663: Voluntary Agency Disaster Services
EMGT 664: Disaster and Culture
EMGT 696: Special Topics
Other electives (complete four courses, 12 credits)[iv].
Practicums (complete total of three courses, 9 credits)[v].
EMGT 894: Emergency Management Research Practicum
EMGT 895: Emergency Management Applied Practicum
Dissertation (15 credits)
EMGT 899: Dissertation
TOTAL = 90 credits
[i] Students will complete 3 comprehensive exams as part of the doctoral degree program. One exam will be to assess student knowledge of emergency management theory; one exam will be to assess student knowledge of methodology; and, one exam will be to assess student knowledge in their areas of specialization.
[ii] Note: Courses taken at the undergraduate level (400) cannot be retaken at the graduate level (600).
[iii] Doctoral students must pick two of the four functional areas of emergency management in which to specialize. Each student will take a one semester 800-level course in the areas of their choice with the faculty member that teaches the 700-level course. The purpose of these courses is to provide students the opportunity to deepen and broaden their knowledge of the scholarly literature related to these functional areas. These two courses must follow the completion of the 700-level course in the chosen areas and the two 800-level courses may NOT be taken in the same semester.
[iv] Courses in this section of electives are for transfer credits, prior thesis, comprehensive study, or technical papers completed as part of a master’s degree program or additional electives of the students choice such as didactic courses, seminars, independent study, and/or field research. Students may also take an additional 6 credits from Emergency Management Electives above.
[v] All doctoral students must take a minimum of 3 credits of research practicum. The research practicum can be fulfilled by participating in a member of the faculty’s research or by the student conducting his/her own research under the supervision of a faculty member. For every 3 credits of research practicum a student takes the student must submit a manuscript to a scholarly, peer-reviewed emergency management journal by the time they defend their dissertation. Students also must take 3-6 credits of an applied, field-based emergency management practicum; however, students with ample field experience in emergency management may complete additional research practicum credits to fulfill the 9 required practicum credits. The student and his/her advisor will determine how the credits will be fulfilled in this category.