‘I found my purpose and the perfect degree for my career goals’


NDSU is home to one of the top emergency management programs in the nation. Graduates from the program are equipped with skills to prepare for and respond to disasters and crisis events.

Students in the emergency management major share a common goal of saving the world, despite diverse career aspirations which range from working in the local, state, national or international levels. Zeina Abouelazm came to NDSU looking for a way to serve underdeveloped and disaster impacted communities and found her place in the emergency management department. 

“I came into college not exactly sure of what I wanted to major in but knew that I had a passion for helping people, planning and outreach. It was not until I was introduced to the emergency management major that I truly felt like I found my purpose and the perfect degree for my career goals” said Abouelazm, an international student and a senior from Cairo, Egypt. 

The curriculum is designed to challenge students and fully prepare them for the industry. The Department of Emergency Management provides professional development, volunteering and internship opportunities. Students also get to work on projects that impact real-world organizations to gain practical experience. 

“NDSU’s Department of Emergency Management’s internationally recognized faculty members, supportive community and the department’s focus on constantly supplying students with real-life applications and experiences has truly shaped me into the person, student and professional I am today in a way that I am forever grateful for.” Abouelazm said.

With a degree in emergency management, students can work in all levels of government, nongovernmental agencies or in the private sector. A variety of minors also are available to supplement the major and increase employability.