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Emergency Management

The emergency management major provides a diversity of courses designed to give students the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to help save lives and property from the impact of emergencies, disasters and catastrophes.

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The Program

Emergency management is both a profession and a field of study addressing the four stages of disaster management: preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. The field covers natural and technological disasters, as well as issues of homeland security. The mission of the major is to create a group of graduates with extensive theoretical and applied knowledge in emergency management.

Faculty and Facilities

The Department of Emergency Management at North Dakota State University has five faculty members specializing in emergency management. The faculty provides expertise in specialties including, but not limited to, response operations, building disaster resistant and resilient communities, social vulnerability to disasters, mitigation, preparedness, business continuity and spatial analysis.


The Center for Disaster Studies and Emergency Management is located in the Department of Emergency Management. This center provides space for research staff, presentations, hardware and software applications and research seminars.


Students are encouraged to plan a curriculum that gives them a broad general education. Emergency management is an interdisciplinary field drawing on the social, behavioral, natural and applied sciences. Our program also prepares students to pursue their interests in emergency management and related fields at the graduate and professional level. We also offer graduate work leading to a master’s or doctorate in emergency management.

Career Opportunities

Numerous public and private sector career opportunities are available to those graduating with an emergency management major. Positions are available at all levels of government. A wide variety of local, national and international volunteer organizations routinely hire people with an emergency management education. In addition, there is increasing emphasis on hiring emergency managers in the private business sector. In light of the continuing need to manage natural and technological disasters and current homeland security issues, there will be an increasing need for highly educated emergency managers.

Internship Program

Students in emergency management are required to complete an internship. Students typically complete internships during their junior or senior year. Internship opportunities exist in many agencies throughout the region and nation and can be done anytime during the calendar year. Students who complete internships are able to combine the theoretical and applied aspects of professional preparation. Internships are an important element of successful job placement. Students can work in a variety of settings, including state and local government, human service and volunteer agencies, community development organizations, business and industry.

Sample Curriculum

General Education RequirementsCredits
First Year Experience
  UNIV 189 - Skills for Academic Success1
  COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
  ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II 3, 3
  English Upper Division Writing3
Quantitative Reasoning
  STAT 330 - Introductory Statistics 3
Science & Technology10
Humanities & Fine Arts6
Social and Behavioral Sciences
  SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology3
  Social & Behavioral Science Elective3
Cultural Diversity-
Global Perspective-
College/Department Requirements Credits
Humanities Elective(s) 3
Social Science Elective(s) 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Total 9
Major Requirements Credits
EMGT 101 - Emergency, Disasters and Catastrophes 3
EMGT 261 - Disaster Preparedness 3
EMGT 262 - Disaster Mitigation 3
EMGT 263 - Disaster Response 3
EMGT 264 - Disaster Recovery 3
EMGT 291 - Seminar 1
EMGT 414 - Spatial Analysis in Emergency Management 3
EMGT 430 - Socio-Behavioral Foundations of
   Emergency Management (Capstone)

EMGT 496 - Field Experience 3
SOC 340, 341 - Social Research Methods and Lab 3, 1
Major Electives 12
Electives 29

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic adviser or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Minard Hall
Room 428

Minard Hall is located on the south end of campus on Albrecht Boulevard (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Emergency Management
North Dakota State University
Minard Hall 428
Dept #2351, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8925 or (701) 231-5595

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802



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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 05, 2015 4:15:16 PM