MS in Emergency Management


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Program Description

The Emergency Management program at North Dakota State University is built on a core of emergency management and methods/theory courses to help students approach the study of disasters and emergency management from the emergency management disciplinary perspective. Additionally, the program draws from other disciplines that enhance the development of processes and techniques to deal with emergencies and disasters.


The master's and doctoral degree programs in emergency management at NDSU are campus-based. Potential students are encouraged to visit the campus and meet faculty and current graduate students.

Emergency Management Master's Degree Programs

The Master's degree program is intended to explore the academic research literature related to emergency management as well as provide students with opportunities to apply their knowledge through research and/or practicum. The program emphasizes the study of how human beings cope with hazard events through activities related to preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.


The thesis track—is a research-focused degree track that entails a combination of emergency management coursework and research methods. This option is ideal for graduate students who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in Emergency Management or a related discipline and for those students who want to complete a traditional master’s degree. 

The comprehensive study option—is a more practice-based track with coursework in emergency management and a significant practicum requirement. New: This option can be completed remotely synchronously from anywhere or face-to-face on campus in Fargo

Admissions Process

The two-stage admissions process for graduate studies in the Department of Emergency Management is as follows:

Stage one

  • Applicants must complete the Graduate School's online application form and submit the required materials. 
  • Applicants must submit official university transcripts to the Graduate School.
  • Applicants must submit three letters of reference through the Online Application. Academic references are preferred.
  • All applicants who have not completed a master's degree in the United States must submit GRE scores. If an applicant has completed a master's degree in the United States, then GRE scores are not required but still strongly recommended. 
  • Applicants must submit electronic copies of two writing samples through the Online Application. The samples may be a publication, material from prior course work, or specifically written for this application. The samples do not have to focus on emergency management or disasters. The samples must be written in English, ideally be eight or more pages in length, and must employ formal citations. 

Stage two

  • Applicants invited to participate in the second stage of the admissions process will take part in a conference call interview with two or more of the program faculty.

Financial Assistance

Both teaching and research assistantships are available, contingent on departmental and faculty research funds. All students are automatically considered for graduate assistantships, unless they request otherwise. 

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

NDSU is a student-focused, land-grant, research university with a graduate student population of about 2,000 across 75+ programs. Our students work with world-class faculty on innovative, and often in ... Read More

NDSU is a student-focused, land-grant, research university with a graduate student population of about 2,000 across 75+ programs. Our students work with world-class faculty on innovative, and often interdisciplinary, research. Additionally, our students have access to professional development opportunities, and events such as Three Minute Thesis. Our low tuition costs make NDSU a bargain, and our career outcomes are excellent. We are located in Fargo, ND – a Midwestern “hidden gem,” and a welcoming and vibrant community of about 230,000 with a unique rural-urban feel. We have a bustling entrepreneurial atmosphere; rich culture; great local fare, arts, and entertainment; and family friendly environment. Read less