Chilton Hall, Room 122
1155 Union Circle #310637
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Web site: emds.hps.unt.edu
Gary R. Webb, Chair
The Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science educates students in the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of emergency management. Primary emphasis is placed upon the human dimensions of hazards and disasters and enhancing community and societal resilience to a wide range of threats.
The department is home to the emergency administration and planning (EADP) program, which was established in 1983 as the nation’s first bachelor’s degree program in emergency management. At the graduate level, the Master of Science degree with a major in emergency management and disaster science provides students an in-depth knowledge of the diverse theoretical perspectives and empirical research traditions that underlie and inform the practice of emergency management. It provides a solid academic and practical foundation for those seeking to begin or advance their careers in emergency management or pursue doctoral studies in a hazard- or disaster-related discipline.
In addition to taking required courses in emergency management theory, methods and statistics, students may select from a range of electives covering such topics as challenges of disaster response, disaster preparedness and management, community recovery and reslience, international disasters, and others.
The department’s faculty come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds and bring a breadth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. They have written books on emergency management topics and have been published in many of the top scholarly journals on hazards, disasters and emergency management. Importantly, faculty have received significant external funding for their research from numerous sources, including the National Science Foundation, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and others. Current research topics include community disaster preparedness, evacuation and return entry decision making, donations management, post-disaster home buyout programs, long-term community recovery, and others.
All general admission requirements to the Toulouse Graduate School, as outlined elsewhere in this bulletin, must be fulfilled. Application must first be made to the Toulouse Graduate School through the office of the graduate dean. Once the student is admitted to the graduate school, the application will be reviewed by the department for admission to the Master of Science with a major in emergency management and disaster science program. Applications are reviewed for admission in the fall or spring semesters. Applications are not reviewed for summer admission.
The Master of Science with a major in Emergency Management and Disaster Science program conducts a holistic review of the application packet, including each applicant’s undergraduate GPA in the major, a personal statement not exceeding 500 words, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample of 1,000 words or less, and, as an option, GRE scores, including verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing.
CoursesEmergency Management and Disaster Science