Emergency Management, BMS

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree with a Concentration in Emergency Management

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 120
    Credits
  • $259.00
    In-State
  • $411.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMS) degree with an area of concentration in Emergency Management is interdisciplinary with coursework focusing on emergency services and management. 

Students of the BMS (Emergency Management) program gain: 

  • A thorough understanding of inter-agency cooperation, coordination, communication, policies and procedures, labor relations and fiscal matters
  • Preparation for employment in the areas of public, nonprofit and private sectors
  • A customized professional education that encompasses the broad array of knowledge necessary to conduct emergency services and administration

The program was developed by an interdisciplinary group of faculty from a variety of departments at programs from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, as well as community and public safety leaders. 

Students are able to customize their degree by choosing two specialized concentrations based on their area of interest. Options include: 

  • Aviation Administration (on-campus only)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Fire Service Management
  • Gerontology
  • Geospatial Science (on-campus only)
  • Information Technology and Communication
  • Intelligence and Security 
  • Logistics Management
  • Natural Disasters (on-campus only)
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Planning and Preparing for Urban Hazards (on-campus only)
  • Private Sector Management (on-campus only)
  • Public Administration and Management
  • Public Health (on-campus only)
  • Tribal Management and Emergency Services 
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (on-campus only)

Career Outlook: Emergency management is the profession of individuals who focus on helping communities prior to, during and following natural and man-made disasters to minimize risk and vulnerability. Emergency Managers focus on preparedness, planning and mitigation efforts along with response and recovery to save lives.

Industries may include: 

  • Federal government
  • Nonprofit
  • Private Sector
  • Education
  • State government
  • U.S. Military

Career paths may include: 

  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Homeland Security Officer
  • Hospital Emergency Preparedness Specialist
  • Emergency Dispatcher
  • Emergency Transfer Coordinator or Specialist
  • Program Coordinator

More about the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree (BMS): Nationally ranked as one of the top bachelor's programs in the United States, the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree (BMS) is a flexible, individualized degree program. The adaptable nature of the program provides students with the opportunity to design a personalized degree tailored to meet individual career goals, satisfy personal aspirations or prepare for graduate studies. 

The BMS program obtained this national ranking from U.S. News and World Report as one of the best bachelor's degree programs in the country. In determining these rankings, U.S. News assesses programs on four general categories: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation. Detailed results are available on the U.S. News website.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the online application for admissions.
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EMGT 4990Capstone Project in Emergency Management3
This course fulfills the Emergency Management Capstone senior project demonstrating expertise on a specific issue area and/or problem in emergency management. The student will be required to construct and execute a research project analyzing a contemporary operational, economic, or managerial issue within emergency management utilizing an appropriate research or analytical methodology. Both a written report and PowerPoint presentation will be presented as part of the course requirements.
EMGT 3040Preparedness Planning and Risk Mitigation3
Provision of emergency and management of emergency services is dependent on extensive planning and preparedness. This process aids in the reduction of loss of property and life in extreme circumstances, even when confronted with a variety of environmental and politically motivated risks. An open society, which becomes ever more highly technological, demonstrates new sources of stress, complicated threats, and complex inter-relationships. Together, these factors present a significant challenge to those tasked with preventing and managing emergencies and disasters. This course provides a theoretical framework for the understanding of the ethical, sociological, organizational, political, and legal components of community risk analysis and mitigation and a methodology for the development of comprehensive community risk preparedness planning.
EMGT 4060Disaster Response and Recovery3
This course examines concepts and principles of: 1) community risk assessment, 2) disaster recovery planning, 3) responses specific to fires and natural and man-made disasters, 3) National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System (NIMS ICS), 4) mutual aid and automatic response, 5) training and preparedness, 6) communications, 7) civil disturbances, 8) terrorist threats/incidents, 9) hazardous materials planning, 10) mass casualty incidents, 11) earthquake preparedness and 12) disaster mitigation and recovery.
EMGT 2020Emergency Management Strategies and Communication3
This course covers tactical issues, current communication methods, and critical information channels utilized during actual disaster and emergency management field operations. Topics include inter-agency linkages, command and control tactics, National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System, (NIMS-ICS) and other crucial management requirements for successful disaster planning, mitigation and recovery operations.
EMGT 3080Intra and Non-Governmental Organizations and Cooperation3
Federal, state and local agency cooperation and interoperability in the provision of emergency management will be studied in this course. Federal, state and local government authority and roles will be explored in concert with collaborative management programs. The origins of collaborative partnerships will be presented along with introduction of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, development of volunteer networks and formation of partnerships with the Citizen Corps, Community emergency Response Teams, the Medical Reserve Corps and Mercy Medical Airlift and other groups that have the potential to contribute to the emergency management and response effort.
EMGT 2050Political and Legal Foundations in Emergency Services3
The provision of Emergency Services in contemporary society occurs within an environment of legal requirements and community resource allocation that often requires difficult administrative and political decisions. Successful professionals who control, manage and operate these services must understand and adhere to the demand and intent of the law. Also, they must master the practical art of politics related to the various community constituents and shareholders who fund and support them, staff them, and utilize them. This course examines the legal aspects and social consequences of emergency management provision. Environmental issues and Occupational Health and Safety policy and programs affecting emergency services are also examined.
PA 3000Applied Statistics and Data Management in the Public Sector3
A course in the basic statistics of public sector research and public administration decision-making. The emphasis is on exploration of data processing techniques as they relate to statistical analysis and on understanding the proper application of statistics. Prereq: Math1310
PA 2170Introduction to Public Administration3
A study of governmental administration and its involvement in the social and economic problems of American democracy. It includes but is not limited to the organizational, financial, personnel and planning problems and administrative relations with legislatures, political parties, chief executives and the courts.
EMGT 1000Introduction to Emergency Management3
This course is an introduction to the National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and their influence on modern community Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The course conceptually introduces the four phases of Emergency Management: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.
EMGT 4200Internship in Emergency Management3
This course is designed to provide direct work experience in the emergency management field for selected students. This experience will be in a full-time or part-time, preferably paid position, in a highly structured environment. Students will be selected following formal job placement procedures and screening by Emergency Management Faculty and the participating organization. This course is intended for upper level, Emergency Management majors who have been selected following an application and interview process approved by both the School of Public Administration and the intern provider.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EMGT 4990Capstone Project in Emergency Management3
This course fulfills the Emergency Management Capstone senior project demonstrating expertise on a specific issue area and/or problem in emergency management. The student will be required to construct and execute a research project analyzing a contemporary operational, economic, or managerial issue within emergency management utilizing an appropriate research or analytical methodology. Both a written report and PowerPoint presentation will be presented as part of the course requirements.
EMGT 3040Preparedness Planning and Risk Mitigation3
Provision of emergency and management of emergency services is dependent on extensive planning and preparedness. This process aids in the reduction of loss of property and life in extreme circumstances, even when confronted with a variety of environmental and politically motivated risks. An open society, which becomes ever more highly technological, demonstrates new sources of stress, complicated threats, and complex inter-relationships. Together, these factors present a significant challenge to those tasked with preventing and managing emergencies and disasters. This course provides a theoretical framework for the understanding of the ethical, sociological, organizational, political, and legal components of community risk analysis and mitigation and a methodology for the development of comprehensive community risk preparedness planning.
EMGT 4060Disaster Response and Recovery3
This course examines concepts and principles of: 1) community risk assessment, 2) disaster recovery planning, 3) responses specific to fires and natural and man-made disasters, 3) National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System (NIMS ICS), 4) mutual aid and automatic response, 5) training and preparedness, 6) communications, 7) civil disturbances, 8) terrorist threats/incidents, 9) hazardous materials planning, 10) mass casualty incidents, 11) earthquake preparedness and 12) disaster mitigation and recovery.
EMGT 2020Emergency Management Strategies and Communication3
This course covers tactical issues, current communication methods, and critical information channels utilized during actual disaster and emergency management field operations. Topics include inter-agency linkages, command and control tactics, National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System, (NIMS-ICS) and other crucial management requirements for successful disaster planning, mitigation and recovery operations.
EMGT 3080Intra and Non-Governmental Organizations and Cooperation3
Federal, state and local agency cooperation and interoperability in the provision of emergency management will be studied in this course. Federal, state and local government authority and roles will be explored in concert with collaborative management programs. The origins of collaborative partnerships will be presented along with introduction of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, development of volunteer networks and formation of partnerships with the Citizen Corps, Community emergency Response Teams, the Medical Reserve Corps and Mercy Medical Airlift and other groups that have the potential to contribute to the emergency management and response effort.
EMGT 2050Political and Legal Foundations in Emergency Services3
The provision of Emergency Services in contemporary society occurs within an environment of legal requirements and community resource allocation that often requires difficult administrative and political decisions. Successful professionals who control, manage and operate these services must understand and adhere to the demand and intent of the law. Also, they must master the practical art of politics related to the various community constituents and shareholders who fund and support them, staff them, and utilize them. This course examines the legal aspects and social consequences of emergency management provision. Environmental issues and Occupational Health and Safety policy and programs affecting emergency services are also examined.
PA 3000Applied Statistics and Data Management in the Public Sector3
A course in the basic statistics of public sector research and public administration decision-making. The emphasis is on exploration of data processing techniques as they relate to statistical analysis and on understanding the proper application of statistics. Prereq: Math1310
PA 2170Introduction to Public Administration3
A study of governmental administration and its involvement in the social and economic problems of American democracy. It includes but is not limited to the organizational, financial, personnel and planning problems and administrative relations with legislatures, political parties, chief executives and the courts.
EMGT 1000Introduction to Emergency Management3
This course is an introduction to the National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and their influence on modern community Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The course conceptually introduces the four phases of Emergency Management: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.
EMGT 4200Internship in Emergency Management3
This course is designed to provide direct work experience in the emergency management field for selected students. This experience will be in a full-time or part-time, preferably paid position, in a highly structured environment. Students will be selected following formal job placement procedures and screening by Emergency Management Faculty and the participating organization. This course is intended for upper level, Emergency Management majors who have been selected following an application and interview process approved by both the School of Public Administration and the intern provider.

Other Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EMGT 4990Capstone Project in Emergency Management3
This course fulfills the Emergency Management Capstone senior project demonstrating expertise on a specific issue area and/or problem in emergency management. The student will be required to construct and execute a research project analyzing a contemporary operational, economic, or managerial issue within emergency management utilizing an appropriate research or analytical methodology. Both a written report and PowerPoint presentation will be presented as part of the course requirements.
EMGT 3040Preparedness Planning and Risk Mitigation3
Provision of emergency and management of emergency services is dependent on extensive planning and preparedness. This process aids in the reduction of loss of property and life in extreme circumstances, even when confronted with a variety of environmental and politically motivated risks. An open society, which becomes ever more highly technological, demonstrates new sources of stress, complicated threats, and complex inter-relationships. Together, these factors present a significant challenge to those tasked with preventing and managing emergencies and disasters. This course provides a theoretical framework for the understanding of the ethical, sociological, organizational, political, and legal components of community risk analysis and mitigation and a methodology for the development of comprehensive community risk preparedness planning.
EMGT 4060Disaster Response and Recovery3
This course examines concepts and principles of: 1) community risk assessment, 2) disaster recovery planning, 3) responses specific to fires and natural and man-made disasters, 3) National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System (NIMS ICS), 4) mutual aid and automatic response, 5) training and preparedness, 6) communications, 7) civil disturbances, 8) terrorist threats/incidents, 9) hazardous materials planning, 10) mass casualty incidents, 11) earthquake preparedness and 12) disaster mitigation and recovery.
EMGT 2020Emergency Management Strategies and Communication3
This course covers tactical issues, current communication methods, and critical information channels utilized during actual disaster and emergency management field operations. Topics include inter-agency linkages, command and control tactics, National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System, (NIMS-ICS) and other crucial management requirements for successful disaster planning, mitigation and recovery operations.
EMGT 3080Intra and Non-Governmental Organizations and Cooperation3
Federal, state and local agency cooperation and interoperability in the provision of emergency management will be studied in this course. Federal, state and local government authority and roles will be explored in concert with collaborative management programs. The origins of collaborative partnerships will be presented along with introduction of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, development of volunteer networks and formation of partnerships with the Citizen Corps, Community emergency Response Teams, the Medical Reserve Corps and Mercy Medical Airlift and other groups that have the potential to contribute to the emergency management and response effort.
EMGT 2050Political and Legal Foundations in Emergency Services3
The provision of Emergency Services in contemporary society occurs within an environment of legal requirements and community resource allocation that often requires difficult administrative and political decisions. Successful professionals who control, manage and operate these services must understand and adhere to the demand and intent of the law. Also, they must master the practical art of politics related to the various community constituents and shareholders who fund and support them, staff them, and utilize them. This course examines the legal aspects and social consequences of emergency management provision. Environmental issues and Occupational Health and Safety policy and programs affecting emergency services are also examined.
PA 3000Applied Statistics and Data Management in the Public Sector3
A course in the basic statistics of public sector research and public administration decision-making. The emphasis is on exploration of data processing techniques as they relate to statistical analysis and on understanding the proper application of statistics. Prereq: Math1310
PA 2170Introduction to Public Administration3
A study of governmental administration and its involvement in the social and economic problems of American democracy. It includes but is not limited to the organizational, financial, personnel and planning problems and administrative relations with legislatures, political parties, chief executives and the courts.
EMGT 1000Introduction to Emergency Management3
This course is an introduction to the National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and their influence on modern community Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The course conceptually introduces the four phases of Emergency Management: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.
EMGT 4200Internship in Emergency Management3
This course is designed to provide direct work experience in the emergency management field for selected students. This experience will be in a full-time or part-time, preferably paid position, in a highly structured environment. Students will be selected following formal job placement procedures and screening by Emergency Management Faculty and the participating organization. This course is intended for upper level, Emergency Management majors who have been selected following an application and interview process approved by both the School of Public Administration and the intern provider.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$259.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$311.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$777.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$933.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$411.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$463.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1233.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1389.75
About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterAug 01
  • Spring SemesterDec 01
  • Summer Session Jul 01
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