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UNH Offers Online Master’s Degree in Emergency Management

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3/13/2014 9:00 PM

March 13, 2014

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WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- The University of New Haven is now offering an online master’s degree in emergency management through its Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.

The new program, designed specifically for working professionals, provides students with the convenience of studying online while ensuring the same quality and in-depth coursework of the onsite emergency management master’s degree program offered by UNH.

Both the online and classroom degrees in emergency management focus on disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.  Both offer courses on the social effects of different disaster types, the role of the emergency manager in disasters, and disaster preparedness in the public and private sectors. 

“We know there is a real need for trained, skilled professionals in the area of disaster or emergency management,” said Marsha Ham, associate vice president and dean of the College of Lifelong & eLearning. “This need will continue into the future, and this degree prepares those professionals for the challenges that lie ahead in this important field.”

As with the traditional program, the online program is based on Federal Emergency Management Agency recommendations and supports the professionalization of the emergency management field by providing solid academic education along with theory and research-based training for professionals entering the field or advancing their careers. The degree consists of 36 credits of coursework, which can be completed in as little as two years without ever coming to campus.

The goal of the program is to serve as a focal point of training, education, service, and research in disasters such as floods, tornadoes, blizzards and terrorism.

“This program exposes the student to cutting edge material provided by experienced emergency management professionals,” said Wayne Sandford, professor and emergency management program coordinator. “The field is growing, and there is a real demand for trained professionals.”

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The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and a graduate business campus in Orange, Conn. and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide, and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.