Emergency Management Doctor of Emergency Management
Community, state, and federal employers are looking for more from emergency management professionals. They want knowledgeable employees who are ready to hit the ground running, whatever the situation, and make the fast, correct decisions that will save lives and maintain public safety and well-being.
When you enroll in Capella’s online Doctor of Emergency Management program, you begin a journey that offers you immediately applicable skills for the workplace—learning that says “I can make a difference.” Your coursework will focus on developing appropriate program evaluation, conducting action research, and understanding and developing policy. In addition, this professional doctorate (ProDoc) emphasizes building leadership, professional communications, and ethical decision-making skills.
In Capella’s Doctor of Emergency Management program, you will learn how to bridge the gap between research and practice in the changing field of emergency management. And you can personalize your learning with a concentration that lets you focus on an area that fits your career goals.
Learning Online, Not Learning Alone
From early in Capella’s Doctor of Emergency Management program, you will engage with supportive, professionally experienced faculty and coaches to build immediately applicable skills that you can use on the job.
You will build up your knowledge through engagement with interactive, immersive simulations using real-world scenarios, facing complex problems safely and learning how to achieve the best outcomes. As you apply theory and critical thinking to making decisions, you will network with others and develop connections that will benefit you in your professional role.
Our expert faculty have extensive experience in emergency management. All hold doctoral degrees, and many are also Certified Emergency Managers, providing you with real-world, balanced perspectives on the use of theory and practice. In addition, they enjoy affiliation with organizations such as FEMA, IAEM, various state agencies, private consulting firms, the U.S. armed forces, and others.
The Building Blocks of Your Doctorate
Your doctoral degree program in emergency management includes three integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called “residencies”), and a capstone experience. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a professional doctorate.
Personalize Your Degree With a Concentration
Concentrations are designed to integrate theory with real-world application for personalized learning at no additional program cost or time commitment.
- CIKR Concentration—Address the hazards that threaten the well-being of society with the Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) Concentration.
- Higher Education Concentration—Apply teaching theories to meet the needs of diverse adult learners within today’s higher education settings.
With your doctoral degree in Emergency Management from Capella, you will learn to lead and manage integrated multijurisdictional disaster management organizations and agencies. You will also develop and communicate information critical to multijurisdictional emergency management stakeholders, and implement multijurisdictional support to address diversity issues to improve emergency management preparedness.
Common jobs with an online doctoral degree in Emergency Management include adjunct, full- or part-time faculty, crisis management consultant, crisis management training director, disaster response consultant, emergency management director, emergency management planner, emergency operations center director, policy writer, mitigation planner/specialist, disaster and emergency service director, homeland security coordinator/manager, logistics coordinator, preparedness and incident management director, and risk management consultant.
Potential workplaces include: emergency communications agency, emergency medical service, federal government agency, federal or state emergency management agency, land-based or online college or university, private security firm, law enforcement organization, or state government agency.