A goal of FEMA is to encourage and support the dissemination of hazard, disaster, and emergency management-related information in colleges and universities across the U.S. We believe that in the future more and more emergency managers in government as well as in business and industry will come to the job with college education that includes a degree in emergency management. We also believe that in order to build disaster resistant and resilient communities a broad range of college students and professionals need courses that introduce them to hazards, risk, vulnerability, disasters, and what to do about them.
In support of this effort, the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland, in 1994 developed the Emergency Management Higher Education Program with the aim of promoting college-based emergency management education for future emergency managers and other interested personnel.
The primary goal of the FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Program is to work with colleges and universities, emergency management professionals, and stakeholder organizations to help create an emergency management system of sustained, replicable capability and disaster loss reduction through formal education, experiential learning, practice, and experience centered on mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from the full range of natural, technological and intentional hazards which confront communities, States and the Nation.
For a listing of colleges and universities offering emergency management courses, certificates or degree programs, go to The College List. The description of the school's programs and points of contact information is found in the "College List" link.
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You will receive Activity Reports and other pertinent information concerning professional development. You also have the option of signing up for additional e-mail updates from FEMA and EMI. Visit the subscriber settings page to sign up for additional e-mail notices. Once there, you can also receive e-mail updates targeted to your geographic area by clicking on “subscriber preferences” and inserting your state and ZIP Code where requested.
The links above will guide you through various aspects of the Higher Education Program. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara L. Johnson at Barbara.Johnson3@fema.dhs.gov.
Please note: Some of the websites linked from the Higher Ed courses, documents, presentations are not Federal government websites and may not necessarily operate under the same laws, regulations and policies as Federal websites.