Program Details

Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 38
Online: 8 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $575 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Accelerate Your Learning with a Masters in Disaster Preparedness

Help others increase emergency awareness, safety and readiness with the Colangelo College of Business' Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership. This masters in disaster preparedness program affords graduates with the skills to develop professionally and gain self-confidence in their leadership style. Courses offered online and in evening cohorts offer a prime opportunity for graduates of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program (NFA-EEOP) to complete an advanced degree.

In this emergency management degree program, you explore planning and management during crisis situations, in addition to the issues involved in large-scale crises. Coursework in this program reviews prevalent issues such as modern terrorism and terrorist behavior, as well as environmental issues. Enrich knowledge directly related to governance, and ensure others have the proper guidance to prevent or successfully maneuver tragic events.

Degree Outcomes

Increase Skill in Emergency Services and Business Practices

In the disaster management degree program, you learn to integrate a conceptual foundation into an executive role. Through a rigorous curriculum emphasizing the immediate application of ethical and practical leadership skills, you develop the competency to manage your team in times of crisis.

What You Will Learn

Study Curriculum Built for Career Success

The masters in emergency management program covers a wide range of topics and learning objectives to help you gain the following competencies:

  • Business leadership models and theories, examined through a broad variety of insights and viewpoints
  • Strategies and models to heighten skills in critical thinking, leadership, effective communication and global awareness
  • Behavioral forces and relationships that influence organizational effectiveness and change
  • Effective leadership in each of the major organizational functions (marketing, finance, human resource management, information systems and operations management)
  • Federal, state and local legislation related to emergency management in various types of disaster

Career Outcomes

Explore Career Options in Disaster Preparedness

For those who are looking to pursue a leadership role in emergency management, the Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership offers the solution. As a graduate of this program, you can pursue a career as a terrorism or disaster preparedness leader within police departments, fire departments, emergency services, schools, community-serving organizations and cyber security organizations.

Program Domains

Course List

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38 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
38 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Business. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the College of Business, key concepts of leadership, and an overview of how the science of organizational behavior contributes to effective leaders and managers.

Course Description

This course explores the nature of business leadership models and theories, examines these models through a broad variety of insights and viewpoints, and provides a description and analysis of these approaches to leadership, giving special attention to how the models can improve leadership in real-world organizations.

Course Description

This course focuses on sources and types of power and specific tactics for becoming an empowering leader. Issues include organizational politics, influence tactics, and succession planning. Students learn how transactional leaders can become transformational leaders.

Course Description

This course is an exploration of the behavioral forces and relationships that influence organizational effectiveness and change. Topics include the study of intervention strategy and application skills.

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare leaders for the cross-functional complexities inherent in organizational life. Students develop an advanced skill set enabling effective leadership in each of the major organizational functions (marketing, finance, human resource management, information systems, and operations management). The course explores methods of evaluating alternatives to make effective decisions.

Course Description

This course is designed to teach students the planning and management processes and the issues involved in large-scale emergencies. The nature of natural and technological risk and emergency are explored via case studies. Public sector roles in contingency planning and response are also discussed and assessed.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the strategic, political, economic, and human issues encountered in the management of disasters or major traumatic public events. This knowledge gives the emergency manager a realistic view of the issues to expect in a disaster, how to plan accordingly, and how to manage resources and people more effectively in emergency situations.

Course Description

This course analyzes the federal, state, and local legislation related to emergency management in various types of disasters. Guaranteed rights under the U.S. Constitution and the legal and ethical application of measures within the parameters of these rights in emergency situations are also discussed.

Course Description

This course explores modern terrorism and terrorist behavior, including cyberterrorism, the role of the media, the private sector, and implications in a global society.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* Please note that this list may contain programs that are not presently offered as program availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability of the program.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program's published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution's catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who started the program in the same year and then graduated within the published program length.

Online and Evening program disclosures (20 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.