Aug 14, 2022  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Science - Executive Crisis and Emergency Management (ECEM)

Plan Description

The ECEM program is a professional degree designed to maximize the expertise of experienced professionals from numerous disciplines, levels, and regions, thereby providing the opportunity to both advance individual philosophies and to gain broad exposure to a wide variety of other techniques and methodologies to effectively address natural, intentional, and technical disasters. The degree offers enhanced professional growth for the individual and a contribution to a developing body of knowledge.  The program is intended for students interested in the general framework of Emergency Management and Homeland Security; Leadership, management and coordination skills for Emergency Management and Homeland Security; Community preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery from natural and man-made disasters; and Actually participating in exercise planning and execution.

Please note that the ECEM program is a special tuition and fee based program approved by the Board of Regents. To find the current fee structure, please call (702) 895-2640 or (702) 895-4835.

Plan Execution

  1. Students will evaluate, develop, and implement exercises designed to test their ability to apply course content.
  2. Students will be required to complete course work through the University’s online educational system.
  3. Students are expected to enroll in a full three-course load each module and finish with the initial cohort.   

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Plan Admission Requirements

Application deadlines

Applications available on the UNLV Graduate College website.

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 overall for all undergraduate work.
  3. A completed Graduate College application.
  4. Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  5. A resume which should indicate professional experience.
  6. A personal statement
  7. Three letters of recommendation.
  8. A nonrefundable admission application fee, payable by credit card, check, or money order. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Board of Regents.
  9. Satisfactory GRE scores in the verbal and quantitative sections may be required.

All the above should be submitted online through the Graduate College admissions application.

All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the  Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.

Students are accepted into a degree program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.

Plan Requirements

 Total Credits Required: 36 

 Course Requirements

 Required Courses – Credits: 33 

ECEM 711 - Crisis and Emergency Management 

ECEM 712 - Science of Catastrophes 

ECEM 713 - Evolution of Terrorism 

ECEM 714 - Intergovernmental Affairs  

ECEM 721 - Organizational Leadership  

ECEM 722 - Community Preparedness 

ECEM 723 - Human Considerations  

ECEM 724 - Exercise Design and Reponse Plan 

ECEM 731 - Risk Assessment, Mitigation and Communication 

ECEM 732 - Prevention and Planning 

ECEM 733 - Response and Recovery 

 Culminating Experience – Credits: 3

ECEM 734 - Research in the Implementation of Concepts in Crisis and Emergency Management 

Degree Requirements 

  1. Completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
  2. The degree requires the twelve courses listed above (36 credits), taken both on-line and on campus. All students who enter the program are expected to complete the program as a cohort. Each cohort will come to campus for several in-class sessions; the remainder of the educational experience involves interaction with instructors and classmates via web-based application, e-mail, and telephone.

Plan Graduation Requirements

The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.