New master’s degree in EMDS to help demand for disaster experts

New master’s degree in Emergency Management and Disaster Science to help meet rising demand for disaster experts

The degree will prepare students to work collaboratively across all phases of disasters, including preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.


DENTON (UNT), Texas – The images from recent hurricanes are hard to look at – destruction, displacement and untold human suffering – and a large number of professionals are needed to help the areas hardest hit recover. The University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service’s new Master of Science degree in Emergency Management and Disaster Science will equip the next generation of emergency managers with the knowledge and skills needed to manage the growing complexities of all types of hazards and disasters, including natural, technological and man-made. 

“Catastrophic disasters are on the rise, and the demand for knowledgeable emergency managers has never been greater,” said Gary Webb, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science. “The MS in Emergency Management and Disaster Science prepares students for rewarding careers aimed at making our communities safer and more resilient to future disasters.”

Students receive a comprehensive academic and practical foundation that allows them to launch or advance their careers in emergency management. In addition to courses in theory, methods and statistics, students may choose from a range of electives, including social vulnerability, international disasters and community recovery and resilience.

“What is so innovative and special about this program is that it is so interdisciplinary that crosscuts across so many disciplines to equip frontline practitioners to better serve the public during disasters and emergencies,” said Neale Chumbler, dean of the College of Health and Public Service.

The UNT emergency management program established the world’s first resident degree in emergency management in 1983. Graduates of the program work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency and other public sector organizations at the local, state and federal levels; in the private sector specializing in risk management and business continuity planning; and with the American Red Cross and other non-governmental organizations. For more information, visit