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Graduate Catalog | 2015-2016 
Graduate Catalog | 2015-2016 Previous Edition

Emergency Management, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management is designed to provide graduate education in emergency management to those individuals who are currently serving as managers in public, nonprofit, and private organizations, or those who might want to pursue a career in emergency management. The certificate is also intended to serve the interests of students enrolled in UNC Charlotte graduate programs currently. Topics of study include, but are not limited to, homeland security and  terrorism, emergency prevention and response, and disaster management. The focus of the certificate is to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to manage emergency programs in the most effective, efficient, and legally sound manner.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Graduate Certificate program in Emergency Management is open to graduates of colleges and universities accredited by a regional or general accrediting agency. To apply, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. A completed Graduate Admissions application form and statement of professional goals
  2. 12 months of full-time continuous employment in a government agency, nonprofit organization, or appropriate business organization (or be currently enrolled in another graduate program).  This requirement may be waived for students who already have a Master’s degree.
  3. Two official transcripts from post-secondary educational institutions
  4. Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources
  5. An overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale

Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate Program in Emergency Management requires 15 credit hours.

Restricted Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Unrestricted Elective Course (3 credit hours)

Students must also complete an additional three credit hours of MPAD electives. 


Appropriate non-MPAD courses may be taken within this concentration upon approval of the student’s advisor and the MPA Director.  No more than three credit hours may be transferred into the certificate program from other academic institutions.