B.A./B.S. in Emergency Management

The frequency of both natural and manmade disasters has increased dramatically over the past two decades. This, in turn, has increased the need for emergency managers who can help their communities prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from these types of disasters.

The UCF School of Public Administration offers a Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management and a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management. Both degrees will provide a solid ethical, practical and theory-based foundation in emergency and crisis management.

Program Highlights
• B.A. and B.S. options
• Face-to-face and online classes
• Curriculum includes FEMA’s Professional Development Series
• The Certified Emergency Manager credential accepts a four-year bachelor’s degree in lieu of experience, therefore, graduates of the program can earn this credential in a shorter period of time.

Program Director
Claire Connolly Knox
Associate Professor

The following courses are required to complete this degree program. The B.A. requires 48 credit hours beyond the General Education Program, while the B.S. requires 54 credit hours beyond the General Education Program. FEMA’s Professional Development Series, a group of independent study courses that provide foundational knowledge of emergency management, is incorporated into the curriculum. For more information, please view the UCF Undergraduate Catalog.

PAD 3733: Professional Administrative Writing in the Public Sector

Professional and technical writing for the field of public administration.
Pre-requisite: POS 2041
Offered in fall and spring.

PAD 4204: Fiscal Management

Analysis of methods of securing public funds, the process of budget making, and techniques of management used in managing public funds.
Pre-requisites: PAD 3003 and PAD 3373
Offered in fall and spring.

PAD 4390: Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness

This course offers specialized knowledge and skills necessary to develop proactive hazard mitigation plans to reduce the effects of natural and manmade disasters.
Pre-requisite: Must be a junior to take this course.
Offered in fall.

PAD 4392: Emergency Management and Homeland Security

This course focuses on the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of the emergency management and homeland security profession and the principles that define effective practice. This course will provide an understanding of mitigation, prevention, protection, preparedness, response, and recovery, and examine concepts such as risk, hazard, resilience, and vulnerability.
Pre-requisite: Must be a junior to take this course.
Offered in fall.

PAD 4395: Disaster Response and Recovery

This course is the study of disaster response and recovery processes, programs, and problems through learning modules, readings, discussions, videos, field study, and case studies. We will study individual, group, organizational, and community behavior and recovery from disasters. Service delivery strategies are highlighted and complex dynamics of the recovery process are emphasized.
Pre-requisite: Must be a junior to take this course.
Offered in spring.

PAD 4712: Information Systems for Public Managers and Planners

This course offers use of systems concepts, and an introduction to software and computer employment in contemporary public sector management and planning operations.
Pre-requisite: Must be a junior to take this course.
Offered in spring.

PAD 4720: Survey Research in Public Administration

Introduction to the concepts, design, methodology, computer applications, and data analysis in applied research in the public sector.
Pre-requisites: PAD 3003 and PAD 3733
Offered in fall and spring.

PAD 4822: Intergovernmental Administration

This course offers various approaches to studying and explaining the United States intergovernmental system. Emphasis is on inter-organizational activities such as negotiation, cooperation, collaboration and coordination within the administrative setting.
Pre-requisite: Must be a junior to take this course.
Offered in fall.

PAD 4949: Cooperative Education/Internship

Supervised internship for students in the emergency management program. Requires a minimum of 300 hours of service in an emergency management organization. Students may receive credit for an internship a maximum of two times.
Pre-requisite: Must be a junior to take this course.
Offered in fall and spring.

PAD 4371: Community Resiliency and Sustainability

This is the capstone course for the program, bringing together the areas of knowledge and skills learned throughout the undergraduate emergency management program. Students will apply what they’ve learned, in an integrative manner, to the most current challenges facing emergency managers.
Pre-requisite: Must be a senior to take this course.
Offered in spring.

Admissions and Advising
There are no additional requirements for admission into the undergraduate public administration programs beyond admission to UCF. For more information on admission to UCF, visit UCF Undergraduate Admissions. For specific questions regarding the degree, please contact our undergraduate advisor, Steven Carrillo.