MCNY’s accredited BA in Emergency Management and Business Continuity curriculum can be completed in two years and eight months. We also offer an AA degree in emergency management, which can be completed in 16 months.

Purpose 1 Purpose 2 Purpose 3 Purpose 4
Constructive Action Assessment and Planning Professional Relationships in the Community Negotiating and Promoting a Risk Analysis Integrating Emergency Planning
Values & Ethics Critical Thinking & Writing Contemporary Values & Ethics Political & Economic Philosophy Humanities: World Civilizations
Self & Others Human Biology Psychology of Disaster Understanding Terrorism American Government
Systems Introduction to Homeland Security Introduction to Emergency Management Introduction to Business Continuity Community Health Services
Skills Computer Applications for Profit & Non-Profits Business Math Principles of Accounting Cyber-Security
Credits 15 15 15 15

Career Track Selections

Emergency Management
Business Continuity
Assessment and Planning (EMB 110 PCA) (3 credits)
This Constructive Action focuses on teaching the student how to research and identify careers in Emergency Management and/or Business Continuity. Students will integrate their learning experience from the respective dimensions of this Purpose. Students are expected to produce a Constructive Action document, which demonstrates their mastery of the Purpose and develop a written career plan to complement their chosen degree and professional interests. The Emergency Management and Business Continuity program will be analyzed so the student can decide their specialty and create an academic plan. The Keirsey Temperament Inventory tool will be utilized to assist the student in identifying their type so that they can work with their strengths and understand where there may be opportunities to improve. Students will learn Internet job search tools, preparation of a resume, cover letter and list of references, and best use of software programs is part of the curriculum.
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Critical Thinking and Writing Through the Study of Literature (ENG CC 110) (3 credits)
This course uses the framework of Purpose-Centered Education to help you develop critical thinking and writing skills. You will develop these skills by learning to critically analyze sentences, to construct effective paragraphs, to use narrative and argumentation as styles of writing and by learning to apply the MCNY Dimensional Analysis to works of literature.
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Human Biology and the Life Sciences (BIO CC 180) (3 credits)
This course presents human biology as a life science and covers health issues. Students learn how systems fail and what kinds of medical interventions can be successful. Current issues in the life sciences, including common human diseases, genetic engineering, stem cell research and the impact of humans on the planet’s ecosystems are explored.
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Introduction to Homeland Security (EMB 110 SYS) (3 credits)
This course will introduce students to the challenges associated with the five-fold mission of The Department of Homeland Security: to prevent terrorism and enhancing security, to secure and manage our borders, to enforce and administer our immigration laws, to safeguard and secure cyberspace, and to ensure resilience to disasters. The course will provide an overview of the threat of terrorism, public and private sector counterterrorism, and all hazards emergency management. An examination of antiterrorism and counterterrorism applications through research, planning and testing techniques will be discussed. Evaluation of the impact on state and local resources committed to security in local communities.
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Computer Applications for Profit and Nonprofits (MIS CC 130) (3 credits)
An introduction to Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Students are encouraged at the end of the course to seek Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) certification.
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Professional Relationships in the Community (EMB 120 PCA) (3 credits)
This Constructive Action focuses on the importance of groups and professional relationships. Students will integrate their learning experience from the respective dimensions of this Purpose. National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) are excellent examples in emergency management that highlight the importance of group work. This demonstrates the need and importance of networking and coordination efforts, especially in disaster scenarios when resources and staff may be unavailable or shared. The course examines the need for assessment, progress, metrics and conflict negotiation and resolution. Students are expected to produce a Constructive Action document that demonstrates their mastery of the Purpose.
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Contemporary Values and Ethics (ETH CC 120) (3 credits)
Introduction to values including definition, sources, relation to social rules, clarification, conflicts and their resolution; empowerment and its roots in history; illustrations from literature and the other humanities.
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Psychology of Disaster (EMB 120 SEL) (3 credits)
This course focuses on the psychological impact of disasters on people and communities. Students will learn the importance of psychological first aid, both immediately following and in the recovery phase after a disaster. Emphasis on the needs of vulnerable groups such as children, older adults, minorities and other populations will be of particular importance. The student will be shown the importance of planning and working with communities to aid in their psychological coping during a disaster.
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Introduction to Emergency Management (EMB 120 SYS) (3 credits)
This course presents the theories and principles that are foundational to emergency management. The philosophy of comprehensive emergency management will be discussed with respect to the four phases: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. An analysis of past disasters will be presented along with their impacts on policy formation leading up to the current FEMA all-hazards approach. The National Incident Management System, National Response Framework, National Disaster Recovery Framework and the Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management will also be covered.
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Business Math (MIS 123 SKI) (3 credits)
This survey course is designed to provide students with fundamental quantitative concepts and skills essential in today’s business world. Topics covered are annuities, present value, interest, insurance, taxation and investments. Equations and graphing will also be illustrated.
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Negotiating and Promoting a Risk Analysis (EMB 230 PCA) (3 credits)
This Constructive Action focuses on the importance of an all-hazards, multidisciplinary approach to a comprehensive emergency management plan in the private and public sector. Students will integrate their learning experience from the respective dimensions of this Purpose. The student will examine hazards and risks as well as preparedness, prevention, mitigation and response plans and procedures to ensure that strategies are in place for disaster events. The community and stakeholders are identified and included in the planning process to strengthen resilience. Key staff, resources and assets are ascertained and incorporated into the emergency plan. The student will learn how to train and test the plan periodically to ensure accuracy and staff involvement. Emphasis is placed on efficient response and fostering teamwork in a disaster, along with the proper use of disaster coordination and communication plans in the emergency operations center. Students are expected to produce a Constructive Action document that demonstrates their mastery of the Purpose.
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Political & Economic Philosophy (PSC CC 140) (3 credits)
The ideas and values that serve as the foundation of our political system; how our system differs from others; the interrelationship between business and government; major political theories regarding the nature of authority, standards of justice, the ideal of liberty and its limitations, conceptions of a just and good society, and the best form of government.
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Understanding Terrorism (EMB 230 SEL) (3 credits)
The course explains the ideological forces behind terrorism and provides an overview of terrorist groups and their tactics of intimidation and fear. The course highlights the effects a terrorist incident can have. Analysis of various mitigation and prevention models that may be implemented prior to a terrorist attack, along with coordination and leadership efforts, which will be addressed throughout the course to ensure an effective response is achieved throughout the emergency management cycle. Emphasis will be placed on understanding terrorist motivations, goals and objectives throughout history to the present. The course will address lessons learned (based on actual terrorist attacks) for emergency managers and homeland security practitioners to utilize in field operations as well as applying them to the academic environment.
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Introduction to Business Continuity (EMB 230 SYS) (3 credits)
This course is about business continuity planning, which focuses on strategies to minimize the risk of disruptions to normal business operations. Examples of threats and hazards to business would be floods, power outages, catastrophic IT failure, and/or disruption of an organization’s supply chain. Business continuity is the private sector version of continuity of operations planning (COOP). Students will be introduced to business continuity planning methodologies, along with the introduction of the business impact analysis. Operational risk management and crisis management for businesses, municipalities and nonprofits will be discussed.
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Principles of Accounting (ACC 231 SKI) (3 credits)
An introduction to accounting instruction is provided with microcomputers as an accounting tool. In addition, accounting is examined as a tool for organizing business information. Financial accounting is the field of accounting that provides economics and financial information for external users such as investors and creditors.
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Integrating Emergency Planning (EMB 240 PCA) (3 credits)
This Constructive Action focuses on the evolution of management practices over the past half century. Students will integrate their learning experience from the respective dimensions of this Purpose. It also introduces the student to the National Incident Management System, which will be covered more fully in Purpose 5. The National Response Framework (NRF) and the NFPA 1600 (National Fire Protection Association Standard for Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs) will familiarize the student with national standards. Ethics, culture and attitudes will be analyzed in the workplace and in management. Management and leadership roles and methods for supporting the emergency management and business continuity fields will be examined. The student will learn effective ways to manage a wide range of organizations and stakeholders. Students are expected to produce a Constructive Action document that demonstrates their mastery of the Purpose.
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Humanities: World Civilizations (HUM 471 VAL) (3 credits)
This course will survey world civilizations from A.D. 1500 to the present. Emphasis will be placed on illustrating how major events combined to create the base of political, economic, social and cultural trends that shape contemporary world affairs.
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American Government (GOV CC 150) (3 credits)
An analysis of current political systems with emphasis on the U.S., including decision-making under different ideologies, and how individual interests become positive or negative forces for group decisions, at local, national and international levels. This course explores the structure and dynamics of American national government, providing a broad-based introduction to the ideas and institutions that shape politics in the contemporary U.S.
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Community Health Services (HSM 240 SEL) (3 credits)
The course is designed to provide students with an introduction to community health services. It will examine the foundations of community and national health in terms of organization, resources, programming and special populations. Theory and practice of healthcare delivery are evaluated in occupational settings such as schools and worksites. The relationship between coordinating networks, health service organizations, government and volunteer-based health agencies are examined. The course will cover issues of mental, maternal, infant and child health. The impact of the environment on human health will also be examined. The course is designed to provide students with the knowledge required to assess individual, community and national needs for health education; conduct evaluation and research related to health education; serve as a health education resource person and communicate and advocate for health and health education.
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Cyber Security (EMB 240 SKI) (3 credits)
Computer-based technologies are vulnerable to threats and attacks. As a consequence, emergency professionals must possess a range of skills to understand the impact of such threats to be able to secure the information and infrastructure that are so dependent on them. This course provides an introduction to the range of disciplines that are fundamental to protecting cyber assets in the modern world and the various technical and nontechnical skills that are foundational to understanding information technologies security and its key aspects to our nation’s homeland security.
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