45 Credits
3 Semesters
12 Months

Enrollment Options

Full-time / Part-time

Classes Offered

Onsite / Online / Hybrid

With an MPA in Emergency and Disaster Management from Metropolitan College of New York, you can be the leader our community trusts in a disaster or emergency. If you enroll fulltime, this accelerated program can be completed in just one year.

You will be the person that helps businesses and organizations continue to provide essential services during and after emergencies. This is a highly specialized degree that covers the planning, management, logistics, response, relief, recovery and economics associated with managing emergency situations. As a student at MCNY, you will have a chance to leverage networking opportunities with faculty, alumni and leaders in the industry.

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In the program, you will earn to integrate classroom theory and practical, hands-on knowledge. You will also build an understanding of emergency management that includes perspectives from public health, terrorism, disaster management, economics, and the role of federal and state governments.

Graduates of this program advance their careers in exciting fields such as law enforcement, emergency management, corporate security, transportation security, fire service, public safety, public health preparedness, business, and the military. They have also pursued careers with NYPD, NYFD, the MTA, Port Authority, and FEMA.

Real-World Skills You’ll Learn in this Program

  • How to understand significant issues in emergency management and homeland security.

  • Participate in internships at various public and private agencies including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

  • Gain hands-on experience and practical knowledge through Constructive Action, a workable plan the student develops and implements.

This Degree is Practical

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment for emergency management directors is projected to grow 6% from 2020 to 2030.

About 1,000 openings for emergency management directors are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Read About Some of Our Faculty

Boyd Dixon

Professor Boyd Dixon is Assistant Director of Emergency Management at the Mount Sinai Health System. Professor Dixon oversee two facilities of the Mount Sinai Health Care System, Mount Sinai Beth Israel and New York Eye and Ear of Mount Sinai. He holds an MPA in Emergency and Disaster Management from Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) and a master’s in science in Healthcare Administration from New School University. Professor Dixon just recently defended his dissertation successfully from Colorado Technical University and now holds a Doctor of Management in Homeland Security…

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International Field Study

Due to travel restrictions and advisories enforced by the US State Department, all international field studies will be postponed to later notice.
  • Apply your skills and knowledge in an international setting.

  • Work in a group setting within a multicultural global context.

  • Gain practical experience in solving real issues and challenges.

The intensive 10-day Study Abroad component of MCNY’s Emergency and Disaster Management MPA program is an action-oriented immersive experience—included with program tuition. Designed to ensure that students have the opportunity to work collaboratively in a pan-cultural environment and learn from their international peers. During past study abroad trips, MCNY students have traveled to Turkey, Chile, Spain, and other countries.

The field study portion of the program sometimes requires students to attend classes, meetings, or take conference calls during non-class hours. It might also require that presentations are given to executives and professionals and students should be appropriately prepared for such. All scheduling is dependent upon the agency or organization that the class is working with and what their class project entails.

At the trip’s conclusion, you’ll prepare a summary as well as comprehensive written report. Work from the trip also is included in your final Constructive Action project.

  • MPA EDM students and faculty in Barcelona in front of a helicopter
  • MCNY students and faculty
  • MCNY faculty and students at Brooklyn bridge
  • MCNY EDM faculty
  • MCNY faculty at a command center

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