MA in Emergency Leadership Management Adler University

MA in Emergency Leadership Management Adler University

Chicago, IL
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Leading Social Change

For more than 60 years, the Adler School of Professional Psychology has been committed to educating and training socially responsible graduates, defined as people who embrace diverse perspectives; who work to build and maintain bridges across social, economic, cultural, racial, and political systems; who empower others to identify and address shared problems; and who foster the development of social equality, justice, and respect through compassionate action throughout the global community. Degree programs ground students in research and theory about the impact of structural and systemic factors on the well-being of humanity. Programs also provide training for impacting social policies, addressing community issues, and solving the ills of society. Adler School students can expect:

- A mission-driven curriculum designed to train socially responsible practitioners

- Stimulating and academically challenging programs of study

- High caliber faculty members

- A unique blend of theory and practice

- Real-world skills developed through practicum and volunteer experiences with over 700 community partners

Master of Arts in Emergency Management Leadership

When disaster strikes on any scale, communities seek support, direction, and leadership. The field of emergency management is the core of coordination and support for prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts from disaster in communities. This program prepares students in developing the knowledge and skills of practices in the field of emergency management, with a unique focus on the human and social factors inherent in all disasters.

The Master of Arts in Emergency Management Leadership Program is designed to equip students with the knowledge needed to help individuals and communities prepare, respond, and recover from natural and man-made emergencies. Students enrolled in this program receive training in the complex social, emotional, psychological, and political dynamics of disasters. Coursework offers guidance in best practices for providing hands-on service to those needing immediate support in the event of a crisis.

Online/Blended Format

The 37-credit program can be completed in 2 years, when students take 2 classes per semester. The program will consist of online coursework along with 3 Weekend Residency experiences. During the Weekend Residency experiences, students will convene in Chicago, Illinois, and have opportunities to participate in field exercises designed to develop their emergency management skills, applying textbook knowledge to simulated emergency situations and decision making exercises. This program is designed for students to complete in 2 years, with 2 courses taken each semester.

Admission Requirements

At the Adler School, faculty members and staff members take great pride in the school's diverse student body. Students represent a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and work histories, and most students have records of outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to social responsibility.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

- Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution.

- Have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for graduate and undergraduate coursework. Exceptions may be granted for applicants who demonstrate improved academic performance or academic ability in other ways.

- Relevant volunteer and professional experiences are also taken into consideration.

- Complete the following prerequisite courses with grades of "C" or better: general or introductory psychology, and one course in criminology or criminal justice. Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may also be considered. Students may be admitted prior to completing these prerequisites, but all students must complete these courses by the end of their 1st semesters of enrollment at the Adler School.

- Approved applicants will be invited to interviews as the final step in the application process.

Degree Requirements

Requirements to earn a degree include:

- Satisfactory completion of all required credit hours, including all required courses

- A GPA of 3.0 or higher and no more than 2 grades or 6 credit hours of "C" or "C+"

- Completion of application for graduation and full payment of all outstanding tuition and fees

- Faculty member approval and recommendation to the Board of Trustees for the conferral of the Master of Arts Emergency Management Leadership degree

The Adler School Difference

The National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP) recognized the Adler School of Professional Psychology with its 2011 Advocacy Award for its significant contributions in the education and training of advocacy and public interest issues.

The Adler School has earned a coveted spot on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is the highest acknowledgment an institute of higher learning can receive from the federal government in recognition of its dedication to service learning, volunteerism, and community engagement.

In 2007, the school received the American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs Award for Innovative Practices in Graduate Education in Psychology. This is a significant and prestigious recognition for the school's commitment to educating and training socially responsible psychologists through innovative programs that combine service learning in the form of the Community Service Practicum and coursework.

In addition to continuous research and community outreach and engagement, the Adler School Institutes and Centers' advance social justice for underserved and disadvantaged communities. The Adler Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) was created in 2005 to introduce the concept of "social exclusion" into the national discussion about social disadvantage. The central theme of the work of the ISE is the notion of "structured" disadvantage -- the idea that human welfare is heavily influenced by social, political, and economic context, and that addressing disadvantage requires identifying and tackling its underlying structural origins. The Adler Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice was created in the winter of 2009 to increase awareness of socially just policies and practices within the realms of law enforcement and homeland security, and to actively encourage others to adopt such practices through public dialogue and community involvement.

Institute Accreditation

The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA) (30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602,

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MA in Emergency Leadership Management

Adler University

Chicago, IL

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    • Emergency Leadership Management Master's
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