Emergency Management (Doctor of Science)

The Doctor of Science degree requires a total of 60 semester credit hours. Required coursework includes 42 hours in administration and policy, practice areas, and research methods and statistics, plus a minimum of 18 hours of dissertation credit. In addition, applicants must hold a master’s degree in emergency management or a related field from a regionally accredited school. While courses are delivered online, students are required to participate in a week-long seminar on campus once each academic year, for the first three years of their program. All Emergency Management programs are only offered online. International students must remain in their home country to be eligible for admission to these programs.

Upon completion of the required 42 hours of coursework, doctoral students must pass three qualifying exams. Accommodations will be made to support students with either onsite or offsite qualifying exam administration. After students have passed all three exams, they may advance to doctoral candidacy.

Doctoral candidates will complete an applied research dissertation. The candidate must enroll for a minimum of 18 hours of dissertation credit during candidacy. All requirements for the degree must be completed in ten years.

Application Deadlines

Applicants for the Doctor of Science with a major in emergency management are considered for admission for the fall semester only, and all required application materials must be received in Graduate Studies by January 31.

Date Event
January 31 Fall Admission

Applications completed after January 31 will be considered for admission in the fall semester of the following year.

Application Materials Required for the DSc with a Major in Emergency Management

Applicants for the Doctor of Science in Emergency Management degree must hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited school and must submit all of the following documentation to Graduate Admissions to be considered for admission:

Graduate Admissions
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission.
  2. Non-refundable $35 application processing fee.
  3. A Statement of Purpose setting forth career goals and research interests.
  4. A resume, including education, employment, and service activities.
  5. Three Graduate Reference Forms completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of applicant’s potential for success in doctoral coursework and citing potential professional leadership ability. Reference forms will be submitted electronically. Instructions for submission will be sent through email to the applicant upon submission of the online graduate application.
  6. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities with degrees posted. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the university.) 
  7. Official test scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within five years of enrollment.
  8. International student applicants must see the International Student Applicants section of this catalog for other application and enrollment requirements.

Admission Requirements for the DSc with a Major in Emergency Management

Applicants are admitted on a selective basis by the faculty members of the program, upon review of the completed application package.

Minimum Requirements for the DSc with a Major in Emergency Management

An overall 3.00 GPA is required on all coursework attempted for the doctoral degree. Transfer credit cannot be used to raise the GPA to the required 3.00.

Course Title Credits
Integrative Seminar
In-residence; two hours each; six hours required
EM 802Integrative Seminar (1st year)2
EM 804Integrative Seminar (2nd year)2
EM 806Integrative Seminar (3rd year)2
Administration and Policy
Select three of the following: 9
Disaster Management Principles and Practice
Interdisciplinary Disaster Theory and Research
Institutional Context and Emergency Management Policy
Systems Thinking and Applications in Emergency Management
Practice Areas
Select two of the following:6
Hazards Risk Management and Community Resilience
Risk-Based Response and Recovery Strategy Development and Operations
Emergency Management Program Management
Research Methods and Statistics
Select four of the following:12
Research Design
Advanced Data Analysis
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Qualitative Research
Evaluation Research
Directed Research
Directed Research
Select three of the following:9
Voluntary and Nonprofit Disaster Management
Health Care Systems in Disaster
Risk Communication
Crisis Leadership and Management
IT Applications for Emergency Management
Spatial Analysis and GIS for Emergency Management
Directed Study
Directed Study
Directed Study
Dissertation 18
Dissertation Research (must be repeated at least six times)
Total Hours60

60 Doctoral Semester Hours Required for this Degree


All students must apply for graduation by the given deadline of the semester in which they plan to graduate. Please see the Graduation and Comprehensive Exam section of this catalog for more information.