FAQs | Online MS in Emergency Management

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How is the program structured?

Our program is comprised of 12 courses that are two units each. The courses are taught in 8-week modules. A semester at USC is 16 weeks, so two modules fit into this semester period. Students enrolled in the 1-year track take two courses per module, or four classes per semester. Students enrolled in the 2-year track take one course per module, or two classes per semester.

How is this program different from other Emergency Management programs?

In the MSEM program at USC, students will gain knowledge and skills related to risk management, disaster planning, and operational coordination, addressing all phases of emergencies. Students will learn to navigate and collaborate across complex and interdependent governmental, non-profit, and business organizations and systems critical to protecting communities from natural and human-made hazards and emergencies. Our program also provides access to exceptional faculty who are leading experts in their fields. Read more about our Learning Outcomes and Curriculum.

How many students do you accept into the program each semester?

As this is an online program, we do not have a set cap on the number of available seats. That being said, we are mindful of the student experience and committed to maintaining small class sizes whenever possible. We have three start dates each year and encourage all who are interested to submit their application. We review all applications thoroughly, on a rolling basis, and will accept students that meet our criteria.

Do students in this online program have access to campus resources?

Absolutely. Students enrolled in our programs have the same access to campus resources as on-ground students. In fact, we encourage you to make the most of your student experience at USC, whether it’s attending a campus event, visiting the bookstore or cheering for the Trojans at a football game. Enrolled students can receive a USCard (your student ID) which will allow you access to these resources.

Since this is an online program, is there a graduation ceremony?

Yes! All graduating students are encouraged to participate in Commencement, which takes place once a year in May. There will be a university-wide ceremony, followed by a ceremony for Bovard College graduates.

Is there an Orientation for new students? Is it on-campus?

Our Academic department hosts an online Orientation for each incoming class. Orientation is 100% online and self-paced. It provides students an opportunity to test-drive the learning management platform that they will utilize for coursework and engage with their peers through discussion forums and optional live online sessions via Zoom.

How will students engage and interact in the online classroom environment?

Our classrooms are interactive with discussion boards and weekly live classroom sessions. Several assignments will encourage group work. The goal of the program is to give you a sense of community, the same that you would experience in a classroom, and maybe even more so, in that you will be able to engage with everyone, not just those you sit next to.

Still have questions or want to speak to Admissions directly?

You can reach the Bovard College Admissions Office by phone at 877-4-BOVARD or by email.

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