Capella University

DEM - Emergency Management


225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor

Minneapolis, MN 55402

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

DEM - Emergency Management

Format: Online

Program Description:

Capella Education Company was named one of Forbes magazine’s “100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America” for 2014 (Forbes, 2014).

Community, state, and federal employers are looking for more from emergency management professionals. They want to hire knowledgeable employees who are ready to hit the ground running, whatever the situation, and make the fast, correct decisions that will save lives and maintain public safety and well-being.

When you enroll in Capella’s online Doctor of Emergency Management program, you begin a journey that offers you immediately applicable skills for the workplace—learning that says “I can make a difference.” Your coursework will focus on developing appropriate program evaluation, conducting action research, and understanding and developing policy.

You will focus on understanding and evaluating policy, implementing policy grounded in appropriate theory, and supporting policy creation with critical thinking, logic, and consistency. In addition, this professional doctorate (ProDoc) emphasizes building leadership, professional communications, and ethical decision-making skills.

This program offers the chance to engage with supportive, professionally experienced faculty and coaches to guide you toward learning what is relevant today and how you can respond to future changes in the field. In Capella’s Doctor of Emergency Management program, you will learn how to bridge the gap between research and practice in the changing field of emergency management.

Your doctoral degree program in Emergency Management includes 3 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called residencies), and a capstone experience. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a Professional Doctorate.

As part of your learning in this program, you will develop skills in making the decisions and solving problems that emergency management professionals face every day. Using robust real-world scenarios to apply theory and practice critical thinking, you’ll face complex problems and solve them effectively in a safe simulation environment.

With your doctoral degree in Emergency Management from Capella, you will learn to lead and manage integrated multijurisdictional disaster management organizations and agencies. You will also develop and communicate information critical to multijurisdictional emergency management stakeholders, and implement multijurisdictional support to address diversity issues to improve emergency management preparedness.

Common jobs with an online doctoral degree in Emergency Management include adjunct, full- or part-time faculty, crisis management consultant, crisis management training director, disaster response consultant, emergency management director, emergency management planner, emergency operations center director, policy writer, mitigation planner/specialist, disaster and emergency service director, homeland security coordinator/manager, logistics coordinator, preparedness and incident management director, and risk management consultant.

Potential workplaces include: emergency communications agency, emergency medical service, federal government agency, federal or state emergency management agency, land-based or online college or university, private security firm, law enforcement organization, or state government agency.


Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Higher Learning Commission:, 800.621.7440 Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),

Facts & Figures

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Loans Offered: Capella participates in Federal financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant Program and Federal Stafford Loan Program. Capella is also eligible to certify Veterans Educational Benefits and can provide info on other non-federal loan programs.

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