Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2014-63
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Eduardo Pagan, Chair
Date of First Reading: March 31, 2014
Date of Second Reading: April 28, 2014
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Public Programs – School of Public Affairs – for the establishment of a graduate certificate – Emergency Management
Action Requested: The Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee recommends University Senate approval of a proposal submitted by the College of Public Programs – School of Public Affairs – for the establishment of a graduate certificate – Emergency Management
Rationale: The graduate certificate in Emergency Management provides motivated students with skills and knowledge to manage and assume positions of leadership within the field of emergency management. More specifically, an all hazards/all-threats orientation provides the student with a generalist perspective which is critically important for today’s and tomorrow’s disaster managers.
There are an extremely small number of schools within the U.S. that offer a technically oriented program in emergency management and through intra-university coordination, COPP can be the helmsman who steers this educational imperative. The certificate program will be of interest to graduate students in disciplines such as public policy, planning, political science, nonprofit management, social work, criminology, and other related fields. In addition, the market for potential students includes those who hold a previous graduate degree and wish to supplement or update their skills and knowledge base. Finally, this certificate will be of interest to those who hold a bachelor’s degree and are not able or willing to commit to a full graduate degree program. Students may apply some of these credits toward a graduate degree at a future time.