MS in Emergency Management and Business Continuity

The M.S. in Emergency Management and Business Continuity is designed to enhance critical skills and knowledge among corporate and public sector professionals working in the area of emergency management and business continuity. The major program objectives are:
  • Increase the professionalism of the Emergency Management and Business Continuity field, which is evolving in importance and societal needs, by increasing its presence in academics, research, and professional communities;
  • Meet the new policy of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), which require, an academic degree in addition to just the current four years of experience requirement, beginning in 2010;
  • Integrate the areas of Emergency Management and Business Continuity in one academic program, demonstrating how public and private sector-focus activities may be brought to bear in building organizational and community resilience;
  • Support the educational requirements suggested by NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs (2007), thus putting the program in line with national priorities and best practices and;
  • Demonstrate how research innovations may be coupled with current best practices to advance the state of the art and best prepare our students.

Why study Emergency Management and Business Continuity at NJIT?

The M.S. in Emergency Management and Business Continuity is managed and directed as an interdisciplinary program by NJIT's Department of Information Systems. A university-wide program committee will keep the structure, guidance and direction to courses, course development, and specialty area development on the leading edge.

What classes can I take online to complete the MS-EMBC?

Core courses
12 credits as follows:

IS 613 - Design of Emergency Management Information Systems (3 credits)
IS 614 - Command and Control Systems (3 credits)
IS 616 - Learning Methods and Training Technologies (also MGMT 616) (3 credits)
MGMT 612 - Principles of Emergency Management (also IS 612) (3 credits)

Elective courses
6 credits as follows:

HRM 601 - Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
EM 602 - Management Science (3 credits)
MS Project
MS Thesis

Specialty area courses
12 credits as follows (choose one specialty):

Information Systems Specialty
IS 634 - Information Retrieval (3 credits)
IS 658 - Multimedia Systems (3 credits)
IS 677 - Information System Principles (or MIS 645) (3 credits)
IS 679 - Information Systems Strategy (3 credits)

Management Specialty
ACCT 615 - ACCT 615 - Management Accounting (3 credits)
FIN 600 - Corporate Finance I (3 credits)
HRM 630 - Management Organizational and Technological Change (3 credits)
IS 677 - Information System Principles (or MIS 645) (3 credits)

What are the admissions requirements?

To be considered for a master's program at NJIT, you must have completed a four-year undergraduate program accredited in the United States or its equivalent and demonstrate superior academic achievement in an appropriate discipline.

We look for students who placed in the top half of their graduating class and department, with a cumulative GPA no lower than 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Individual departments may impose more stringent requirements.

If you plan to apply for financial support, or if your most recent degree was earned at a school outside the United States, you must submit GRE scores as part of your application for admission. Additionally, the following graduate programs require the GRE for all applicants: applied physics, architecture, biology, chemistry, infrastructure planning, and materials science and engineering.

If you do not have the full background required for the masters degree, you may be assigned some preparatory bridge courses at the time we accept your application.  The bridge courses are not available online.  You can take these at NJIT’s campus.  You may also take the equivalent courses at any community or 4-year college.  Please confirm course equivalency in advance by checking with the MS Advisor or at

Related Certificates

Some of our graduate certificates lead into the MS in Emergency Management and Business Continuity:

Crisis Management and Business Continuity

Take Note

Courses in this discipline are kept relevant through frequent reassessment and modification. And because the field is always advancing, NJIT keeps pace by adding new courses regularly.

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