By Jackson Taylor, News Editor
The University of Nebraska at Omaha was recently named the number one college for military veterans. Now, UNO has made its way to the top of another list. UNO’s Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management was listed as the No. 1 Emergency Management Degree Program for quality price by Emergency-Management-Degree.org. In terms of cost, UNO’s degree was ranked seventh of the top 20 in the United States for emergency management programs under $23,000 per year.
The ranking is based on the versatility of schools and their comprehensive degrees, along with the university’s ability to prepare students for professional work upon graduation. Other factors considered are freshmen retention rate, six-year graduation rate, campus organizations involved with emergency management students, student-to-faculty ratio and quality of career services.
The UNO Emergency Services Program was developed over a two year period by a group of faculty from diverse University departments, as well as community and public safety leaders in related professions.
The program’s intention is to provide an education that encompasses the broad array of knowledge and experience necessary to conduct emergency services and emergency administration, and to meet the demand for Emergency Management professionals at the federal, state and local levels and in the business community. The program’s mission statement is to “develop students in a supportive yet demanding academic environment that prepares them for a personally rewarding successful professional career in Emergency Services and to initiate and lead superior research initiatives.”
Emergency Management (EMGT) and Fire Service Management (FSMT) were approved in the Spring of 2012, as concentrations within the Bachelor of General Studies degree. In the Summer of 2012, the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management gained approval. Minors in Emergency Management and Fire Service Management were approved in the Spring of 2013. Although it is a relatively new program, UNO’s Emergency Management Degree is an affordable and nationally recognized program. There are plans to develop graduate areas for study at the doctoral degree level.
“The Emergency Management program at the University of Nebraska has a variety of degree options, which makes it a good choice for many different types of learners,” said Emergency Management Degree Staff. “Students who want a more traditional experience can earn a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management and concentrate in two of a wide selection of subjects, including Public Administration, Public Health, Intelligence and Security, Private Sector Management, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Native American Studies, Fire Service Management and Aviation Administration.”
Emergency Management Degree staff members noted that for adult learners, UNO is a prime location. “For adult learners looking to build on previous education or advance their career, the university offers a General Studies degree with a concentration in Emergency Management.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2011, the median annual salary for an emergency management director was $57,720 with the highest concentration of jobs in North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The highest paying jobs in emergency management can be found in California, Virginia and Maryland.