Nov 29, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Emergency Management Administration B.A.A.S.

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Major in Emergency Management Administration

(Major Code: 603)

The Emergency Management Administration (EMA) Program awards a professional management education to firefighters, emergency medical service providers, military personnel, private sector, and law-enforcement personnel through online courses. The EMA Program’s goal is to prepare students for advanced levels of administration and management within the emergency services professions. Students pursuing a degree in Emergency Management Administration may also complete course work for a specialization in Leadership.

The EMA Degree Program was specially designed by West Texas A&M University in cooperation with the Texas Engineering Extension Service for non-traditional students who can complete the program while remaining employed full time in governmental or industrial emergency management positions.

The degree plan requires completion of an associate’s degree at a community college or completion of appropriate technical-education courses at accredited technical-education facilities such as the National Fire Academy. Since the EMA Program requires 36 hours of electives, up to 36 hours of academic credit can be earned through the transfer of technical courses taken at community colleges or technical-education facilities.

To be eligible for the EMA Program, a prospective student must have technical credit from a community college or technical-education facility, and must be currently employed in an emergency management profession.

The EMA major requires completion of a general education core curriculum of 42 credit hours, many of which may have been completed at a community college. The degree includes 39 credit hours of advanced professional-development courses within a 120-semester-hour degree plan. Many non-traditional students also transfer credit hours from other four-year universities in Texas and around the nation. At least 36 hours of advanced work (3000- or 4000-level courses) must be earned at WTAMU. Because the hours transferred to WTAMU are unique to each student, a student should request a formal degree plan immediately after being admitted to WTAMU.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

Refer to the “University Core Curriculum ” section of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

 EMA courses are cross-listed with POSC and CRIJ.

Advising Services Degree Checklists and Curriculum Guides

Degree checklists and curriculum guides (suggested course sequences) are available by linking to the Advising Services Degree Checklists webpage.

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