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Undergraduate Certificate in EMDS


Since the events of September 11th and other natural, technological, and human-caused disasters, the focus on emergency preparedness has grown. The 100% online Undergraduate Certificate in Emergency Management Disaster Science (EMDS) provides students with the knowledge and skills critical for planning and responding to complex emergency management situations.

The EMDS certificate is a 15-credit hour program that can be completed in one year and is ideal for leaders in all professions committed to protecting and serving their organization and local community.

Students will have the opportunity to connect with industry experts in the field of emergency and disaster management, and expand their understanding of incident management, risk identification, emergency planning, and emergency management program evaluation. 
Current WKU Students

New Students

Minimum requirements for acceptance into an undergraduate certificate program are:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Application and Fee: Students seeking a certificate program must submit an online application with Undergraduate Admissions.  The completed form must be submitted along with a one-time application fee of $45.00 (non-refundable).
  • Transcript Record: Graduates/Transfers of accredited institutions other than WKU must submit an official transcript from that institution.

Admission Process for New Students

Starting your certificate program can be completed by following the steps below. Please note: These steps should be completed ONLY by those who wish to earn the certificate as a stand-alone credential. If you plan to earn an associate degree or bachelor's, please follow the application process for that degree and submit the certificate program form to your advisor

  • Apply for admission 
  • Submit Required Materials:
    • Beginning Freshmen: An official high school transcript (no faxed transcripts accepted) and ACT or SAT scores. Students over the age of 21 may substitute the ACCUPLACER for ACT/SAT.
    • Transfer Students: Send your official transcripts from each college attended to Undergraduate Admissions. You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request that an official copy be sent by mail. Transfer students with fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit earned, must also submit high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores.

To apply to WKU and earn this certificate:

Complete the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application

Under Planned Course of Study Section, if you are not enrolling in any other program, choose:

  1. Category of Study >>> Certificate
  2. Planned Course of Study >>> Emergency Management Disaster Science
  3. Primary Location >>> Web (online)

Admission Application Deadlines

Kentucky and Out-of-State Residents

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: January 1
  • Summer Term: May 1

International Students

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: September 1
  • Summer Term: March 1

 The undergraduate Emergency Management Disaster Science (EMDS) certificate requires 15 credit hours and may be earned as a standalone certificate. Or students can use the certificate as an enhancement to another undergraduate program within the Ogden College of Science and Engineering with the completion of EMDS 400, EMDS 401, EMDS 402, and EMDS 403, coupled with six upper division hours from an applicable program area.

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through WKU On Demand.

Required Core Courses (15 hours)

EMDS 400

Emergency Management Policy and Practices (Offered in fall)

EMDS 401

Natural and Technological Disaster Risks (Fall)

EMDS 402

Resiliency in Response to Terrorism and Violence (Spring)

EMDS 403

Disaster Planning, Management, and Preparedness (Spring)

EMDS 404

Trends in Disaster Preparedness and Management (Summer)

Department Contact

Dr. David Oliver
Email: david.oliver@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-4181

Dr. Joshua Durkee
Email: joshua.durkee@wku.edu
(270) 745-8777

WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 

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 Last Modified 8/30/19