Crises, such as terrorist attacks and natural catastrophes, mandate fast and effective responses from governments, medical facilities, universities and schools, non-profits, and businesses. These situations also require public and private organizations to coordinate successfully with emergency management partners and response teams, and to navigate effectively through a framework of organizational structures, best practices, laws, regulations, directives, standard operating procedures, and time-tested strategies throughout the crisis response. The MSL with a specialization in Crisis Management innovatively addresses the intersection of the law and crisis management. The specialization will prepare participants with skills needed to lead their institutions in effectively responding to man-made or natural catastrophes.
After completing foundational and research courses, students will take an in-depth survey course in Crisis Management in their second semester, followed by seminars taught by crisis management practitioners during their third semester. These topical courses will focus on pressing issues, such as:
The degree program will culminate in a capstone research project in which students focus on a challenge in their work environment. Each student will have a faculty or practitioner advisor to assist with this project.
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