The EMER degree is a 33-unit program of study, distributed across three areas:
- The first part is a 23-unit set of required core coursework: EMER 500, 502, 504, 506, 530, 540, 548, 661, and 671.
- The second part is the elective area of a specialization. Students take up to 6 units of elective coursework. The electives are selected in consultation with a faculty advisor. EMER students have the flexibility to tailor their studies to meet specific career objectives that they and/or their professional organizations have identified.
- The third part of the program is critical to our mission of supporting the development of more disaster resilient communities. Students are required to complete their program through a culminating capstone assessment. Students will demonstrate their degree competencies through a signature assignment which includes the completion of either a capstone project (EMER 694 A/B) or a thesis (EMER 698). Both EMER 694 A/B and EMER 698 are four-unit courses, and are required to be completed during the last two semesters of a student's EMER studies.
Every semester, graduate students must be registered in a course, or in GS 700, or must have an approved educational leave.
- If a graduate student wishes to take a semester off before resuming coursework, s/he must take a Planned Educational Leave, not GS 700.
- Registration in GS 700 is restricted to graduate students who have completed all their coursework and need additional time to complete their thesis or study for the comprehensive exam.
GS 700 is intended to be taken when a student believes he/she will be graduating at the end of that semester and does not need or desire to take additional courses. Enrolling in GS 700 is a cost-effective means by which to extend the course by one semester, while completing the thesis or comprehensive exam. Students must enroll in GS 700 during:
- Each semester they use any of the University's resources (including, but not limited to, faculty, staff, library, and/or other facilities/services), but are not enrolled in any courses; and/or
- The semester they are taking the comprehensive examination, submitting their thesis the University's Thesis Office, or graduating, if they are not enrolled in any other courses at the University.
In other words, students must be enrolled in a course or GS 700 during the semester in which they intend to graduate. Although GS 700 is a zero-unit course, the fee is based on one unit of credit for payment purposes; no unit credit is added to the student’s program or transcript.
- Students may only enroll in GS 700 after they have Advanced to Candidacy and have completed all coursework for their master’s degree program, yet still have to complete their capstone experience (i.e., a thesis or the comprehensive exam).
- GS 700 forms are available for Criminal Justice graduate students from the Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduate Advisor; GS 700 forms are available for Emergency Services Administration graduate students from the Emergency Services Administration Graduate Advisor;
The Graduate Advisor will only issue a permit to register for GS 700 for the intended purpose of completing a master’s capstone experience.
Before the Graduate Advisor will issue a permit to register for GS 700, the requesting student must meet with the Graduate Advisor for an advising appointment. During this appointment, the Graduate Advisor will check the student’s degree progress and verify compliance with all applicable policies and procedures.
Unless compelling circumstances exist, students are permitted to register for GS 700 for a maximum of two (2) semesters.
GS 700 permits will be issued during the first three weeks of a semester. No “late-adds” of GS 700 after the University's "Census Date" will be authorized unless compelling circumstances exist.
Graduate students do not need to register for GS 700s during the winter or summer sessions unless the student is graduating during that term. Winter session deadline will be the last day to add deadline (this occurs during the first week of instruction). During the summer session the deadline to add will be the final day of the 3rd week of the summer session.