Emergency Administration and Planning


Your Future In Emergency Administration and Planning

When you see devastation after a disaster, are you eager to jump in and help survivors? Do you want to make your community safer and better prepared for these extreme events? Are you seeking a career in a diverse and growing field? Then emergency management may be right for you.

The Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science at the University of North Texas offers the nationís first and most respected Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Administration and Planning (EADP). Floods, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, terrorist attacks and epidemics are among the many hazards professionals plan for in this field.

Emergency managers help communities build resilience through adequate preparation, well-coordinated disaster response and sustainable recovery. Graduates typically find careers in government agencies, private businesses and nonprofit or humanitarian organizations. Employment opportunities may be found as a:

  • Business continuity specialist
  • Corporate risk management director
  • Disaster coordinator for volunteer organizations
  • Floodplain manager
  • Hazardous materials specialist
  • Local, state or federal emergency management officer

What we offer

By studying Emergency Administration and Planning at UNT, youíll be part of a program with an esteemed legacy that continues to play an integral role in the North Texas region and beyond. Our curriculum guides students in developing valuable skills in disaster planning, creative problem solving, critical thinking and interpersonal communication. Features of our program include:

  • Hands-on experience with large-scale disaster exercises in the field
  • Membership in our award-winning student chapter of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
  • Networking opportunities through local, state, national and international internships
  • Practical training in emergency management technologies at our state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center (EOC) lab
  • Study abroad courses in South America, Asia and other countries

Our accomplished faculty members provide a balanced learning experience in research and practical applications of emergency management. As scholars, they have conducted research in disasters both domestically and abroad, including earthquakes in Turkey, Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, floods in Thailand, Hurricane Sandy and the 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes. Many of our instructors have worked in emergency management for county governments, FEMA, the EPA and corporations in the private sector.

Our IAEM student chapter provides opportunities to participate in professionally relevant social, educational and training activities. The UNT SERVES! Living Learning Community involves students living on campus who participate in leadership and service activities.

Majors have the opportunity to apply for a variety of scholarships and travel awards. Scholarship information is available at our website.

What to expect

EADP courses provide foundational knowledge of emergency preparedness, response and mitigation. Additional courses include practical methods, EOC design and operations, social vulnerability and a senior capstone seminar. Electives have more specific focuses, such as:

  • Business continuity planning
  • Floodplain management
  • Hazardous materials
  • International disasters
  • Public health and disasters
  • Technology in emergency management
  • Terrorism and emergency management

The Career Center, Learning Center and our team of professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

Get detailed information on recognized high school graduation programs and SAT/ACT requirements.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by the March 1 priority date and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office. Do you live out of state? For your convenience, you can apply through the Common Application.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources.