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OSU's Fire and Emergency Management Administration degree earns No. 1 ranking

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Recovery operations continue after the partial collapse of an Amazon fulfillment center in Edwardsville, Illinois, on Dec. 12, 2021. The facility was damaged by a tornado on Dec. 10, 2021. Students that earn a doctorate degree in Fire and Emergency Management Administration from OSU can be helpful in situations like this. 

An OSU degree recently earned a No. 1 spot.

OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology’s Doctorate in Fire and Emergency Management Administration earned a top ranking from College Rank.

This degree prepares future leaders in homeland security jobs, fire and emergency management, educators and research scholarship.

OSU established the program in 1996 as a Master of Arts with a specialization in fire and emergency management within political science. Three years later, the degree shifted to the Master of Science in Fire and Emergency Management Administration. That curriculum features public policy, human dimensions of disaster leadership, terrorism and strategic administration and organizational management.

"The Fire and Emergency Management Program at Oklahoma State University has been crucial to my success as a practitioner and academic,” Brian O’Neil FEMP Ph.D. candidate, said.

The future professions possible because of the degree deal with the mitigation, preparation, response and recovery from the adverse effects to exposures to technological, natural and social hazards. OSU’s degree program focuses on strategic policy, leadership, counterterrorism, human dimensions of disaster and organizational behavior.

“The program's professors form a perfectly constructed team with expert knowledge in all aspects of the fire service, emergency management, disaster sciences, risk theory, public administration and organizational behavior.” O’Neil said. “The program has allowed me to interact with emergency professionals worldwide, significantly enhancing my understanding of my profession.”

College Rank assesses accredited programs and universities for their rankings based on affordability, program accreditation and potential salary after graduation.

University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Jacksonville State, New Jersey City University and George Washington followed in the top five.