Master of Emergency Management


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Program Description

Establish yourself as a specialist in 21st-century emergency management. The Master of Emergency Management from Charles Sturt University provides advanced knowledge and skills for professionals on a leadership trajectory or those seeking a qualification to complement their experience.

Designed to respond to all sectors of industry, commerce and government with an interest in asset management and asset protection, this emergency management course provides a theoretical and practical foundation to instil best practice approaches.

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Course highlights

The Master of Emergency Management gives you the opportunity to hone your professional expertise through a far-reaching examination of contemporary emergency risk management practices.

  • Comprehensive program:
    You'll investigate and analyse contemporary emergency management practices in work environments and undertake assessments relevant to your workplace or industry. You'll perform critical analyses of emergency management practice, undertake literature reviews, and gather and analyse data.
  • Convenient online study:
    Online delivery of our emergency management course gives you the freedom to choose when and where you complete your degree. Subject to university approval, you can also fast-track or slow down your study program to fit in with your other commitments.
  • Industry relevance:
    To ensure you gain the latest knowledge and skills, Charles Sturt develops and reviews course content in collaboration with emergency management agencies, regulators, universities, research bodies, private industry and emergency services providers throughout Australia.
  • Global standing:
    Established in 1993, our Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is an international leader in emergency management, law enforcement and security education. Academics bring a wealth of practical, operational, policy and strategic experience to their teaching roles.

Career opportunities

Few professions demand the depth and breadth of professional standards and capabilities required in emergency management. As a graduate of the Master of Emergency Management, you'll possess a level of expertise that is highly valued by employers nationwide. This qualification provides professional development and may aid with career advancement or promotion. You could pursue senior and executive roles in statutory emergency services, community and health services, the military or government.


For each 8 point subject, you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

Graduation requirements

As a Charles Sturt University student, throughout your course, you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with Charles Sturt University at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

Please note: if you choose to study online with Charles Sturt University, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

Entry requirements

Applicants who wish to be considered for admission to the course will have to satisfy all of the following criteria, which will be considered the equivalent of a four-year degree:

  • the successful completion of a three-year degree in emergency management, risk management or an allied discipline area;
  • at least five years experience in an industry related to this field of study;
  • evidence of continuing professional education and development;
  • evidence of emergency management role and responsibilities within their industry, organisation or community.

English language requirements

You can normally meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for entry to most Charles Sturt University courses by doing one of the following:

  • Providing evidence of having completed a sufficient standard of study in English.
  • Obtaining Academic IELTS within the last 2 years, with a minimum overall score of 6 and no individual score below 5.5.
  • Obtaining a qualification deemed to be equivalent to Academic IELTS (and its minimum scores) by Charles Sturt.


When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At Charles Sturt University, we’re with you every step of the way.

Key points

  • Charles Sturt University is Australia’s leading regional university. Charles Sturt campuses are small, friendly communities, based in vibrant regional Australian locations.
  • Charles Sturt University is #1 for graduate employment, More Charles Sturt grads get jobs faster than grads from any other university in Australia. (Good Universities Guide 2020/21).
  • Charles Sturt’s approach to teaching and learning combined with hands-on experience ensures graduates have the best opportunities to kickstart careers in their chosen profession.
Last updated Aug 2020

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