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First Responder Executive Leadership (COGS)

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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Never before has the need for a group of well-educated executive emergency management leaders been so great. In the aftermath of responses to 9/11 our systems for addressing the crisis have become stronger. However, the staggering loss of life caused by these terrorist acts demands that the principal focus of our nation’s emergency management system be the training of emergency management first responder executive leaders who can address critical incidents during times of crisis (such as flooding, humanitarian crisis, hurricane recovery, supply logistics, ect...).

At the helm of reducing our nation and its communities’ vulnerabilities and risks to such events is a set of executive skills that involve: fiscal management, ethical decision making, pre-event planning, taking the necessary steps to fully integrate staff and communities into a comprehensive management system that has the capacity necessary to respond to mass casualty events.

This certificate of graduate study is designed to equip our nation’s emergency management executive leaders at the federal, state, and local levels with the necessary skills to help communities, businesses, and individuals to protect themselves from threats and be able to mount an all-hazards response.

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The Certificate of Graduate Study in First Responder Executive Leadership is a full-time or part-time program offered at our Camden campus. It requires the completion of 12 graduate semester hours (4 courses).

  • 4 Courses / 12 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 9 S.H.
DPEM 00550 Disaster Policy and Legal Environment in Emergency Management 3
DPEM 00600 Public Budgeting and Finance for Emergency Managers 3
DPEM 00691 Administrative Public Policy and Law for Public Managers 3
Elective Courses: 3 S.H.
DPEM 00692 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining 3
DPEM 00615 Management of First Responder Organizations 3
CJ 09526 Management of Criminal Justice 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
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