Master of Emergency Management – MEmergMgt

With Massey’s Master of Emergency Management, you’ll learn to become a leader in managing emergencies effectively at operational and strategic levels.

Type of qualification

Master's degree

Level of study

Postgraduate study

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equal experience – you can study at the postgraduate level. Doctoral qualifications require additional entry requirements.

NZQF level 9

Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.

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Time to complete

1 year(s) full-time (180 credits)
Up to 5 years part-time
Part-time available

Where you can study

Distance and online
Wellington campus

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand

Study a Master of Emergency Management – MEmergMgt

Emergency management focuses on organising communities to respond to disasters. It also examines how to survive them, rebuild social structures and infrastructure, and sustain and preserve life.

Get in-depth understanding of emergency management issues

With the Master of Emergency Management you’ll gain in-depth knowledge about a range of emergency management issues, as well as practices and policies.

The Master of Emergency Management offers coursework and research pathway options.

This master’s programme will give you skills in:

  • critical application of theory and research
  • analysis, synthesis and critical evaluations of disaster risk
  • crisis leadership and communications
  • decision making
  • disaster management policy and procedure.

Learn from the leaders

You’ll work closely with academics and researchers at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research; a world leading institution that underpins teaching with rich and contemporary research.

A MEmergMgt is a good fit if you:

  • have an undergraduate degree and at least two years of relevant work experience
  • have a Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Management
  • are interested in research or advanced leadership in emergency management.

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Master of Emergency Management you will have:

  • been awarded or qualified for an undergraduate degree with a minimum B grade average across the 200/300 level major courses, and
  • at least two years relevant industry or professional experience, or
  • been awarded or qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Management or equivalent, with at least a B grade average.

If you have been awarded or qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Management as outlined above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the qualification if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Structure of the Master of Emergency Management

The Master of Emergency Management is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

Coursework or research pathway

You will undertake one of two pathways - the Coursework Pathway or the Research Pathway.

Coursework pathway

Progression to Part Two (Coursework Pathway) requires at least a B grade average across the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One

Research pathway

Progression to Part Two (Research Pathway) requires at least a B+ grade average across the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One. The research pathway includes a thesis.

Advanced entry

If you have a Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Management you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification. 

Courses and specialisations

Key terms

Courses
Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
Course code
Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
Credits
Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
Specialisations
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Credit summary

180 credits

Coursework Pathway

  • Part One compulsory courses – 60 credits
  • Part One electives from the Schedule – 60 credits
  • Part Two compulsory courses – 60 credits

Research Pathway

  • Part One compulsory courses – 60 credits
  • Part One elective from the Schedule – 30 credits
  • Part Two thesis course(s) 90 credits

Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements and have been granted credit for it, may be able to complete this degree in 60 - 120 credits.

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.

Course planning key

Prerequisites
Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Corequisites
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Restrictions
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Part One: Coursework Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (90 credits)

Compulsory courses (Choose 60 credits from)

Choose 60 credits from
Course code: 130705 Emergency Management 30 credits

An examination of the social, psychological, community and organisational aspects of disaster management in New Zealand. Emphasis is on the development and implementation of an all-hazards, comprehensive and integrated approach to emergency management. Selected readings and case studies will be used to facilitate the development of an effective response to social, psychological, community and organisational issues.

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Course code: 230703 Techniques and Methods in Evaluation Research 30 credits

An in-depth examination of a range of qualitative, quantitative, mixed and innovative methods, skills and techniques as they would be applied to practical, 'real-life' evaluation questions.

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Elective courses

Course code: 130701 Natural Hazards 30 credits

A study of natural hazards and their effects. Specific attention will be paid to earthquakes, windstorms, flooding, volcanicity, tsunamis and landslips and their impact on people and the environment. Hazards particularly relevant to New Zealand will be emphasised.

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Course code: 130702 Coping with Disasters 30 credits

Study of the human issues and problems involved in preparing for and coping with disasters. Attitudes towards disaster preparation are studied together with the nature of disasters and their effects on human beings. The organisation and control of human behaviour during disasters will be studied together with rehabilitation interventions, particularly for the alleviation of stress for those involved.

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Course code: 130706 Emergency Management in Practice 30 credits

This course studies the practical application of current emergency management theory. The emphasis is on examining a specific topic area, analysing current trends and discussing practices that will enhance reduction, readiness, response and recovery efforts in managing disasters and emergencies.

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Course code: 130707 Professional Inquiry in Emergency Management 30 credits

Analytical inquiry into the impact of a professional practice in an area of emergency management. Provides an opportunity for students to engage in inquiry skills and a critical dialogue to articulate effective and efficient professional practice in their work environment.

Prerequisites: 130705 and 230703

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Course code: 132751 Natural Hazards and Resilient Communities 30 credits

A study of natural hazards and the role of planning in building sustainable and disaster resilient communities. Develop and apply planning processes and tools to assess hazard vulnerability, reduce hazard risks, improve disaster readiness, develop effective response capabilities, and facilitate recovery.

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Part Two: Coursework Pathway (Choose 60 credits from)

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Course code: 130800 Advanced Leadership in Emergency Management 1 30 credits

This course explores the theory and practice of operational and strategic leadership applied in emergencies, including organisational psychology, politics, law, ethics, team leadership, communication and crisis decision making.

Prerequisites: 230703, 130705

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Course code: 130802 Advanced Leadership in Emergency Management 2 30 credits

A further exploration of the theory and practice of operational and strategic leadership applied in emergencies, including a deep examination of key case studies of advanced leadership and critical reflection on leadership practices.

Prerequisites: 130800

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Part Two: Research Pathway (Choose 90 credits from)

Choose 90 credits from
Course code: 130881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits

A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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Course code: 130882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits

A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

Corequisites: 130881

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Course code: 130883 Thesis 90 credits

A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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Fees and scholarships

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

Our graduates normally find positions as mid-to-senior level managers in organisations such as:

  • local government
  • Central Government
  • public safety agencies
  • international humanitarian aid organisations.

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