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  • The mission of the Emergency Management Administration (EMA) program is to prepare firefighters, emergency responders, military personnel, police officers, private-sector and other emergency-services professionals for advanced levels of administration and management within the emergency services professions.
  • This program is designed to meet the needs of full-time and part-time students.
  • Our primary focus is for non-traditional students who are currently working in emergency management, fire services, emergency medical services, and related fields.
  • The WTAMU EMA program has been approved by the State to accept the state tuition waiver. Firefighters who are employed or volunteer with a political subdivision and meet the requirements of the State of Texas will qualify for a tuition waiver for all courses as outlined by Texas Education Code 54.353.
  • The Main program goals include
    • Increasing administrative capabilities of emergency responders by providing a state-of-the-art online learning environment.
    • Expanding all of our students' current written and verbal skills that will enable them to present themselves and their agencies to any community before, during, and after emergency situations.
    • Creating an outstanding commitment to service with the EMA community and WTAMU.
    • Providing cutting edge curriculum from experienced faculty who support a student’s professional and intellectual development.
    • Expanding the student’s current leadership capabilities within and contributions to the EMA profession.
    • Helping communities, both large and small, to deal with and minimize the effects caused by emergencies.


  1. A student applying for their Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) Emergency Management Administration degree will apply to West Texas A&M University through the state's online application portal, Apply Texas
  2. This is a BAAS degree program so applicants must have a BAAS block of technical/vocational credits (up to a maximum of 36 hours) that will transfer to the University at the same time academic credits are transferred. 
  3. For this BAAS degree program, each applicant needs to possess an Associates Degree (of any major) prior to starting work towards the degree at WTAMU. 
  4. The applicant must have an overall Grade Point Average of 2.0. This is also a requirement to keep eligibility for the tuition waiver. 
  5. If you have found it necessary to take a break from your studies, we are glad to see you back. Returning students should complete the EZ Re-Entry Application. Additional information can be found at the Returning Applicants Admissions web page.

For any student interested in receiving credit for course work obtained from a regionally accredited college or university please forward a copy of your unofficial transcripts for review. We will assess your transcripts to provide you an unofficial degree audit. This will provide you an idea of the classes you may need in order to complete our degree requirements. 

The EMA program no longer requires a secondary application. 


  • Prof. Greg Ingham earned a B.S. in Political Science from WTAMU and his Masters of Public Administration from Texas Tech University. He earned his designation as a Certified Public Manager from Texas Tech University through the Texas State University program. Mr. Ingham has more than 35 years of experience as a City Manager in Texas cities. He served over 20 years on the Board of Directors for the Texas Municipal League - Intergovernmental Risk Pool which is a statewide entity that provides a variety of risk coverage to Texas cities and related public entities. Mr. Ingham is a member of the Texas City Management Association and the International City Management Association. He teaches Ethics and the Justice and EMA System, Public Administration, Public Personnel Management, and Public Finance Administration.
  • Dr. Darrell Lovell is an assistant professor of political science researching on education, housing policy, public management, state and local politics as well as pedagogy. He received his Doctorate in Public Policy and Administration from West Chester University in 2018, Master in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver in 2011, and his B.S. in political science and public relations. He teaches courses in state and local government, public policy, public administration practice and theory, and public management. As an administrator, he's worked for government agencies in the states of Louisiana and Texas, FEMA, as well as working in government relations for two nonprofits. 
  • Dr. Justin Moeller received his undergraduate degree in political science and public administration from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. His Ph.D. is from the University of Georgia. He teaches Administrative Law. Dr. Moeller is the author of several law review articles and primarily studies legal development and legal process. 
  • Dr. Dave Rausch received a B.A. in political science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1989, an M.A. in political science from the University of Oklahoma in 1992 and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Oklahoma in 1995. Dr. Rausch teaches Statistics for the Social Sciences, along with other courses primarily in the area of American political institutions and religion and politics, as well as American national government and American state and local government.


  • Jobs will expand into
    • All levels of American government
    • Private industry
    • Nonprofit organizations
  • Job growth occurs in 
    • Firefighting
    • Policing
    • EMS/Paramedic Respondents
    • Homeland Security


  • Median wage of recent EMA graduates - $65,223
  • Average wage of recent EMA graduates - $71,006

(Data source: Career Services) 


  • Awareness of the history of disasters and emergency management
  • Effective interpersonal and group communications
  • Leadership, management & decision making skills
  • Personal, organizational, & professional development
  • Definitions, mission, concepts, and terminology used and applied in emergency management
  • Human dimensions in social, political, economic, cultural and ecological issues
  • Policy and legal dimensions of the statutory basis of emergency management
  • Areas of emergency management responsibility
  • Risk assessment process and methodology
  • Fiscal dimensions of emergency management
  • Awareness and promotion of emergency management
  • Emergency management standards, best practices, and comparative practices
  • Public administration and community planning and development
  • Public, private and nongovernmental organization networking
  • Current and emerging technologies

Degree Option

  • Graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Applied Art and Science in Emergency Management Administration


Emergency Management Administration (B.A.A.S.)


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Tuition Waivers

The information of tuition waivers for Texas firefighters and peace officers can be found on the FAQ page