West Texas A&M
Emergency Management Program

Proudly serving first responders and emergency management professionals since 2002.


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As the floodwaters rise, the hurricane approaches, the wildfire rages, or the tornado bears down on your community, are you the person that wants to help the survivors and then work to assure that when this happens again your community will have programs in place to reduce the damage and harm in the future?

The mission of the Emergency Management Administration (EMA) program is to prepare firefighters, police officers, emergency responders, military personnel, private-sector, and other emergency-services professionals for advanced levels of administration and management within the emergency services professions.

A bachelor’s degree will open up a world of new opportunities to advance your career. The Emergency Management Administration program at WT is one of the best programs in Texas. We offer a 100% online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree. Our program provides students with foundational and advanced knowledge and a broad range of administrative skills in preventing, planning, and preparing for, responding to, and recovering from unpredictable, dangerous, and sometimes catastrophic situations that require inter-agency and/or inter-jurisdictional involvement.

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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 on 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.


  • 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 a modern 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.


  • 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


  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.


  • 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.
  • Melissa Henderson earned her B.S. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and her Masters of Public Administration from Texas Tech University. She has 20 years of experience working in local government as an Urban Planner for a rapidly growing city and as a consultant and grant writer for local communities and non-profits across the state of Texas. Ms. Henderson has served on the downtown Main Street board of directors, Texas Planning Association board of directors, and the Urban Design District Board of Directors for the City of Amarillo. She currently teaches Nonprofit Management and Organizational Theory.
  • 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 and Principles of Emergency Management. 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.
  • Dr. Ming Xie is an assistant professor of public administration and emergency management administration. She received her Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China. Dr. Xie's research focuses on emergency management and social vulnerability, nonprofit accountability, and intercultural communication. She teaches Introduction to Emergency Management, Municipal Government, Directed Research, and Emergency Management and Social Vulnerability.


  • Jobs will expand into
    • All levels of 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) 


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Emergency Management Administration Program
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