West Texas A&M University

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Emergency Management Administration Program

Emergency Management Administration

The 2019-2020 admission is closed. The 2020-2021 Fall admission will be open on January 1, 2020 (see instruction below)

All major courses available online

Ranked #2 for the 35 Best Online Emergency Management Degrees by College Choice

Ranked #9 for the 30 Best Online Bachelor's in Emergency Management Degrees 2018 by Best Degree Programs


  • The mission of the Emergency Management Administration (EMA) program is to prepare our students for advanced levels of administration and management within the emergency services professions.
  • 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
  • Apply all tuition waivers and course requirements as required by the Texas State Legislature and Texas Statute 54.353
  • WTAMU accepts the state tuition waiver offered under this statute
  • The 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. All applicants should be admitted to the university prior to applying for the EMA program.
  2. As a BAAS degree program, every applicant must possess an associate degree of any major prior to starting work on the degree at WTAMU.
  3. The applicant must have the BAAS Block of technical/vocational credits (up to a maximum of 36 hours) transferred to the university on or before March 31 of the application year. Hours of academic credit may be transferred along with the block.
  4. The applicant must have an overall Grade Point Average of 2.0. It is also a requirement to keep eligibility for the tuition waiver.
  5. Applicants are recommended to submit a 2-page personal statement along with the application. The statement can include the applicant's professional background, career plan, and the reasons why he/she applies to the EMA program in WTAMU.
  6. Returning students should complete the EZ Re-Entry Application (https://apps.wtamu.edu/ez/). Additional information can be found at the Returning Applicants Admissions web page (http://www.wtamu.edu/admissions/apply_returning.aspx).
  7. Application materials that are specified to the program enrollment (not the university) should be submitted to the program (EMAPA@wtamu.edu) between January 1 and March 31 of each year. The email of intent or the personal statement should include the applicant's Buff ID. Being accepted by the university does not guarantee program acceptance.


  • 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. 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


  • Strong ability in academic writing
  • Skills of communication with individual and group audiences
  • Effective reading and understanding of academic publications
  • Logic and reasoning that help identify the latent factors of any incidents
  • A habit of reading news from various sources