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Graduate Certificate Programs

Crown College provides an affordable professional development option through our Graduate Certificate Programs.  Students enrolled in these programs benefit from short, 7-week online courses and access to the same outstanding faculty teaching in our Master’s degrees.

Program distinctives:

  • Four course (12 credit) graduate certificates that can be earned with less than a year of part-time study.
  • Affordable pricing.  Under $4000 for the whole program.*
  • Convenient online courses designed for the schedules of working adults.
  • Engaging instructors who have experience in their fields of study.
  • Coursework that is applicable to your work context.

Crown Graduate Certificates are designed especially for:

  • Professionals with experience in their field who need advanced training or credentialing.
  • Leaders who have a Master’s degree in another field, but want to do more focused studies that are more directly applicable to their work.
  • Learners who want to try graduate work without committing to a full 36 hour Master’s degree program.  (Graduate Certificates can transfer into several of Crown’s Master’s degree programs for those who want to continue.)

*Tuition only. Does not include books and fees.  Students in certificate programs are not eligible for federal or state financial aid.

Graduate Certificate in Disaster and Emergency Management:

The Graduate Certificate in Disaster and Emergency Management is designed to help students:

  • Successfully lead organizations in domestic and international contexts
  • Learn effective leadership strategies for each phase in the disaster management cycle
  • Enhance skills in areas such as emergency preparedness, operations management and interagency coordination
  • Develop the skills needed to effectively serve victims of disaster

Certificate Courses (12 credits)

  1.      DEM 5202: Disaster Management Leadership and Planning—3 credits
  2.      DEM 55xx Disaster Management Applied Practicum—3 credits

Choose 2 from the following:

  1.   DEM 5010 Public Policy for Emergency Management—3 credits
  2.   DEM 5012 Community Emergency Preparedness—3 credits
  3.   DEM 5014 Emergency Operations Management—3 credits
  4.   DEM 5018 Hazards Mitigation—3 credits
  5.   DEM 5020 Disaster Relief and Redevelopment—3 credits

“Crown’s B.S. degree in Disaster and Emergency Management uniquely positions graduates to work within government, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to effectively and professionally respond to crises. Our graduates will apply their leadership and management expertise using strategic planning and decision-making models from a Christian perspective, bringing ethics and cultural sensitivity to the practice of emergency and crisis management.” – Darin Mather, PhD, Program Chair, Social Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Community Development

The Graduate Certificate in Community Development is designed to help students:

  • Gain skills in community development and community organizing
  • Learn to empower individuals and revitalize communities
  • Successfully lead community development organizations in domestic and international contexts
  • Effectively implement community development initiatives in multicultural contexts

Certificate Courses (12 credits)

  1. INT 5520: Foundations in Principles of Holistic Ministry
  2. INT 5521: Methods of Community Organizing and Community Development
  3. INT 5522: Contemporary Issues in Community Development

Choose from:

  1. GRD 5310: Program Planning and Evaluation
  2. or

  3. DEM 5020: Disaster Relief and Redevelopment
  • Degree Options
    DEM Graduate Emphasis

    The emphasis in Disaster and Emergency Management can be taken as part of Crown’s Master of Arts degrees in Organizational Leadership, Global Leadership, Ministry Leadership, Christian Studies or the Master of Divinity. This allows students to pair their interest in Disaster Management with degrees designed to train leaders in various organizational, international and ministry contexts.

    Accelerated Master’s Degree Program

    Undergraduate students who wish to obtain a Master’s degree, can take graduate level coursework as part of their Bachelor’s program and apply these courses toward their MA degree. This can greatly cut the time it takes to complete the Master’s and it saves money.

    Disaster and Emergency Management courses can be taken as part of Crown’s Master of Arts degrees in Organizational Leadership, Global Leadership, Ministry Leadership, Christian Studies or the Master of Divinity. This allows students to pair their interest in Disaster Management with accelerated degrees designed to train leaders in various organizational, international and ministry contexts.

    Graduate Certificate

    Students who do not wish to complete a full MA program, can receive a 12 credit Graduate Certificate in Disaster and Emergency Management. Undergraduate students can take graduate level coursework as part of their Bachelor’s program and apply these courses toward a graduate certificate.

  • Career Paths
    The career outlook for the Disaster and Emergency Management field is strong with 6% projected growth over the coming years. Click here for a full labor report.

    Crown graduates with a minor in Disaster and Emergency Management can work in a variety of fields. Here are possible areas in which you could work:

    • Emergency Response Services
    • Public Safety
    • Disaster Relief Organizations
    • Risk Management (public and private sectors)

    Examples of organizations that hire employees with Disaster and Emergency Management degrees:

    • FEMA
    • State, County and Municipal Governments
    • Non-profits like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Samaritan’s Purse
    • Businesses seeking risk management and response professionals

    Click here for information on average salaries in the field.

  • Tuition
    An Affordable Online College Education.

    Earning your degree online makes sense. It’s convenient and provides an invaluable advantage to your future success. At Crown College, it’s also affordable. Crown is one of the 10 most affordable Christian colleges in the Midwest. With 98 percent of our students receiving some form of financial aid, we will work with you to figure out the best financial aid package available.

    Financial aid funding is made available by the federal and state governments. Crown College’s School of Online Studies and Graduate School programs participate in the Federal Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant and Federal Direct Stafford Loans to help finance your education.

    Most financial aid is awarded on the basis of need. The first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is the government form used to help assess a family’s financial strength. Crown’s school code for FAFSA is: 002383. Students must apply for financial aid each year to be considered for funding.

    Tuition and Fees

    For a list of the Online and Graduate School’s current tuition and fees, please click here.

  • Interesting Facts
    Between 2000 and 2012, natural disasters caused $1.7 trillion in damage and affected 2.9 billion people. Read more here.

    These events are greatly increasing in recent years. Visit this site for the most up-to-date statistics.

    Visit this site to view The Economic and Human Impact of Disasters worldwide in the last 10 years.

  • What You Need to Pursue This Degree
    Those applying for entrance into this program will be required to have an accredited bachelor’s degree in any subject. Experience in the field of Disaster Management is helpful, but not necessary.
  • FAQs
    How long does it take to complete the degree?

    Most students complete the degree program in two years.

    How often do I have to be on campus?

    Crown’s MA programs are 100% online and have no requirement for you to travel to campus for any aspect of the program. Although it is a fully online degree program, you will have a dedicated advisor who will provide academic support, guidance and advice throughout the program. You will also have direct access to each of your instructors and will be able to reach them via phone or email.

    While not required, we do hope you will join us on-site for your graduation! We host several special events for our online students and their families at our main campus in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota the day before graduation. The actual commencement service is held on a Saturday.

    Do I have to meet for class at a specific time?

    Crown’s online classes are asynchronous meaning that there are no set meeting times. Students must meet regular assignment deadlines (usually on Thursday and Sunday night), but they can complete their work at any time during the week that best fits their schedules.

    What jobs can I get with this degree?

    Some of the positions served by individuals with expertise in Disaster Management could include:

    • Disaster Program Manager
    • Disaster Workforce Engagement Manager
    • Emergency Communications Specialist
    • Executive Director
    • Individual & Community Preparedness Specialist
    • Lead Disaster Specialist
    • Manager, Information Management & Planning
    • Materials & Logistics Coordinator Manager
    • Volunteer Services Officer
    • Director of Emergency Services
    • Director of Volunteer Services
    • Homeland Security Officer
    • FEMA Agent
    • Emergency Management Specialist
    • Disaster Recovery Manager

    Do I need to be a trained military professional, law enforcement officer, medical personnel, or volunteer already to complete this program?

    No, although some familiarity with first response positions will certainly help for this particular major.

    Can I transfer into the MA program if I’m still working on my bachelor’s degree?

    Students are required to have a bachelor’s degree to be considered for the program. Undergraduate students at Crown College have the option of taking several graduate level Disaster and Emergency Management classes to count toward their undergraduate degree. This will allow them to complete their graduate program more quickly when they start it.

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