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Master’s Program


Graduate Program Director: Dr. Lucy Wilson
Graduate Program Coordinator: Renee Decker


The UMBC Emergency Health Services graduate study programs encompass the system components listed above. The program is primarily focused on preparing professionals for leadership roles requiring skill in planning, research, development, and organizational operations. The different track curriculums are designed to provide graduate level training and education to health care providers, researchers, educators, policy makers and administrators.


Two tracks are available within the Emergency Health Services Master’s program:

Each track begins with a mandatory core of (4) courses, followed by track specific courses.

The Administration, Planning and Policy provides all of its courses from within our department through distance education (completely online) or through on-campus/hybrid courses. These courses focus on the skills and knowledge necessary to exercise leadership within the EHS field. Elective courses are available from the departments of Policy Sciences, Sociology, and Nursing, but may not be available online.

The Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology is designed for those interested in the public health side of emergency health services, including such areas of work as injury prevention, health policy, and disaster and refugee health services.

(Optional Concurrent Enrollment with M.S. Degree)

An Education Concentration is available and can be combined with either of the tracks listed above. This concentration is designed for clinicians who want to learn modern principles behind education, including curriculum design and validation, instructional system development, and education program management. This concentration is a cooperative effort with the UMBC Department of Education and includes an ISD Certificate combined with one of the degree tracks. Courses are available through distance education (completely online).

(Optional Concurrent Enrollment with M.S. Degree)

This certificate can be obtained as a stand-alone option, or as part of the M.S. degree. The certificate provides a 5-course (minimum) option for those interested in emergency management, with two recommended courses of optional study. Under the guidance of the program advisor, combinations of these tracks may be possible. Courses are available through distance education (completely online) or through on-campus/hybrid courses. Consult with an departmental advisor if interested in this option.


***The GRE requirement has been waived for students with a GPA below 3.2 but with at least a 3.0 for FALL 2021 applications only. Waivers for future semesters will be reevaluated during the Fall 2021 semester. GPA’s under 3.0 will be evaluated on a case by case basis.***

Regular admission criteria for the Graduate School are required for all prospective degree-seeking Emergency Health Services graduate students. You must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least a 3.0. If your grade point average is under 3.2, you will be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for entrance into the Emergency Health Services program. Completion of another post-graduate degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 is an acceptable substitute. Those wishing to “test the waters” or to enroll in one or two courses without degree candidacy may register as Non-Degree Students. Consult with a departmental advisor for more information. Applications are available through the graduate school.

For International Students: An English proficiency test is required for most international students. The Graduate School has a minimum TOEFL score of 80. The IELTS minimum total score is 6.5 for students wishing to study at UMBC and our program prefers a 7.0 overall, with a minimum 6.5 in both written and reading comprehension. A minimum score of 53 is required on the PTE Academic test. Consult the UMBC Graduate School International Admissions page for further requirements and deadlines.

For the current application cycle we will also be accepting a Duolingo minimum score of 105.


Master’s level EHS programs require a minimum of 30 hours of credit which must be completed within five years from the date of initial enrollment. With continuous enrollment each semester, most students complete the degree in about two years. A three year time frame will be typical for many part-time students, although earlier completion is possible.


Students in the EHS undergraduate program who meet specific qualifications may opt for a combined BS/MS degree. Application for this program is made during your Junior year of undergraduate study and must be approved by both the Graduate Program Director and the Advisor for your undergraduate degree track. Once approved, you will need to apply to the Graduate School for the EHS Master’s degree track you wish to pursue and will be allowed to start taking graduate level courses during your Senior year. Under optimal conditions, this program can be completed in five (5) years.

Download Application: Accelerated BA/MS Application



EHS Graduate Program Alumni Careers and Positions after Graduation  (PDF)