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Program Format

The emergency management degree program is structured as an executive-style, extended weekend format. Classes are held one weekend per month for three consecutive months each academic quarter at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.

Year 1 Sample Schedule (Autumn)

  Thursday Friday Saturday
9 am–12 pm Students arrive prior to 2pm class Class: Emergency Management, Policy Making, Law and Ethics Class: Foundations of Emergency
Management and Homeland Security
(8 am–12 pm Saturday only)
12 pm–2 pm Lunch Break Lunch Break
2 pm–4 pm Class: Foundations of Emergency
Management and Homeland Security
(2–5 pm Thursday only)
Class: Foundations of Emergency
Management and Homeland Security
Class: Emergency Management, Policy Making, Law and Ethics
4 pm–6 pm Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break
6 pm–10 pm Class: Emergency Management, Policy Making, Law and Ethics
  • Study time
  • Instructor office hours
  • Table-top exercise
  • Lecture series
  • Study time
  • Instructor office hours
  • Table-top exercise
  • Group work

Year 2 Sample Schedule (Autumn)

  Thursday Friday Saturday
9 am–12 pm Students Arrive

Class: Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases

-Or-

Class: Business Continuity, Resilience and Sustainability

Class: Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases

-Or-

Class: Business Continuity, Resilience and Sustainability

(8 am—12 pm Saturday only)

12 pm–2 pm Lunch Break Lunch Break
2 pm–4 pm Class: Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases

-Or-

Class: Business Continuity, Resilience and Sustainability

  • Study time
  • Instructor office hours
  • Table-top exercise
  • Group work
  • Capstone project
4 pm–6 pm Dinner Break Dinner Break
6 pm–10 pm
  • Study time
  • Instructor office hours
  • Table-top exercise
  • Lecture series
  • Capstone project
  • Study time
  • Instructor office hours
  • Table-top exercise
  • Group work
  • Capstone project