West Texas A&M University

Buff Transit Tracker
Emergency Management Administration Program

Emergency Management Administration

New Applications Are Being Accepted until March 31, 2015 for Fall Enrollment

Please Apply for Both the University and the Program (See Instruction Below)

All major courses available online


  • 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 upon 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. Applicant must possess an associate degree.
  2. The applicant must have the BAAS Block of technical/vocational credits (up to a maximum of 36 hours) converted to academic hours prior to application.
  3. The applicant must have an overall Grade Point Average of 2.0. It is also a requirement to keep eligibility for the tuition waiver.
  4. Applicants are recommended to submit a 2-page personal statement to the program director. The statement can include the applicant's professional background, career plan, and the reasons why he/she applies to the EMA program in WTAMU.
  5. Tuition Waiver
    a. To receive the Tuition waiver, the applicant must be certified as a Firefighter by a responsible official in the department/agency in which he/she serves.
    b. The certification form must be received prior to April 1 for the Fall semester. The subsequent certifications must be received prior to the 12th class day of each long semester (Springs and Falls). It is suggested to have the tuition waiver submitted in March for the Fall and in November for the Spring for a timely approval. The Summer sessions will be associated with Spring certification only. Late certification submission will be rejected but can be applied to the following long semester if the student keeps an active status.
    c. The applicant must have completed five years of Firefighter service by the end of the degree.
    d. Eligibility for tuition waiver will be certified by the EMA Program Coordinator (Dr. Xiangyu Li, xli@wtamu.edu) or Department Head (Dr. Keith Price, kprice@wtamu.edu) of Political Science & Criminal Justice.
    e. Tuition waivers when approved will be transmitted to Registrar for handling.
    f. Approved applicants are responsible to pay university fees, which are not covered by the tuition waiver.
  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 webpage (http://www.wtamu.edu/admissions/apply_returning.aspx).
  7. If the applicant will not occupy on-campus facilities, he/she can submit the distance education fee waiver each semester of attendance.
  8. Application materials should be submitted to Admissions office between Jan. 1 and March 31 of each year. A cohort of up to 50 applicants will be admitted and start in the Fall semester. Being accepted by the university does not guarantee program acceptance.


  • Dr. James Calvi received his bachelor and master's degree in political science from Oklahoma State University. His Ph.D. is from the University of Missouri—Columbia. He teaches Administrative Law. Dr. Calvi is also the co-author of three textbooks published by Prentice-Hall, Inc.
  • Professor 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 Public Administration and Public Personnel Administration.
  • Dr. Xiangyu Li received his bachelor degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Nanjing University in 2006, and Ph.D. in Public Administration and Management from the University of North Texas in 2014. Dr. Li teaches Risk Management, Principles of Emergency Management, GIS Technology for Public and Emergency Management, and Emergency Management Directed Research.
  • Dr. Keith Price received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Administration in 1983. He spent thirty years in the Texas prison system where he served as the Warden of five prisons. He teaches Ethics in the Criminal Justice and EMA Systems. He is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology.
  • Dr. Dave Rausch received a B.A. in political science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1989, a 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 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.
  • Professor Claudia Stravato received her B.S. in Government in 1974 and her M.A. in Government in 1976, from West Texas A & M University. Ms. Stravato served as Deputy State Comptroller under Comptroller Bob Bullock for 17 years. She founded Executive Women in State Government in 1983, ran Mr. Bullock’s successful campaign for Lt. Governor from 1988 – 1990, and joined UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas as Director of Professional Education for 6 years. She returned to Amarillo and was named CEO of Planned Parenthood of Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle for 11 years. She teaches Organization Theory in the Public Sector.


  • 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 - $60,000
  • Average entry-level wage for College of Education and Social Sciences graduates - $40,000


  • 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



Emergency Management Administration (B.A.A.S.)


Cost Calculator


Twitter facebook