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The Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to monitor the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as it relates to COVID-19. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the CDC is encouraging organizations to promote social distancing, hold meetings via videoconferencing, reduce non-essential travel, and adjust or postpone events and gatherings. We also continue to evaluate the local and national situation and will provide regular updates.

Students will be notified in advance concerning the status of their on-campus course offering.

We thank you for your understanding, and we invite you to visit our extensive catalog of Independent Study Courses as well as classroom courses available by virtual delivery.

How to Apply to the FY21 National Emergency Management Executive Academy

The National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Admissions Branch will start accepting applications for the Executive Academy from April 6 – June 26 for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Cohort. A formal selection board will convene to review the application packages with an announcement of the results made to applicants in September.

There are a limited number of spaces for the Cohort and applications are expected to be very competitive in nature. Applicants should first look at the entire Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP) website to gauge for which Academy they are best suited. Executive Academy Applicants are encouraged to review all selection and application requirements before submitting their application package.

Application packages will be reviewed by the selection committee.  Applications must be submitted through the online registration system and must have the Application Package document attached to the online registration.  Any attachments other than the required Application Package documents will not be considered.  Incomplete application packages will not be considered by the selection panel.

Click here to access the Applications Package document. This document needs to be downloaded and saved to your PC prior to filling it out. This one document, which is a fillable PDF Form, needs to be attached to your online application.

This form includes:

  • Candidate Information
  • A cover letter requesting consideration for admission to the program and specifying the applicant’s qualifications and expectations of the program. 
  • Resume
  • Executive Academy Commitment Statement.  This indicates commitment to complete the entire program, which consists of the four resident courses at EMI and the Capstone Project.
  • Academy Questionnaire
  • A Recommendation letter from your Supervisor.
  • Signatures.  This page has a location for the electronic signatures of both the applicant and the applicant’s supervisor. 

Once the Application Package is complete with signatures, save the document as a PDF file with the following file naming convention: 

  • LastnameFirstname.EA.FY21.  Example:  SmithJessica.EA.FY21

The final step is to apply through the online admissions system.  Attach the completed Application Package within the online application.

Click here for instructions on filling out the online applications form.

Application Selection Criteria

Our admissions committee will select the most qualified applicants while ensuring a mixture of communities of practices. Applicants will be rated based on:

  • Current position and responsibilities
  • Executive-level emergency management leadership experience
  • Past and projected contributions to emergency management policy
  • Capacity to benefit from and positively influence the Executive Academy and the Cohort experience

Tentative Course Dates for FY21

Cohort FY21

  • E0680 – February 22-25, 2021
  • E0682 – May 17-20, 2021
  • E0684 – August 16-19, 2021
  • E0686 – September 13-16, 2021

Tuition and Travel Reimbursement

There is no cost for tuition. Some individuals may be eligible for stipend reimbursement.

  • State, local or tribal government representatives.
  • Recognized volunteer organization representatives.
  • Active emergency management organization representatives.
  • Representatives from state or local fire organizations.


  • Federal government. (Federal students are subject to federal travel regulations and travel under orders prepared by their office.)
  • Private industry employees.
  • Employees who are contracted to federal, state or local government entities (such as rural-metro departments).
  • Representatives of a foreign organization.

For information about travel reimbursement eligibility and procedures, see the NETC Welcome Package at:
If you have any questions about your eligibility to receive a stipend, please contact Admissions either by email at or by phone at 301-447-1035.

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