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EMI Goes Green: Student course materials will no longer be available in printed format as common practice. Learn more about EMI's efforts to go green, and details about downloading student materials.

Due to the recent lapse in appropriation, the Independent Study Program is experiencing an unusually high volume of customer service requests, especially for exam results and course completion certificates. We ask for your patience as we aggressively address each customer’s inquiry.

Note: Applicants should not download the application until the revisions have been made. This is tentatively scheduled for February 18, 2019

How to Apply to the FY20 National Emergency Management Executive Academy

It is expected that the applications for these limited number of spaces will be very competitive in nature. Applicants should first look at the entire Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP) website to gauge which Academy they best fit in. Executive Academy Applicants are encouraged to carefully review all selection and application elements before submitting their application package.

Application packages will be reviewed by a selection committee in June. Applications must contain all six items listed below and submitted in the below order (1-6): (incomplete packages will not be considered)

  1. A General Admissions Application Form or FEMA Form 119-25-1 (Item 9.a. on the form should state “E0680 Systems Thinking and Research Methods for Executives”).
  2. The applicant’s signed Executive Academy Commitment Statement --> indicating their commitment to complete the entire program to include the four resident courses at EMI and the NEMAA Paper.
  3. A resume not to exceed two (2) pages (no required format).
  4. A cover letter from the applicant (not to exceed one (1) page) requesting admission to the program and specifying the applicant’s qualifications and perceived expectations of the program (no required format).
  5. An Advanced and Executive Academy Questionnaire .
  6. Letter of Recommendation from Supervisor.

To Submit Your FY20 Executive Academy Application Package

Applications must be submitted following EMI's standard application process. For details see: Included on this page are instructions about where to send your application package. Please note that State and Local applicants should forward their application to the appropriate State Emergency Management Agency for Emergency Management Services.

Admissions will process applications for the Executive Academy from March 1 - May 31 (for the next fiscal year cohort). For more information concerning the National Emergency Management Executive Academy and the application process, please visit or contact Joe Goldsberry at (301)447-1355 or

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 FY20

Cohort FY20-1

  • E0680 – February 24-27, 2020
  • E0682 – April 27-May 1, 2020
  • E0684 – June 15-19, 2020
  • E0686 – August 17-21, 2020

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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