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The National Emergency Management Executive Academy

In collaboration with academia, renowned practitioners and industry leaders, Emergency Management Institute (EMI) has created the National Emergency Management Executive Academy to produce a comprehensive and contemporary curriculum supporting the advancement of strategic and policy level executive leadership.

The National Emergency Management Executive Academy provides an ideal setting for a diverse representation of senior emergency management leaders to come together in a collaborative learning environment to explore contemporary and emerging 21st century challenges. The program hones strategic leadership thinking for senior leaders involved with multi-jurisdictional, national, international, public health, private industry, and institutes of higher education homeland security and emergency management policy development responsibilities. Participants work collaboratively on capstone projects, leveraging the wealth of knowledge they bring to the cohort, in order to improve doctrine, policy, and practice to shape the future of the emergency management profession.

If you have a suggestion for a specific emergency management challenge that you would like an executive cohort team to consider for their Academy capstone project, please email

Target Audience

The Executive Academy is designed for emergency management senior leaders in State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial governments; non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, and private sector entities. Ideal candidates will serve in key senior leadership positions and are responsible for decisions that have a significant effect on emergency management policies.

The audience may include, but is not limited to:

  • Emergency management and homeland security directors or advisors leading in local, state, multijurisdictional, or large metropolitan areas;
  • Emergency management leaders from allied disciplines in the public sector, such as public utilities, K-12 education, higher education, public transportation, and military/DSCA roles;
  • Administrators, such as members of the Governor's Cabinet or chief/director of an agency;
  • Federal administrators, at the Appointed or Senior Executive Service (SES)/GS15 level; and
  • Directors of voluntary organizations.

EMI will select up to 40 emergency management executives to participate in the Executive Academy per year. Each Cohort will reflect a Whole Community composition.


Depth and breadth of experience in an EM position or applicable work experience will be considered for exceptional candidates.

Classroom Course Requirement

  • E0680: Examining Emergency Management Policy and Doctrine (32 hours) 4 days
  • E0682: Leading Complex Systems (32 hours) 4 days
  • E0684: Interpreting the Contemporary Emergency Management Environment (32 hours) 4 days
  • E0686: Creating the Emergency Management Stakeholder Community (32 hours) 4 days

Tuition and Travel Reimbursement:

There is no cost for tuition.

Some individuals may be eligible for stipend reimbursement. or 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.


  • 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 more information about the National Emergency Management Executive Academy, contact

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