The security of our country is a very big responsibility and in 2003, the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas created the Executive Master’s Degree in Emergency and Crisis Management program to train men and women to enter this specialized field of security.

(Photo courtesy of Christine Gibbs Springer, Ph.D)

(Photo courtesy of Christine Gibbs Springer, Ph.D)

Christine Gibbs Springer, Ph.D was appointed on Sept. 1, 2006 to be the director and professor of the ECEM Degree Program as well as serve as a professor of public administration. As of July 2012, 375 students have graduated from the two-year program that they completed online along with attending five to six weekends on campus. This is the only full executive Master of Science degree for both homeland security and emergency management in the country designed to train graduates to be able to analyze, address and understand domestic and international acts that are intentional along with technical and natural disasters.

“When I was asked, I took it over,” said Dr. Springer. “I believe it is truly an important degree for people to have to move ahead in the profession of homeland security.”

Her own educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona, a Master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University and a Doctorate degree in Public Administration from Indiana University.

“My education really helped me since there were no degrees in emergency management and homeland security when I took over the program. Public administration was one of the academic fields that would be the best fit to create this new degree program. Emergency managers, safety officers and homeland security professionals work in the public sector,” she explained.

Dr. Springer advises, “One of the fields with the most job opportunities is emergency management and homeland security particularly for people who are working as a firefighter or policeman or have served in the army forces and want to move up to the management position.  There are many opportunities in this field such as homeland security, public safety, emergency management and disaster preparedness paying a very good salary and providing a very valuable service.”

Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on


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