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Master of Science in
Emergency Services

This 33-hour online program prepares students for careers in emergency services, disaster and emergency management, research and policy development, among other fields.

The Master of Science in Emergency Services degree is designed for individuals seeking advanced knowledge in emergency services, hazard mitigation and preparedness, disaster response, recovery, and homeland security.

With its emphasis on critical thinking, leadership skills and current research, this online degree is most appropriate for those who wish to extend their education beyond foundational fire and emergency services science, theory and practice.

Housed in the Department of Security and Emergency Services, the Emergency Services graduate program gives students advanced knowledge in the fields of Emergency Services, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security from expert faculty. All three areas are components of disasters and large-scale emergency events.

Through this program, students can complete all classes online as they fit into their schedules, allowing students to continue working throughout the duration of studies and begin applying learned skills right away.


About Emergency Services at the Worldwide & Online Campus

This 33-hour online degree will prepare students for possible careers in fire and emergency services, disaster management, emergency management, education and research, public policy development, organization management, leadership, and terrorism response. Current research areas supported by this degree include: hazardous materials, suppression systems, risk and crisis planning, geographic issues, pre- and post-disaster mitigation, and emerging technologies.

Highlights of the curriculum include:

  • Communication in the context of emergency services.
  • Issues related to the reactions of emergency service personnel responding to serious crises.
  • Learning how to evaluate and communicate statistical data to decision-makers in the public sector.
  • Considerations and impacts of weather and climate in emergency management, planning, and services.
  • Ethical challenges, as they relate to the emergency services.
  • Risk management, crisis management, information management and assurance, and approaches for developing resilient critical infrastructures, strategies, and organizations.
  • Essentials of fire protection and prevention in the context of safety, health and environmental management.
  • Application of safety and health management principles to the management of complex technical industries.
  • Understanding of the project management profession.

Offered completely online, this program also allows you to network with fellow professionals from around the world, as well as skillful faculty members with years of practical experience.

Tracks/Specialties and/or Certificates

  • The program has incorporated elements to assist students to earn the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) certificates. Emergency management courses have been added to the curriculum that can be considered as parts of the required professional training. Contents of these courses also will prepare our students for the certification exam.


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