emergency management and homeland security, MA

pursuing your degree at ASU

The Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security is offered by the College of Public Service & Community Solutions through ASU Online. The program can be completed in as little as one year.

Careers in emergency management and homeland security represent excellent opportunities for those interested in meaningful public service. Practitioners in these areas contribute to community resilience, risk reduction of natural and human-made hazards, public safety and homeland defense and overall community sustainability—all in the performance of their daily responsibilities.

The MA in emergency management and homeland security degree program will help you promote healthier and more vibrant communities through more effective management of hazards and crises. Our program trains current practitioners and the next generation of leaders in these fields to serve communities across the United States. Through collaboration among faculty, students and the practitioner community, we offer a leading-edge program that addresses the complex array of 21st century challenges which require thoughtful and informed leadership.

A culminating experience is expected. This mentored, applied project ties theory to practice.

By the end of the program, you will have a well-developed understanding of central concepts and effective practices in the professional domains of emergency management and homeland security.

The program is designed to facilitate your career development goals through the option of choosing one of four concentrations: emergency management, homeland security, community resilience, and biosecurity and threat management. 

Graduates of the program will be well-prepared to use current regulations, laws and best applicable practices within the field to develop protection, mitigation and preparedness measures to prevent and/or minimize societal impacts of natural and human-made threats and hazards. Further, program graduates will be able to employ necessary management and leadership skills to respond to and recover from potential emergencies, disasters and other related societal threats.

program details

The required core classes are designed to build and develop knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) necessary for a successful career in the broad areas of emergency management and homeland security, as well as other closely related professional areas. The concentration areas supplement the KSA’s developed in the program core courses by enabling you to customize your degree focus to match an intended career development path.

Please note: the program below outlines the requirements for students admitted fall 2016 and after. For those with an admission start before fall 2016, please see the program requirements listed here.

Program requires the following: 33 credit hours including an applied project course (CPP 593 or PAF 593). You have the option to pick one of the four concentration areas, or declare no concentration. 

concentrations

Emergency Management (EMHS-EM) is focused on developing subject area knowledge, leadership and management skills, and overall analytic abilities in the area of emergency management, applicable to all levels of government (local, state, federal). Required courses, concentration core courses, and concentration elective.

Homeland Security (EMHS-HLS) is focused on developing subject area knowledge, leadership and management skills, and overall analytic abilities in the area of homeland security, applicable to all levels of government (local, state, federal), and well as positions in private sector organizations with functional and operational responsibilities related to security. Required courses, concentration core courses, and concentration elective.

Community Resilience (EMHS-CR) is focused on developing subject area knowledge, leadership and management skills, and overall analytic abilities in the area of community resilience across government agencies (local, state, federal), as well as private and nonprofit sector organizations. Students in this concentration are likely to seek out careers where functional and operational responsibilities relate to planning, hazards mitigation, disaster recovery or sustainability. Required courses, concentration core courses, and concentration elective.

Biosecurity and Threat Management (EMHS-BIO) is focused on developing subject area knowledge, leadership and management skills, and overall analytic abilities in the area of biosecurity and related hazards and threats. Students in this concentration are likely to seek out careers where public health and hazards management responsibilities intersect in the operations of public or private organizations. Required courses, concentration core courses, and concentration elective.

Please note: the program below outlines the requirements for students admitted fall 2016 and after. For those with an admission start before fall 2016, please see the program requirements listed here.

required core courses: 18 hours

  • CPP 510 Hazards Governance (3)
  • CPP 520 Program Evaluation for Emergency Management and Homeland Security (3)
  • CRJ 511 Applied Data Analysis in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRJ 554 Homeland Security (3)
  • PAF 552 Integrated Emergency Management (3)
  • CPP 570 GIS for Hazards Analysis (3)

elective courses: 12 hours
(choose four):

  • CPP 511 Hazard Mitigation Planning (3)
  • CPP 512 Exercises and Planning for Emergency Management and Homeland Security (3)
  • CPP 513 Public Private Partnerships for Emergency Management and Homeland Security (3)
  • CPP 514 Inter-Agency and Inter-Sector Coordination for Emergencies and Disasters (3)
  • CPP 521 Public Finance & Project Mgmt for Emergency Management & Homeland Security (3)
  • CPP 560 Emergency Services Operations Analysis and Planning (3)
  • CPP 575 US Cyber & Information Security Policy (3)
  • CRJ 553 Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction (3)
  • CRJ 598 Police & International Terrorism (3)
  • NLM 545 Volunteer Resource Management (3)
  • PAF 506 Public Budgeting and Finance (3)
  • PAF 508 Organization Behavior (3)
  • PAF 520 Public Management (3)
  • PAF 555 Information Technology in Emergency Management (3)
  • PAF 560 Community Resilience (3)
  • PAF 561 Interoperability for Emergency Managers (3)
  • SWG 579 Critical Incident Stress Management (3)

culminating experience: 3 hours
(must be taken during final semester)

  • CPP 593 Applied Project (3)

total required credit hours: 33 hours

admission requirements

You must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), from an accredited College or University of recognized standing, in a related field such as criminology or criminal justice, public administration or public service, sociology or social work, public safety or fire service management, parks and recreation management, applied sciences, environmental sciences or geography, public health, or other related field. Current employment in an organization in this field or at least two years prior professional experience in this or a related field or a bachelor's degree in a related area is required. The minimum GPA requirement for the bachelor's degree must be equivalent to a 3.0 or "B" average in the last 60 credit hours of the degree. Official transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate College.

In the online application process you will be required to submit a current resume outlining your previous professional activities. In addition, you will be required to submit a written statement, at least one page in length,that describes your educational and career goals and long-term professional development strategy.

The online application will require two letters of recommendation from current or former employers, current or former faculty members, or others who are familiar with your scholarly and professional abilities and characteristics. You will need the name, email address, title and organization from whom you will be requesting recommendations. Your two recommenders will be emailed a link to complete an online recommendation form.

International students must meet the minimum English proficiency requirement established by the Graduate Education (https://international.asu.edu/graduate/proficiency). Additional information for international students can be found on the Graduate Education site (https://international.asu.edu/graduate).

application process

You will apply for admission through the online application at Graduate Education. You will be required to pay a $70 nonrefundable application fee (non-U.S. citizen fee is $90). You will receive an emailed acknowledgement letter that will include an ID number and information on how to access your My ASU page. You may check your application status on My ASU. Submit an application by June 30 (for fall semester) or November 30 (for spring semester):

This program is offered through ASU Online. You may apply to the program through the program’s link on the ASU Online website.

Admission decisions are made after all of the application materials have been received.

Please note: Because ASU receives applications from many highly qualified students, some applicants may be denied admission for reasons not related to their academic performance (e.g., program capacity, mentor availability, program match).