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Emergency Management Services Degree

Degree Overview

Emergency Services Degree Program allows students to build upon the basic program of study and focus on their unique area of specialization. Generally after two years of study, the skills and knowledge that you develop will equip you with the leadership capability and an opportunity to pursue a variety of positions in the world of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management.

The Emergency Services degree focuses your education on Rescue Operations, as well as courses in Strategic Planning for Emergency Services, Public Emergency Services Leadership, Public Sector Budgeting and Financing, Management Theory in Leadership Services, Legislation and Legal Compliance and Worker’s Compensation and Labor Law.

The program encourages and supports the development of an enormous personal skill-set within the field of Emergency Management Services. The entire program is widely available for study online.


  • Be on the front lines of emergency preparedness management at a time when your nation and the world needs you most.
  • Find a niche in your place of business as a safety and security manager or administrator. Open the door to further responsibilities and more pay.
  • Gain the opportunity to work as a consultant in a variety of professional settings, preparing emergency response and preventing workplace accidents.
  • Your additional expertise in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management can help increase your value and lead to a promotion.
  • The online program can fit into your busy lifestyle while allowing you to pursue a Master’s degree that is immediately applicable in the workplace.

Career Opportunities

Below is a listing of some of the most common career paths that are commonly available.

  • Occupational Safety Managers Career
  • Loss Prevention Manager Career
  • Security & Emergency Manager Careers
  • Safety Engineering Careers
  • Fire Safety Careers

Course & Areas of Study

Curriculum may vary slightly depending upon the institution or elective concentration. Nonetheless, the multi-track formula of the coursework involved in MSEM degrees presents one of the most diverse Masters Degree programs available anywhere. Please consult your individual institution for a detailed list of courses and credit hours required for completion of their particular programs. The examples below are some of the primary subject matter that you may expect to encounter during your course of study.

  • Strategic Planning for Emergency Services
  • Fire Engineering and Rescue Operations
  • Emergency Services Leadership
  • Public Emergency Services
  • Construction Safety and Corporate Compliance
  • Public Sector Finance and Budgeting
  • Security and Industrial Safety Management
  • Infrastructure Protection, Loss Prevention and Business Risk Management
  • Personal/Environmental Hazards
  • Homeland Security Intelligence and Policy Analysis


In order to enter most Emergency Management Degree Programs you must hold a AA or a Bachelors degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. You must be able to submit the transcripts of your degree. You should expect to be required to pay a small fee to process your application, and to be able to supply up to three letters of recommendation. In addition, many Programs have minimum undergraduate GPA and or standardized test score requirements.


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the premiere institution for the accreditation of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management professionals and organizations. The US Fire Administration (USFA) is the Homeland Security Agency that governs the area of national fire safety.

The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) provides a systematic voluntary accreditation and assessment procedure for those programs of an official government nature. The accreditation is based upon a national standard.

The International Fire Safety Accreditation Congress (IFSAC)

The Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE)

Professional Organizations

Depending upon your area of concentration there are a host of national and international organizations involved in the general and specific fields of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management. Here are just a few.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Association (DERA)

National Emergency Management Association (NEMA)

The Emergency Management Organization for Women (EMPOWER)