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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Criminal Justice

Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration

The Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration is designed for individuals who work or wish to work as administrators in one of the areas of emergency administration. These areas include emergency (disaster) operations, police and fire administration, public utilities, and dispatch.

Admissions to the EMER Graduate Program

    • Admission into the M.S. in Emergency Services Administration program is dependent upon approval by both the University and the EMER Graduate Applicant Review Committee. You will be asked in the following directions to concurrently submit many of the application materials to both the University as well as to the EMER Program housed within the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management. Please make certain to follow all directions closely to ensure your final admission into the program and a smooth transition into your first semester of coursework.
    • Admission Criteria

    1. Obtain admission to the EMER graduate program by completing and forwarding the official CSULB graduate admissions forms and fees to the University's Office of Enrollment Services. Each applicant for graduate standing shall have completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.

    2. A resume and letter of intent that includes a summary of the applicant's reasons for seeking a master's degree in Emergency Services Administration. Both documents must be sent directly to the EMER director.

    3. Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons able to testify to the applicant's academic ability, preferably from former professors or immediate supervisors. These letters must be sent directly to the EMER director.

    4. Have at least a 3.0 grade-point average in the last 60 semester units attempted. A student whose overall grade point average is less than 3.0, but who presents acceptable evidence of professional potential, either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background may be admitted by special action of the EMER Graduate Applicant Review Committee.

    5. Be accepted by the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management's graduate review committee for admission to the program.

    Application Deadlines

    The School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management admits students once per year for fall start dates. The application deadline for EMER is June 1st.

    Note: The June 1st deadline is the date on which application files must be complete. Thus, applicants must be sure that we receive all of the required materials by the applicable deadline. Applications that are incomplete on the due date will not be reviewed. Applicants are, therefore, strongly encouraged to submit their application materials early.

    To view the online application instructions and university deadlines, click on the links below:

  • Admissions Process

    • Applying to the master's program in Emergency Services Administration at CSULB requires a dual application. One version of the application must be electronically submitted to the University using CSU Mentor. But being accepted to the University is only the first step; you must also be admitted to the master's program in Emergency Services Administration . That is accomplished by completing the following steps:
    • Step 1

    • Apply now using the online CSU-Mentor Graduate Application Form. CSU-Mentor is the California State University's online resource to help you quickly and easily apply for graduate admission on the Internet. Please make sure that you meet application deadlines. The MS in Emergency Services Administration is currently accepting only FALL admits into its Emergency Management Program. Note the following as you complete your online application:

      • By applying online, you can start, stop, and save your application information throughout the process. You do not have to complete the entire application during one session. For example, you can save your application and revisit your application to add or change information when convenient. When applying online, select New User if you are a first-time CSU-Mentor user. This will start your application process.

      • Have your previous academic information ready when you apply. For example, you'll be asked to submit information about the colleges you have attended (including community college). You will need the name of the college(s), dates attended, units completed, major, honors, and GPA. For each institution you identify on the application, you will need to request that an transcript be sent to the Office of Admissions and Records at CSU Long Beach.

      • On the application form, identify CSU Long Beach Graduate as the University you wish to attend.

      • Select Start New Application to create a new application file. An application general information page will display.

      • Select Begin Application for CSU Long Beach Graduate. This button will appear at the bottom of the general information page.

      • Indicate the term for which you are applying.

      • Click on Select a Campus and Major and select Special Sessions Degree Program. Then click on Set Campus. NOTE: You MUST select Special Sessions Degree Program for the Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration. Do not select Long Beach Campus for this item because the MS Degree in Emergency Services Administration is ONLY a Special Sessions Degree Program. Thus, you must select Special Sessions Degree Program for this item.

      • For Intended Major, select Emergency Services Admin M.S.-E. Click on Set Major.  

      • For Degree Objective, select M.S. for Master of Science degree.

      • For Credential Objective Name, select “Not interested in a credential program.”

      • Complete the section for Previous Application/Attendance and click NEXT at the bottom of the page.

      • Submit other information on the application form as requested. You may wish to collect this information before you apply for admission. For example, you'll be asked to identify (a) previous work experience, (b) the names and addresses of references, (c) honors, (d) languages spoken, and (d) test scores (leave test scores blank if no tests were taken). The absence of test scores will not affect your application. If you have a resume, keep it handy for this part of the application process.

      • You will need to include a brief Statement of Purpose. The Statement of Purpose tells us why you want to enroll in the program. You may wish to prepare this statement before applying. Then, cut-and-paste or print your Statement of Purpose into the application form when prompted.

      • Certify that your application is correct and pay the application fee. You can pay by credit card online.
    • Step 2

    • You should send a photocopy of your entire admissions packet to the Director of the Emergency Services Administration Program. We will start a file for you.

      • James Koval, MFT, Ph.D.
        Director, Emergency Services Administration Program
        School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management
        California State University, Long Beach
        1250 Bellflower Blvd
        Long Beach, CA 90840

      • NOTE: Final admission to the degree program, for the semester for which application is made, is determined by the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management and both the Director and Graduate Advisor of the M.S. Program in Emergency Services Administration. Application to the University does not guarantee acceptance into the M.S. Degree in Emergency Services Administration.
    • Step 3

    • Arrange for your official sealed transcripts to be sent to CSU Long Beach. You should arrange to have official transcripts sent at the same time you submit your application. If you have college transcripts at home, they should remain in the college's official, sealed envelope. Send (or arrange for your transcripts to be sent) to the following address:

      • Office of Admissions and Records
        California State University, Long Beach
        1250 Bellflower Blvd.
        Long Beach, CA 90840-0106

    • Step 4

      Wait for your University admissions decision. You will be sent a letter from CSU Long Beach indicating whether your application for admission to the University was approved. If approved, you will also be sent additional information about how to register for classes. Prior to enrolling in any courses however, you should await specific directions regarding enrollment in your first semester of the degree to be forwarded from the Graduate Advisor.

    • Step 5

      If admitted, we will send you a letter that will include information about the upcoming schedule of courses, and the day and time for an online orientation session for newly admitted students. This orientation will be conducted utilizing an interactive program called “Elluminate.” Directions regarding the specific hardware you will need (e.g., microphone and headset), and how to connect to Elluminate will be included in this letter. In the event you are unable to be available for the “Live” Elluminate Orientation Session, these sessions are recorded, and all new admits can have access to the session recording within 48-72 hours.

    • Step 6

      Register for classes and begin your Master's program. Contact the Graduate Advisor for the Emergency Services Administration Program, Dr. Peter Kreysa for information about developing an Approved Program Plan of your graduate studies and requirements for advancement to candidacy.

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Course Prerequisites

In order to take CRJU 520: Research Methods, graduate students must have taken CRJU 320 or an equivalent undergraduate-level social scientific research methods course (in psychology, sociology, political science, or the like). Although this prerequisite class is offered at CSULB, you may take a social science research methods course at any college or university. Some substitution this prerequisite are permissible; contact the Graduate Advisor for details.

     

Admissions Contact Information

For general inquires, questions about applying (including the status of an application), or other graduate admissions questions, please contact the Graduate Advisor.

EMER Graduate Advisor

Peter Kreysa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840

Phone: 562-985-8111
Email: pkreysa@csulb.edu

Please Note: When communicating by email, please do NOT send attachments without a brief note explaining who you are and what you are sending. Email with unexplained attachments will not be opened.