The Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration (EMER) is an interdisciplinary degree program developed by faculty experts from departments across campus. Faculty from on-campus departments such as Criminal Justice, Health Sciences, Public Policy and Administration, Civil Engineering, Family Studies, Professional Studies, Communication Studies, Educational Psychology, Geography, and Library Sciences, as well as nationally recognized expert practitioners in emergency services collaborate to deliver research and competency-based curriculum grounded in practice.
The EMER curriculum and all advising and student research presentations are designed exclusively for online delivery utilizing the most up-to-date instructional technologies available. The program is designed to provide students with the conceptual foundation, communication, managerial, and analytical skills required for designing, testing, and implementing an effective response to workplace and community emergencies. Such emergencies may involve the potential loss of human life and property due to fire, explosion, the release of hazardous chemicals, structural failures, natural calamities, and terrorist acts. The program has two major purposes: 1) to provide an understanding of the administration and management of emergency services with an emphasis on the roles and job expectations of public safety professionals and emergency managers, and 2) to prepare students for leadership roles in emergency and disaster administration by stressing independent research, communication, and writing skills, exposure to experts, and practical experiences of respected emergency services and disaster organizations.
Advancement to Candidacy
The Emergency Services Administration program consists of three parts. The first part is a 30-unit set of required core course work as indicated in (1) above. The second part is the elective area of specialization. Electives are selected in consultation with a faculty advisor. The third part is to complete the comprehensive exam or a thesis.