The cybersecurity policy and management concentration of the online Master of Arts in emergency management and homeland security (EMHS) prepares students to utilize knowledge, skills and abilities in the emerging area of cybersecurity threats relevant to critical infrastructure protection and other key operations. Program graduates will help a wide range of organizations improve risk mitigation and risk management for natural and human-made hazards.
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The Cybersecurity Policy and Management concentration is a part of the Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security offered by the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions through ASU Online. This online concentration provides motivated students with knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to assume leadership, management and other key operational positions in (primarily) public sector agencies with responsibilities in managing cybersecurity hazards and risk homeland security, emergency management and related areas. Cybersecurity issues cut across these domains.

In the EMHS program, students have the option to choose one concentration:

This concentration is geared toward public and private sector professionals who do not require advanced technical training in cybersecurity but instead have major operational responsibilities that include cyber-related vulnerabilities (e.g. critical infrastructure protection, general risk management). It also leverages the PLuS Alliance for shared course offerings.

This concentration fits into the larger EMHS program by offering a skill set specific to a category of technological hazard with unique policy and management challenges. Its KSA development focus is unique for an emergency management and homeland security program, making ASU innovative in advancing education for practitioners seeking to address an emerging threat—and engaging in sound risk reduction and resilience-promotion practices. Graduates will employ leadership skills in developing and guiding local, state or national policy and practice in these domains, as well as playing key safety and risk management roles in private sector organizations. The 33-credit hour program can be completed in as little as one year.

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Graduates with a Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security with the Cybersecurity Policy and Management concentration have a wide range of career opportunities and management of cyber-related hazards cuts across a broad set of professional areas. The following list illustrates the types of career . Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.


Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in 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 another closely related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants are required to submit:

  • Graduate application and application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A written statement, at least one page in length, which describes the applicant's educational and career goals and long-term professional development strategy
  • Evidence of 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

Additional Admission Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

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