EMHS: Biosecurity and Threat Management (MA)
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The Biosecurity and Threat Management concentration of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) master’s degree prepares students to utilize best practices toward protecting living organisms against hazardous biological agents.
The biosecurity and threat management concentration is a part of the Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security is offered by the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions through ASU Online. This program’s graduates will be well-prepared to utilize public policy and best applicable management practices within their professional areas to develop protection, mitigation and preparedness measures to prevent and/or minimize societal impacts of natural and human-made threats and hazards. Likewise, our graduates will be able to employ necessary management and leadership skills in guiding local or national response to and recovery from any potential emergencies,disasters and other related societal threats. The 33-credit hour program can be completed in as little as one year.
Students have the option to choose one concentration from the following:
- biosecurity and threat management
- community resilience
- cybersecurity policy and management
- emergency management
- homeland security
The biosecurity and threat management concentration provides motivated students with knowledge, skills and abilities to assume leadership and key management positions with public sector agencies (or related organizations) with operations and responsibilities in public health, homeland security, risk management, and several closely related fields. Biosecurity refers generally to policies and organizational practices related to protecting humans and animals from hazardous biological agents, whether they appear naturally or through malicious intent (e.g. bioterrorism).
This concentration area is designed to meet the career and professional development needs for those students interested in those fields. In additional to being relevant to public health agencies and general public safety agencies, the concentration is also well-suited for those interested in private sector organizations, such as positions managing emergency preparedness issues for private hospitals or general threat management services with a wide range of different private sector firms.
ASU Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions:
- US News ranks ASU’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management program top in nation
- Research is the forefront of all academic activities with 20 research centers for advancing research and discovery around challenges that affect us globally
- Home to ASU’s most diverse student body —and the largest community of first-generation college students
- #1 university in the U.S. for innovation
- Named a prestigious global university
- #4 university in the country for online undergraduate degree programs
The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity.
Recent Faculty Highlights Include:
- Fellow by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
- Fellow of the American Psychological Association
- Director inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration
Graduates with a Master of Arts in Biosecurity and Threat Management (EMHS) have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. 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.