Online Master of Arts in Emergency Management & Homeland Security

Become a professional in areas related to emergency and disaster management, hazards management, public safety and homeland security. The Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) degree program promotes stronger and more resilient communities by helping prepare our students to engage in the effective management of hazards and crises.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 05/18/2020


Total classes: 11

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 33

Details

The best master's level emergency management degree in the nation, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, is completely online at ASU. The Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree is ranked as the top in the nation, ahead of George Mason University, Naval Postgraduate School and Columbia University for students seeking careers in homeland security and leadership positions with emergency and disaster management organizations.

As a graduate student, you will be learning from experienced faculty from the university's Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions who will prepare you to lead in fields such as international security, and natural and man made disaster mitigation. Graduates have received careers in the Secret Service, municipal government emergency management offices and heath leadership at international government agencies. Emergency management degree students serve communities across the United States in either public, private or nonprofit sector organizations. Through collaboration among faculty, students and the practitioner community, we offer an online leading-edge program that addresses the complex array of 21st century challenges which require thoughtful and informed leadership. Our program also offers opportunities for international education. Through ASU’s membership in the PLuS Alliance, students have access to courses and the opportunity to work with faculty in Australia or the United Kingdom.

Students have the option to choose one concentration:

Careers in emergency management and homeland security represent excellent opportunities for those interested in meaningful public service.There are numerous career opportunities at all levels of government, in a wide range of private-sector organizations, and in those nonprofit sector organizations with links to disaster-related services.

The program’s culminating experience, an applied project, provides opportunities for students to make direct and positive impacts in their home communities. By the end of the EMHS degree program, graduates will have a well-developed understanding of central concepts and effective practices in the professional domains of emergency management and homeland security. The 33-credit hour program can be completed in as little as one year.

Featured courses


Required core

CPP 510 Hazards Governance (3)


Required core

CPP 520 Program Evaluation for Emergency Management and Homeland Security (3)


Required core

CRJ 511 Applied Data Analysis in Criminal Justice (3)


Required core

CRJ 554 Homeland Security (3)


Required core

PAF 552 Integrated Emergency Management (3)


Required core

CPP 570 GIS for Hazards Analysis (3)


Culminating experience

CRJ 593 Applied Project (3) or PAF 593 Applied Project (3)


Related careers

Graduates with a Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security have career opportunities illustrated in the following list.  *Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Emergency management directors

First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Medical and health services managers

Transportation security managers

Risk management specialists

Prestigious faculty

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and 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 of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Prestigious faculty

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and 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 of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Admission requirements

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

Nationally recognized public service programs

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community. 

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Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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Best Public Affairs Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

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