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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The No. 1 graduate homeland security degree in the nation

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.

If you plan on being a full-time student, the 33-credit hour program can be completed in as little as one year. Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to complete the master's degree in one year if they partake in the 4+1 program. As a student in the 4+1 program, you'll earn a bachelor's degree in public service and public policy with a concentration in emergency management and homeland security. You'll start taking graduate-level courses while you're still an undergraduate and complete the master's program in a year as opposed to the standard two years.

ASU Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions:

  • #1 Emergency management graduate degree in the nation, U.S. News and World Report
  • 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


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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

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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.


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 must submit:

  • graduate application and application fee
  • official transcripts
  • 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 is required.
  • 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
  • proof of English proficiency

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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