Online Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Are you interested in reducing the risk of disaster associated with natural hazards or human-caused incidents and building community resilience? If so, Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Science in emergency management and homeland security may be the right fit. In this program, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed to prevent, plan for and recover from disasters. You’ll graduate prepared for a rewarding career in the private sector, nonprofits or government organizations.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What you’ll learn in a homeland security and emergency management degree program
In our interdependent world, hazardous incidents can affect individuals, organizations and communities. In this program, you’ll explore an integrative approach to managing risk and building resilience in the face of natural and human-caused disasters. You’ll also gain perspective of the economic, social and public policy implications of disasters, terrorism and national security threats.
Additionally, you’ll learn how to assess vulnerabilities and manage risk associated with crisis situations, promote security and protect critical assets. Upon graduation, you’ll have an interdisciplinary skill set, including:
- Collaborating across teams and organizations.
- Communicating with the public and emergency services communities.
- Conducting risk and vulnerability assessments.
- Deploying human capital and technological systems for decision support.
- Management and strategic planning.
- Writing for multiple audiences.
What can you do with a bachelor's in homeland security and emergency management?
You can pursue a variety of roles in disaster response and preparedness, ranging from an emergency preparedness specialist in a public health agency to an analyst in corporate global security operations. Other career paths include security policy, program planning, crisis operations, quality assurance, mission support and more.
If you hold a role as a first responder, nonprofit worker or government employee, earning a bachelor’s in homeland security and emergency management can also boost your upward mobility. Additionally, this program may be an ideal fit for veterans or active-duty service members transitioning to civilian work.
Featured homeland security and emergency management courses
Your courses will cover a variety of topics ranging from new and emerging biological threats to cybersecurity and disaster risk reduction. As a culminating experience, you’ll complete a capstone project which allows you to develop solutions for planning and responding to disasters that you could encounter in your future roles. Courses may include:
PAF 201: Economics and Public Policy (SB)
PAF 261: Hazards and Risk Management
PAF 301: Applied Statistics (CS)
PAF 311: Leadership and Change (SB)
PAF 360: Emergency Management I
PAF 400: Senior Capstone Project
PAF 460: Public Service Ethics
PAF 461: Homeland Security
Jobs in disaster relief, homeland security and more
Upon graduation, your knowledge and skills can suit you for career opportunities in local, state and federal government, as well as private companies and nonprofit organizations. You can pursue roles, such as emergency management director, disaster recovery planner, GIS analyst, logistics section lead, cybersecurity analyst and more. Career paths include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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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