Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Science in public service and public policy online degree with a concentration in emergency management and homeland security prepares you to tackle complex issues of both mitigation of and response to natural or man-made disasters.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Class number may be less for transfer students.
Complete your degree in a condensed timeframe. Consult your academic advisor for options.

In recent years, many factors have increased the importance of emergency management and homeland security and the need for trained professionals in these fields. This program will prepare you to approach complex issues of mitigation of and response to natural or man-made disaster.

An undergraduate degree in public service and public policy with a concentration in emergency management and homeland security opens the door to a challenging career as a professional emergency manager. The advancement of technology has created the potential for more devastating disasters than ever before. As a result, there is an increasing demand for emergency managers who have a solid foundation in scientific and technical disciplines, as well as management skills.

Students can complete this program as a part of the 4+1 accelerated option with an MA in emergency management and homeland security.

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  • 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
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  • Named a prestigious global university
  • #2 university in the country for online undergraduate degree programs


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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 an ASU Online Bachelor of Science in Public Service and Public Policy with a concentration in Emergency Management and Homeland Security have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Example Careers

Students who graduate from the public service and public policy program are prepared to enter the following areas:

  • Politics
  • Social Services
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Security


All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman | Transfer | International | Readmission

Some programs may have additional requirements for admission.

4+1 accelerated program option

High-achieving students in the EMHS concentration with a 3.4 GPA or higher are eligible to apply to an accelerated program that allows them to complete their BS and MA in EMHS in five years.

  • Students can apply to the accelerated program once they have completed 75 credit hours.
  • Students can begin their accelerated program coursework after completing 90 credit hours in their undergraduate program.
  • The accelerated option shares 12 credit hours between the BS and MA programs, allowing students to cut costs.
  • Due to limited standalone undergraduate degree options in EMHS, this is an excellent opportunity for career advancement in the field.
  • Students interested in this option can discuss it with their academic advisor after beginning the program.

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