Online Bachelor of Science in Public Service & Public Policy (Emergency Management & Homeland Security)

Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Science in public service and public policy with a concentration in emergency management and homeland security examines the challenge of protecting the safety and security of society. In this program, you'll learn skills such as disaster identification, analysis and management. This program will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to manage and assume positions of leadership within the field of emergency management and homeland security.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 10/13/2021


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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What is a bachelor of public service and public policy with an emphasis in emergency management?

The bachelor of emergency management will improve your understanding of disaster-related needs, including:

  • Emergency preparedness.
  • Identification.
  • Mitigation.
  • Recovery.
  • Strategic risk reduction and resilience capacity building.

In an increasingly interconnected world, digital and physical disasters are valid concerns for governments, businesses and more. Earning an emergency management bachelor’s degree allows you to take on leadership roles related to the protection of people, assets and communities. 

If you’re looking to further your expertise in this  field, you can complete this program as a part of the 4+1 accelerated option with a Master of Arts in emergency management and homeland security.

What do you learn in a homeland security bachelor’s degree?

 

A homeland security bachelor’s degree gives you the skills needed to handle both public and private security threats, including:

  • Addressing public safety concerns related to disasters.
  • Building a comprehensive perspective of risks and emergencies.
  • Developing plans to address emergencies and disruption before they occur.
  • Organizing and improving disaster recovery efforts.
  • Overseeing personnel and resources in times of crisis.
  • Understanding human responses to disasters and how they can affect management efforts.

What is the demand for emergency management and homeland security professionals?

 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 4% job growth from 2019 to 2029 for emergency management directors. The BLS also noted that preparing for and minimizing potential disasters is essential and continues to provide employment to those trained to handle emergency situations.

A bachelor’s in emergency management can be a powerful asset as you begin your career in this field. With a focused education in both public policy and emergency management, you’ll be able to take on a wide range of in-demand roles.

Will my homeland security bachelor's degree say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Bachelor of emergency management and public service and policy courses

In the homeland security bachelor’s degree, foundational courses in sociology, government and policy create a foundation for future advanced courses. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose your own electives, allowing you to focus on topics specific to your interests and career goals. Featured courses include:


PAF 200: Public Service and Policy in the 21st Century


PAF 201: Economics and Public Policy (SB)


PAF 301: Applied Statistics (CS)


PAF 311: Leadership and Change (SB)


PAF 340: Contemporary Policy Challenges


PAF 400: Senior Capstone Project


PAF 460: Public Service Ethics


PAF 302: Public Service Research Methods


What can I do with a bachelor's degree in emergency management?

Careers in homeland security and emergency management exist in both the private and government sectors. While the bachelor’s in emergency management focuses on concepts more relevant to the public sector, both career paths are suitable for graduates. Specific career examples include, but are not limited to:

CEO


Growth: -10.0 %
Salary: $185,950

Compliance Manager


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Salary:

Distribution Center Manager


Growth: 3.5 %
Salary: $96,390

Emergency Manager


Growth: 4.5 %
Salary: $76,250

General Manager (GM)


Growth: 5.8 %
Salary: $103,650

Investment Fund Manager


Growth: 15.5 %
Salary: $134,180

Politician


Growth: 6.2 %
Salary: $33,200

Regulatory Affairs Manager


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Salary:

Security Manager


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Salary:

Learn from a school focused on public safety and community solutions

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.

Learn from a school focused on public safety and community solutions

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.

Public service and public policy bachelor’s degree admission requirements

I am a future

You are considered a freshman 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).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Preparing new leaders in public service

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.

#2


in the U.S. and #7 in the world for hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism, according to the Center for World University Rankings.

#5


in nonprofit management, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Top 3


best homeland security programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

#9


Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management in the nation, according to U.S. News & Report.

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Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

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