Master’s in Safety, Security & Emergency ManagementEmergency ManagementConcentration

Earning a master’s in emergency management from Eastern Kentucky University can help you increase your knowledge of the safety industry and demonstrate a continued commitment to learning and leadership. Whether you aspire to work at the governmental level or move into the private sector, our distinguished faculty of safety professionals delivers a comprehensive curriculum that can translate wherever safety matters most.

Graduate in as few as 2 years.

Enjoy the flexibility of 100% online coursework.

Professional opportunities with internships and career development.

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

You can receive credit for up to 6 hours upon completion of 240 hours of OTI training and two topical seminar courses. Learn more about other training that can help you earn master's credit.

Rankings and Accreditation

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Included among “America’s Top Colleges”.
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Included in U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of top colleges and universities.
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Ranked 7th as Top Online College for Occupational Safety Degrees.
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Designated as one of America’s most Veteran-Friendly campuses.

What you can learn

Examine the roles and responsibilities of leadership in fire, safety and security throughout the program. Learn to develop policy, establish objectives and understand the impact of your decisions. Analyze, understand and take control of critical situations by learning how to plan for emergencies of different scales. Prepare an approach, implement your ideas and become a leader in response efforts.

You can also boost your credentials with an incorporated graduate level certificate in one of EKU’s five concentration areas while pursing your master’s degree. Additional certificates can be stacked onto your Master degree with minimal extension of your program.

EKU is accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC)

Topics of study include:
  • Business Continuity
  • Emergency Action Plans
  • Emergency Response
  • Crisis Management
  • Management Practices
  • Agency Coordination
  • Training Methods
  • Evolution of Emergency Management
"Graduates of EKU come straight out of school and are landing some great jobs. The best part is companies are coming to EKU to recruit students directly."Chad Clark, EKU graduate and Safety Associate for Georgia-Pacific

Emergency Management Courses

Emergency Management

Concentration Courses

HLS 800 Foundations of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Organization, missions and critical issues in US homeland security and emergency management. Focuses on developing professional skills in critical thinking, policy analysis and ethics.
HLS 830 Natural Hazards and Threat to the Nation
Description and analysis of significant hazards and threats to national security, and community safety, such as disasters, catastrophes, accidents, epidemics, technological failures and terrorism.
HLS 831 Evolution in Emergency Management
Current practices of emergency management evolved through governmental reactions to disasters that helped shape current emergency management practices, policy, administrative changes and historical context for the changes.
HLS 835 Managing the Nation's Disasters
Public sector emergency preparedness and response and the associated laws, regulations, programs and practices.

"The instructors were dynamic and brought a wealth of knowledge to each course and throughout the discussion board. I enjoyed the convenience of the online environment. I was a newlywed and had a small child, so being able to work on my master’s degree from anywhere was extremely helpful in my busy life."Travis Smith, Master's in Safety graduate