Master of Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management Emergency Management and Disaster Resilience Concentration

Protect your company’s network. Preserve its reputation.

Security is foundational to every company. Without it, private information might be compromised and find its way into the wrong hands. And when data is at risk, so is a company’s reputation. You can protect both.

Channel your expertise in information networks with our online master’s in emergency management and disaster resilience. You can emerge with the confidence to navigate threats and lead your team to neutralize them.

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Graduate in as few as 2 years.

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Enjoy the flexibility of 100% online coursework.

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Professional opportunities with internships and career development.

Learn how to turn your OTI hours into 3 credit hours.

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Rankings and Accreditation

Included in U.S. News & World Report‘s annual listing of top colleges and universities.

Ranked 9th as Top Online College for Occupational Safety Degrees.

What you can learn

Security threats impact every industry, but in different ways, such as fraud, terrorism and disgruntled employees. Each require a specific level of protection from physical and digital attacks. That’s why organizations and institutions rely on assertive and effective leadership to manage each crisis.

Our master’s in emergency management and disaster resilience program connects online learning with the real world.

Choose EKU online and you can:

  • Apply your knowledge in a public, private or nonprofit setting.
  • Qualify for positions like emergency management specialist or information security analyst.
  • Earn the specialized skills that makes companies look to you when disaster strikes.

Study with us and you can:

  • Enhance your critical thinking, policy analysis and ethical reasoning skills
  • Sharpen your ability to detect critical threats and hazards
  • Develop your leadership style and aid in decision-making
  • Collaborate with expert faculty in an interactive learning environment
  • Enhance your credentials with one of EKU’s graduate-level certificates

Eastern Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Eastern Kentucky University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

“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

Online Emergency Management and Disaster Resilience Courses

HLS 831 Evolution of Emergency Management 3 Credits

Current practice 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 Intergovernmental Relations in Disaster Management 3 Credits

Analysis of intergovernmental relations and disaster policies across all phases of emergency management with a focus on disaster response and recovery. Systems are investigated through critical thinking, case studies, and comparative analysis methodologies.

HLS 830 Achieving Long-Term Disaster Resilience 3 Credits

Explores disaster trends and problems, as well as community wide mitigation and preparedness strategies aimed at reducing the impacts of natural hazards and achieving long-term disaster resilience.


HLS 810 Infrastructure Protection and Risk Analysis 3 Credits

Foundations for providing security and resilience to the nation’s critical infrastructure with an emphasis on risk management.

“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