Online Master of Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management with a concentration in Emergency Management and Disaster Resilience Curriculum

Degree Requirement: 36 credit hours

Safety, Security and Emergency Management Core Courses

SSE 815Safety, Security & Emergency Management Administration

Examines administrative principles regarding organizing/managing functional areas of fire, safety, and security. Development of organizational/administrative structure to include policy formulation, objectives, managerial tasks, and impact evaluations within safety, security and emergency management frameworks.

SSE 826Emergency Preparation and Response

In-depth study of the planning process, program development, training and assessment for response to man-made and natural emergencies/disasters within the public and private sectors.

SSE 827Issues in Security Management

Survey of salient issues and concerns confronting security managers. Examines the application and contribution of various management concepts and philosophies to assets protection issues such as information security, personnel protection, threat analysis, technological adaptation, and resource allocation.

SSE 833Legislation & Legal Compliance

Comprehensive study and analysis of federal/state regulations and legislation such as OSHA and EPA, which mandate compliance with certain safety, health, and environmental conditions and practices relating to work performed in occupational, industrial, and comparable settings.

SSE 865Auditing for Safety, Security & Emergency Management

Theory and application of auditing in safety, fire, security and emergency management settings. Comprehensive study of risk/threat exposure and assessment.

SSE 885Quantitative Analysis in Safety, Security & Emergency Management

This course provides students with the understanding of advanced issues in identifying and evaluating problems related to safety, security, and emergency management by developing a systematic approach for evaluating evidence. Focusing on study design, measure of associations, confounding, interaction, and sources of bias and error, the student will gain an understanding of quantitative analysis and its contemporary role in SSEM.

Safety, Security and Emergency Management General Electives

SSE 822Workers’ Compensation / Labor Law

Comprehensive study of workers compensation and regulations; National Labor Relations Act; Title VII; A.D.E.A.; and other relevant laws applicable to the functional areas of safety, security and emergency management.

SSE 839Applied Learning

Work under faculty and field supervisors in a cooperative placement related to student’s academic studies. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours, but only three hours may count toward master’s degree. A minimum of 80 hours is required for each hour of academic credit.

SSE 841Applied Study in Safety, Security and Emergency Management

Supervised study in safety, security and emergency settings to provide the student with an opportunity to synthesize theory and on-the-job situations. (Prerequisite: Departmental Approval.)

SSE 880Research & Planning for Safety, Security & Emergency Management

Identification/evaluation of problems, data interpretation, research/planning, models/applications for contemporary approaches to proactive safety, security and emergency management.

SSE 890Lean Enterprise Practices in Safety and Emergency Services

A comprehensive review and discussion regarding lean management techniques in private industry and government. Topical applications include a history of lean management, process waste identification, creating flow in manufacturing and services. Creating standard workplaces and standard work to influence a safe culture of using the right tools for the right job tasks.

SSE 897Independent Study

Designed for students who have demonstrated the ability to conduct individual research relating to safety, security and emergency management. Independent study proposal form required prior to enrollment. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours credit. (Prerequisite: Departmental Approval.)

SSE 898Thesis

For students preparing a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for master’s degree program. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours.

Emergency Management Concentration Courses

HLS 800Foundations 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 830Natural Hazards and Threats 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 831Evolution of Emergency Management

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 835Managing the Nation’s Disasters

Public sector emergency preparedness and response and the associated laws, regulations, programs and practices.