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 815 Safety, 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 826 Emergency Preparation and Response 3 Credits

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 827 Issues in Security Management 3 Credits

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

SSE 833 Legislation & Legal Compliance 3 Credits

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

SSE 865 Auditing for Safety, Security & Emergency Management 3 Credits

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

SSE 880 Safety, Security, and Emergency Research/Planning 3 Credits

A. Prerequisites: APS 465 or equivalent statistics course and departmental approval. Models and applications of research design and planning in safety, security, emergency services and assets protection. Identification and evaluation of problems, information and data interpretation, and research/ planning methodologies for contemporary approaches to proactive safety, security, and emergency services.

Safety, Security and Emergency Management General Electives

We offer more general electives than those listed below. In addition, students can take any course in another concentration as an elective. 

SSE 822 Workers’ Compensation / Labor Law 3 Credits

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 839 Co-op 3 Credits

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 897 Independent Study 3 Credits

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.)

Emergency Management Concentration Courses

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 831 Unconventional Threats and Responses

The course addresses concepts, theories, laws and authorities, principles, programs, and requirements associated with unconventional threats to our nation that most likely would result in mass casualties and pose large-scale responses and cascading threats.

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 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.