Master’s in Safety, Security & Emergency ManagementFire & Emergency ServicesConcentration

Earning an online fire and emergency services degree from Eastern Kentucky University can help you pave a path to leadership in the world of first responders. Every decision you make in emergency services has a direct impact on the safety of those around you, and our goal is to ensure you’re prepared when it matters most. Our faculty of distinguished safety professionals imparts decades of invaluable experience based on roles in every industry sector. They also deliver a curriculum of industry-leading best practices that you can immediately apply to your current role or use to pursue new career opportunities.

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.
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SACSCOC accredited and highly respected.

What you can learn

The core of the program is an advanced examination of such topics as safety, leadership, legal issues, compliance, emergency response, research and auditing. As you move deeper into the fire and emergency services concentration, the strategic planning techniques and skills important to complementing your professional experience and becoming a leader are explored. The program discusses what it takes to manage and direct fire departments as well as fire prevention, EMT, search and rescue, and fire inspection teams. Our fire and emergency services degree provides a new perspective on different leadership styles, characteristics of leaders, and strategies to influence and maximize others’ potential.

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.

Topics of study include:
  • Strategic Planning and Development
  • Prioritization of Fire Services
  • Resource Management
  • Public Sector Emergency Services
  • Management Theory
  • Developing as a Leader
  • Characteristics of a Successful Leader
  • Agency Coordination
  • Liability Issues
  • Financial Management
"My current plan is to apply for a promotion to assistant professor in the paramedic field service program, and with this degree, I will have no problem receiving this promotion."Carolyn Vining, Field Service Instructor, Masters in Safety graduate

Fire and Emergency Services Courses

Fire and Emergency Services

Concentration Courses

SSE 820 Strategic Planning for the Fire and Emergency Services
Study the theory and value of strategic planning and the steps to developing plans with respect to organizational development and resource management.
SSE 824 Leadership in Fire and Emergency Services
Examine critical issues, such as leadership development, leadership styles, decision-making skills, persuasive influence and storytelling. Evaluate your leadership merits and shortcomings, and develop a plan for filling leadership needs, in your own career and in your organization.
SSE 825 Public Sector Finance and Budgeting
Analyze the relationship of fire department budgeting within the scope of financial management or municipal governments. Explore the different funding sources for public first responders, including taxes, supplements from other governments and grants, and use your knowledge to prepare arguments to prioritize fire service issues.
SSE 829 Public Emergency Services
Study the theories and techniques related to the operation and delivery of public sector emergency services, including agency coordination, budgetary considerations, resource assessment and liability issues.

"EKU has proven that online learning, while challenging, offers a gateway to higher education for the working professional. The Master's in Safety degree has added many dimensions to my practical occupational safety and health experiences which will, in the long run, make me a stronger safety and health professional."Jeff Hanson, Owner of Hanson Safety Services LLC, Master's in Safety graduate