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Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program Overview

The Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree exposes students to the different concepts that help ensure our nation is protected from both manmade and natural catastrophes. You will gain the knowledge and skills to work within the four primary security contexts: border, transportation, environmental and infrastructure. Students complete coursework in emergency management, critical infrastructure protection, risk analysis, industrial and environmental security, domestic and international terror organizations, homeland security operations and intelligence, criminal justice, cybersecurity, and law and policy.

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Delivery Format

In Person


Credit Hours



Time to Complete

4 years



How Do I Know if This Program Is Right for Me?

Emergency Management and Homeland Security is a great choice if you want to work on the front lines and be involved with emergencies as they happen. People who excel in this field aren’t averse to confronting a disaster directly.

Whether you’re interested in working in counter intelligence for the FBI or want to pursue a new career path with FEMA or in corporate security, you will graduate with the tools and knowledge required to be effective on the job immediately and the foundation needed for entry-level management-track roles.

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Already working in a related field?

Ashland University offers several perks you may qualify for:

  • Up to 30 credit hours of credit can be awarded for life and work experience through a Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio.
  • You may receive transfer credit for previous college courses.
  • Veterans who served in the armed forces for at least 36 months after Sept. 10, 2001, have the Federal Yellow Ribbon program available. AU matches funding provided by the Veterans Administration up to a total of $11,000.
  • There is a 15 percent tuition discount for members of the Fraternal Order of Police, first responders and their immediate families.

Sample Curriculum

Learn more about the Emergency Management and Homeland Security curriculum by viewing the Four-Year Curriculum Guide, Academic Catalog and Course Rotation.

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning allows students to receive up to 30 credit hours for life and work experience through a Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio. You may also receive transfer credit for previous college courses.

Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in a major within the College of Arts & Sciences. It is a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 that can be "stacked" on top of other awarded AU academic scholarships. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities with a focus on career coaching and preparation.

Can You Give Me a Glimpse of My Future?

With a bachelor's degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, your future could involve dynamic roles in crisis response, preparedness, and security management. You may find opportunities in various sectors such as government agencies, private corporations, or nonprofit organizations, where you would contribute to disaster planning, risk assessment, and emergency operations coordination.

Employers of Recent Graduates


  • Coast Guard
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement


  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Emergency Management Agency
  • Environmental Protection Agency


  • County Emergency Management Agency

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