Program Overview

Adelphi University offers an online Associate of Science degree in Emergency Services Administration for professionals already working in this field who want further academic credentials for the purpose of career advancement.  Many who enroll in this program already have careers as police officers, firefighters, health care staff members, military officers, private security officers, public administrators, or jobs that require training for emergencies and disasters.  Those students who are currently employed in jobs that respond to emergencies can receive up to 30 life experience credits.  These credits go toward expediting the program, making it possible to finish in two semesters.

The A.S. in Emergency Services Administration requires that the student complete 64 credits.  At least 30 of these credits must be fulfilled through Adelphi University curriculum.  The major courses for the degree include: Principles of Emergency Services, Emergency Service Management and Administration, Legal Aspects of Emergency Services, Introduction to Financial Concepts for Emergency Services, Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Master Planning for Public Emergency Management, Occupational Safety and Health, Principles of Management, and Emergency Services Leadership. 

All Adelphi students are required to take University College Core Courses; however, many of these can be waived through transfer credits or prior learning.  Students should also be aware that a GPA of 2.5 must be maintained to graduate from the program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    • Online application with accompanying $40 fee
    • High school (if lacking any prior college experience)
    • College transcripts from all previously attended institutions

    School Overview

    Adelphi University opened its doors as a preparatory academy in Brooklyn, New York, in 1863. By the end of the nineteenth century, Adelphi was recognized as a co-educational institution with a charter granted by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. Recognition continued as Adelphi became noted as the “first private co-educational institute of higher education on Long Island.” Today, the University continues to expand, hiring additional faculty, updating facilities, and installing modern technology. Adelphi University currently maintains four campuses, including the Garden City Campus, Manhattan Center, Hauppauge Center, and Hudson Valley Center, in addition to select programs at off-campus centers. Furthermore, the University houses eight schools.

    •     The College of Arts and Sciences
    •     The Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
    •     The Honors College
    •     The Robert B. Willumstad School of Business
    •     The Ruth S. Ammon School of Education
    •     The College of Nursing and Public Health
    •     The School of Social Work
    •     The University College

    The University awards Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees, along with Advanced Certificates and Postdoctoral postgraduate certificates.


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