Program Overview

Behind every emergency, especially large ones such as fires, natural disasters, chemical spills, or attacks of any sort, there a fleet of different agencies who make it their job to respond to the situations and mitigate the damage and loss of life during the event. As first responders and following emergency services do their jobs, they are led by managers and team leaders responsible for communicating the situation to those doing their jobs under them and communicating and coordinating between different agencies responsible for managing an emergency. These people are counted on to expect the unexpected and prevent loss of life. 

Columbia Southern University offers the Master of Science in Emergency Services Management degree for those seeking to prepare themselves for the needs of being responsible during an emergency situation. Columbia Southern University’s curriculum is available entirely online. Online classes benefit students who are either unable or unwilling to give up their careers or personal lives in pursuit of education, because at this point, students are professionals who may not be able to meet the needs of a normal class schedule. By taking classes out of the home or other location, instead of a traditional classroom environment, students can choose their own schedules for completing classes, allowing students to have versatility in completing their learning. The Master of Science in Emergency Services Management program from Colombia Southern University can typically be completed in three years. 

The curriculum involved in this course is for students who are now experienced professionals, seeking advanced education in emergency management, homeland security, criminology, global terrorism, fire administration, toxicology, risk management, emergency services management & legal issues, weapons of mass destruction, interagency disaster management, among other courses necessary for a well-rounded and comprehensive education in emergency services management. The master’s degree is a prestigious degree and represents the intelligence, diligence, and dedication of the holder.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission

    CSU is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The DETC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


    The minimum requirement for graduate acceptance is a conferred bachelors degree.


    May not be approved for every state. Students should check for state authorization in their state of residence prior to enrollment.

    School Overview

    Columbia Southern University is a private, for-profit distance learning institution located in Orange Beach, Alabama. CSU is a completely online institution that offers various degree programs. CSU was established in 1993 by Dr. Robert G. Mayes, Sr. in order to meet the demands for alternatives to the traditional university experience.

    A subsidiary of Columbia Southern Education Group, CSU offers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. CSU also features undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for adult learners.


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