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Master of Science in Emergency Services Management

Program Details

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.


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

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).


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