Emergency Services Management

Protect & Serve During Crisis Situations

Union Institute & University’s major in Emergency Services Management helps prepare you to effectively handle a variety of dangerous situations, with a focus on emergency and disaster management, homeland security, and critical incident management. We know our first-responders play a vital role in diffusing potentially harmful and hazardous situations, that’s why we train you to respond appropriately within federal, state, and local organizations and agencies before, during, and after emergencies or disasters strike.

Careers of our Emergency Services Management Graduates

Union’s Criminal Justice Management program connects with Union’s national community of law enforcement personnel across the country. Developed by and for law enforcement professionals, our program connects you directly to our law enforcement site coordinators to provide the personal attention you need to advance your rank.

  • Firefighter
  • Paramedic
  • Police officer
  • US border patrol agent
  • Emergency management director
  • Fish and game warden
  • FBI agent & Homeland security director
  • Federal air marshal

Transfer Credits

your experience
= less coursework

At Union we know your fieldwork has taught you what you can’t learn in a classroom, so we allow you to use your experience as our credits ranging all the way to 50 credits. You can also transfer your police training certificates for 12 credit hours of internship from 46 different states. 30 additional credits may be available for your training beyond the academy using Union’s certified learning method (with a maximum of 60 credit hours). Our generous transfer credit for service is just one of the ways Union is built for you.

Skills & Benefits Union Students Gain

  • Evaluate principles of supervision and management for emergency service organizations.
  • Analyze current issues that affect first response organizations and their strategic operations.
  • Create an effective strategic plan in emergency and disaster situations.
  • Evaluate how the individual components of emergencies and disasters interplay along the entire crisis and disaster spectrum of the human experience (i.e., legal, economic, ethical, and human issues).
  • Design critical decision-making skills needed to respond appropriately to emergency and disaster situations and community resources in any crisis situation.

Emergency Services Management Structure & Courses

•  120 Credit Hours Program (minimum)
•  Full-time & part-time options
• January, May, and September start dates
• Up to 90 semester hours in transfer credits
  • Leadership
    Assessing & building leadership capacity, theory & practice of leadership, with emphasis on leadership of change
  • Independent Studies
    ESM 100
  • Special Topics
    ESM 190
  • Critical Incident Management and Response
    ESM 320
  • Incident Command Systems
    ESM 321
  •  Fiscal Management for Emergency Services Administrations
    ESM 401
  • Emergency Services Administration
    ESM 403
  • Legal, Economic, and Ethical Issues in Emergency Services
    ESM 405
  • Social Dimensions of Disaster
    ESM 406
  • Contemporary Issues in Emergency Services
    ESM 410
  • Natural Disasters and Defense Planning
    ESM 412
  • Terrorism and Extremism
    ESM 422
  • Homeland Security
    ESM 440
  • Terrorism and Extremism
    ESM 442
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction: Forms and History
    ESM 444
  • Criminal Justice Management
    Management, administration, contemporary issues in criminal justice management and policies
  • Organizational Psychology
    PSY 402
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