Bachelor of Science Emergency Services Management

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.
120 Total credits
$545 Cost per credit hour
May 3 Next Start Date
  • 120 Credit Hours Program (minimum)
  • Full-time & part-time options
  • Classes start every 8 weeks!
  • Up to 90 semester hours in transfer credits
  • ESM 320- Critical Incident Management and Response
  • ESM 401-  Fiscal Management for Emergency Services Administrations
  • ESM 403- Emergency Services Administration
  • ESM 405- Legal, Economic, and Ethical Issues in Emergency Services
  • ESM 440- Homeland Security
  • ESM 100/200/300/400- Independent Studies
  • ESM 190/290/390/490- Special Topics
  • ESM 321- Incident Command Systems
  • ESM 406- Social Dimensions of Disaster
  • ESM 410- Contemporary Issues in Emergency Services
  • ESM 412- Natural Disasters and Defense Planning
  • ESM 422- Terrorism and Extremism
  • ESM 444- Weapons of Mass Destruction: Forms and History
  • PSY 402- Organizational Psychology

Applying Your Degree to Real World Experience

Union’s Emergency Services Management program prepares graduates for careers in emergency services industries where a high level of understanding in organizational dynamics and interpersonal skills are required. Graduates of the program will be able to solve administrative problems, fine-tune strategic plans, enhance human resource potential, increase productivity and address internal organizational issues.

  • Firefighter
  • Paramedic
  • Police Officer
  • Emergency Management Director
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Employment with Federal Agencies such as FBI, Homeland Security, Federal Air Marshal and U.S. Border Patrol

What Makes Our Program Unique?

"The program's instructors are all experienced practitioners in Emergency Services.  They offer real-life management experience to our students, thus preparing them for advancement in their chosen careers."

Paul Brugman, M.S.
Criminal Justice Management Chair

Transfer Credits

At Union, we know your field work has taught you things that can’t be learned in a classroom. That’s why our credit transfer policy recognizes your previous training and experience. Transfer semester credits from your police, firefighter or paramedic training certificates. You can also transfer additional training beyond the academy using Union’s certified learning method (with a maximum of 60 credit hours for training). 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).
  • Learn critical decision-making skills needed to respond appropriately to emergency and disaster situations, and community resources, in any crisis situation.

“Union’s degree program is flexible and online. The professors provide a class syllabus with assignments and due dates - that was invaluable. I always know week to week what is expected of me.”

Engineer, Vacaville Fire Department

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