“I learned so much more than I thought I would. The information was useful – I was never bored in class.”

–Andrea Marie Hughbanks, class of 2013

Learning at UAF

As a student taking classes on campus, you’ll have the chance to experience the adventure of Alaska first hand. Take advantage of the around-the-clock summer sunlight to go hiking at 11pm. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee after walking to class at -41°F. Alaska offers experiences that can’t be duplicated anywhere else.

UAF is one of the few universities with an on-campus fire station staffed by student employees. For military and veterans, you’ll be close to not one, but two military bases: Ft. Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base. As a student in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) program, you will have opportunities to learn outside the classroom – attend events and workshops to hone your business skills and refine your emergency services knowledge by working with emergency managers and participating in field exercises.

Learning Online

Through the UAF Center for eLearning & Distance Education, you can earn your degree online while still benefiting from experienced HSEM faculty. Interactive and multi-media classes are taught through interfaces such as Blackboard and AdobeConnect. These classes are recorded and put online for you to watch on your own time. The ability to provide a synchronous and an asynchronous interaction with our distance students creates a very flexible learning environment no matter where you are in the world.  Watch videos, read current events, and discuss topics with your fellow classmates, all in a way that fits best into your schedule.

Shared Experience

In both the online and on-campus classrooms, the HSEM program hosts a student body with diverse experience. A typical class melds the know-how of students seasoned in their respective fields with the fresh thinking of high school graduates. This shared experience lends itself to a deeper and more relevant classroom environment.

Know Your Options

Get a glimpse into what you’ll learn as an HSEM student: read the HSEM class descriptions and Bachelor of Emergency Management degree requirements, including classes. Meet the HSEM faculty. Start your financial planning with tuition and fee information. Review the HSEM BEM Degree Map (2014/2015 Catalog) for a road map of which classes to take in which semester.

The HSEM program also offers concentrations in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. For a concentration in Homeland Security, students must complete six credits of Homeland Security Contemporary Topics.

  • HSEM F406 – Comparative Homeland Security
  • HSEM F408 – Homeland Defense and Security

For a concentration in Emergency Management, students must complete six credits of Emergency Management Contemporary Topics.

  • HSEM F405 – Introduction to Emergency Management Exercise Design
  • HSEM F407 – Comparative Emergency Management

A Fire Administration concentration is also in the works.

Contact Sean McGee for more information.

Start Your Degree

Be prepared for a career in:

  • Emergency Management
  • Business Continuity
  • Disaster Response Coordination
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Departments
  • Homeland Security
  • International Disaster Response
  • Law Enforcement
  • Local, State, and Federal Government
  • Military
  • Program Coordinators
  • Risk Management

Get your career on track today. Apply to UAF and start registering for classes.


The Center for the Study of Security, Hazards, Response and Preparedness

The Center for the Study of Security, Hazards, Response and Preparedness (C-SSHRP) sits within the School of Management (Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program) and in partnership with College of Natural Science and Mathematics (CNSM), Geophysical Institute (GI) and the International Arctic Research Center (IARC).

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