The MSDM degree provides the educational basis and required skills for students to
be successful in strategic and supervisory roles within the homeland security and
emergency management field and enables them to successfully make decisions based on
Students without a background in homeland security or emergency management will be
required to take HSEM F301-Principles of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
before beginning the required MSDM coursework. HSEM F301 will not count toward the
MSDM program requirements.
Students without a Bachelor of Security and Emergency Management (BSEM) degree from
UAF will be required to take HSEM F412-Emergency Planning and Preparedness prior to
taking HSEM F605-Community Planning. In this case, HSEM F412 may be counted as an
elective in the MSDM program.
View the full catalog MSDM degree requirements.
The MSDM degree provides professional education applicable to the various fields of
security and disaster management. This degree prepares graduates to meet the complex
problems of the strategic and leadership roles within emergency management and homeland
security fields and enables them to make difficult decisions while supervising these
Minimum Requirements for Degree: 30 credits
1 Students with two C’s, one D or one F in courses that are part of the HSEM program
will not be in good standing even if their cumulative GPA is at or above 3.0. HSEM
students who are not in good standing will be subject to review and may be dismissed
by the HSEM committee. Students may not use more than two F600-level courses with
C grades on the advancement-to-candidacy application.
2 Up to six 400- or graduate-level credits may be transferred from the National Fire
Academy, FBI National Academy, Command and General Staff College, or similar programs
approved by the American Council on Education, as substitutes.
3 An A or B grade must be earned in F400-level courses.
Sample Study Plan
The MSDM Degree Map provides a roadmap of classes to take by semester.