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 Cs, one D or one F in courses that are part of the MSDM program
will not be in good standing even if their cumulative GPA is at or above 3.0. MSDM
students who are not in good standing will be subject to review and may be dismissed
by the MSDM committee. Students may not use more than two F600-level courses with
C grades on the advancement-to-candidacy application.
NOTE: 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.
NOTE: An A or B grade must be earned in F400-level courses.
The MSDM offers a number of different concentration options. Each student in this
degree program must choose from one of the following concentrations; you can find a detailed class list for each concentration on the MSDM catalog page.
The arctic security concentration will help students to understand the Arctic’s unique
economics and governance systems, making students better prepared to secure the arctic.
Courses include topics in strategies and operations, diplomacy, and international
The business continuity concentration provides students with an in-depth look at what
it takes to help a business mitigate for and survive after a major disaster or crisis.
Courses include topics in crisis management, business continuity, and project management.
The cybersecurity concentration is designed for students who desire an in-depth knowledge
in the cybersecurity field. This is not a technical concentration, but rather the
focus is on the managerial components and decision making skills need in the cybersecurity
field. Courses include topics in information assurance, cyber threats, and addressing
This concentration focuses on the overall components of disaster response and recovery
knowledge an emergency management professional would need to make critical decisions
and manage effectively. Courses include topics in community planning, international
disaster management, project management, and strategic collaboration.
This concentration develop a student’s strategic leadership skills and combine them
with their professional experience so they are ready for leadership roles throughout
every career field. Courses include topics in project management, strategic leadership,
and strategic collaboration.
Sample Study Plan
The MSDM Degree Map provides a roadmap of classes to take by semester.