Curriculum

Master of Security and Disaster Management

Curriculum

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 that knowledge.

 

Prerequisites

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.

 

MSDM Curriculum

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 fields.

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 30 credits

General University Requirements

Complete the general university requirements.

Master’s Degree Requirements

Complete the master’s degree requirements.

Program Requirements1

Code

Title

Credits

HSEM F601

Legal Aspects of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

3

HSEM F603

Disaster Management Policy

3

HSEM F607

Vulnerability and Protection

3

HSEM F609

Human Security

3

HSEM F690

Security and Disaster Management

3

Complete one of the following concentrations

6

Arctic Security

Business Continuity

Cybersecurity

Disaster Management

 Strategic Leadership

Complete two approved electives at the F400 or F600 level

 6

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.


 

MSDM Concentrations

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.

Arctic Security
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 relations.

Business Continuity
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.

Cybersecurity
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 critical infrastructure.

Disaster Management
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.

Strategic Leadership
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.

2019-2020 Catalog

 

 

The online MSDM gives me the opportunity to expand my specialized knowledge and offer applicable expertise in the field, volunteering with my city’s Emergency Operations Center in regional training activities.

Robert Ituarte
BEM 2017, MSDM 2017