Safety, Security & Emergency Management Master of Science

Prepare for Career and Leadership Opportunities

The Master of Science in Safety, Security & Emergency Management is designed to provide you with a broad background in the field with the opportunity to customize your curriculum through a Multidisciplinary Track or choose a concentration to gain in-depth knowledge in a specific subject area:

  • Homeland Security
  • School Safety
  • Occupational Safety
  • Fire & Emergency Services
  • Emergency Management

Students graduating from our program may immediately apply for the Associate Safety and Health Manager(ASHM) certification; and with two years experience in the safety and health management field apply for and take the Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) exam. This is a three year reduction to the normal waiting period. Find out more about the Institute for Safety and Health Management.

 

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

The School of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management offers the Master of Science degree in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management. The M.S. degree program is designed to provide students with a broad background in safety, security, and emergency management, in addition to the option for more in-depth knowledge of at least one area of Occupational Safety, Homeland Security, Fire, Emergency Management, and School Safety. The program is directed to preparing students for responsible careers in safety, security, and emergency management. Students are prepared to draw logically sound conclusions, to think creatively, to communicate effectively, and to appreciate the role and responsibilities of the safety, security, and emergency management administration/professionals.

The objectives of the graduate Safety, Security, and Emergency Management program are:

  • To provide a broad based program that affords the depth of education, the specialized skills, and the sense of creativity that will allow the graduate to practice in and contribute to the field of safety, security, and emergency management.
  • To provide an avenue for a highly mobile and marketable career to individuals wishing to pursue graduate education in the Safety, Security and Emergency Management discipline.
  • To add to the body of knowledge through scholarly activity, research, and advanced professional training.
  • To provide safety, security, and emergency management practitioners with leadership skills needed for the planning and delivery of loss prevention and safety services at the state, regional, and national levels.

 

II. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Students seeking clear admission should hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with a 3.0 grade point average overall or in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work. Students with an undergraduate grade point below 3.0 will be required to sit for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and acquire a target score in three categories: Verbal 149, Quantitative 141 and Analytical Writing 3.0. Students who have previously earned advanced degrees including, but not limited to M.S., M.A., M.B.A., J.D. or other recognized graduate degrees from an accredited university will be exempt from the GRE requirement.

Applicants without an academic and/or experiential background in a related discipline or field of study including, but not limited to: occupational safety, security, fire, homeland security, emergency management, emergency medical, insurance, and risk management may be accepted into the program with departmental approval. When deficiencies are deemed to exist, applicants may be required to satisfy all designated deficiencies prior to admission to candidacy. Students must also meet general requirements of the EKU Graduate School.

 

Online Learning Option - The Master of Science degree in Safety, Security and Emergency Management is offered online. The M.S. degree program also offers classes each semester online including options in Fire and Emergency Management, School Safety, Homeland Security, Emergency Management and Occupational Safety.

 

III. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management**

Core Requirements        18 hours

SSE 815, 826, 827, 833, 865, and 885.

Core Electives   12 hours

Twelve hours selected from the following:

HLS 800, 810, 820, 825, 830, 831, 835, SSE 820, 822, 824, 825, 828, 829, 830, 832, 834, 839, 841, 845, 860, 880, 890, 897, or Concentraton.

Concentration in Emergency Management         12 hours

HLS 800, 830, 831, and 835.

Concentration in Fire and Emergency Services  12 hours

SSE 820, 824, 825, and 829.

Concentration in Homeland Security     12 hours

HLS 800, 810, 820, and 830.

Concentration in Occupational Safety    12 hours

SSE 828, 832, 834, and 845.

Concentration in School Safety 12 hours

SSE 870, 871, 872, and 873.

 

Total Curriculum Requirements                36 hours

 

IV. EXIT REQUIREMENTS

(select one of the three options below):

Comprehensive Examination – Prerequisites: Candidate must have completed or currently taking all core classes before scheduling to sit for the comprehensive examination. Candidate shall perform satisfactorily on the written comprehensive examination on their program of study and primarily focused on the core program requirements.

Capstone Applied Research Project – Prerequisites: Complete all core courses and be in the last semester of coursework prior to graduation. Candidates are required to satisfactorily complete applied research project (SSE 896) before they are eligible to graduate from the program. Candidates not able to complete all required research within the academic term must register for SSE 896-a (1 hour) for each term until the applied research is completed and approved.

Thesis Option – Prerequisites: Students must successfully complete SSE 885 and must acquire the approval of the Thesis Coordinator before being permitted to pursue this option.

SSE 880 3 hours

SSE 898 3 hours

GRD 898d (Oral Defense)             0 hours

 

CERTIFICATES

Persons with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution may earn a 12-hour non-degree graduate certificate in Emergency Management, Fire and Emergency Services, Homeland Security, Occupational Safety School Safety, or Intelligence and National Security. These certificates are granted by the School of Safety, Security and Emergency Management and the College of Justice and Safety. The certificate may be completed online. The certificate will consist of four courses for each option. Certificate courses may be applied to the M.S. degree program if the person later applies for M.S. admission.

 

Certificate in Emergency Management

Certificate Requirements            12 hours

HLS 800, 830, 831, and 835.

Total Curriculum Requirements                12 hours

 

Certificate in Fire and Emergency Services

Certificate Requirements            12 hours

SSE 820, 824, 825, and 829.

Total Curriculum Requirements                12 hours

 

Certificate in Homeland Security

Certificate Requirements            12 hours

HLS 800, 810, 820, 830.

Total Curriculum Requirements                12 hours

 

Certificate in Intelligence and National Security

This certificate is collaboratively offered by the Bluegrass State Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence with consortium members Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University and Morehead State University. Certificates are issued by the consortium.

Certificate Requirements            12 hours

HLS 800, 820, 825, 840.

Total Curriculum Requirements                12 hours

 

Certificate in Occupational Safety

Certificate Requirements            12 hours

SSE 828, 832, 834, and 835.

Total Curriculum Requirements                12 hours

 

Certificate in School Safety

Certificate Requirements            12 hours

SSE 870, 871, 872, and 873.

Total Curriculum Requirements                12 hours