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Emergency Management

College of Health and Human Services

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Emergency Management - EMER Programs

Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration (code OCSTMS01)

The Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration (EMER) is an interdisciplinary degree program developed by faculty experts from departments across campus. Faculty from on-campus departments such as Criminal Justice, Health Sciences, Public Policy and Administration, Civil Engineering, Family Studies, Professional Studies, Communication Studies, Educational Psychology, Geography, and Library Sciences, as well as nationally recognized expert practitioners in emergency services collaborate to deliver research and competency-based curriculum grounded in practice.

The EMER curriculum and all advising and student research presentations are designed exclusively for online delivery utilizing the most up-to-date instructional technologies available. The program is designed to provide students with the conceptual foundation, communication, managerial, and analytical skills required for designing, testing, and implementing an effective response to workplace and community emergencies. Such emergencies may involve the potential loss of human life and property due to fire, explosion, the release of hazardous chemicals, structural failures, natural calamities, and terrorist acts. The program has two major purposes: 1) to provide an understanding of the administration and management of emergency services with an emphasis on the roles and job expectations of public safety professionals and emergency managers, and 2) to prepare students for leadership roles in emergency and disaster administration by stressing independent research, communication, and writing skills, exposure to experts, and practical experiences of respected emergency services and disaster organizations.

Admission Criteria

  1. Obtain admission to the graduate program by completing and forwarding the official CSULB graduate admissions forms and fees to the University and the Graduate Advisor, Professional Studies Department, CSULB. Each applicant for graduate standing shall have completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
  2. Request that official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended be forwarded to the graduate advisor, Professional Studies Department, CSULB.
  3. Have at least a 2.50 grade-point average in the last 60 semester units attempted.
  4. Be accepted by the department and graduate advisor for admission to the program.

Advancement to Candidacy

  1. Satisfaction of the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy, including successful completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
  2. Completion of all core courses;
  3. Maintenance of “B” average (3.0 GPA) in all work completed in graduate program;
  4. Approval of Professional Studies Graduate Faculty and Director of Graduate Studies and Research, College of Health and Human Services.


  1. EMER 500, 502, 542, 545, 548, 631, 661, 671; GEOG 558; CRJU 520, 525.
  2. Completion of 42 units of approved graduate courses and a written comprehensive examination (EMER 697), or 43 units of approved graduate courses and a thesis (EMER 698) approved by the Department Graduate Committee.

The Emergency Services Administration program consists of three parts. The first part is a 30-unit set of required core course work as indicated in (1) above. The second part is the elective area of specialization. Electives are selected in consultation with a faculty advisor. The third part is to complete the comprehensive exam or a thesis.