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Emergency Management

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration (code OCSTMS01)

This program is only offered through the College of Continuing and Professional Education.

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 provides students with the conceptual foundation, communication, managerial, and analytical skills required for designing, testing, and implementing an effective response to workplace and community emergencies. 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's Office of Enrollment Services. Each applicant for graduate standing shall have completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
  • 2. A resume and a letter of intent that includes a summary of the applicant's reasons for seeking a master's degree in Emergency Services Administration. Both documents must be sent directly to the Department's Graduate Advisor.
  • 3. Three letters of recommendation from persons able to testify to the applicant's academic ability, preferably from former professors or immediate supervisors. These letters must be sent directly to the Department's Graduate Advisor.
  • 4. Have at least a 3.0 grade-point average in the last 60 semester units attempted. A student whose overall grade point average is less than 3.0, but who presents acceptable evidence of professional potential either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background may be admitted by special action of the Department's Graduate Committee.
  • 5. 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 Emergency Management Graduate Faculty and Director of Graduate Studies and Research, College of Health and Human Services.  


Satisfactory completion of 37 units of approved graduate courses to include:

  • 1. Take all of the following courses (21 units):
    • EMER 500 Information Literacy for Emergency Services Administration (1)
    • EMER 502 Practical Writing Applications for Emergency Services Administration (2)
    • EMER 504 E-learning Applications for Emergency Services Administration (1)
    • EMER 530 Analytical Techniques for Decision Support and Innovation (2)
    • EMER 542 Emergency Planning and Management (3)
    • EMER 545 Disaster Mental Health Issues in Emergency Management (3)
    • EMER 548 Risk, Crisis, and Inter-Agency Communications (3)
    • EMER 661 Emergency Management Leadership Across the Megacommunity (3)
    • CRJU 520 Advanced Criminal Justice Research Methods (3)
  • 2. Take all of the following courses as noted:
    • Project Students take both the following courses:
      • EMER 694A Project: Strategic Planning and Integrative Practices in Emergency Services Administration (3)
      • EMER 694B Project: Strategic Planning and Integrative Practices in Emergency Services Administration (1)
    • Thesis Students take the following course:
      • EMER 698 Thesis (1-4)
  • 3. Four additional elective courses selected in consultation with a faculty advisor (12 units).
    • Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration program may use as electives any courses satisfactorily completed toward earning a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Employer-Employee Relations and Personnel Management from the CSULB Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration.