M.S.D.M, Security and Disaster Management

  • Complete the following admission requirements:
    • Students with a GPA above 2.75 will be required to submit a score from the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Exam.
    • Any students with a GPA lower then 2.75 will be required to submit scores from either the GRE or the GMAT.
    • Students without a background in HSEM will be required to take HSEM F301, Principles of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. This course will not count toward the M.S.D.M. program requirements. In addition, students without a UAF B.E.M. degree will be required to take HSEM F412 prior to HSEM F605, Community Planning. In this case, HSEM F412 may be counted as an elective in the M.S.D.M. program. 

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 Requirements 1
HSEM F601Legal Aspects of Homeland Security and Emergency Management3
HSEM F603Disaster Management Policy3
HSEM F605Community Planning in Emergency Management3
HSEM F607Vulnerability and Protection3
HSEM F609Human Security3
HSEM F632Project Management3
HSEM F665Strategic Collaboration3
HSEM F690Security and Disaster Management3
Select 6 credits from the following: 26
International Disaster Management
Security and Disaster Management Seminar
Any F400-level HSEM course not taken as an undergraduate 3
Total Credits30

Students with two C’s, one D or one F in courses that are part of the HSEM program will not be in good standing even if their cumulative GPA is at or above 3.0. HSEM students who are not in good standing will be subject to review and may be dismissed by the HSEM committee. Students may not use more than two F600-level courses with C grades on the advancement-to-candidacy application.


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.


An A or B grade must be earned in F400-level courses.