The requirements for the Master of Security and Disaster Management (MSDM) are as follows. A total of 30 credits are required to complete the MSDM degree.
Students may be required to take some preliminary courses before beginning the requirements for the MSDM degree.
Students without a Bachelor of Emergency Management (BEM) degree from UAF will be required to take HSEM
F412-Emergency Planning and Preparedness prior to taking HSEM F605-Community Planning; see below for course descriptions. In this case, HSEM F412 may be counted as an elective in the MSDM program.
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.
All MSDM students must complete all of the following HSEM courses. All of these are 3-credit courses; the total core requirement for the MSDM degree is 21 credits.
MSDM students must complete six credits from the following elective courses; all of these are 3-credit courses. Note that any 400-level HSEM course not previously taken as an undergraduate can be taken as part of the MSDM elective requirement.
Up to six graduate level credits may be transferred from: The National Fire Academy, FBI National Academy or Command and General Staff College, or similar approved ACE graduate credit. These may substitute for up to six elective credits.
All MSDM students must complete the following 3-credit course.