In the post-9/11 environment, emergency management and homeland security professionals face many new challenges. As the frequency and complexity of man-made, natural, and technological disasters increase, so does the need for trained professionals ready to rise to the challenge.
The UAF Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) program prepares you for a career where you will make an impact and shape the growing emergency services field. HSEM classes are designed to work with your busy schedule. Learn in the way that works best for you, with online and in-classroom options. Small classes and hands-on opportunities mean you jump into the community feet first and start making waves.
The UAF School of Management is accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). This highly sought after accreditation is only achieved by the best universities around the world.
The HSEM program is a member of the FEMA Higher Education Program and the University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The HSEM undergraduate Bachelor of Emergency Management (BEM) program was recently ranked by the Emergency Management Degree Program Guide as fifth in the U.S. for program quality and second in the U.S. for affordability. This ranking defines affordability as a net tuition price of less than $23,000 a year, after factoring in financial aid and scholarships. The assessments also take into account factors such as freshmen retention rate, six-year graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, availability of student organizations and internship requirements.
Learning at UAF
As a student taking classes on campus, you’ll have the chance to experience the adventure of Alaska first hand. Take advantage of the around-the-clock summer sunlight to go hiking at 11pm. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee after walking to class at -41°F. Alaska offers experiences that can’t be duplicated anywhere else.
UAF is one of the few universities with an on-campus fire station staffed by student employees. For military and veterans, you’ll be close to not one, but two military bases: Ft. Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base. As a student in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) program, you will have opportunities to learn outside the classroom – attend events and workshops to hone your business skills and refine your emergency services knowledge by working with emergency managers and participating in field exercises.