Our Students

The Bachelor of Security and Emergency Management degree from UAF is more than just a piece of paper or a box to check. It is one milestone in a lifetime of shared experiences, successes, and lessons learned.

Our students are....

Many HSEM students are already working as first responders or have served in the military.

As military personnel and first responders, our students have saved lives, protected homes, and defended our country. They are dedicated to public service.

Driven by a commitment to service, HSEM students are taking their next career steps by pursing a degree that offers a lifetime of leadership, respect, and opportunity.

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What Our Students Have to Say

Hear directly from our students via the video and quotes below and learn first-hand their thoughts about the HSEM program.

Read about a typical day in the life of a few of our students, who describe what it’s like to be a student and a first responder.

Gain some words of wisdom from past and current HSEM students to help get you on the right track for your own educational program.

Rachael Doniger, BEM Student

Dispatcher, Snohomish County Police Staff and Auxiliary Services Center

“The HSEM program at UAF allows people in the military or the emergency service fields to highlight their skills and experiences and apply them toward the growing fields of emergency management and homeland security.

Working as a full-time 9-1-1 dispatcher, I needed an affordable, quality program that was available online and flexible for my schedule, and I found it at UAF. For me, a highlight of this program has been receiving instruction from experienced professionals who can relate the course material to practical, real-world applications. In addition, my fellow students come from a broad range of professions and offer unique perspectives.

My experience in the HSEM program has broadened my own emergency dispatcher viewpoint to a more global emergency management perspective. I strongly believe this degree can provide career advancement opportunities in both the private and public sectors of emergency management.”

Erick Anez, BEM Student

Business Continuity Administrator, Southwest Gas Corporation

“The Homeland Security and Emergency Management program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been a great educational experience thus far. 

I first became aware of the program through inquiries to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding which universities they recommend and endorse.  I learned that UAF’s program is listed on the FEMA Emergency Management Institute’s “The College List” and that the online program is offered at resident tuition rates for all students. 

The course material has proven quite useful in my pursuit of education in the field and also in my professional development as a business continuity professional.  The program instructors are great and have a wide range of hands-on industry experience, which they share with their students.  It is a great honor to learn from instructors who work with FEMA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and police and fire departments and who are able to share the experiences and lessons learned throughout their careers. 

At first, I was a bit concerned about the online learning format. However, I soon realized that it suited my busy schedule quite well and I did not feel that I was missing out on anything in comparison to a traditional classroom setting. 

This program has allowed me to grow as a professional in the business continuity industry; I recently became a Certified Business Continuity Professional and continue to grow with every class and experience. 

I highly recommend this program, not only to those seeking a career in public safety, but also to those with an interest in business continuity and risk management.”

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