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.


High-Quality Education

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 Security and Emergency Management (BSEM) 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.

Learning Online

Through UAF eLearning & Distance Education, you can earn your degree through either online or hybrid courses, while still benefiting from experienced HSEM faculty.
In a traditional face-to-face course, all instruction takes place in the classroom. A learning management system may be used to house supplemental course materials and perhaps to facilitate assignment submission and grading, but no actual instruction takes place through the online system.
In a completely online course, all instruction takes place online via a system called Blackboard Learn. There is no face-to-face component, nor is there a residency requirement.
A hybrid course uses various delivery methods to best meet course and session outcomes. The blend may consist of any combination of face-to-face classroom instruction, asynchronous discussion forums, and synchronous sessions. Synchronous courses have regular live class meetings conducted via a web conferencing tool such as Adobe Connect. Asynchronous courses are delivered entirely online via Blackboard, with no set days or times for faculty/student interaction.

Shared Experience

In both the online and on-campus classrooms, the HSEM program hosts a student body with diverse experience. A typical class melds the know-how of students seasoned in their respective fields with the fresh thinking of new college graduates. This shared experience lends itself to a deeper and more relevant classroom environment.
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