Built and taught by leaders to prepare you for leadership— before, during and after disaster strikes.
The Adelphi University online Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Administration (B.S. in ESA) puts you on track for leadership roles in a dynamic, challenging and rewarding profession.
Our B.S. in ESA program offers students a broader set of knowledge and skills than they typically can gain solely from experience, and it reduces the learning curve for students entering the field directly from undergraduate school. Moreover, its cutting-edge curriculum in all-hazards planning applies across disciplines, organizations, industries, and sectors, opening doors to diverse employment opportunities in the emergency services field.
At Adelphi, you learn from and interact closely with leading educators, researchers and practitioners, many with front-line experience managing major planned and unplanned events, including presidential visits, global meetings, terrorist attacks, health epidemics, transportation emergencies and natural disasters.
As incidents ranging from hurricanes and wildfires to cybersecurity breaches and mass shootings demonstrate, emergency preparedness is crucial in our homes, businesses, communities, and government. By earning your online bachelor’s degree in emergency services administration from Adelphi, you can meet a critical societal need for professionals who are equipped to plan for and respond to any emergency—and give yourself an edge in the field.
Who Can Benefit
The online B.S. in Emergency Services Administration program is geared to individuals who want to position themselves for success in a public safety or related career. They recognize that getting a bachelor’s degree will give them a competitive edge when combined with professional, volunteer, or internship experience. They typically are interested in making a difference in the world, solving problems and leading.
Prospective emergency services administration online students include:
- Those who have little or no professional public safety experience, but plan to pursue a career in emergency services administration
- Public safety professionals, including police officers, EMTs and active and veteran military members, who seek education to expand or hone their knowledge and skills and position themselves for career advancement
- Professionals in related fields who want to help their organization with emergency preparedness or make a career change
- Undergraduates working toward a bachelor’s degree in a related subject, e.g., public health, nursing and environmental sciences, who want to complete a minor or second major in a related discipline
- 100 percent online, the instructor-led format provides you with both flexibility and personalized learning.
- You gain foundational competencies and learn how to apply emergency management principles to your occupation, community, and life.
- As active practitioners, faculty members provide you not only with academic training, but also the latest insights and know-how from the field.
- You may qualify for up to 60 credits of prior learning or life experience, enabling you to save money and complete your degree in as few as four semesters.
- Our degree shortens the path for earning the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) credential offered by the International Association of Emergency Managers.
About Adelphi and the Emergency Management Programs
Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.
Adelphi was one of the first higher education institutions to provide emergency management coursework. Shortly after the 9/11 terror attack in 2001, administrators decided to develop an introductory course in disaster preparedness for all incoming freshman.
In 2005 College of Nursing and Public Health faculty members, led by a disaster epidemiologist who was among the first responders at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attack, began to develop a full-scale emergency management program. Today this program comprises master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as a graduate certificate.
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