Lives depend on you today; your future may depend on you having a degree.

The Department of Security and Emergency Services at Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s College of Arts & Sciences offers online degree programs in applied multidisciplinary security studies in an evolving all-hazards context and a local-to-global threat environment. This includes homeland and civil security, human and societal security, international relations, and public safety. Degrees include the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services, Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security, Master of Science in Emergency Services, and Master of Science in Human Security and Resilience, as well as several minors.

The curriculum includes the principles, theories and practices associated with today’s evolving disaster management, emergency response, civil security and resilience challenges in accomplishing safe and secure communities and societies in local, state, national and global contexts. The academic experience and learning of methods for defensible analysis are consistently connected to the real world through scenario studies and other praxeology.

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services (BSES) offers students enhanced education and a professional development path to prepare for leadership positions in fire and emergency service organizations. The BSES program is one of only a handful of programs around the world to have regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), IFSAC accreditation and FESHE recognition, which all lead to demonstrating our program's excellence and student dedication. Students can select from a specialization in Aviation Emergency Management or Fire & Emergency Services and learn from faculty members who have both academic backgrounds and proven expertise as emergency responders. In addition, students receive National Fire Academy certificates for select courses just as if they completed the courses at the National Fire Academy.

The Master of Science in Emergency Services provides a 100% online program that fits working professionals in fire, police and emergency management careers. Courses are taught by faculty members that have both terminal degrees (Ph.D. and Ed.D.) and practical experience (e.g., fire chief and fire officer). We are looking forward to equipping students with academic training and necessary working knowledge.

The Embry-Riddle Worldwide curriculum comprises core scientific disciplines — physics, chemistry, psychology, sociology, engineering, systems analysis and research — delivered within a public safety framework. This framework is multidimensional and uses science to enhance risk assessment, understanding human behavior, investigative techniques, analytical decision-making, economic and political realities, strategic planning, and human resources management.

This degree is not just for fire service professionals. The other half of the FESHE designation recognizes the importance of Emergency Services, which includes a myriad of private and public safety professionals. Whether you work for the public or private sector in emergency medical, disaster planning, law enforcement, public health, environmental or emergency management, this program is for you.

Emergency Management or Fire Science CCAF graduates can attain a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services by taking no more than 60 semester hours of coursework beyond the CCAF Associates degree through the Air University – Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative AU-ABC Category 1 agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The bachelor's degree in Homeland Security is based on the needs of the U.S. government and its citizens as well as the needs of the private sector. The BSHS degree combines the University's General Education requirements with a solid core of homeland security courses as well as minors in forensic accounting, international relations, terrorism studies, cybersecurity or several other minors available to the student. In addition, this degree allows the student to take maximum advantage of transfer credits and electives in order to explore breadth in related areas of study. 

The master's degree in Human Security and Resilience provides students with the awareness and understanding of the impact of threats to society, such as extreme weather, environmental degradation, financial recession, terrorism and health epidemics. The 30-credit online program is an exploration of the interplay between economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security and political security. At Embry-Riddle, you’ll have the opportunity to learn these concepts from military officers, scholars, historians and professionals with experience in defense, environmental security, population health, international business, political science, humanitarian law and other relevant disciplines.

Enroll today and get a head start on becoming the leader of tomorrow.

Mission Statement

Order of the Sword logoThe Order of the Sword and Shield is the first academic and professional honor society dedicated exclusively to homeland security, intelligence, emergency management and all protective security disciplines. The mission of O.S.S. shall be to promote critical thinking, high scholarship and professional development; to further enhance the ethical standards of the protective security professions; and to cultivate a high order of personal living.

The Core Values of the Society are excellence, knowledge, ethics and peace.

Our motto is ex scientia pax, which means "out of knowledge comes peace." As an association that represents homeland security, intelligence and protective security academic disciplines, this has special meaning. With an ultimate goal of peace and safety for all, the protective security profession must utilize knowledge as a primary tool for the accomplishment of this objective. The Society recognizes this commitment and the dedication of those individuals achieving academic and professional excellence.

Undergraduate Minors

Emergency Services   |   Homeland Security  |  International Relations

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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Daytona Beach, FL 32114