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Emergency Management & Homeland Security

Emergency Management Degrees Online - Homeland Security Training Program OverviewProgram DetailsWhy Choose Franklin

Protect and secure communities from threats and disasters

Public safety, private security, and emergency management operations have changed dramatically due to recent global events. Now more than ever, police, fire, EMS, and EMA teams must coordinate planning efforts to accomplish complex, collaborative safety and security management tasks.

These dramatic industry changes have created a growing number of career opportunities in the public and private sectors. The Emergency Management & Homeland Security degree program from Franklin University prepares you to seize the leadership and management opportunities in the public safety or private security fields.

Learn to lead public safety and private security agencies

In our relevant Emergency Management & Homeland Security degree program curriculum, you'll gain exposure to emergency management, homeland security, risk management/threat assessment, safety and security planning, and related subjects, preparing you for leadership in a variety of settings.

Whether you want to enter the field, build on your experiences, or lay a strong foundation for graduate school, an Emergency Management & Homeland Security degree is a great choice for you.

Have 24 hours of technical credits? Check out Franklin's Public Safety Management & Leadership Major!

Earn your emergency management degree online from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today!

Gain The Skills Employers Desire

  • Crisis Readiness & Disaster Preparedness
    • Provide strategic direction and emergency management, ensuring end-to-end disaster preparedness
    • Conduct training drills and exercises, ensuring full preparedness for emergency response
    • Assume the role of incident commander during critical situations, including fires, evacuations, HazMat spills, bomb threats, earthquakes, and power outages
    • Establish mutual aid agreements and conduct joint emergency drills with emergency responders
    • Develop and deploy an emergency response management strategy in response to emergent events
    • Ensure disaster warehouses, vehicles, and equipment are in a constant state of readiness
    • Collaborate with governmental and community organizations to ensure effective preparedness, readiness, and response outcomes during disaster lifecycle
    • Develop emergency evacuation and shelter plans in collaboration with other agencies
    • Oversee emergency response awareness and training events, including drills, exercises, and instruction in order to raise emergency response awareness and performance
  • Threat Assessment & Risk Management
    • Take preventative measures to identify and correct safety and security deficiencies or problems
    • Track and analyze emerging threats domestically and internationally, including geopolitical and reputational risk, terrorism, activism, crime, cyber issues, workplace violence, imminent threat, and kidnapping of personnel
    • Write technically detailed reports that provide a clear assessment of risk and articulate risk-reduction recommendations
    • Safeguard organizational reputation through effective risk assessments
    • Conduct site vulnerability and all-hazards analysis, communicating findings to key stakeholders
    • Investigate incidents to identify root causes and determine how similar events can be prevented in the future
    • Collaborate with facilities and risk management personnel to ensure a safe, productive environment
    • Promote initiatives to create a culture of safety in an organization or community
  • Emergency Management & Homeland Security
    • Coordinate emergency management response to natural or manmade disasters, terrorist incidents, and weapons of mass-destruction
    • Support risk-related emergency situations, such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and safety issues
    • Facilitate positive and productive working relationships with law enforcement and emergency services personnel
    • Investigate a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods
    • Oversee emergency response coordination, ensuring that first responders receive National Incident Management System (NIMS) training
    • Manage the documentation of emergency response measures and the resources needed to achieve them
    • Support recovery operations for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and restoration of disaster-damaged publicly owned facilities
    • Conduct preliminary damage assessments, estimating costs to repair, replace, or restore a facility to pre-disaster condition
    • Identify community needs during emergencies and recruit agencies or volunteers to provide needed assistance
    • Analyze intelligence information in support of counter-terrorist and counter-insurgent operations
    • Conduct pre-disaster vulnerability assessments, and coordinate post-disaster damage assessments
    • Prepare counterterrorism intelligence reports and provide focused analytical support to investigations and operations
    • Uncover critical intelligence gaps and recommends corrective action
  • Safety & Security Operations
    • Develop security procedures and action plans to ensure protection of staff, customers, and corporate assets
    • Follow best practice standards in the investigation and reporting of incidents and ensure cases are appropriately referred to judicial systems
    • Implement safety policies and procedures in compliance with local, state, and federal OSHA rules and regulations
    • Create programs to train managers and employees in work site safety and prevention practices
    • Conduct in-service training on safety and fire procedures, and proper equipment usage and storage
    • Evaluate procedures to identify and prevent unsafe workplace conditions, and track and report safety-related files and data
    • Inspect facilities for compliance with applicable fire, safety and sanitation policies, laws, and codes
    • Apply laws, limits, and regulations to make appropriate firefighting, fire prevention, and emergency response operating decisions
  • Labor Relations
    • Establish and maintain trust and positive relations with employees and labor groups
    • Review and develop operational policies and procedures to ensure compliance with bargaining contracts
    • Research data for personnel transactions and bids in accordance with bargaining contracts
    • Identify existing and potential labor problems and make recommendations for resolution
    • Communicate with and respond to a variety of inquiries and complaints from public personnel and other agencies
  • Fiscal Administration
    • Prepare and administer annual budget for a public or nonprofit organization
    • Hold staff accountable for budgetary decision-making, ensuring expenditures are within pre-established budgetary parameters
    • Monitor expenditures and make recommendations for the appropriation of funds
    • Direct and forecast funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies
    • Participate in the development of long range plans for capital improvement projects
    • Ensure risk management strategies are executed to reduce cost and safety risks
    • Identify and develop business, foundation, corporate, and government funding opportunities
    • Engage in fiscal research and forecasting, creating reports, and preparing presentations based on findings
    • Review proposals, funding increase requests, new initiatives, and capital expenditures, providing funding recommendations for new and existing programs
    • Analyze fiscal and budgetary reports to identify ways to increase efficiency and maximize use of available funds

Career Opportunities

  • Emergency Managers

    Emergency Managers prepare, test, and execute evacuation and disaster relief plans, ensuring emergency preparedness and response.

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  • Emergency Medical Services Operations Manager

    Emergency Medical Services Operations Managers develop short- and long-term emergency response models, training staff to meet defined goals and reduce response time.

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  • Safety Director

    Safety Directors develop and administer training programs to ensure occupational, industrial, and environmental safety.

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  • Corporate and Private Security Managers

    Corporate and Private Security Managers oversee security operations, from risk management to staff training to policy development in order to ensure workplace safety.

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  • Surveillance Director

    Surveillance Directors oversee the electronic and physical monitoring of an environment in an effort to prevent theft, vandalism, and forgery.

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  • Business Continuity Manager

    Business Continuity Managers perform analysis, planning, and risk assessment to ensure an organization and its resources can function in the wake of disruptive events, including but not not limited to human error, natural disasters, terrorism, and crime.

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  • Casino Security Officer

    Casino Security Officers patrol, protect, and inspect casino property, respond to emergencies, and ensure the safety of guests and employees.

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  • Homeland Security Specialist

    Homeland Security Specialists develop and implement anti-terrorism and emergency preparation and response programs.

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Employment Outlook

In 2015 there were 13,007 job openings related to Emergency Management & Homeland Security. The previous year, 2,378 students completed programs in Emergency Management & Homeland Security.

Occupations Job Openings (2015) Expected Growth
First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers 2,626 11.46%
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers 3,608 10.94%
Protective Service Workers, All Other 2,782 9.78%
Animal Control Workers 433 8.08%

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - June 2016

Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.


  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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