Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security Emergency Management (BAS-HSEM)
An All Hazards Emergency Management Program
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security Emergency Management degree program accepts students on a continuous basis. This leadership and management degree program is part of a guided career pathway designed to prepare students to become 21st century emergency management professionals. The HSEM program is available fully online (with a hybrid option) to prepare students to oversee all-hazard emergency planning and training programs, coordinate disaster planning, and coordinate response and recovery efforts.
Traditional career pathways into emergency management jobs have evolved, and an industry need for HSEM professionals with complex, cross-functional jobs requires new skill sets. There is a growing need in all sectors of the community for agile career professionals who understand the complex nature of emergency preparedness, disaster management and homeland security, including cyber security.
Recognition of the need for whole community involvement has led to the growth of professional homeland security and emergency management careers with a myriad of titles found in both the public and private sectors.
The BAS-HSEM program builds off the strong foundation of a professional technical Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Homeland Security Emergency Management, but is available to anyone who meets general entry requirements (see below).
Who is Encouraged to Apply
- Applicants with an associate degree in Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM) or any related field
- Current or former members of the U.S. military seeking to build upon education, training and experience gained through military service.
- Individuals interested in or indirectly affiliated with emergency preparedness or disaster management or homeland security. Credit may be given for emergency management related training that is accredited through the American Council on Education.
- Completion of at least an associate degree (or 90 college level credits) with a cumulative GPA for all college-level credits of 2.0 or greater
- Completion of 45 college-level general education credits, inclusive of these 5 general education requirement blocks: Communication, Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural sciences, including lab
- Completion of the following pre-requisite courses (or their equivalent): ENGL&101, HSEM 102, and CIS 130
- Completion of the BAS application
- Students who do not hold an AA degree in HSEM or Emergency Management or who have not completed the FEMA National Emergency Management Basic Academy (NEMBA) are encouraged to complete the NEMBA prerequisites prior to application to the BAS degree program. The prerequisites can be found on the NEMBA website
- NOTE: students lacking any of these requirements are encouraged to speak with an the HSEM Program Chair to determine the best way to meet those requirements, either prior to or after admission to the program
Before submitting your application (see link below), please have the following documents ready:
- Unofficial transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges. Note: if some or all transcripts are from other countries, they will need to be evaluated. Evaluations can be conducted by any agency in NACES.
- Training transcripts from FEMA (if applicable). Note that there are two FEMA transcripts (Resident and Independent Study) are you are encouraged to submit both in order to be evaluated for possible academic credit.
- Personal Statement (300–400 words) articulating the applicant’s personal and professional interests in a BAS-HSEM degree and the profession of emergency management.
- One (1) letter from a personal, professional or academic reference.
- Professional resume.
Please note that you must complete your application in one session, so please have all of your documents ready. You can find the application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hsemapply.
If you need assistance with your application, please contact Cindy Bassage, HSEM Program Specialist at 253-912-3675 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about admission requirements or would like to have your previous transcripts reviewed, please contact Department Chair Sarah Miller at email@example.com.