College of Applied Science and Technology

Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Emergency Management and Homeland Security Fundamentals

Emergency management is the coordinated effort of highly trained professionals who respond quickly to all types of disasters to lessen the effects as much as possible on a community or its residents.

The University of Akron offers the only Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security of this type in the state of Ohio and one of only a few in the country. It is the only B.S. in Emergency Management and Homeland Security accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.

  • As a “Step-Up” degree, the program builds upon strong technical programs in:
    • fire protection
    • criminal justice
    • community services
    • environmental health and safety
    • emergency medical services
  • Core curriculum covers wide range of subjects, including:
    • geology
    • climatology
    • ecology
    • research methods and applications
    • hazards prevention

Our Faculty

  • are nationally recognized in the fields of
    • emergency management
    • public administration
    • fire protection
    • hazardous materials
  • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Experience

Service learning is incorporated into coursework and joint projects with emergency management agencies in Summit and Medina counties, as well as such nonprofit agencies as the American Red Cross.

Real-world Experience 

You are encouraged to gain practical professional experience with an internship. Participation gives you firsthand, on-the-job training in your area of interest within the field of emergency management.

Emergency Management Student Organizations

Interact with other emergency management students and professionals in the field through organizations such as: 

  • International Emergency Management Student Association
  • Fire Protection Society 

Curriculum Guide

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in emergency management opens the door to many career opportunities in such areas as:

  • local, state and federal levels of government
  • private sector companies, including insurance and consulting
  • nonprofit disaster relief organizations

Career Outlook 

With the growing number of natural and man-made disasters, emergency management has become a vital part of government and business. In addition, federal and state laws have increased the demand for individuals who are well-trained in emergency planning and preparedness.

Career Center

The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

  • Career Resource Library
  • co-op/internships through Career Advantage Network
  • computer stations for resume writing and employment research
  • UA Career Fairs

The University of Akron

Akron, OH 44325
Phone: 330-972-7111
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