Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Answering the call to respond and protect.

A degree in homeland security and emergency management teaches you critical thinking skills you need to become a leader  – with practical applications in dozens of careers.

Whether you enjoy being on the front lines or you excel behind the scenes, a degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) from Concordia University will help you develop critical thinking skills and learn the foundational requirements you need to become a leader in your chosen career – with practical applications in dozens of fields.

First responders need extensive knowledge and the ability to make a positive impact on the situation around them. Disaster planners, information analysts, and recovery managers need to analyze risks and take charge in complex and chaotic situations.

Even those already working in related disciplines can leverage their education to help them succeed and excel in their chosen field. This degree hones your capabilities and decision-making skills to translate knowledge into action.

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Cutting-edge coursework

The research-based curriculum includes up-to-date content informed by industry standards, employer needs, and faculty insight.

  • all courses are online, in one week modules
  • complete coursework any time, day or night
  • primary focus on strategy, communication, management, and leadership

The places you'll go!

Information Security Analyst $92,600/year
Emergency Management Director $70,500/year
FBI Special Agent $62,556/year

Potential career outcomes.
Sources: Bureau of Labor StatisticsFBIJobs.gov

Putting theory into Practice

During their practicum experience, students exercise their analytic and critical thinking skills to assist local government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private sector businesses analyze a threat or hazard that could disrupt operations, and then recommend a solution. This project creates a strong portfolio piece for graduates when seeking employment or advancement opportunities.

Careers in Homeland Security & Emergency Management Include

  • counterterrorism agent
  • cyber security specialist
  • emergency management director
  • debris management coordinator
  • environmental health & safety manager
  • incident commander
  • 911 operator
  • business continuity manager


  • community health liaison
  • decontamination specialist
  • risk manager
  • physical security specialist

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that more than 11,000 new emergency management director jobs will be available by 2024 – a 6% annual growth rate*.
The median salary for an emergency management director is $70,500. This is just one of dozens of career paths within this field.

*Income figures from Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-2017.

“The Homeland Security and Emergency Management program teaches you how to make decisions with integrity in complex situations, despite many variables at play – ethical, moral, and legal. This isn’t an easy task.”

-Coby Robinett ‘15, Captain, Vancouver Fire Department

Two paths to your degree

If you’re a transfer student or adult learner and have already completed your general education requirements, you can finish your bachelor’s degree in as little as 16 months. Classes are entirely online – designed with flexibility to fit your busy schedule.

If you’re a freshman, you can complete your first two years of classes on-campus, taking your first HSEM classes during your sophomore year. The final two years of the program can be completed entirely online.

Courses in this program include:

Cyber Security: Explore online security threats, including types of threats, theft of intellectual property, and infrastructure disruption, as well as policy issues that put cyber activity into the criminal realm.

Moral Decision Making, Policies, and Civil Rights: Examine the civil rights of Americans and the cross-section of ideologies that influence morals, government roles, and policies to keep order.

Building Resilient Communities: Examine the emergency planning cycle (prevent, prepare, respond, recover) to illustrate how to foster community resiliency.

“As a subject matter expert in a leadership role, it’s my job to guide and train people. Through my training and coursework at Concordia, I learned how to be an effective leader – and an ethical one.”

-Cecelia Rocha ’15, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Hanford Nuclear Site

The Department of Homeland Security is one of the largest federal employers, with approximately 170,000 employees. HLS offers student loan forgiveness, generous benefit packages, and tuition reimbursement.