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Why Choose ISU HSEM?

ISU’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management degree programs offer a blended program that integrates security studies and emergency management principles. The program builds graduate competencies to deter intentional acts of terror and mitigate the impacts of other hazards and pandemics that threaten the United States. ISU’s multidisciplinary security and emergency management-based programs are designed to meet the needs of current and future professionals providing administrative oversight, structure, control, and leadership during disasters, and operational management.

  • This program prepares leaders to ensure the safety and resiliency of communities throughout our state, the nation, and the world
  • Our program is designed to meet national standards and core competencies for homeland security and emergency management professions
  • Our expert instructors represent a wide range of disciplines and leadership levels throughout the homeland security and emergency management fields
  • Asynchronous online classes accommodate busy students’ schedules
  • Some online classes feature live interaction with instructors
  • Affordable in-state tuition for all online classes REGARDLESS OF RESIDENCY
  • Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees keep your career path open
  • Regionally-accredited university offering credits and degrees accepted everywhere
  • Follows nationally-recognized FEMA Higher Education curriculum guidelines 

Is Homeland Security and Emergency Management a Good Fit for Me?

The Homeland Security and Emergency Management enterprise is rich with flexible career opportunities. Graduates with a degree in HSEM benefit from opportunities in local, state, and federal government, in the private sector, and nonprofit and community- based humanitarian aid organizations. Here are some of the possibilities:

  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Volunteer and Donation Manager
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Government Program Manager
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Safety Officer
  • Healthcare Disaster Management Coord




  • Public Health Emergency Planner
  • Training and Exercise Planner
  • Mass Casualty Responder
  • Damage Assessment Specialist
  • Homeland Security Consultant
  • Transportation Security Spec
  • Disaster Recovery Officer
  • Critical Infrastructure Manager

Program Details

At A Glance

  • General education courses do not have to be completed before enrollment in Homeland Security and Emergency Management courses.
  • All Homeland Security and Emergency Management core and non-core courses are taught online.
  • Courses will be taught online asynchronously using Moodle (and possibly Zoom).

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete 38 credits of general education courses to satisfy the degree requirements.
  • Students will need a computer that has 20 MB of free disk space, a soundcard with speakers, a microphone or headset, and at least a 28.8 kbps internet connection.

Program/Class Fees

Fees apply to the current Idaho State University fee schedule. A $35 per credit fee is assessed for each class using Moodle.

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to reduce the cost of your education. The ISU BOSS system is an excellent resource for scholarship information and application

Degree Paths

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