Master Of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business

Master’s in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program

The Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Homeland Security and Emergency Management degree focuses on the role of leadership and the immediate application of ethical and practical leadership skills. This master’s degree in leadership also focuses on disaster preparation, crisis management and alleviating environmental issues. Graduates of this degree will be armed with the necessary skills to become adept leaders, able to organize and mobilize forces for good.

The degree program covers four domains that aim to empower students to become operational leaders at every level:

  • Self-leadership: Practice self-reflection and self-awareness skills, develop emotional and social intelligence to interact effectively, and discover how to adapt quickly in the midst of changing circumstances
  • Lead others: Analyze theories of leadership, evaluate strategies, practice coaching and guiding methods to encourage growth in others
  • Lead an organization: Learn to encourage organizational growth and improve outcomes for stakeholders, and create systems for managing organizational changes
  • Homeland security and emergency management: Apply leadership skills in emergency organizations, create plans for areas impacted by large-scale disasters, and build professional ethics into emergency management practice

What Is a Master’s in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Degree?

GCU’s master’s program focuses on leadership skills, emergency planning, economics and human issues, and law and legal issues. During the degree program, students:

  • Practice self-evaluation skills to develop their personal and professional abilities while gaining the competence required to be an effective leader
  • Learn to positively influence others to advance their own professional and leadership skills
  • Utilize collaboration and communication skills to achieve common goals
  • Learn to create compelling vision and drive innovative change to encourage organizational growth and improved outcomes for all involved.
  • Apply leadership skills in emergency organizations and participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of emergency-response plans and practices

Why Earn a Master’s in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Degree at GCU?

Students in this master's in emergency management and homeland security degree program will learn leadership skills while integrating Christian worldview principles. Graduates are able to articulate the responsibilities of leadership in a Christian context including their own moral and ethical obligation as emergency managers to serve the public with justice and integrity.

A master’s degree through GCU serves to further the student’s education, skills and reach of influence. Students benefit from rigorous courses, experienced professors and an excellence-oriented university. With a masters in homeland security and emergency management, students will be prepared to take action in the most critical times.

What Can I Do With a Master’s in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Degree?

Students who graduate from this master’s degree program can apply for jobs as security managers, security directors and emergency planners. Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Homeland Security and Emergency Management equips graduates to enter with confidence into any of these positions.

Online Master's in Emergency Management Degree Requirements

Gain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to make a career in homeland security. To apply to GCU’s master’s program with a focus on homeland security and emergency management, follow the steps under graduate admission requirements.

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Total Credits: 34
Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
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Course List

34 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
34 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Business. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the College of Business, key concepts of leadership, and an overview of how the science of organizational behavior contributes to effective leaders and managers.

Course Description

This course explores the nature of business leadership models and theories, examines these models through a broad variety of insights and viewpoints, and provides a description and analysis of these approaches to leadership, giving special attention to how the models can improve leadership in real-world organizations.

Course Description

This course introduces essential influence, coaching, and mentoring techniques for effective leaders while focusing on the importance of leadership development and succession planning within organizations.

Course Description

This course is an exploration of the behavioral forces and relationships that influence organizational effectiveness and change. Topics include the study of intervention strategy and application skills.

Course Description

This course is designed to teach students the planning and management processes and the issues involved in large-scale emergencies. The nature of natural and technological risk and emergency are explored via case studies. Public sector roles in contingency planning and response are also discussed and assessed.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the strategic, political, economic, and human issues encountered in the management of disasters or major traumatic public events. This knowledge gives the emergency manager a realistic view of the issues to expect in a disaster, how to plan accordingly, and how to manage resources and people more effectively in emergency situations.

Course Description

This course analyzes the federal, state, and local legislation related to emergency management in various types of disasters. Guaranteed rights under the U.S. Constitution and the legal and ethical application of measures within the parameters of these rights in emergency situations are also discussed.

Course Description

This capstone course provides students the opportunity to synthesize their advanced knowledge and experiences in the field of emergency management through the development of a research or applied project focused on improving practice. Projects require students to demonstrate the critical thinking skills, professional acumen, and knowledge base that characterize successful leadership in the field. Prerequisites: EMM-600, EMM-605, and EMM-610.


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Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

GCU Evening Student

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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