Online/Blended Degree and Certificate Programs

AS in Emergency Services Administration

Learn what it takes to be ready for anything—and take your education and career to the next level.

The Adelphi University online Associate of Science in Emergency Services Administration (AS in ESA) quickly provides you with the building blocks to enter or advance in this dynamic, challenging and rewarding field. You not only acquire practical knowledge and skills that you can immediately apply to your occupation, community and life, but also a career-boosting credential.

Our cutting-edge curriculum in all-hazards planning applies across disciplines, organizations, industries and sectors, opening doors to diverse employment opportunities in the emergency services field. It was developed and is taught by leading educators, researchers and practitioners, many with front-line experience managing major planned and unplanned events, including presidential visits, global meetings, terrorist attacks, health epidemics, transportation emergencies and natural disasters.

As incidents ranging from hurricanes and wildfires to cybersecurity breaches and mass shootings demonstrate, emergency preparedness is crucial in our homes, businesses, communities and government. By earning your associate in emergency services administration online from Adelphi, you can help meet a critical societal need for individuals who are prepared to plan for and respond to emergencies—and stand out as a leader in any occupation.

Students who have received certain public safety training may qualify to receive Life Experience Credits and save money on their degree. Training includes:

  • Police academy course work
  • EMT or paramedic certification
  • Regional or county fire academy training
  • Military training
  • Federal DHS courses

Military personnel can also apply G.I. Bill benefits and take advantage of the Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP), which allows soon-to-enlist or currently enlisted military personnel to enroll in and complete college courses while they continue their service commitments. An Enrollment Counselor can help you navigate your options.

Since 1970, the annual number of disasters worldwide has more than quadrupled to about 400.
The Economist, August 29, 2017

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Who Can Benefit

Adelphi’s online AS in Emergency Services Administration caters to individuals including:

  • Public safety professionals, e.g., police officers, EMTs and active and veteran military members, who seek education to expand or hone their knowledge and skills and position themselves for career advancement
  • Professionals in fields related to public safety, including public health, nursing and environmental sciences, who want to help their organization with emergency preparedness or make a career change
  • Students who aspire to earn a bachelor’s degree and are considering majoring in or planning to major in emergency services
More and more, the emergency management and public safety fields will be asking for individuals with more education…. It is no longer a profession to “fall into.”.
—Jim McKay, Editor, Emergency Management

Program Benefits

  • 100 percent online, instructor-led format provides you with both flexibility and personalized learning.
  • You gain fundamental emergency services administration competencies.
  • Faculty members are active practitioners, providing you not only with academic training, but also the latest field know-how and insights.
  • You may qualify for up to 30 credits for life experience (including academy training), enabling you to save money and complete your degree in as few as two semesters.

About Adelphi and the Emergency Management Programs

Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.

Adelphi was one of the first higher education institutions to provide emergency management coursework. Shortly after the 9/11 terror attack in 2001, administrators decided to develop an introductory course in disaster preparedness for all incoming freshmen.

In 2005 College of Nursing and Public Health faculty members, led by a disaster epidemiologist who was among the first responders at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attack, began to develop a full-scale emergency management program. Today this program comprises master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as a graduate certificate.