Online/Blended Degree and Certificate Programs


A Leader in Emergency Management Education

In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the profession, the emergency management program draws on the extensive resources of multiple Adelphi schools, including the College of Nursing and Public Health, College of Arts and Sciences, and Robert B. Willumstad School of Business.

The Online Associate of Science in Emergency Services Administration degree provides you with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills through an all-hazards curriculum emphasizing emergency management principles that apply across disciplines, industries and types of emergencies.

Credits required for major: 15

Credits required to graduate: 64

Program Structure

The Online AS in Emergency Services Administration is a standard two-year associate’s degree program. Most students who complete the degree go on to pursue the Online BS in Emergency Services Administration. To complete the Online AS in Emergency Services Administration, students must meet the University College’s General Education & Core Requirements, which are comprised of four core courses and six distribution courses, and complete 15 credit hours of major coursework. Major courses may be taken in any order depending on availability.

Credit for Prior Education and Professional Experience

Adelphi University’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies (CPCS) prides itself on providing access to education for students who seek to advance their careers—no matter their educational or professional background. We look forward to working with students to determine how their professional and educational experiences can transfer into earned credit toward a degree—saving them time and money.

Transfer Credit:
The College of Professional and Continuing Studies allows students who have completed coursework from regionally accredited junior or senior colleges to apply up to 34 credits toward their associate’s degree—significantly reducing the time and cost of earning the degree. However, students must complete the final 30 credits of coursework at Adelphi to earn their degree. The CPCS can quickly and efficiently review transcripts to determine whether the transfer credits will be accepted. In most cases, if students have completed courses from a regionally accredited school, it is likely that those credits will be accepted. Please refer to our Transfer Credits page for more information.

Life Experience Credits:
Students may be awarded life experience credits for accredited public safety training such as: police academy course work, EMT or Paramedic certification, regional or county fire academy training, military training and many Federal DHS courses. We are constantly reviewing new sources of prior learning.

Qualified students may utilize up to 34 prior learning credits, enabling them to complete the degree in as few as four semesters. Visit the Life Experience Credits page on our website for more information about how valuable experience can be packaged into college credit.

Online Learning Environment

All Online AS in Emergency Services Administration courses are delivered on the Moodle learning management system. The program is largely recorded, meaning students can view lectures and complete related assignments and activities on their own time, as long as they meet assigned deadlines.

Students typically devote 8 to 10 hours per week to coursework. To learn more about how Adelphi University brings its course content to life, visit About Adelphi Online.

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Major Courses

Natural Science Electives (8 credits)

This course provides an overview of the management process— planning, organizing, controlling, and understanding of the challenges in implementing good management practices. Comparative management styles and processes, and the competencies that characterize an effective and innovative manager, are examined. Students review the role of a manager as an agent of change in a rapidly changing business environment.

This course is intended for students desiring a career in the emergency services field and is designed to set the stage for subsequent courses in the degree program. It focuses on the unique characteristics of the emergency and supporting services and examines commonalities and differences in issues impacting them.

This course prepares students to assume administrative positions within emergency service organizations and examines roles and responsibilities of administrators, management and leadership theory and practices, and common administrative functions. The purpose of the class is to provide an overview of these functions and the issues faced by emergency services managers.

This course introduces the Federal, State and local laws that regulate emergency services, national standards influencing emergency services, standard of care, tort, liability, and a review of relevant court cases. The course offers an advanced look at the legal environment and ramifications of emergency services.

This course provides an introduction to the fiscal policies, procedures, and problems encountered in the administration of emergency service organizations—specifically governmental entities, non-profit, tax based and volunteer organizations. The course is designed for non-accounting students who need to understand finance and accounting in order to participate in planning, control, and decision-making.

The purpose of this course is to discuss the principles that promote effective disaster response operations and management. To achieve these goals, the course will examine the nature of disasters, the context of response operations in the United States, and the roles and responsibilities of various emergency management related actors.

This course is designed for EMS workers who are involved in developing effective emergency planning systems. The course will assist emergency management administrators in preparedness strategies, emergency planning, and assessment of resources and hazards. Emergency operation plans, resource inventory and plan testing and maintenance will be covered.

This course provides the substance for understanding the Occupational Safety and Health laws that regulations, the regulatory process, and the research data and analyses required to promulgate or revise a law or regulation. The course presents a comprehensive program management approach to occupational safety and health issues for EMS department managers.

This course introduces organizational behavior, the social-scientific study of individuals and groups in work organizations. Organizational behavior deals with the changes occurring in today’s workplace, including changes in job design and organizational structure, multicultural diversification of the work force, and the increasing importance of work teams. Built on findings from psychology, social-psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology, this course examines employee motivation and job satisfaction, factors influencing levels of job performance and psychological dimensions of the work environment. It also discusses personality differences, managerial effectiveness, and stress at work. Individual, group, and social impact on outcomes are studied.

This course provides an introduction to leadership and organizational theory in the context of emergency services. Students will examine and develop a range of skills in a number of interpersonal areas including conflict management, use of power, group dynamics and influence in order for them to become better leaders.