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Emergency Services Program


undergraduate students.

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management

The Bachelor of Science is interdisciplinary in nature with core coursework focusing on emergency services and management.  The degree also allows students the opportunity to focus on two concentration areas from the following:  Fire Service Management, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Aviation Administration, Public Administration and Management, Information Technology and Communication as well as Intelligence and Security.  The program is intended to academically prepare students for employment in the public sector at the local, state, or federal level of government in numerous agencies, as well as certain nonprofit and private organizations performing emergency planning, mitigation, response, recovery, and prevention.  Students will gain a thorough understanding of interagency cooperation, coordination, and communication as well as administrative issues involving policies and procedures, labor relations, and fiscal matters.

B.S. Emergency Management Degree Plan


Bachelor of General Studies Degrees

In cooperation with the Emergency Services program, the Division of Continuing Studies also offers concentrations in Emergency Management and Fire Service Management as part of their Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree.   The BGS degree is intended for students over the age of 21 with previous academic credit and/or military experience.  To determine which option is right for you please schedule an appointment with Lyndsey Rice at 402-554-4900 or  For more information on the Division of Continuing Studies click here.

B.G.S. Emergency Management

An area of concentration in Emergency Management develops skills in planning and preparing for, responding to, and recovering from large scale natural or man-made disasters and public events that require inter-agency and/or inter-jurisdictional involvement. The Bachelor of General Studies Degree with an area of concentration in Emergency Management prepares students for careers in emergency management in both the private and public sectors. The degree is also beneficial to career professionals in related disciplines who desire an educational foundation for career advancement.

B.G.S. Emergency Management Concentration Degree Plan

B.G.S. Fire Service Management

The Division of Continuing Studies offers the Bachelor of General Studies degree with an area of concentration in Fire Service Management. The program is aligned with the national model curriculum established by the U. S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy (NFA) and the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) network. An area of concentration in Fire Service Management develops skills in fire service/public safety personnel management, management of physical and financial resources in the public sector, a theoretical expertise in emergency fire response, and risk identification and management. It prepares students to assume the role and responsibilities of the supervisor of response and administrative fire service personnel.

B.G.S. Fire Service Management Concentration Degree Plan


Minor in Emergency Management

Course load (18 hours) for a minor in Emergency Management

Minor in Fire Service Management

Course load (18 hours) for a minor in Fire Service Management


Emergency Services Careers

Employment in the emergency management profession is projected to increase by 22% between 2008 and 2018* (Webster, 2010). Jobs are not only in the public sector positions like the military, law enforcement, local, state, and federal government, but in private companies and non-profit organizations. Careers in Emergency Management Flyer.

UNO’s Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management is constructed to allow students the flexibility in shaping a course of study that maximizes interests with professional development to assume a leadership role in any occupation.

Webster, H. C. (2010, December). Best Careers: Emergency Management Specialist. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved from

*National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.