Emergency Services Program

The Emergency Services Program offers a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management as well as minors in Emergency Management and Fire Service Management.  The Emergency Services Program was developed over a two year period by an interdisciplinary group composed of faculty from diverse University departments and programs, as well as community and public safety leaders in related professions and approved in the summer of 2012.  The program is intended to provide an education that encompasses the broad array of knowledge and experience necessary to conduct emergency services and emergency administration, and to meet the demand for Emergency Management professionals at the federal, state, and local government levels and in the business community.

The Mission of the Emergency Services Program is to:

  • Develop student talents, wisdom, and experiences in a supportive yet demanding academic environment that prepares them for a personally rewarding successful professional career in Emergency Management.
  • Initiate and lead superior research initiatives while supporting continuous improvements in efficiency, reliability, safety, and sustainability for provision of emergency services in the State of Nebraska and beyond.
  • Foster cooperative relationships with neighboring communities, state and federal agencies, and private enterprise through collaborative education, training, and service projects that enhance performance and productivity.
  • Set, preserve, and promote the utmost standards of honesty, integrity, and transparency through the teaching of and adherence to ethical conduct and open dialogue while ensuring good stewardship and management of program resources

The Emergency Services Program is a division of the School of Public Administration in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). 

Degrees Offered
Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management (BSEM) 

Minors Offered
Emergency Management
Fire Service Management

Certificates Offered

Other information

Readmit students and students wishing to transfer from another institution or department within the University of Nebraska must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.  Students with a GPA of 2.0 to 2.49 may be admitted to the Pre-Emergency Management program.  Once students have achieved a 2.5 cumulative grade point average or better, they will be admitted to the BSEM program.

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The Emergency Services Program is located in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service in Room 114.  The office can be reached by phone at (402) 554-4900.