UAF ranked in among top five emergency management programs

Andrea Miller

The 2014 listings recently released by the Emergency Management Degree Program Guide rank UAF’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program as fifth in the U.S. for program quality and second in the U.S. for affordability.

The ranking defines affordability as a net tuition price of less than $23,000 a year, after factoring in financial aid and scholarships. The assessments also took into account factors such as freshmen retention rate, six-year graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, availability of student organizations and internship requirements.

The HSEM program has flourished in the last five years, undergoing improvements and expansion to address the needs of the industry and a diverse student population. New courses were developed and integrated into the program, while others were removed. The program ensures students have the opportunity to select course concentrations that are relevant to their employment needs. These changes resulted in concentrations in emergency management and homeland security. An additional concentration in fire administration is under development.

“The HSEM program is ideally situated in both quality and cost to support a student wanting to secure their future,” said program director Cam Carlson. “We offer robust courses supporting the educational needs of those who either work or will work within the HSEM profession, and we ensure what we provide is both relevant and interesting to meet the needs of our students.”

This recognition is significant for both UAF and the School of Management, as it demonstrates that a student can obtain a high-quality education at an affordable price. The HSEM program is committed to ensuring that UAF students are engaged beyond the classroom in preparing for a management career within the homeland security and emergency management field.