Security and Disaster Management

Earn your master’s degree in security and disaster management at UAF and get advanced training for careers in homeland security, emergency management and disaster relief

Led by faculty who include military and law enforcement professionals, this flexible online program integrates real-world situations — often stripped from the morning’s headlines — as class material. It’s the only degree of its kind in Alaska, and nearly all of our master’s program students find jobs at or before graduation.

Who Is the Online Master’s in Security and Disaster Management Designed For?

The Master of Security and Disaster Management (MSDM) program is designed for both aspiring and existing homeland security and emergency management practitioners. This fully online master’s program is an ideal option for working professionals who want to take on strategic and supervisory roles in their field.

Why Earn Your Master’s in Homeland Security and Disaster Management at UAF?

  • Learn from seasoned military and law enforcement professionals who will help you find your next job or advance in your current career.
  • Apply lessons learned through your coursework as solutions in your current emergency management or homeland security career.
  • Transfer up to 6 graduate-level courses from approved American Council on Education (ACE) credit programs toward your master’s in security and disaster management.
  • Access national resources at a school that is a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Higher Education Program, as well as the Department of Homeland Security University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI).

Degree Type

  • Master of Security and Disaster Management (M.S.D.M.)


  • Online

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Complete Your Online Degree in Security and Disaster Management

After serving 24 years in the US Air Force, my urge to be of service never went away. The online master’s in security and disaster management gives me the opportunity to expand my specialized knowledge and offer applicable expertise in the field, volunteering with my city’s Emergency Operations Center in regional training activities.

Robert Ituarte

Community Emergency Response Team member in Newport News, Virginia

Online Classes at UAF

At UAF, online courses typically do not have set meeting times but do have weekly deadlines. While there are some standard practices, each course is designed by the instructor to best teach the material. Most courses run the full length of the 16-week semester.