The Master of Science in Emergency Service Administration (MS-ESA) is a professional degree designed to prepare students for leadership and managerial roles in emergency service organizations. Students are given a strong foundation in analytical problem solving, budgeting and finance, ethics, legal and policy analyses related to emergency services in both the private and public sectors.

How long will it take me to get the degree?
Earn your degree in as little as 2 years.

Program Details

The MS-ESA program consists of a total of 40 semester credits. Online classes are 8 weeks.
Participants typically take two courses per term, with each course meeting one evening per week, from 6:10 - 8:40 p.m. (or 5:40 - 9:40 p.m. in the shorter summer sessions).

Students must earn at least a 'B' (3.0) grade point average -- both overall and on final projects completed as part of the capstone course, "Master's Capstone: Research, Synthesis, Applications."

Degree Requirements

(We accept up to 6 of your previously earned graduate level college credits. Schedule an admissions consultation by emailing: metropolitan@cua.edu to have your transcripts evaluated)

A Master of Science in Emergency Service Administration (MS-ESA) is a professional degree designed to prepare students for leadership and managerial roles in emergency service organizations.  Students are given a strong foundation in analytical problem solving, budgeting and finance, ethics, legal and policy analyses related to emergency services in both the private and public sectors.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Emergency Service Administration, students will be able to:

    • Think critically and integrate quantitative and qualitative analyses to decision making within the sphere of emergency service administration.
    • Assist both public and private sector organizations to reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters.
    • Understand and communicate the current state of public policy, policy development, and laws related to social services.
    • Identify and meet the needs of the community as they relate to disasters, emergencies, and other hazards.
    • Apply the theories of leadership and administration within real-world contexts.
    • Apply ethical behavior to evaluating and solving problems of leadership, budgeting and finance, human capital, fundraising, and law and policies related to emergency services.