Leadership in Emergency Services

The Leadership in Emergency Services curriculum provides necessary background and skills for providers in fire, rescue, public safety, and Emergency Medical Services fields to grow into leadership positions. This program provides leaders, and potential leaders,with the knowledge necessary to pursue a supervisory and/or management career in one of the many emergency services agencies. This program provides a strong linkage to Philadelphia University’s Master of Science degree in Disaster and Medical Management.

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This program is intended for adults who have a minimum of 30 credits to apply to their BS degrees. These credits are acquired through transfer of credits from previously attended, accredited colleges and universities.  Credits include college-level courses in Writing, Math, Scientific Reasoning, History, Social Science, Humanities and Information Systems. (Please note: Information Systems training or coursework required within 5 years of enrollment in the program.)

Emergency responders who have obtained paramedic certification meeting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration National Standard Curriculum may be eligible for block credit transfer of 42 credits.

General Education Core: 15 credits

  • HIST-321      Business, Industry and Work in American History
  • HUMN-310   Globalization and World Politics
  • SOC-310      The Social Science of the Workplace
  • COMM-320   Professional Communication Skills
  • CSSEM-499 Professional Studies Capstone Seminar

Continuing Professional Studies Core: 18 credits

  • CSSEM-300 Professional Practice Seminar
  • MGMT-361   Leadership Theory & Ethical Practices
  • ECON-331    Economic Decision Making
  • STAT-311     Finding and Evaluation Statistical Data
  • FINC-323     Financial Decision Making
  • IT-201        Organizational Ethics

Major Courses: 15 credits

  • EMS-310    Emergency Services Law
  • EMS-320    Emergency Management Planning
  • EMS-330    Public Health Issues Impacting Emergency Services
  • EMS-410    Disaster Response and Recovery Planning
  • EMS-499    Theoretical Applications and Applied Project in Emergency Services Leadership

Free Electives: 12 credits



Call 215.951.2900 or email evening@PhilaU.edu for more information about this innovative program or to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor.