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Join the next generation of homeland security and emergency management and policy leaders focused on improving disaster response and outcomes. Choose from a certificate program or an associate’s degree enabling you to transfer to a four-year college.


  • Join the next generation of HS & EM professionals
  • Choose from a bachelor's or associate's degree, with a concentration specifically designed for you and your interests
  • Continue or enhance your career or your education with the HSEM certificate
  • Challenge the status quo by entering the Tribal HSEM Certificate program

The Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM) degree and certificate program is designed to prepare the next generation of homeland security and emergency management leaders. The Homeland Security Emergency Management program is designed to prepare you to oversee emergency planning and training programs, coordinate disaster response and recovery efforts, and navigate the administrative and technical demands of disaster and emergency management efforts. It is designed to build leaders. Careful consideration is given to help students understand related socioeconomic and cultural diversity issues, preparing them to succeed in all situations and environments.

The Federal Department of Labor identifies homeland security as a high-demand field, one that requires a large number of trained professionals across a number of industry sectors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 22 percent increase in emergency management specialist positions in the next year.

To better understand the role of an Emergency Manager, view this short video: The Essential Emergency Manager.

Here are some helpful resources when searching for a job in Homeland Security-Emergency Management.

  • USAJOBS a free web-based job board, is the official Federal Government source for federal job listings and employment information and opportunities.
  • Indeed is an employment-related metasearch engine for job listings. It is the most visited job website in the United States and includes hundreds of relevant job postings for your career and location.
  • Visit the Workforce Explorer website provided by the Washington State Employment Security Department to begin your career exploration.
  • Visit WorkSource as part of the United States Employment Service. It will assist workers and students in finding jobs and career opportunities.

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Students must have a GED or high school diploma, and are advised to take a skills assessment test through the testing center.

A certificate in Homeland Security Emergency Management or Tribal HSEM generally takes one year (29–31 credits) to complete, but may be completed in as few as 6 months. An associate's degree typically takes about two years (98 credits). The Pierce College bachelor's degree is a highly selective cohort structure that requires at least 180 credits.

On the job training is critical to giving Pierce students the insight and information they need to succeed once their education is complete. The Homeland Security Emergency Management program includes five credits of work-based experience (internship) for students completing the bachelor's and associate's degree options.

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About the Program

Apply to the Program

To apply to the Certificate or Associate’s degree programs, follow the standard Pierce College application process.

To apply to the Bachelor’s degree program, read the additional requirements and application instructions.

For More Information

For more information about any of our HSEM certificates or degrees, contact Sarah Miller, Interim Chair of HSEM Programs at 253-912-2399 x8909 or email She can answer general questions and provide information about credit for prior college attendance and industry training.

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Interim Chair - HSEM/Adjunct Assistant Professor
253-912-2399 ext 8909
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