Emergency Management and Fire and Emergency Services Administration


"Leading the Lifesavers"

Eastern New Mexico University offers two areas of study for current and aspiring Emergency Services personnel seeking to advance their knowledge and careers:

  • Emergency Management (EMGT)
  • Fire and Emergency Services Administration (FESA)

Courses in either area of study may be used to satisfy secondary concentration requirements for the Bachelor's degree in Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS).  The program's flexibility, combining the best elements of online instruction, is designed for practicing professionals and aspiring leaders.      

Students seeking a BAAS must provide a transcript from an accredited university showing completion of 30-58 credit hours of technical/vocational specialty training in EMS, Fire science/technology, or Emergency Management to meet primary concentration requirements.  Students wishing to declare FESA or EMGT as a secondary concentration must additionally complete 30 hours of prescribed coursework as indicated by FESA or EMGT defined degree plans. 

Students who do not have transcripted coursework hours should contact the EMGT Program Advisor for additional instructions.   As students who seek the BAAS must also complete university general education requirements, it is strongly advised that students complete the majority of these credits prior to beginning secondary concentration coursework.  Students who have not completed their general education credits prior to taking EMGT courses will be advised that they complete the two concurrently,  enrolling in at least one general education course each semester. Students should NOT complete all EMGT courses and then complete the remainder of their general education credits as this may present problems with graduation.

Students may begin the program any semester; however, fall semesters are preferred.  All grades earned in the primary and EMGT concentration areas must be "C" or higher. All required courses must be complete prior to enrollment in EMGT 475 Capstone in Emergency Management.  Students are advised that each EMGT course is generally offered only once in two years.  Students must plan their matriculation carefully to avoid graduation delays. Advising is strongly recommended.  See page 98 of the 2013-15 Undergraduate catalog for further information. Descriptions of EMGT courses begin on page 154 of the 2013-15 Undergraduate catalog. 

Emergency Management Concentration

Emergency Management is the discipline of dealing with and avoiding risk through emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. Successful emergency management involves individuals, groups, and communities working together to manage hazards. As such, effective emergency management relies on thorough integration of emergency plans at all levels of government and non-government involvement. I n order to build disaster resistant and resilient communities, a broad range of college students and professionals need courses that introduce them to hazards, risk, vulnerability, disasters, and what to do about them.

To meet this need, Eastern New Mexico University offers specific courses in emergency management,
based on the FEMA Emergency Management Institute and the International Association of Emergency Manager's recommendations,  designed for criminal justice, law enforcement/police science, fire science, EMS, forest service/BLM, and military science leaders working in base operability and other similar employment situations. Individuals working in government and business/industry as well as students taking forensics courses and those studying psychology, criminal justice or sociology may find emergency management training useful. In addition to the BAAS degree, a minor in Emergency Management and a Certificate in Emergency Management are offered.

Fire and Emergency Services Administration (FESA)

The Fire and Emergency Services Administration (FESA) concentration is a ten course curriculum (30 credit hours) designed to provide the fundamental leadership skills for current and potential Fire and Emergency Services supervisory and management personnel to advance their careers. This program is geared for Fire and EMS supervisors, managers, Chief Officers, administrators, state directors, training officers, and instructors. This curriculum includes the six core baccalaureate-level courses developed by the National Fire Academy Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Program (FESHE).  

Additional Information and Links

Please browse our information page for future students.
The 2013-2015 undergraduate catalog can be accessed here.
FESA and EMGT course descriptions and knowledge outcomes.
Declare your major and request your degree plan.
View tuition rates.
View financial aid information here.

For additional information, please contact:

Mr. Lawrence Nelson, M.S., NMCEM
Director, Emergency Management Program
Advisor / Instructor of Emergency Management
1500 S. Ave. K
Station 3
Lea Hall 136
Office: 575.562.2831
Fax: 575-562-2380


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