Nov 28, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Emergency Services Administration, M.S.

This degree is approved for distance education by the WSCUC.

Admission Criteria

  1. Obtain admission to the graduate program by completing the online application using Cal State Apply. To be admitted, applicants must have earned any bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or have completed equivalent academic preparation at a foreign university as determined by the appropriate campus authority. Applicants must be in good standing at the last college or university attended.
  2. Applicants must submit a resume and a Statement of Purpose that includes a summary of the applicant’s reasons for seeking a master’s degree in Emergency Services Administration. Both documents must be submitted to Cal State Apply.
  3. Applicants must submit three recommendations from people able to testify to the applicant’s academic ability, preferably from former professors or immediate supervisors. These letters must be submitted to Cal State Apply.
  4. Applicants must have attained at least a 3.0 grade-point average in the last 60 semester units attempted. A student whose overall grade point average is less than 3.0, but who presents acceptable evidence of professional potential either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background, may be admitted by special action of the Department’s Graduate Applicant Review Committee.
  5. Be accepted by the department and graduate advisor for admission to the program.

Advancement to Candidacy

1. Satisfaction of the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy;

2. Completion of all core courses;

3. Maintenance of a “B” average (3.0 GPA) in all work completed as a graduate student at CSULB;

4. Approval of the Emergency Management Graduate Advisor Faculty and Associate Dean of Student Success and Academic Affairs, College of Health and Human Services.


Satisfactory completion of 32 units of approved graduate courses to include:

Take two additional elective courses selected in consultation with a faculty advisor (6 units).

Completion of the Culminating Activity

To satisfy the culminating activity requirement (thesis or project), students must satisfactorily complete 4 units of thesis or 4 units of project.

Thesis Students take the following course: