Emergency Medical Services (MSEMS)

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Become a leader in EMS.

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to become an effective leader in EMS with Creighton’s Master of Science in Emergency Medical Services.

Creighton University has been educating medical professionals for over a century and has been a leader in EMS education for more than 40 years. The field of EMS is constantly growing and changing – leaders and educators with strong experience are needed more than ever to help shape the future of the industry.

Ideal students for this program are EMS and healthcare professionals with at least three years of experience in EMS. This program will prepare you for leadership roles requiring administration, education and training, planning, and research and development.

Creighton’s master’s in emergency medical services can be completed fully online in as little as two years. We understand that graduate school is a huge time commitment – this program is carefully designed to fit into your busy schedule so you can continue to tend to the things that are important to you.

Gain cutting edge knowledge from accomplished faculty.

Creighton’s master’s in EMS curriculum focuses on current trends in the field – teaching you the technical skills and practical knowledge you need to set yourself apart and succeed in EMS as a leader. You’ll study various areas applicable to EMS leadership, including organizational development and change, finance, quality management, research, ethics, human resources and more.

Our EMS department boasts several accomplished faculty members who are national and international leaders in the field.

Set yourself up for a successful career.

Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent by 2024, much faster than average for all occupations. While EMTs and paramedics have been, and will continue to be, the backbone of our nation’s 911 rescue system, many exciting new opportunities exist for career growth. Recognized experts are sorely needed across the nation, especially in the following areas:

  • EMS service providers
  • EMS education
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Community health training
  • Public health initiatives
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Injury and illness prevention
  • Primary and community-based care
  • Emergency department care
  • Critical care transportation

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2017


Creighton’s Master of Science in Emergency Medical Services consists of 36 credit hours. Coursework includes:

Core Courses (21 credit hours):

  • EMS Leadership
  • Organizational Development and Organizational Change
  • Clinical Practice and Quality Assurance
  • Ethics in EMS
  • Human Resource Management in Healthcare
  • EMS Law, Regulation and Risk Management
  • EMS Research: An Introduction to Study Design and Research Methods


Electives (12 credit hours):

  • EMS Financial Management
  • Education for EMS Professionals
  • Practicum in EMS Leadership
  • Independent Study


Capstone Project (3 credit hours)
Other courses may be developed and students are welcome to take courses in other programs that may be of interest, such as the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution or Master of Public Health programs. Other graduate level coursework (up to 6 hours) may also be accepted as transfer credit toward elective credit hours.

Click here to view the course catalog and program goals.

Admissions Requirements

Preferred candidates for Creighton’s Master of Science in Emergency Medical Services include EMS professionals with at least three years of experience in the field and a related bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.2.

Admission requirements include:

  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Curriculum vitae, including relevant education and employment history, certifications and licensures, teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, affiliations, professional associations, experience and background in EMS and/or healthcare
  • Personal statement of 500 words or less, explaining how successful completion of the program will assist you in achieving your professional goals
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted by persons other than family members and preferably submitted by employers, undergraduate faculty and colleagues
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements
  • International applicants who are formally admitted must complete and submit a Certification of Available Finances Form through the Global Engagement Office

Tuition & Scholarships

Financial Aid

To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance, as well as for graduate student scholarships and fellowships. Here’s how to apply for financial assistance.

For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu

Learn more:
Tuition and fees for all programs

View also the federal gainful employment disclosure.

Important Dates & Deadlines

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August August 1
January December 1

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