Emergency Medical Services (MSEMS)
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.
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
All international applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 90 iBT (213 CBT). International applicants who receive a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Africa (English-speaking only) are not required to submit a TOEFL score.
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.
- Step 1: File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Step 2: We’ll contact you if verification is required
- Step 3: You’ll receive a financial aid award notification
- Step 4: Accept your aid offer
For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu
View also the federal gainful employment disclosure.
Program Start Dates
August & January
If you wish to enroll in August, you must apply by August 1. To enroll in January, you must apply by December 15.