Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management (Online Degree Completion)

Emergency Management is the academic discipline providing education and training on theoretical and practical concepts and issues related to preparedness, planning, and mitigation for disaster-resilient communities.

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management (BSEM) online degree-completion program will provide an in-depth understanding of the essentials of emergency management and prepare you to apply
theoretical underpinnings of the field to practice. You will obtain allhazards knowledge from a scientific perspective and study the global, national, regional and local impacts of these events.

Completion of an internship or applied experience that focuses on application of theoretical information covered in major courses will expand the hands-on and practical elements of the degree curriculum.

This online program is designed for recent community college graduates and learners working in or entering fields in fire service, police service, emergency management, crisis and risk management, disaster and contingency planning, environmental response professionals, homeland security, safety, and other emergency and disaster management personnel or related areas.

*Please note, the online Emergency Management program is typically completed part-time. 

*The Emergency Management program can also be completed on-campus as well. 


  • 100% online courses
  • Program start dates in spring, summer and fall.
  • Flexibility to work while earning a degree.
  • Courses offered year-round to allow you to complete your degree faster

Career Opportunities

A degree in emergency management prepares you for a broad range of career fields in both public and private sectors. Individuals with this degree can pursue a broad range of careers directly and indirectly
related to emergency management:

  • Emergency management directors
  • Emergency management coordinators
  • Emergency management specialists (e.g., GIS specialists)
  • Emergency and disaster planners
  • Disaster planning specialists
  • Public health preparedness coordinators and specialists
  • Relief organization personnel
  • Private sector consultants
  • Crisis and emergency communication specialists
  • Public information officers
  • Crisis and risk managers
  • Environmental response professionals
  • Decision support professionals
  • Healthcare disaster professionals