As the world experiences an increase in unprecedented natural and man-made disasters, there’s a higher demand than ever for skilled and caring professionals with quality emergency management training. When you earn a bachelor’s degree in emergency management from Waldorf University, you will be prepared for rewarding careers detecting, preventing and responding to a wide variety of these national catastrophes and threats.

The foundation for our online Emergency Management program includes the Waldorf general education curriculum, numerous courses in emergency management training, and electives in the fields of homeland security, fire science administration and business, among many others.

Estimated time of completion of this program is 4 years for full-time students.


Why Earn Your Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Management at Waldorf?

When you earn your BA in Emergency Management from Waldorf, you’ll benefit from the expertise of our faculty and flexibility of online courses that put your learning front and center.

Online Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Management Program

Our fully online emergency management degree courses are designed to let you earn your degree while you work. Whether you’re a working professional looking for a career transition or a recent high school graduate, our online emergency management program makes earning your degree and starting a career easy, no matter where you live or what your schedule looks like.

Supportive Online Emergency Management Program Faculty and Staff

Thanks to the small class sizes in our online emergency management program, you’ll have many opportunities for one-on-one time with your professors and advisors. Our faculty bring their decades of experience as leaders and educators into the classroom to prepare you for the daily challenges of emergency management in a quickly changing world. We also use the latest remote education technology and interactive services to offer an online bachelor’s degree in emergency management unlike any other.

Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Management Curriculum Overview

As you earn your BA in Emergency Management, you’ll have the option to choose a concentration in Fire Science or Homeland Security to graduate with the emergency management training that aligns with your career aspirations.

Our emergency management degree curriculum gives you hands-on training projects in which you can address disaster scenarios as the leader of a team. We also offer FEMA independent study courses so you can earn a FEMA Independent Study certificate as you complete you BA in emergency management—increasing your career opportunities even further.

This program is available online only.

Available Concentrations

B.A./B.S. Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the core curriculum and the curriculum for the major, totaling 120 credits
  • A grade of C or higher in all coursework in the major and, if applicable, in the concentration(s)
  • 2.00 cumulative grade point average for work completed at Waldorf
  • Minimum of 36 upper-division credit hours

Review the complete list of core requirements for this program.

Major Requirements

Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
Major Required-Group A 30
EMG 3000 Introduction to Emergency Management 3
EMG 3001 Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness 3
EMG 3002 Disaster Response and Recovery 3
EMG 3050 Special Operations 3
EMG 3100 Terrorism in Emergency Management 3
EMG 4001 Interagency Disaster Management 3
EMG 4002 Incident Command in Emergency and Disaster Management 3
EMG 4050 Socio-Psychological Nature of Emergency Management 3
EMG 4900 Capstone in Emergency Management 3
FSC 3110 Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services 3
Professional Electives--Group B* 30
BUS/ORG 3451 Organizational Theory and Behavior 3
BUS 3602 Principles of Management 3
BUS/ORG 3651 Leadership 3
BUS 3826 Managerial Decision Making 3
COM 4360 Crisis Management 3
FSC 4510 Personnel Management for the Fire and Emergency Services 3
FSC 4610 Fire and Emergency Services Administration 3
FSC 4753 Terrorism Incident Management and Emergency Procedures 3
HLS 2050 Introduction to Terrorism 3
HLS 3000 American Homeland Security 3
HLS 3050 Terrorism Response Operations 3
HLS 3500 Weapons of Mass Destruction 3
OSH 3640 Interactions of Hazardous Materials 3
SPC 1010 Speech Communications 3
Grand Total: 120

*Any Waldorf courses may be selected from the catalog and course schedule to be used as electives, provided that they are not used to satisfy other program requirements. The following are sample electives. The concentration options listed above may also be used toward elective credits.


Programs Related to the Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Management

If you have a significant amount of completed post secondary coursework or specialized training that you would like to transfer, consider the BAS Emergency Management program.