There’s an old adage that two things in life are imminent-death and taxes. Well, we can add natural disasters to this short list because since 1980 to 2017 the U.S. has sustained 212 weather and climate disasters. This does not include forest fires and terrorist attacks. The total cost of the weather-related events exceeds $1.1 trillion. During the first half of 2017 (January-June), the U.S. experienced a rapid succession of disaster events, which follows the near-record number of billion-dollar disasters that impacted the U.S. in 2016. Not only is the property damage extensive but the toll on human life is immeasurable. Enter the profession of Emergency Management or Crisis Management to provide professional assistance when catastrophes occur. In the US, there are approximately 10,500 Emergency Management Directors earning a median salary of $70,500/year as of 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth was projected to be 6% over ten years-through 2024.

The following accredited schools’ online undergraduate degrees in this field are ranked by tuition from least to most. We have numbered the ranking in this fashion as these can all be considered top learning institutions worthy of attention. These schools have been selected after scrutiny of their online format, history, accreditations, and specificity of the respective curricula to this particular field of study, among others.

1. West Carolina University

WCU’s main campus sits in Cullowhee, North Carolina, near the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, fifty-two miles west of Asheville. The student body is comprised of more than 10,800 students, including more than 9,000 undergraduate students. The university provides more than 115 undergraduate majors and concentrations and more than 60 graduate programs with a focus on high-demand degrees, including a variety of programs in engineering, science, healthcare, education, humanities, business and the arts. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.

The B.S. in Emergency and Disaster Management is an online program, specifically designed to prepare students to assume leadership and professional career positions in government, non-profit agencies, and the private sector after graduation. It requires 42 Liberal Studies hours, 48 major hours, and 30 general elective hours. Plus, the curriculum offers an internship (CJ/EDM 483), a unique way to gain work experience while earning a maximum of 12 hours of academic credit.  Graduates have found employment with the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, various state, county, and local governments as well as not-for-profit and commercial hazard mitigation organizations.

Tuition: $154.26 (in-state); $505.37 (out-of-state)

2. University of Central Missouri

UCM’s 1,561-acre campus is located in Warrensburg, a town of about 19,000 residents located 50 miles southeast of Kansas City. Approximately 14,000 students from 42 states and 61 countries are enrolled in one of the 150 programs of study. The school offers certificates, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, education specialist degrees, and cooperative doctorates. These include 10 pre-professional programs, 27 areas of teacher certification, and 37 graduate programs. Their International Center, students can study in almost every country in the world. Central Missouri is a state leader in program-specific accreditations through national associations, and we are fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Business, industry, and public agencies are seeking qualified professionals with experience and education. The University of Central Missouri is preparing graduates for this growing field through its online Bachelor of Science in Crisis and Disaster Management degree. Students who participate in this program may concentrate in the areas of emergency management, hazardous materials, or business continuity. Students who seek this degree are required to complete a practicum which provides them with a structured field experience to complement their educational accomplishments. Subsequent to the completion of the 24 credit hours of Core Requirements, there is the choice of these specialties: Business Continuity, Emergency Management, Emergency Services Management and Environmental Hazards. Each specialty is a sum of 12 credits. The total degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation.

Tuition: $265.05 per credit hour (2017); $272.45 (2018)

3. American Military University

Since its founding in 1991 by Marine Corps Officer James Etter, AMU has become a premier online learning institution with over 200 degrees and certificates offered via classes that start monthly. These online classes run either 8 or 16 weeks. Their status is evident in the fact that they are the #1 provider of higher education to the U.S. Military. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the U.S. Air Force and more. The following B.A. degree is certified by The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress, as are all AMU’s fire related programs.

The Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management offers a practical instruction designed to train you for a full spectrum of careers in emergency management and public safety. It acquaints you to the all-hazards approach and provides an in-depth understanding of hazard assessment, risk recognition, prevention and management techniques, the multiple phases of emergency and disaster management, and counter-terrorism. The online curriculum also encompasses the prevention, management, mitigation, and recovery from man-made and natural calamities. You’ll learn to identify the goals of disaster management from prevention/reduction of deprivation due to hazards, disasters, and parking brakes; and differentiate between response strategies for the diverse emergency and disaster incidents. This 122 total credits program allows a maximum transfer of 91 credits.

Tuition: $270 per credit; $250 with Military Grant

4. Kansas Wesleyan University

Located on 28 acres in Salina, Kansas, the university opened in 1886. In the early days of the university, much of the Wesleyan community held membership in the First United Methodist Church. Today, the school has an average total enrollment of 748 students studying in 18 different departments from Associate degrees to Master’s level. The University equips its students for responsible leadership in their communities, for useful service in and to the world, and for stewardship of the earth. It provides a setting in which faith and learning are integrated; encounter with the Christian proclamation is an integral part of the life of the University. The school fosters the lively discussion of faith and values, encouraging students to develop a thoughtful personal world view informed by Christian tradition.

The Emergency Management major at Kansas Wesleyan University, the only one of its kind in Kansas, instills in students the theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and sense of duty to step in to save lives and protect property. Courses can be taken completely online or on campus or in a combination hybrid program. Kansas Wesleyan’s expertise in this field is gaining national attention, with Emergency Management Degree Program Guide naming Kansas Wesleyan University #8  in the “20 Top Emergency Management Bachelor’s Degree Programs under $23,000 Average Net 2014.” This degree is available in 3 concentrations: Homeland Security, Business Continuity, and Non-governmental Organizations. Not only does the program allow diversity through the choice of specialties but you’ll be learning from professors with real-world experience in emergency management and disaster preparedness. You’ll study topics as- hazard identification and mapping, design and construction applications, land-use planning, financial incentives, insurance and structural controls.

Tuition: $280 per credit hour

5. Waldorf University

The university was founded in 1903 as a result of “The Great Hotel War of Forest City.” This fierce, competitive battle between the two first-class hotels, built simultaneously, left the beautiful Waldorf Hotel vacant after only four months of operation. This provided the opportunity for the Rev. C. S. Salveson to muster the necessary resources to found a Christian college. Thus, Waldorf University (originally College) came to be located on a prominent corner in the center of Forest City, Iowa. The 50-plus acre campus has grown up around this original, and still beautiful, building now called Salveson Hall. In the spring of 1994, the college was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to offer its first bachelor’s degrees.

To deal with catastrophic events, Waldorf has created an online program covering topics as crisis management, terrorism, speech communications, and fire and emergency administration. In this endeavor, the school offers 2 degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Emergency Management. The foundation for both degree program includes the Waldorf general education curriculum, numerous courses in the emergency management arena, as well as electives in the fields of Homeland Security, Fire Science Administration, and Business, among others. Also, both offer 2 concentrations: Fire Science and Homeland Security. The Homeland Security concentration complements the Emergency Management program by focusing on topics related to: terrorism, American homeland security, tactical response operations, and weapons of mass destruction. The total credits required for graduation is 120 with a grade of C or higher in all coursework in the major and, if applicable, in the concentration.

Tuition: $290 per credit hour

6. Drury University

Drury began in 1873 when it was organized by Congregational home missionaries who felt the demand for an academically strong liberal arts college in Springfield, Missouri. Modeled after the Congregationalist liberal-arts colleges of the North, such as Oberlin, Carleton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Harvard, its early curriculum emphasized educational, spiritual and musical strengths. Drury College became Drury University on Jan. 1, 2000, reflecting its growing role in higher education. It is ranked eleventh in U.S. News & World Report’s “Midwest Regional Universities” rankings for 2017. The Princeton Review named Drury one of the best colleges in the Midwest in its website feature “2017 Best Colleges Region by Region.”

The College of Continuing Professional Studies provides a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management online. The degree plan is planned to offer a well-rounded learning experience to current and future emergency management leadership in the public, private, and voluntary sectors. The curriculum blends theoretical perspectives with professional practice and emphasizes the application of knowledge to real-world settings. It plays up the basics of emergency management while offering an interdisciplinary course of study in the sciences and patterns necessary to enhance resiliency for communities or systems. The degree is structured into a host of General Education Requirements, some are satisfied by an Associate’s degree, plus 51 credits of Program Requirements. The latter entails courses as Disaster Recovery, Hazard Mitigation, Models of Leadership, and Conflict Resolution.

Tuition: $299 per semester credit hour

7. American Intercontinental University

American Intercontinental University was founded in Europe in 1970 on the premise that universities should transcend the bounds of the traditional, theory-based approach to education. AIU wanted to furnish students with a curriculum that will help prepare them to pursue their professional interests in today’s globalized, cutting-edge industries. For more than 45 years, AIU has offered specialized, flexible degree programs. Today, it operates campuses in Atlanta and Houston as well as at AIU Online, which launched in 2001. In January 2001, Career Education Corporation (CEC) acquired the university. Its mission has never deviated from the desire to dispense academic programs, services, facilities, and technologies that support student learning and contribute to students’ intellectual development and personal growth.

In this specialized curriculum, students can work with simulated models from FEMA and other agencies to understand specific techniques for protecting critical infrastructures, intelligence gathering, and technologies in homeland security and crisis management. Successful completion of AIU’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a Specialization in Homeland Security and Crisis Management can provide students with an industry-focused look at the relationship between police agencies and the communities they serve. Some of the areas of study are Foundations of Crisis Management, Terrorism, Critical Infrastructures, Crisis Planning, and Stress and Crisis Management. The 180 credit-coursework is designed to provide students with knowledge of national security and public policies governing homeland security and crisis management, analysis of homeland security & crisis management issues, and knowledge of technology and critical infrastructure protection. This degree has been classified by US News & World Report as a Best Online Bachelor’s Program 2017.

Tuition: $302 per credit

8. Bethel University

Established in McLemoresville, Tennessee in 1842, Bethel University was chartered by the State of Tennessee in 1847. It started as a seminary for the Cumberland Presbyterian Church with the aim of training young male pastors for the growing denomination. Fast forward to October 2007 when Bethel introduced its online Master of Business Administration degree, which rapidly became the number-one Executive MBA program in the state of Tennessee. Shortly after, in 2009, the school expanded its offerings to provide a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership completely online. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees.

The school’s Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Management prepares you to guide and protect, using effective and effective best practices from a broad assortment of subjects. The 100% online coursework allows you to meet your professional responsibilities while earning your degree. Transfer up to 80 hours of prior undergraduate college credits — including up to 30 hours of Academy training and up to 30 hours for your military service — making your journey to graduation even faster. Alumni will possess the knowledge to go after a life history in law enforcement, emergency management, homeland protection, or any other field of public safety. To fulfill your employment objectives, the curriculum covers such subjects as Weapons of Mass Destruction, Natural Disaster Planning, Cybersecurity, Leadership in Emergency Management, and Intro to Science and Hazards. The total program of 128 credit hours is designed for working professionals who possess at least 30 hours of previous college credit.

Tuition: $345 per credit hour (includes fees, textbooks, course materials & technology)

9. Jacksonville State University

Founded in 1883 and located in Jacksonville, Alabama, JSU has a current total enrollment of about 8,700 students in 45-degree programs, including bachelor’s, master’s, post-baccalaureate, doctoral and advanced certificate programs.  In addition, this learning institution offers over 2,000 top-quality courses, 50+ certificate programs, and 35 online degrees. The school provides a host of student services, many aimed at the resident student. A partial list consists of the Academic Center for Excellence, Career Placement Services, Counseling and Career Services, Cooperative Education Programs, Financial Aid, Learning Services, Orientation and Advisement Services, Recreational Sports, Student Health Center, and Tutoring Services.

Their online Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management is designed to ready students for emergency management careers in the public, private, and voluntary sectors. The interdisciplinary curriculum combines theoretical perspectives with professional practice and stresses the application of knowledge to practice backgrounds. A total of 120 semester hours is required, with 30 required hours in the major.  The EM required courses entail subjects as Disaster Mitigation & Preparedness, Disaster Recovery, Research on Disasters, and Populations at Risk. This full-time program is available on campus or online. Also, this B.S. degree may be supported with a minor in Homeland Security (HS), a minor in Public Safety Telecommunications (PST) or other approved minors. Graduates will be qualified to seek jobs in the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and their state and local counterparts. Nonprofit organizations include the American Red Cross and Salvation Army.

Tuition: $359 per credit hour (Fall/Spring); $309 (Summer)

10. National University

National University was established in 1971 as a nonprofit, and since that time has grown to be one of the largest private, nonprofit universities in California.  They offer more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as certificates and credential programs.  More than 90 graduate and undergraduate degree programs are entirely online. As well, the school is among the top 20 accredited colleges and universities that offer online programs, according to the Online Education Database.  It has 28 locations around the country and is the flagship institution of the National University System, which was established in 2001. It is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (BS-HSEM) program provides graduates with a basis in the security issues; practices, politics, and cultures of terrorism; best practices to cope with a pending emergency and operations during and recovery from an emergency.  Students will conduct research on various government and private sector entities and report on suggested improvements in preparing for an emergency. The program prepares well-rounded graduates to function in a variety of homeland protection and emergency preparedness capacities related to crisis response planning and management. The BS-HSEM program is composed of eleven core courses and five electives offered in accelerated one-month on-site and online formats. As an introduction, students are offered a broad overview of security management, current issues in homeland security, and the culture and politics of terrorists. The remaining five courses expose the student to direct management strategies in preparing for emergencies and responding to disasters, including related ethical issues.

Tuition: $362 per quarter credit

11. Thomas Edison State University

Chartered in 1972, Thomas Edison State University is one of New Jersey’s 11 senior public institutions of higher learning and one of the oldest schools in the country designed specifically for adults. The University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in more than 100 areas of study as well as undergraduate, graduate and professional certificates. One of its main missions is to offer curricula and degree opportunities of appropriate degree and composition consistent with the inspirations of our students, the public welfare, and the highest standards of American higher education. This mission has succeeded in attracting the adult learner as the average age of their 17,500+ enrollment is 35. The student body represents residents from all 50 states and around 60 nations throughout the globe.

Their online Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management was established to furnish students with a liberal view of homeland security and emergency management issues. This is accomplished while focusing on policy considerations and aligning with the five National Preparedness System mission areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. Course work includes, but is not limited to homeland protection, emergency management, law enforcement and business continuity issues. The program is meant for scholars who desire to discover the fundamentals of homeland security and emergency management and trains them for the day-to-day decision-making required in the post-9/11 era. Guessing from the 120 total credits curriculum, the program puts a heavier emphasis on civic security than natural disaster readiness and management. For instance, students chose 15 credits from a list of topics: Gangs, White Collar Crime, Challenges in U.S. and Global Public Health, and Conflict in International Relations.

Tuition: $396 per credit NJ residents; $499 non-residents; or the Comprehensive Tuition Plan: $7,300 NJ residents; $9,820 (non-NJ): Students pay one annual tuition and register for up to 36 credits in a 12-month period. The plan also covers up to 36 credits of the University’s Online courses.

12. Bellevue University

Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit, fully accredited university with more than 50,000 graduates worldwide. Situated on a beautiful 46-acre main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, the school has graduated over 50,000 pupils and serves nearly 9,000 students per year at campus locations in four states — and everywhere online. In an effort to honor the dedication and sacrifice of military members who gave their lives for our Country, Bellevue University became a founding sponsor of the Remembering Our Fallen war memorial in 2010. In this vein, the school was named Best for Vets by Military Times in 2016 and 2107.

Their online Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management will help you to make a difference in your community by coordinating and training for catastrophe management and backup. The degree will provide you with the in-depth knowledge you’ll need to pursue a career in law enforcement, firefighting, or safety and security within both the public and private sectors. Graduates will master the application of management, mitigation, readiness, response, and recovery. Your coursework includes topics such as natural and man-made threats and disasters, policies and procedures, command structure, planning, legal publications, technology, communication, exercise plan, and risk assessment with regard to emergency management. The curriculum consists of a total of 127 credits: 27 General Education. 51 Electives, 40 Majors, and 9 Kirkpatrick Signature Series. The series centers on various foundations and customs of Western Civilization that have attained unprecedented success in the United States.

Tuition: $410 per credit; $250 Active Duty Military in select undergrad degrees

13. Ohio Christian University

OCU was established in 1948 as Circleville Bible College for the purpose of educating clergy for the Churches of Christ in Christian Union. The school is now accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Association for Biblical Higher Education, and the Ohio Board of Regents. Associate, bachelor, and master’s degree programs are on their academic menu. Their undergraduate and adult curriculum integrates faith and discovering in a scholarly environment that nurtures critical and creative thinking, academic excellence, and professional competence.

Ohio Christian University’s Adult & Online Degree Programs offer associate, bachelor, and master’s levels in an accelerated degree program format designed for busy adults. OCU offers online education and evening or weekend classes at campuses in Ohio and Georgia to make earning your degree convenient, flexible, and affordable. They offer a Bachelor of Arts in Business in six flavors, one of which is Disaster Management and Relief Concentration. This business specialty is designed to acquire leadership abilities in management, to be used in all cases of disaster sites, emphasizing Christ-like service to those in demand.  Alumni of this program will be developed to wait on all levels of human suffering from immediate relief through community rebuilding and renovation. The degree consists of a total of 120 credits.

Tuition: $423 per credit hour

14. North Arizona University

Northern Arizona University—or Arizona Normal College as it was named back then—opened its doors in 1899 with 23 students, two faculty members (one, Almon Nicholas Taylor, was also the school president), and two copies of Webster’s International Dictionary bound in sheepskin. Today, empowered by the Arizona Board of Regents to offer educational opportunities statewide, the university now serves students at the Flagstaff campus, multiple statewide locations, and online. NAU offers more than 150 combined undergraduate and graduate degree programs, all differentiated by an ongoing loyalty to raise student-staff relationships.

Their online Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) with a specialty in Emergency Management attracts students who desire the knowledge and skills required to function as professional emergency managers in the public, non-profit and private sectors.  Students are exposed to the latest information in Emergency Planning (including COOP), Incident Management Systems (IMS), Disaster Recovery and Homeland Security that prepares them to be effective and ethical emergency managers and to protect their communities from emergency events.

The requirements for this degree are:

  • 64 units in an associate’s degree transfer block (If you have been awarded an A.A.S. degree from an Arizona community college, NAU will accept up to 75 transfer units.)
  • 21 units of B.A.S. Requirements
  • 24 units of Emergency Management specialization requirements
  • Completion of NAU Liberal Studies Requirements, some of which may be fulfilled by your associate’s degree courses.
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units.
  • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above).

Tuition: $425 per credit; $458 incl. all fees: Fall 2017

15. Upper Iowa University

In 1854, Elizabeth Alexander, a pioneer woman living near what is now Fayette, Iowa, proposes the idea of a college.  Her husband, Robert Alexander, donates $10,000; a son-in-law, Samuel Robertson, donates $5,000 and 10 acres of land.  Classes begin in what is called the “Fayette Seminary of the Upper Iowa Conference,” which is affiliated with the Methodist Church. The name remains until July 15, 1858 when the institution is changed to “Upper Iowa University.” Make a quantum leap forward to 2008, when their online program is ranked number one nationally among the top online institutions of higher learning. The RN-BSN degree program receives full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In 2016, Upper Iowa is among 30 schools nationwide to be newly named to the PAVE (Peer Advisors for Veteran Education) network.

The School of Liberal Arts offers a wide range of majors, one of which is a major in Emergency Disaster Management. The purpose of this online major is to integrate theory with practice and prepare the student to understand, manage, and mitigate the physical and human consequences of natural, technological, civil, and human-caused hazards. The Major coursework consists of 54 semester credits. In addition, students must complete the general education core, along with additional elective credits to complete the 120 semester credits required for the Bachelor of Science degree. Students enrolled in this degree will study in UIU’s award-winning distance learning Online Program or their Self Paced Degree Program. Students have global access, with no need to be on campus for a residency requirement. The Self-Paced Web format offers a web-based platform for assignment submission and course completion. The class structure of this format entails an interactive environment with weekly deadlines. As a convenience, there are 6 start dates per year with each enrollment period being 8 weeks.

Tuition: $441 per credit/$1,323 per 3 credits; $250 per credit for Active-Duty Military

16. Anderson University

Anderson University traces its origins back to 1911 when it was chartered as a four-year college for women. With a contribution of land and money from area citizens, the South Carolina Baptist Convention agreed to mate with those who wanted an institution of higher learning in Anderson, and the school opened its doors in 1912. Today, more than 3,400 students enjoy a high-quality education and can choose from 40 majors, 38 concentrations, and 32 minors in their Colleges and Schools. It has been recognized by US News & World Report was a Top Tier Regional University of the South and a Best Value School.

The university offers three choices online-the first of which is the Bachelor of Emergency Services Management. It is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to perform professionally in the role of an emergency services organization or agency manager.  A second alternative is a concentration in Homeland Security Operations and Administration degree.  The coursework includes studies of existing and emerging threats, the structure and roles and responsibilities of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and agencies that comprise the DHS; the roles and responsibilities of local, state, tribal, territorial, the private sector, and other Federal entities. The third program is a concentration in Whole Community Emergency Management that equips students with the knowledge to help save communities, lives, and belongings from the potentially devastating impact of catastrophes. The course of study covers key areas involved in addressing any threat or peril, including prevention, protection, response, recovery, and palliation.  All three consist of a total of 123 credit hours for the degree.

Tuition: $445 per credit hour

17. Crown College

Founded in 1916, Crown College, an acclaimed Minnesota Bible college, has been educating students for lives of outstanding service and leadership. Located just west of Minneapolis, MN, Crown is distinguished by its Christ-centered instruction, academic excellence, and global connections. The college provides both on-campus and online grade programs and was recently included in MONEY Magazine’s list of “50 Colleges That Add the Most Value” as easily as placing in the top-15% of their “Best Colleges” list. Presently, there is a student body of about 1,300 students, representing 20 nations, with 20 percent of on-campus students enrolled in one of 40 accredited majors.

This Christ-centered university offers an online Bachelor of Science in Disaster and Emergency Management. Coursework includes emergency preparedness and crisis communications, recovery operations and how Christ-centered emergency relief evolves into community development work. In addition to traditional emergency management agencies, many faith-based organizations, including churches, respond to crises. The degree addresses the management principles, public policies and best practices that are essential for any emergency management professional, but it also adds the faith components that often go hand-in-hand with this critically important work. As a corollary to this subject, the curriculum begins with 15-21 Christian Studies Core credits of the total 125-131 credits.

Tuition: $445 per credit hour

18. Barry University

The university is a Catholic establishment of higher education founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Originally founded as Barry College for Women, the current coeducational college became known as Barry University in 1981. In 1971, Barry University recognized the unique educational needs of the working adult learner and founded what is nowadays known as the School of Professional And Career Education (PACE). Learners can self-pace their degree pursuits – classes are offered one time per week for 8 weeks, and they can determine if full time (2 courses every 8 weeks) or part time (1 course every 8 weeks) works best for them.

The arena of emergency management integrates all activities related to building, maintaining, and improving the preparation for, response to, and recovery from threatened or actual natural disasters and acts of terrorism. This includes proactive leadership in unpredictable, catastrophic, and dangerous situations to minimize risk to responders and the public. Barry’s online Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management prepares graduates for these incidents. This program includes:

  • Applications in homeland security, business continuity, hazard mitigation, and international disaster management
  • An opportunity to draw on experience from public administration, management, health sciences, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, and environmental sciences

The essence of the degree is in the 45 major courses that are tendered on a rotating 8-weekly basis that must be filled out in succession. Starting with Overview of Disasters and Complex Emergencies and ending with course #15-Capstone in Emergency Management. This part of the B.S. The degree is a sum of 45 credits.

Tuition: $454 per credit hour

19. Grand Canyon University

Founded in 1949 by the Southern Baptist Church, it was originally known as Grand Canyon College with its first campus located in an abandoned armory building in Prescott, Arizona. Two years later, the college relocated to Phoenix, where GCU began to build a strong reputation as a premier, private Christian university. The school has intentionally cultivated a missional community and a culture that is characterized by a welcoming spirit and loving service to all. As a missional community, GCU has the unique opportunity to welcome students, faculty, and staff from all walks of life, some of whom may experience Christianity for the first time at the university.

GCU offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety and Emergency Management online for those who are working or want a career in the field of emergency management, fire protection, emergency medical response, law enforcement or environmental health and safety. Through the Colangelo College of Business, this degree provides you with a theoretical and applied approach, while ensuring relevance to the homeland security and public safety industries. The program highlights the application of research methodology; the utilization of communication skills at the personal, professional and public level; and the development of professional skills and knowledge in the fields of public safety and emergency management. The 120 total credits-degree is delivered in 7-week sessions with up to 90 credits transferable.

Tuition: $470 per credit

20. Franklin University

Franklin University is dedicated to servicing the demands of all military students through a sort of specialized programs. In fact, Franklin was nominated to the 2016 Military Friendly Schools List and has been designated a 2016 “Military Friendly School” by GI Jobs Magazine and a “Top School” by Military Advanced Education (MAE). At Franklin, their accredited online college degrees provide access to your Academic Advisor for the one-on-one support you want, when you want it.  Each Franklin Academic Advisor has been specially trained to meet the individual needs of every Franklin student.

The online Emergency Management & Homeland Security degree program from Franklin University prepares you to take over the leadership and management opportunities in the public safety or private security fields.  You’ll gain exposure to emergency management, homeland protection, risk management/threat assessment, safety and security planning, and related topics, preparing you for leadership in a diversity of contexts. The course of study covers these titles: Crisis Readiness & Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Management & Homeland Security, Safety & Security, Labor Relations, and Fiscal Administration.  However, the course material depends on your choice of the Emergency Management & Disaster Response or Homeland Security specializations. Each is a total of 20 hours of the total 120 hours to earn your Bachelor of Science. Also, students who enroll at Franklin with 30 or fewer hours of transfer credit are required to pass Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) in place of Learning Strategies (PF 321). Applicants must also meet the University algebra competency requirement.

Tuition: $509 per credit hour; $250 for Active Military

21. Immaculata University

Immaculata University (IU) is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, founded by the Convent of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as Villa Maria College in 1920. Immaculata’s origins, however, date from 1906, when the Sisters purchased the present site in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The ground was broken for Villa Maria Hall in 1908 and the building officially opened in 1914. Today, Immaculata University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs, and its distinguished faculty serves a population of more than 2,500 students.

Their Emergency Planning and Management (EPM) Bachelor’s degree-completion program is acknowledged by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Designed mainly for working adults, the accelerated delivery format allows you to design customized schedules that call for both classroom and online classes. Classes are instructed in a blended format and are completed in seven- or eight-week terms. Students who begin with roughly 64 credits (from credit transfers or credit for prior learning) can finish the requirements for the major in two years by taking courses year-round. The school allows up to 72 undergraduate credits to be transferred into one of their bachelor programs. Among other proficiencies, graduates of the EPM degree will be developed to operate with government officials, and the worldwide public to coordinate emergency responses in a leadership capacity.

Tuition: $540 per credit

22. Post University

Post University was originally founded in 1890 as the Matoon Shorthand School, offering commercial education training such as typing, bookkeeping, business writing, and shorthand courses. After four name changes, the school becomes Post Junior College in 1962. In 1976, the school offers its first accelerated degree programs aimed at helping Vietnam veterans earn a college degree and return to a productive working life. Since inception in 1996, their online program grows rapidly. The same year, the institution becomes the first college in Connecticut and New England to offer accredited, accelerated degree programs fully online. In 2004, it becomes officially Post University and in 2006 offers the state’s first fully online MBA. Post continues the tradition by leading the way in online learning and is ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report 2015.

Their online Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security that focuses on the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. You will develop skills to plan and prepare for pending emergencies, manage operations during emergencies, and conduct recovery efforts after emergencies. You will be provided a historical awareness of terrorism, particularly within the United States and its interests abroad, and complete analyses of past crises and disasters, as well as pending threats. Throughout your studies, you will also gain practical experience by participating in mock disaster scenarios and the senior capstone, in which you will develop an emergency plan that addresses identified hazards and threats. For an additional hands-on experience in the field, you may choose to pursue an internship at local, state and federal law enforcement and homeland security agencies; fire departments; or local and state emergency management agencies. There are 2 concentrations available:

  1. Criminal Justice Leadership: Prepares you to advance to a supervisory or administrative-level position in a criminal justice-related agency.
  2. Policing: Learn about the duties and challenges of the modern law enforcement officer so that you can pursue a position in a local, state or federal law enforcement agency.

Tuition: $570 per credit hour

23. Everglades University

In August of 1998, Arthur and Belinda Keiser purchased American Flyers College (American Flyers, Inc. now Everglades University). In the fall of 1999, the College’s name was changed to Everglades College and it was relocated to Fort Lauderdale, FL. In January of 2000, the Keisers created Everglades College, Inc. which was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Florida. In April 2004, the Main Campus of Everglades University relocated to Boca Raton, Florida. The school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. One unique feature of the university is that all programs are offered online and/or on campus.

Their online Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Crisis and Disaster Management provides instruction in business and management skills and crisis and disaster management specific technical and occupational subjects, such as crisis and disaster management, terrorism, threat and emergency preparedness. This degree program prepares graduates for a productive career in the crisis and disaster management field. The 123 credit curriculum focuses on the management skills, business knowledge and associated critical thinking/decision making involved in planning, management, relief, and recovery from public crises and disasters. A sampling of the Upper Division courses (54) credits is Relationship Management, Crisis and Disaster Psychology, Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment, and Terrorism and Homeland Security.

Tuition: $650 per credit hour

24. Canton State University of New York

The College was originally chartered in 1906 as the first post-secondary, two-year college in New York. In 1987, the State University of New York’s Board of Trustees authorized the college’s present designation as State University of New York College of Technology at Canton, more commonly known as SUNY Canton. Their online programs feature more than 400 online courses and 13 degrees are available online, allowing students to enroll from anywhere with Internet access. Those who wish to visit prior to enrollment will likely be enchanted with the  555-acre campus located in a scenic, semi-rural setting bordering the Grasse River and within walking distance of downtown Canton.

The online Bachelor of Science/Technology degree in Emergency Management focuses on the development and education of emergency managers and other administrative personnel with responsibilities in emergency management or the allied homeland security field of study. Students receive instruction in the mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and retrieval from natural or technological emergencies, disasters, and catastrophes. Students complete virtual incident command and training exercise activities and have the chance to produce significant research projects or internships with emergency and disaster management offices. You will acquire the skills necessary to develop, conduct and evaluate disaster exercises in highly-structured and applied interactive educational simulations. Students utilize industry-leading Graphical Information System (GIS) and Virtual Emergency Operations Center (WEBEOC – used by 25 nations and virtually all Federal agencies).

Tuition: $6,440.50 total per semester or $12,881 per year

25. West Texas A&M University

In 1909, the location for the school, already named West Texas State Normal College, would be Canyon, a young community of 1,400 located near the center of the rapidly developing Texas Panhandle. Many factors were involved in the location decision, but a pledge of 40 acres of land and $100,100 in cash made Canyon’s bid particularly attractive. The history of the Texas A&M University, the first public institution of higher education in Texas, began in 1871 when the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas was established as a land-grant college by the Texas Legislature. Classes began on October 4, 1876. As a member of the A&M family, West Texas has earned its share of accolades, most recently in 2017: Best Online MBA in Texas, Best Value Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice; in 2016: Best Online Programs Bachelor’s, Online MBA, Online Grad Business and Online Veterans Business.  It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Their Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice offers an online undergraduate completion degree in Emergency Management Administration. All students must also hold an associate degree with general education core curriculum of 42-44 credit hours in the following subjects: English, communication, mathematics, natural sciences, humanities, visual and performing arts, social and behavioral sciences, and an institutional designation option. All these courses should be transferred into WTAMU. Once accepted, EMA students must also take an additional 36-hours of credit to achieve the required 120 total credit hours. Most EMA students fulfill this requirement by transferring technical education courses that were completed at their community colleges or other accredited technical education facilities, like the National Fire Academy.  In this endeavor, the program is designed for full-time and part-time students who are currently working in emergency management. Unfortunately, this particular degree (EMA) is closed to admission until January 1, 2018, for Fall 2018 enrollment.

Tuition: Fall 2017/Spring 2018: TX resident/Border Counties: $4194. 42 per year; NM & OK rates: $4714. 84; Non-resident, out of state: $5125. 32



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