Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management Online
The FEMA-recognized BSEM program at Barry University can give you the ability to adapt your knowledge to a variety of applications including homeland security, business continuity, and international disaster management.
Discover Barry's online Emergency Management degree
Acquire operational skills applicable to a wide range of emergency systems and scenarios with the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management online program. This degree is designed for current emergency management professionals seeking promotion, as well as individuals preparing for a new career.
In this accelerated online emergency management program, which incorporates coursework from public administration, management, health sciences, psychology, sociology, criminal justice and environmental sciences, you will learn to plan, coordinate, and make high-level decisions.
Students will also complete a capstone course, designed as an opportunity for students to integrate and synthesize the theories, techniques and management practices acquired during the program.
We offer a generous transfer credit policy—up to 90 college credits may be transferred. There are also multiple options to earn up to 90 credits toward the 120 required for graduation through professional licenses and certifications, testing, nontraditional transfer credit and the optional Experiential Learning Portfolio.
In this online BS in Emergency Management program, you will learn:
- How to use National Planning Scenarios to adapt and apply emergency management skills to a broad spectrum of potential terrorist threats
- To apply the four-stage hazard mitigation planning cycle and multi-hazard identification and risk assessment (MHIRA) methodologies to analysis of a comprehensive array of disaster scenarios
- The ethical, cultural, developmental, and research-related issues affecting the physical and psychosocial recovery of disaster-exposed individuals and communities
Graduates will be able to plan, coordinate, and make high-level decisions as well as adapt their knowledge to a variety of applications, including:
- Business Continuity
- Hazard Migration
- Homeland Security
- International Disaster Management
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Barry University offers a variety of undergraduate programs. Check out all of our bachelor’s degree programs.
Barry University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Barry University.
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Plan for your tuition payments
Barry offers pay-as-you-go tuition for our online undergraduate programs. A separate schedule of fees will apply for credits earned via the Experiential Learning Portfolio, transfer credits, licensure/certification, and testing.
*Tuition and fees subject to change.
Dates to mark on your calendar
With multiple start dates each year, the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management online program is convenient for working adults. Before beginning, you should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes, and pay tuition to begin on your desired start date.
|Session||Program Start Date||Admissions & Financial Aid Deadline||Document Deadline||Registration Deadline||Payment Deadline *||Last Class Day||Term Length|
|Fall A||8/22/22||8/8/22||8/13/22||8/15/22||8/17/22||10/8/22||7 weeks|
|Fall B||10/17/22||10/3/22||10/8/22||10/10/22||10/12/22||12/3/22||7 weeks|
|Spring A||1/9/23||12/26/22||1/2/23||1/2/23||1/4/23||2/22/23||7 weeks|
|Spring B||3/6/23||2/20/23||2/27/23||2/27/23||3/1/23||4/22/23||7 weeks|
*Payment must be received in full by the stated deadline regardless of financial aid arrangements. Failure to pay, or a balance on the account, will result in the student being dropped from courses, regardless of when the student registered. Students who do not register prior to the registration deadline must wait for the following term.
Follow our streamlined requirements
As an applicant for the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management online, you must submit transcripts indicating graduation from a regionally accredited high school as well as official transcripts from any colleges attended. You must also have at least 2 years of work experience or be an active military member or veteran.
- Must be 21 years of age
- 2 years of work experience unless a military applicant
- Professional resume with two references
- Official transcripts from all accredited colleges/universities attended
Read about our online BS in Emergency Management coursework
The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management online curriculum consists of a total of 120 credits—30 hours of emergency management curriculum, 12 hours of major-related electives, 45 hours of distribution (general education) requirements, and a variable number of other electives. Credits may also be awarded for traditional and non-traditional transfer credits, licensure/certification, and testing. All courses are seven weeks in length. Students should consult with their academic advisor to create their individual degree plan and to answer any questions about required, elective, and transfer credits.
Major Elective Courses
Students must take 12 elective credits from ADM, EMA, and/or PUB.
To graduate, students must have 45 distribution (general education) credits. You must have 9 credits in each of the following categories:
- Theology and Philosophy
- Written and Oral Communication
- Science and Mathematics
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Humanities and Arts
The number of elective credits required is variable, depending on previous transfer credits, advisement, and individual student degree plan.
Experiential Learning Portfolio
The portfolio is optional for the BSEM online program and can count for up to 30 credits. Students will work with their academic advisor throughout the development of the portfolio. The portfolio is a vehicle through which students can demonstrate college-level learning in order to receive credit for professional work experience and/or community service in one or more of the following categories: administration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, interpersonal relations, investigation and research, leadership and supervision.
*Tuition and fees subject to change. Based on 120 undergraduate credits needed for graduation. Total program cost varies based on number of transfer and experiential credits accepted.