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Online Emergency Management Degree

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  • Emergency Planning & Preparedness
  • Technology in Emergency Management
  • Managing Critical Incidents & Large Scale Events
  • Fire & Emergency Services Administration
  • Disaster Response & Recovery

Why Earn Your Online Emergency Management Degree at Saint Leo University?

The online BA in Emergency Management degree provides students with the knowledge and skills in an increasingly important and dynamic discipline. The program prepares individuals from the public and private sectors, non-governmental organizations, and military personnel to manage the diverse challenges facing our nation as a result of recent disaster events and complex global threats. Students will learn theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are necessary to effectively manage a wide range of critical incidents to properly lead organizations in times of crisis.

Emergencies and disasters are increasing in both number and severity in the U.S. and around the globe. More than ever, organizations and communities must have knowledgeable and well-trained staff to handle various threats and risks. Such proactive organizations and communities will be prepared to have the leadership and resources in place to manage complex critical incidents.

Our convenient online delivery format is ideal for public safety professionals or others seeking a regionally accredited education that fits their personal schedules.

View Degree Requirements

This program consists of 9 core courses (27 credits) that provide a foundation to the emergency management field.

Required Courses (27 Credits)

  • Political and Legal Foundations of Emergency Management (3)
  • Emergency Planning and Mitigation (3)
  • Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Analysis (3)
  • Disaster Response and Recovery (3)
  • Interagency Disaster Management (3)
  • Leadership and Ethics in Emergency Management (3)
  • Technology in Emergency Management (3)
  • A Social Vulnerability Approach to Emergency Management (3)
  • Domestic and Global Terrorism (3)

Elective Requirements (12 Credits)

Students may choose 4 courses from among the below electives, OR Select the 4-course Fire Service Specialization, OR select any 4 courses from either the elective course list or the Fire Science Specialization courses to meet the 4-Course Electives Requirement.  


  • Crisis Communications and Social Media (3) 
  • Exercise Design and Evaluation (3) 
  • EOC Management and Operations (3) 
  • Internship in Emergency Management (3) 

Fire Science Specialization

A Fire Science Specialization is available with the following 4 courses:

  • Principles of Fire and Emergency Services (3)
  • Fire Prevention Organization and Management (3)
  • Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services (3)
  • Fire and Emergency Services Administration (3) 

What can you do with an online degree in Emergency Management?

Graduates are prepared for professional positions with various public safety agencies, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s). Career paths for graduates can include, but are not limited to:

  • Director or Coordinator of Emergency Operations
  • Disaster Services Consultant
  • Community Preparedness Planner
  • Military Support Specialist
  • Federal Coordinating Officer
  • FEMA Administration
  • Transportation Security Administration Officer
  • Safety and Security Coordinator
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent

Professional development opportunities.


Assist a faculty member with research or complete your own research project for credit or in addition to coursework.


Saint Leo maintains a strong reputation with many internship sites throughout the United States. Students find opportunities and establish working relationships with various public safety agencies, the private sector, and non-government organizations (NGOs), law enforcement agencies, corrections agencies, the military, and more.

Practitioner-based Program:

Students work with real-world content that they can immediately apply in the field.

Hands-on Learning

In a capstone course, students will undertake an applied project in Emergency Management

Computer skills

Learn to use industry-standard software.

Where are Saint Leo's Emergency Management grads now?

  • Atlanta Fire Department
  • Atlanta Police Department
  • Wakulla County (FL) Fire Rescue
  • Hernando County (FL) Office of Emergency Management
  • Hillsborough County (FL) Fire Rescue
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Navy
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Routt County (CO) Emergency Communications
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