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Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Management

Why Earn Your 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.

The Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management will consist of 9 Core courses (27 credits) that will provide a foundation to the field.  In addition, students will need to complete an additional 4 elective courses (12 credits) from among a list of 8 courses.  Presently, a Concentration in Fire Science is available with the following 4 courses: Principles of Fire and Emergency Services; Fire Prevention Organization and Management; Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services, and; Fire and Emergency Services Administration.  

Learning Experience:
Est. Time to Complete:
4 years
Credit Hours:
120 hours
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Undergraduate Emergency Management Program Details

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.

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Online, On Campus, or Near You

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them.

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  • What are the benefits of earning your emergency management degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering emergency management degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.

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Specialization Options

Saint Leo University offers a specialization option for emergency management students. You can customize your degree to match your passions by choosing the following concentration.

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) 

Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

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  • How will you gain real experience?


    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.

What can you do with an undergraduate psychology degree?

Graduates are prepared for professional positions with various public safety agencies, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s).

What are the top emergency management degree jobs?

  • 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

Where are Saint Leo emergency management graduates 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