Saint Louis University

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management

The College for Public Health and Social Justice offers the only four-year Emergency Management program in the country


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Shawn Steadman, KC*HS, MArch, MEP, PCP,
discusses emergency management at SLU

Disasters such as Super Storm Sandy, the Boston Marathon, the Haiti earthquake and the Joplin, Mo., tornado require educated and competent emergency managers and homeland security experts.

The demand for these professionals continues to rise. A degree in emergency management gives undergraduate students the skills they need to help communities prepare, prevent, respond to, and recover from crisis situations. Emergency management focuses on improving community resilience to alleviate both the short- and long-term effects of emergency situations.

This major focuses on multiple sectors including communication, firefighting, emergency management, public health and medical, search and rescue, hazardous materials, law enforcement, the military, social services and business continuity.

Additional Degree Options

  • Pre-Med Track: For students looking to go on to medical school, this track combines traditional pre-med science requirements with emergency management courses.
  • Honors Courses: For students interested in the stimulating academic experiences and intellectual challenges provided by the Honors Program.
  • MinorFor those pursuing other majors who are also interested in emergency management, a minor will give students an understanding of the profession and the core values of the field.

Career Opportunities
Emergency management is one of the fastest-growing job sectors in the country. Recent large-scale disasters have highlighted the need for competent professionals who can be effective crisis leaders in high-stress situations. Examples of careers in emergency management include:

Corporate Sector:

  • Business continuity team member
  • Risk manager
  • Disaster Communication Specialist

Government Sector:

  • Homeland security professional
  • Emergency manager
  • Search and rescue team member

Non-Profit Sector:

  • Disaster action team leader 
  • Training officer
  • Sheltering and food manager

Military Sector:

  • Disaster medical assistance team member
  • Operations section chief
  • Port security specialist
  • Training and exercise officer 

Professional Certification
Upon completion of the bachelor's degree in emergency management, students will have completed a majority of the requirements for the International Association of Emergency Managers Certification (IAEM), Associate Emergency Manager (AEM). Many employers require this certification for new positions.

Study Abroad
All Saint Louis University students are encouraged to broaden their horizons by participating in a study abroad program. SLU has a campus located in Madrid, Spain, where students can study abroad for a semester while earning SLU credits.

Student Activity and Service Opportunities
SLU has a strong service-learning component. Students can embody SLU's Jesuit mission by using the knowledge they gain in the classroom to serve others. Service learning also provides valuable field experience for emergency management students, and it helps them to be more connected with the St. Louis emergency management and homeland security community and communities around the world through immersion trips and other opportunities.

Students can work as volunteers at organization around St. Louis such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or Catholic Charities, Fire Departments or Emergency Operations Centers. Students can also become members of the Public Health Club to get to know other students, allowing them to be more connected and encounter additional service, volunteer and leadership opportunities.

Experienced Faculty
Classes for the Emergency Management major are taught by faculty members from various disciplines, many of whom are experienced emergency managers with decades of experience in emergency management and homeland security.

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