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Emergency Management, B.S.

Saint Louis University’s online emergency management program will provide you the skills to improve community resilience, minimizing the effects of disaster.


Major in Emergency Management

Disasters, natural, man-made and technological, require the service of educated, competent and professional emergency managers and homeland security experts. Whether it is working in the area of business continuity, local, state or federal government agencies, the private sector or community stakeholders, the demand continues to increase as the public demands the skills of professionals to assist communities in mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from crisis situations.

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management focuses on improving community resilience to minimize both the short- and long-term effects of disaster situations. This program encompasses all of the sectors recognized by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a comprehensive, multi-discipline program including communications, firefighting, public health and medical, search and rescue, hazardous materials, law enforcement, military, social services, and business continuity, among others.


Program Highlights

Saint Louis University is the only Jesuit university with an emergency management program, allowing it to incorporate the faith of the Catholic Church with the aid and assistance to others in a hands-on format that can affect large numbers of individuals, families, businesses and government.

As a student in the emergency management program, you are encouraged to learn more about the industry while in school by working with your local American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, fire department, police department, search and rescue teams or emergency operations centers, connecting you to professionals currently in the industry.


This 45 credit hour program requires the following courses:

  • EMGT 1500: Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • EMGT 1600: Managing Natural, Man-Made and Technological Disasters
  • EMGT 1710: Healthcare Coordination in High-Impact Emergencies
  • SSI 2000: Threat and Risk Assessment
  • EMGT 2900: Emergency Management Fundamentals Practicum
  • SSI 3010: Business Continuity and Impact Analysis
  • SSI 3300: Integrated Risk Planning, Strategy and Compliance
  • EMGT 3830: Computer Modeling for Emergency Planning and Management
  • EMGT 3900: Homeland Security Intermediate Practicum
  • SSI 4090: Resilience, Recovery and Contingency
  • SSI 4500: Financial & Regulatory Considerations in Risk Planning
  • EMGT 4760: Emergency Management in Practice
  • EMGT 4770: Disaster Exercise Design and Evaluation
  • EMGT 4810: Emergency Management Homeland Security Technologies
  • Completion of a minimum of 15 CEUs through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute
  • EMGT 4960: Emergency Management Capstone Course

If you choose to major in emergency management, potential careers include emergency manager, risk manager, disaster communications, business continuity, homeland security professional, search and rescue, firefighting, law enforcement, and training and exercise officer.

After completing your degree, you will have completed a majority of the requirements for the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Certification as an Associate Emergency Manager (AEM). Many employers require this professional certification for posted new positions.

Tuition and Fees

$640/Credit Hour

Military, Veterans and First Responders:

$400/Credit Hour (First responder applicants must submit current documentation of active first responder status)

View a List of Tuition and Fees for 2017-18

Learning Outcomes

1. Comprehend emergency management and security principles that impact local, regional, national and global communities.

2. Examine the professional role of the emergency manager.

3. Evaluate methods used to develop policies for emergency management and homeland security.

4. Describe the interconnectedness of agencies and organizations involved in emergency management and homeland security.

5. Apply the fundamental principles of emergency management across its core phases of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Minor in Emergency Management

The minor in emergency management requires 18 credit hours, including:

  • EMGT 1500: Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • EMGT 1600: Managing Natural, Man-Made and Technological Disasters
  • EMGT 1700: Healthcare Coordination in High-Impact Emergencies
  • SSI 2000: Threat and Risk Assessment
  • EMGT 2810: Emergency Management Homeland Security Technologies
  • EMGT 2900: Emergency Management Fundamentals Practicum

Applicant Criteria

Students interested in emergency management at SLU must apply directly to the School for Professional Studies. Applications are accepted and processed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply for admission at least one month before the beginning of the term in which they wish to enroll.

To be eligible for admission, School for Professional Studies students must be at least 22 years old (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis). Students must have a high school diploma or a GED composite score of at least 2250, and have at least three years of work experience or the equivalent. Students must also successfully complete an admission meeting with a SPS admissions counselor.

Distance Learning

Online Courses

SLU’s major or minor in emergency management can be pursued online.