Emergency Management, B.S.
Saint Louis University's Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management is the only undergraduate emergency management program offered at a Jesuit university in the United States. Through SLU's School for Professional Studies, you will learn to administer aid and assistance to others, helping to ensure the resilience of your community in the face of disasters large and small. This comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program focuses on all sectors recognized by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), providing students with essential skills for careers in the emergency management sector.
While studying for your B.S. in Emergency Management, you’ll be encouraged to gain first-hand knowledge of the work being done by local chapters of the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and fire and police departments, helping you to connect your studies directly to current industry practices.
As part of SLU's School for Professional Studies, this 120-credit program offers you a flexible option to meet your personal career goals. With six start terms each year offered by SLU online, you can begin working toward your degree at any time. All courses are offered entirely online in eight-week terms, making advanced education more accessible for working professionals.
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.
- Education: High school diploma or composite GED score of at least 2250
- Interview: Successful completion of a meeting with an academic coach (this can be done over the phone or on campus)
- Grade Point Average: Minimum transfer cumulative GPA of 2.5 (unless qualified for conditional admittance)
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended
Step One — Complete Application
Complete the application for admission online at https://www.slu.edu/online. Applications are accepted and processed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply for admission at least one month before the term in which they wish to enroll.
Step Two – Request Official Transcripts
Have official transcripts mailed directly from all previously attended colleges to:
School for Professional Studies
Attention: Eric Miller
3840 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108
Official transcripts may also be emailed directly to Eric Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants seeking a degree or certificate who have not earned a bachelor’s degree must obtain official transcripts for all previous college course work. If students have never attended college or have less than 15 credits of transferable college credits they will need to provide official high school or GED transcripts.
Applicants seeking a certificate who have a bachelor’s degree need only provide an official transcript from their primary higher education institution or evidence of a high school diploma or GED.
Non-degree applicants only need to provide unofficial copies as needed for prerequisites.
Step Three — Meet with an Academic Coach
Contact an academic coach to discuss the status of the application and educational and career goals. Students may schedule an appointment to speak with an academic coach on campus or over the phone/Zoom by calling 314-977-2330 or emailing email@example.com.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:
- Scholarships: awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need. The School for Professional Studies offers numerous scholarships and awards specially for new students.
- Financial Aid: provided in the form of grants and loans, some of which require repayment.
To determine eligibility for financial assistance, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early for maximum consideration. FAFSA is available online at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit the student financial services office online at http://finaid.slu.edu.
Active Military, Veterans, and First Responders
Students may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate of $410 per credit for this program. In addition, Saint Louis University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for eligible students.
- Graduates will be able to comprehend emergency management and homeland security principles that impact local, regional, national and global communities.
- Graduates will be able to examine the professional role of the emergency manager.
- Graduates will be able to evaluate methods used to develop policies for emergency management and homeland security.
- Graduates will be able to describe the interconnectedness of agencies and organizations involved in emergency management and homeland security.
- Graduates will be able to apply the fundamental principles of emergency management across its core phases of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
|Fundamentals of Emergency Management|
|Managing Natural, Man-made and Technological Disasters|
|First Responder and Healthcare Coordination in High Impact Disasters|
|Emergency Management Fundamentals Practicum|
|Homeland Security Intermediate Practicum|
|Emergency Management in Practice|
|Emergency Management Homeland Security Exercise Design and Evaluation|
|Emergency Management Homeland Security Technologies|
|Computer Modeling for Emergency Planning and Management|
|Emergency Management Capstone|
|Threat and Risk Assessment|
|Business Continuity and Impact Analysis|
|Integrated Risk Planning, Strategy and Compliance|
|Resilience, Recovery and Contingency|
|Financial & Regulatory Considerations in Risk Planning|
|Completion of a minimum of 15 CEUs through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute|
Students must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA.
|Communication and Technology||9|
|Igniting Success: Jesuit Education and the Adult Learner|
|Public Speaking in Org. Life|
|Business and Professional Writing|
|Critical Thinking and Problem Solving||6|
|Discrete Methods and Models|
or CIS 2850
|Principles of Data Analysis|
|Intro to Phil: Self & Reality|
|Ethics, Values & Spirituality||9|
One additional THEO or SPR course
|Engaging the Human Experience||15|
|Ethics of Writing|
|Engaging the Human Experience|
One Humanities course
|Approaching the Arts|
|Twentieth Century Art|
|Intro to Literary Study|
|Introduction to Short Fiction|
|American Literary Traditions: Special Topics|
|Origins of the Modern World to 1500|
|Origins of the Modern World, 1500 to Present|
|U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850-1877|
|The Saint Louis Region|
|Intro to Phil: Self & Reality|
|Science and Religion|
|Spirituality: Work & Vocation|
|Spirituality, Peace & Justice|
|One Natural Science course|
|Introduction to Ecology and Evolution|
|Biology of Health and Disease|
|One Social Science course|
|Introduction to American Politics|
|Survey of Economics|
|Introduction to Sociology|
|One Diversity course|
|Professional Communication Between Cultures|
|Interpersonal Relations in Org|
|Introduction to Sociology|
Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.
Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.
This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.
|PST 1500||Igniting Success: Jesuit Education and the Adult Learner||3|
|CIS 1150||Concepts & Applications of Technology||3|
|HUM 2000||Ethics of Writing||3|
|EMGT 1500||Fundamentals of Emergency Management||3|
|EMGT 1600||Managing Natural, Man-made and Technological Disasters||3|
|Social Science Elective||3|
|HUM 1500||Engaging the Human Experience||3|
|EMGT 2900||Emergency Management Fundamentals Practicum||3|
|EMGT 1710||First Responder and Healthcare Coordination in High Impact Disasters||3|
|CIS 2850||Principles of Data Analysis||3|
|SSI 2000||Threat and Risk Assessment||3|
|THEO 1005||Theological Foundations||3|
|ENGL 4005||Business and Professional Writing||3|
|SSI 3010||Business Continuity and Impact Analysis||3|
|CMMK 1210||Public Speaking in Org. Life||3|
|PHIL 1055||Intro to Phil: Self & Reality||3|
|SSI 3300||Integrated Risk Planning, Strategy and Compliance||3|
|EMGT 4830||Computer Modeling for Emergency Planning and Management||3|
|SSI 4090||Resilience, Recovery and Contingency||3|
|SSI 4500||Financial & Regulatory Considerations in Risk Planning||3|
|EMGT 3900||Homeland Security Intermediate Practicum||3|
|EMGT 4810||Emergency Management Homeland Security Technologies||3|
|EMGT 4760||Emergency Management in Practice||3|
|EMGT 4770||Emergency Management Homeland Security Exercise Design and Evaluation||3|
|EMGT 4960||Emergency Management Capstone||3|