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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.

Curriculum Overview

As part of the School for Professional Studies, this 120-credit degree program offers future and current leaders like you a flexible option to meet your personal career goals. With six accelerated, eight-week terms each year offered by SLU online, you can begin working toward your degree at any time, making advanced education more accessible for working professionals.

Careers

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.

Admission Requirements

The School for Professional Studies welcomes adult learners whose educational journey has been interrupted by life's circumstances. This includes individuals with at least one of the following characteristics:

  • Delayed enrollment in post-secondary education
  • Attends part-time for at least part of the academic year
  • Works full-time (35 hours or more/week) while enrolled
  • Financial independence, has dependents other than a spouse, is a single parent, or has other demands that make traditional education less feasible

Application Requirements 

  • Work Experience: At least three years or the equivalent. Work experience may include a full-time/part-time job, internship, volunteer work, or comparable experiences.
  • Education: High school diploma or composite GED score of at least 2250.
  • Coaching session: Successful completion of a meeting with an academic coach (this can be done virtually or on campus).
  • Grade Point Average: Minimum transfer cumulative GPA of 2.5 (unless qualified for conditional admittance).
  • Transcript: An official transcript from the most recent institution attended.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships: Scholarships are 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: Financial aid is 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

Honorably discharged veterans, active duty military members, reserve members and first responders qualify for a reduced tuition rate of $295 per credit hour for any undergraduate program through the School for Professional Studies.

  1. Graduates will be able to comprehend emergency management and homeland security principles that impact local, regional, national and global communities.
  2. Graduates will be able to examine the professional role of the emergency manager.
  3. Graduates will be able to evaluate methods used to develop policies for emergency management and homeland security.
  4. Graduates will be able to describe the interconnectedness of agencies and organizations involved in emergency management and homeland security.
  5. Graduates will be able to apply the fundamental principles of emergency management across its core phases of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
Core Requirements39
Major Requirements45
EMGT 1500
Fundamentals of Emergency Management
EMGT 1600
Managing Natural, Man-made and Technological Disasters
EMGT 1710
First Responder and Healthcare Coordination in High Impact Disasters
EMGT 2900
Emergency Management Fundamentals Practicum
EMGT 3900
Homeland Security Intermediate Practicum
EMGT 4760
Emergency Management in Practice
EMGT 4770
Emergency Management Homeland Security Exercise Design and Evaluation
EMGT 4810
Emergency Management Homeland Security Technologies
EMGT 4830
Computer Modeling for Emergency Planning and Management
EMGT 4960
Emergency Management Capstone
SSI 2000
Threat and Risk Assessment
SSI 3010
Business Continuity and Impact Analysis
SSI 3300
Integrated Risk Planning, Strategy and Compliance
SSI 4090
Resilience, Recovery and Contingency
SSI 4500
Financial & Regulatory Considerations in Risk Planning
Completion of a minimum of 15 CEUs through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute
General electives36
Total Credits120

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA.

SPS Core Curriculum Requirements

Communication and Technology 9
PST 1500
Igniting Success: Jesuit Education and the Adult Learner
CMMK 1210
Public Speaking in Org. Life
ENGL 4005
Business and Professional Writing
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 6
CIS 2700
Discrete Methods and Models
or CIS 2850
Principles of Data Analysis
PHIL 1055
Intro to Phil: Self & Reality
Ethics, Values & Spirituality 9
THEO 1005
Theological Foundations
PHIL 2055
Ethics
THEO/SPR
One additional THEO or SPR course
Engaging the Human Experience 15
HUM 2000
Ethics of Writing
HUM 1500
Engaging the Human Experience
One Humanities course
HUM 1930
Special Topics
ARTH 3805
Twentieth Century Art
ENGL 2025
Intro to Literary Study
ENGL 2605
Introduction to Short Fiction
ENGL 3295
American Literary Traditions: Special Topics
HIST 1115
Origins of the Modern World to 1500
HIST 1125
Origins of the Modern World, 1500 to Present
HIST 3485
U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850-1877
HIST 3635
The Saint Louis Region
PHIL 1055
Intro to Phil: Self & Reality
PHIL 3605
Science and Religion
SPR 3610
Spirituality: Work & Vocation
SPR 4810
Spirituality, Peace & Justice
THEO 2355
American Christianity
One Natural Science course
BIOL 1385
Introduction to Ecology and Evolution
BIOL 1405
Biology of Health and Disease
One Social Science course
POLS 1105
Introduction to American Politics
PSYK 1010
General Psychology
PST 1900
Survey of Economics
SOC 1105
Introduction to Sociology
One Diversity course
CIS 3150
Workplace Ethics
CMMK 3650
Professional Communication Between Cultures
PSYK 3330
Applied Personality
SOC 1105
Introduction to Sociology
Total Credits39

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.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Fall 1  
PST 1500 Igniting Success: Jesuit Education and the Adult Learner 3
EMGT 1500 Fundamentals of Emergency Management 3
Fall 2  
EMGT 1600 Managing Natural, Man-made and Technological Disasters 3
EMGT 1710 First Responder and Healthcare Coordination in High Impact Disasters 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
EMGT 4760 Emergency Management in Practice 3
HUM 2000 Ethics of Writing 3
Spring 2  
EMGT 4830 Computer Modeling for Emergency Planning and Management 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Credits12
Summer
HUM 1500 Engaging the Human Experience 3
EMGT 2900 Emergency Management Fundamentals Practicum 3
 Credits6
Year Two
Fall
Fall 1  
EMGT 4810 Emergency Management Homeland Security Technologies 3
CIS 2850 Principles of Data Analysis (OR) 3
CIS 2700
Discrete Methods and Models  
Fall 2  
SSI 2000 Threat and Risk Assessment 3
THEO 1005 Theological Foundations 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
SSI 3010 Business Continuity and Impact Analysis 3
ENGL 4005 Business and Professional Writing 3
Spring 2  
EMGT 4770 Emergency Management Homeland Security Exercise Design and Evaluation 3
SSI 4500 Financial & Regulatory Considerations in Risk Planning 3
 Credits12
Summer
CMMK 1210 Public Speaking in Org. Life 3
EMGT 3900 Homeland Security Intermediate Practicum 3
 Credits6
Year Three
Fall
Fall 1  
PHIL 1055 Intro to Phil: Self & Reality 3
General Elective 3
Fall 2  
SSI 3300 Integrated Risk Planning, Strategy and Compliance 3
General Elective 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
PHIL 2055 Ethics 3
Science Elective 3
Spring 2  
SSI 4090 Resilience, Recovery and Contingency 3
General Elective 3
 Credits12
Summer
SPR/THEO Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
 Credits6
Year Four
Fall
Fall 1  
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Fall 2  
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits12
Spring
Spring 1  
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Spring 2  
EMGT 4960 Emergency Management Capstone 3
General Elective 3
 Credits12
Summer
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits120

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please call 314-526-2825 or email sps@slu.edu.

2+SLU programs are formal  transfer agreements for students seeking an associate degree at a partner institution.