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Emergency Management, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Through Saint Louis University's emergency management post-baccalaureate certificate, offered through the 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. 

Curriculum Overview

As part of the School for Professional Studies, this 12-credit, fully online program offers technology-driven professionals like you a flexible option to meet your personal career goals. If you have obtained an undergraduate degree or higher, you may pursue a stand-alone certificate. All courses are offered in eight-week terms through SLU Online, making advanced education more accessible for working professionals. 


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.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application.
  • Official transcript from a degree-granting institution.
  • Most successful applicants have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • At least two years of work experience is recommended (includes full-time and part-time employment, internships, co-ops and similar experiences).
  • Statement of professional goals (approximately 500 words suggested) articulating what attracted you to this program, and how a master's degree in this field will benefit you in your present or future career.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.

Requirements for International Students

Along with the general admission requirements above, the following must be provided by prospective international students:

  • Demonstration of English Language ProficiencySome examples of demonstrated English language proficiency include minimum score requirements for the following standardized tests:
    • Paper-based TOEFL: 550
    • Internet-based TOEFL: 80
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • PTE: 54
  • Academic records, in English translation, for postsecondary studies outside the United States. These must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted. 

Application and Assistantship Deadlines

Students should apply for the fall semester by August 6 and the spring semester by January 7.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by program directors.

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  1. Graduates will be able to employ research methodologies appropriate for the field of emergency management / homeland security
  2. Graduates will be able to apply program-specific knowledge to address practical problems using an ethical, evidence-based framework.
  3. Graduates will be able to utilize argumentation skills appropriate for a given problem or context.
  4. Graduates will be able to analyze and evaluate emergency management and homeland security capabilities in the local, regional, national and global communities.
  5. Graduates will be able to create competent emergency management and homeland security programs across all mission areas of mitigation, prevention, protection.
EMGT 5000Critical Decision Making in Emergency Management3
EMGT 5100Advanced Emergency Management3
EMGT 5200Current and Emerging Technologies in Emergency Management3
EMGT 5300Communications – Disasters and Media3
Total Credits12

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

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
Fall 1  
EMGT 5000Critical Decision Making in Emergency Management 3
Fall 2  
EMGT 5200Current and Emerging Technologies in Emergency Management 3
Spring 1  
EMGT 5100Advanced Emergency Management 3
Spring 2  
EMGT 5300Mass Communications – Disasters and Media 3
 Total Credits12

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please call 314-526-2825 or email