What You’ll Learn

The Disaster and Emergency Management program establishes a knowledge base in disaster and emergency management and homeland security. You will also develop skills in other areas such as management, planning, communications, problem-solving, decision-making, research and interviewing, computer literacy, and critical thinking.

This program provides a conceptual and applied approach to learning the principles and practices needed to assist in protecting communities through preparedness coordination, response, and recovery activities if disaster strikes.

Online Program 

The Disaster and Emergency Management program is only available online. U.S. News and World Reports ranked our online programs in the 15% of regionally accredited institutions. Our program is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Online Degree Benefits

Earning your degree online gives you the flexibility to work full-time while fulfilling your other obligations, allowing you to complete your class work when your schedule allows.

  • With no specified login times, you can access our online graduate and undergraduate courses anywhere, anytime. 
  • Not only do we keep tuition low, but we also reimburse your application fee and cover textbook fees.
  • You don't have to wait to start your degree - our cohorts of 24 students start about every six weeks.
  • Our 120-semester-credit-hour curriculum is designed to meet the needs of working professionals.
  • You can transfer up to 90 credit hours or certified job training hours toward your degree, minimizing the time and cost of your degree with us. 
  • Classes are focused and only last five weeks, giving students a strong sense of accomplishment.

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of career opportunities in both the public and private sector for disaster and emergency management. Completion of this degree program opens doors to high-demand careers in fields such as homeland security, disaster recovery, and crisis management.

You can build a career in organizations such as:

  • Local, state, and federal government emergency management agencies
  • Other government agencies (e.g., public health, transportation, and homeland security)
  • Businesses (e.g., hospitals and industry)
  • Education (e.g., K-12, colleges/universities)
  • Non-governmental organizations (e.g., American Red Cross)

The Columbia College Difference

As a student of Columbia College, we strongly believe that you will bring strong ethical and moral values to the table – by completing the Disaster and Emergency Management program, these values are reinforced with scholarly endeavors.

The Disaster and Emergency Management program is only available online. Earning your degree online gives you the flexibility to work full-time while fulfilling your other obligations, allowing you to complete your class work when your schedule allows.

Course Requirements

View major requirements including concentrations and electives for this program of study in our course catalog.

Undergraduate Course Catalog

Additional Course Options

Minor

Concentrations

Fire Science

A concentration in Fire Science offers firefighters and emergency services personnel a path that builds on fire service training and experience. This program is designed to support career advancement and development in leadership, analytics, and management. The curriculum is modeled on the federal Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE)-recommended course learning outcomes. 

If you're looking to advance your career or enter into fire services for the first time, this concentration is designed with you in mind.

Fire Science Course Requirements

View major requirements including concentrations and electives for this program of study in our course bulletin.

Undergraduate Course Catalog