Our Disaster & Emergency Management Program
Available in: Online Undergraduate Program
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.
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).
Disaster & Emergency Management, B.A.
The Disaster and Emergency Management program establishes a knowledge base in disaster and emergency management and homeland security. The degree is designed to provide a strong educational foundation for work in disaster and emergency management. Using an all-hazards approach, the curriculum prepares students to be leaders in improving preparedness, building capabilities, and coordinating response and recovery resources in a wide range of settings. The 120-credit-hour program is especially attractive to individuals already in the workforce, such as those working in response organizations, who want to expand their skills and advance their careers.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.
Disaster & Emergency Management, B.S. in Fire Science
The Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Track supplements current offerings in the Disaster and Emergency Management program and provides courses in fire science as well as management, policy, and administration. The curriculum is modeled on the federal Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE)-recommended curriculum. Courses are delivered in a fully online format. An associate of science, associate of arts, or associate of applied science from an accredited technical or community college will be evaluated in accordance with a fire science associate degree articulation template. 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.
$5,000 SC State Firefighters' Association Discount
Through a partnership with the South Carolina State Firefighters' Association, Columbia College is now offering a tuition discount to South Carolina State Firefighters' Association members. Online Programs students who are current members of the South Carolina State Firefighters' Association are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount on their first nine credit hours of classes—a savings of $355.50. In addition, for every 27 credit hours completed at Columbia College, members will receive one free three-credit hour course (worth $1,185/course). These discounts total $5,095 for the entire 120 credit hour degree program.
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.
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)