Complete Guide to an Online Emergency Management Degree

Quick Facts
Accreditation: Institutional
Degree Levels: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
Avg Tuition: $23,919

Online emergency management degrees are available at all levels from associate to doctoral degrees. There are 309 emergency management degrees to choose from across 105 different schools. Students pursuing degrees in emergency management should be prepared for a high-stress career that involves frequently working under pressure while making quick decisions. Those who work in emergency management may work with a relief organization coordinating aid to people affected by a natural disaster, with a government agency creating protocols for responding to a terrorist attack, or in any number of first-responder jobs such as firefighters, EMTs, and police officers.

There is no specific programmatic accreditation for emergency management degrees. However, prospective students should make sure that their online schools of choice are regionally or nationally accredited. Additionally, they should look for emergency management programs that include courses in disaster response as well as in communications, law, and ethics.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools - Emergency Management Degrees ( 105)

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Adelphi University MSCHE $37,170 Add Review
16 Programs, 5 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Associate of Science in Emergency Services Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management
  • Master of Science in Emergency Management
American InterContinental University HLC Not Provided 66% (162 reviews)
47 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor's (BSCJ) - Homeland Security and Crisis Management
American Public University System HLC $6,880 71% (146 reviews)
417 Programs, 10 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Certificate in Emergency Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Business Essentials for the Security Executive
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management
Anderson University - SC SACS COC $26,970 Add Review
28 Programs, 3 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor in Emergency Services Management - Homeland Security Operations and Administration
  • Bachelor in Emergency Services Management - Whole Community Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security/Emergency Services: Emergency Services Management
Angelo State University SACS COC $17,161 100% (1 review)
44 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Certificate in Emergency Management
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Border Security - Emergency Management
Anna Maria College NECHE $37,130 100% (3 reviews)
8 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Master of Public Administration - Emergency Management
  • Master of Public Administration - Fire and Emergency Services
Arizona State University HLC $15,691 - $27,372 69% (83 reviews)
223 Programs, 6 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • MA in Emergency Management & Homeland Security - Community Resilience
  • MA in Emergency Management & Homeland Security - Cybersecurity Policy and Management
  • MA in Emergency Management & Homeland Security - Homeland Security
  • MA in Emergency Management - EMHS
Arkansas State University HLC $14,778 50% (4 reviews)
61 Programs, 4 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • AAS in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
  • BS in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Emergency Management
  • MS in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
Ashford University WASC WSCUC $10,632 - $13,400 67% (644 reviews)
213 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • BA/Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Auburn University SACS COC $29,640 100% (2 reviews)
129 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Certificate in Emergency Management
Auburn University at Montgomery SACS COC $17,140 Add Review
35 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Barry University SACS COC $29,850 Add Review
6 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management
Bellevue University HLC $7,752 69% (58 reviews)
189 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Security Management
Benedictine University HLC $33,900 33% (3 reviews)
49 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Emergency Preparedness Certificate
  • Master of Public Health - Emergency Preparedness
Bethel University - TN SACS COC $16,552 Add Review
13 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services Management
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus HLC $18,593 83% (6 reviews)
49 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration
Capella University HLC $14,250 65% (580 reviews)
232 Programs, 3 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • DEM - Emergency Management
  • MS - Emergency Management
  • PhD - Emergency Management
Chicago School of Professional Psychology Online HLC $13,530 0% (3 reviews)
46 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Crisis-Informed Care for a Diverse, Globalized World Certificate
  • Ph.D. International Psychology - Trauma Services
Clemson University SACS COC $36,058 100% (2 reviews)
24 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Master of Public Administration - Emergency Management
Colorado State University-Fort Collins HLC $28,903 100% (5 reviews)
81 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Administration
Colorado State University-Global Campus HLC $9,000 55% (58 reviews)
219 Programs, 5 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • BS - Criminal Justice - Emergency Management
  • BS - Healthcare Administration and Management - Emergency Management
  • BS - Human Resource Management - Emergency Management
  • BS - Organizational Leadership - Emergency Management
Colorado Technical University - Online HLC Not Provided 64% (282 reviews)
123 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security - Emergency Management and Public Health
Columbia International University SACS COC $22,390 100% (1 review)
71 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Disaster Relief and Emergency Management
Columbia Southern University DEAC $6,600 80% (163 reviews)
75 Programs, 5 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • B.S. Emergency Medical Services Administration
  • B.S. Fire Administration
  • B.S. Occupational Safety and Health-Concentration in Fire Science
  • M.S. Emergency Services Management
Concordia University - Portland NWCCU $30,270 55% (47 reviews)
53 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • B.S. in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
Creighton University HLC $38,750 100% (3 reviews)
65 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Master of Science in Emergency Medical Services
Crown College HLC $25,430 100% (1 review)
124 Programs, 7 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies - Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Master of Arts in Global Leadership - Disaster and Emergency Management
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice MSCHE $14,460 Add Review
25 Programs, 3 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Advanced Certificate in Emergency Management Studies
  • Master of Public Administration: Public Policy and Administration - Emergency Management Specialization
  • Master of Science in Emergency Management
Drury University HLC $27,015 Add Review
29 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Associate of Science in Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management
Eastern Kentucky University SACS COC $18,250 33% (3 reviews)
102 Programs, 9 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor in Emergency Medical Care - Emergency Services Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Corporate Security Operations
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Disaster Resilience
  • Master of Science in Safety, Security & Emergency Management
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus HLC $11,788 100% (3 reviews)
71 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Fire and Emergency Services
Eastern Oregon University NWCCU $19,682 80% (5 reviews)
57 Programs, 4 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • BA in Emergency Medical Services Administration
  • BAS in Emergency Medical Services Administration
  • BS in Emergency Medical Services Administration
  • BS in Fire Services Administration
Excelsior College MSCHE Not Provided 61% (129 reviews)
242 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus MSCHE $39,446 Add Review
35 Programs, 7 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Global Security and Terrorism Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Leadership
Ferris State University HLC $18,588 Add Review
41 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Advanced Studies Certificate in Incident Response
Florida State University SACS COC $18,786 100% (3 reviews)
57 Programs, 3 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Emergency Management and Homeland Security Graduate Certificate
  • Public Administration - Emergency Management and Homeland Security Certificate
George Mason University SACS COC $34,370 Add Review
40 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
The George Washington University MSCHE $53,518 75% (4 reviews)
131 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • BS in Health Sciences in Emergency Medical Services Management
Georgetown University MSCHE $52,300 100% (1 review)
31 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • International Executive Master's in Emergency & Disaster Management
  • Master of Professional Studies in Emergency & Disaster Management
Georgia State University SACS COC $23,971 0% (1 review)
62 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Associate of Science - Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Grand Canyon University HLC $17,050 53% (413 reviews)
220 Programs, 5 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • BS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • BS in Public Safety and Emergency Administration
  • MS in Leadership
  • MS in Leadership - Disaster Preparedness & Executive Fire Leadership
Immaculata University MSCHE $27,350 Add Review
24 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Planning and Management - Degree Completion
Indiana Institute of Technology HLC $26,370 Add Review
39 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Response Management
Indiana University - Bloomington HLC $34,845 100% (1 review)
108 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
IUPUI HLC $29,806 100% (1 review)
73 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Jackson State University SACS COC $18,314 Add Review
26 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Technology - Emergency Management Technology
Jacksonville State University SACS COC $15,582 100% (1 review)
61 Programs, 8 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management - Homeland Security
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management - Public Safety Telecommunications
  • Doctor of Science in Emergency Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management
Liberty University SACS COC $11,700 59% (246 reviews)
559 Programs, 3 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • MA: Human Services Counseling:¬†Crisis Response & Trauma
  • MPA: Disaster Management
  • PhD: Public Policy: National Security
Mercer University SACS COC $36,000 Add Review
51 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
National American University Online HLC $6,075 - $15,075 36% (72 reviews)
102 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services
New England College NECHE $36,954 38% (8 reviews)
89 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • BA in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Northcentral University WASC WSCUC $17,526 49% (214 reviews)
272 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • PhD in Psychology - Trauma and Disaster Relief
  • Post-Master's Certificate in Trauma and Disaster Relief
Northeastern University NECHE $49,497 100% (10 reviews)
244 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Homeland Security - Emergency Management
Northern Arizona University HLC $24,841 72% (18 reviews)
160 Programs, 4 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor's in Applied Science - Emergency Management
  • Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies - Emergency Management 90-30
  • Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies - Intelligence Studies 90-30
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Emergency Management
Northern Kentucky University SACS COC $19,104 50% (4 reviews)
48 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management
Northwestern State University of Louisiana SACS COC $18,710 100% (2 reviews)
116 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Unified Public Safety Administration - Emergency Management Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Unified Public Safety Administration - Fire and Emergency Medical Service Administration
Norwich University NECHE $38,662 79% (19 reviews)
95 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Certificate in Public Administration Leadership and Crisis Management
  • Master of Public Administration - Public Administration Leadership and Crisis Management
Nova Southeastern University SACS COC $29,930 71% (7 reviews)
228 Programs, 13 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Master of Arts in Gerontology - Emergency Preparedness
  • Master of Public Administration in Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Emergency Preparedness Leadership
  • Master of Science in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
Ohio Christian University HLC $20,240 50% (18 reviews)
70 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Arts Level Certificate in Emergency Management
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus HLC $23,776 Add Review
67 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Fire and Emergency Management Administration
  • Master of Science in Fire and Emergency Management Administration
Ottawa University Online HLC $11,815 100% (4 reviews)
103 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety: Law Enforcement
Pennsylvania State University-World Campus MSCHE $13,988 67% (3 reviews)
231 Programs, 3 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Counterterrorism
  • Graduate Certificate in Hospital and Health System Preparedness
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health Preparedness
Point Park University MSCHE $30,130 Add Review
38 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration - EMS Administration
Post University Online NECHE Not Provided 33% (85 reviews)
127 Programs, 6 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice / Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • B.S. in Emergency Management & Homeland Security
  • B.S. in Emergency Management & Homeland Security / Criminal Justice Leadership
  • B.S. in Emergency Management & Homeland Security / Policing
Purdue University Global HLC $11,581 - $16,246 33% (114 reviews)
176 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • BS in Fire and Emergency Management
  • MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Regent University Online SACS COC $17,288 54% (13 reviews)
519 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Master of Public Administration - Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Regis College NECHE $39,820 Add Review
9 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Master of Public Health
Saint Leo University Online SACS COC $22,220 68% (83 reviews)
136 Programs, 4 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice - Critical Incident Management
  • M.S. in Critical Incident Management
  • M.S. in Emergency and Disaster Management
  • M.S. in Emergency and Disaster Management: Fire Science Administration
Saint Louis University-Main Campus HLC $42,166 100% (1 review)
74 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • B.S. in Emergency Management
  • M.P.H. - Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness
Saint Thomas University SACS COC $29,730 Add Review
23 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Management
Sam Houston State University SACS COC $18,022 100% (2 reviews)
65 Programs, 3 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Certificate in Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management
  • Master of Public Administration - Disaster and Emergency Management
Southern New Hampshire University Online NECHE $11,520 62% (315 reviews)
281 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • BS Criminal Justice - Police Administration & Operations
  • MSM in Emergency Management
Southwestern College - KS HLC $28,750 100% (1 review)
52 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Planning
Touro University Worldwide WASC WSCUC $14,600 50% (4 reviews)
56 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management - Homeland Security Emergency Disaster Management
Trident University International WASC WSCUC $9,240 76% (70 reviews)
90 Programs, 5 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security - Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Emergency and Disaster Management (MSEDM)
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management - Logistics
Tulane University SACS COC $52,960 Add Review
10 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management
  • Master of Public Health - Disaster Management
University of Alabama at Birmingham SACS COC $19,032 100% (1 review)
120 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • MPH - Epidemiology
University of Alaska Fairbanks NWCCU $19,183 Add Review
67 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Master of Security and Disaster Management
University of California-Irvine WASC WSCUC $41,752 Add Review
61 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Specialized Studies in Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery
University of Central Missouri HLC $14,150 100% (2 reviews)
58 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Crisis and Disaster Management
University of Charleston HLC $30,400 Add Review
24 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Associate of Science in Crisis and Emergency Leadership
University of Colorado Colorado Springs HLC $19,498 100% (1 review)
63 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Leadership
University of Colorado Denver HLC $25,259 100% (2 reviews)
104 Programs, 3 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Master of Criminal Justice - Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Master of Public Administration - Disasters, Hazards, and Emergency Management (DHEM)
  • Master of Public Administration - Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS)
University of Denver HLC $48,669 Add Review
173 Programs, 7 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Planning and Response
  • Graduate Certificate in Organizational Security
  • Master of Science in Security Management
  • Master of Science in Security Management - Emergency Planning and Response
University of Florida SACS COC $28,659 60% (5 reviews)
245 Programs, 9 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • BS in Fire and Emergency Services
  • BS in Fire and Emergency Services - Emergency Management
  • BS in Fire and Emergency Services - Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Management
  • BS in Fire and Emergency Services - Fire
University of Illinois at Springfield HLC $20,938 100% (4 reviews)
55 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security
University of Maine at Fort Kent NECHE $12,075 Add Review
21 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Associate of Arts in Emergency Management/Homeland Security
University of Maryland University College MSCHE $12,336 60% (188 reviews)
111 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management - Toxicology and Hazard Control
  • Master of Science in Management - Emergency Management
University of Nebraska at Omaha HLC $20,320 Add Review
77 Programs, 11 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management - Gerontology
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management - Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management - Fire Service Management
University of New Haven NECHE $38,170 Add Review
17 Programs, 4 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management - Emergency Management Track
  • Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management - Homeland Security Track
  • Master of Science in Emergency Management
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill SACS COC $34,588 100% (4 reviews)
29 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management
University of North Carolina at Pembroke SACS COC $17,605 0% (1 review)
33 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Master of Public Administration - Emergency Management
University of Northern Iowa HLC $19,241 Add Review
32 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • BAS in Tactical Emergency Services with Vulnerable Populations
University of South Dakota HLC $12,019 33% (3 reviews)
58 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Disaster Mental Health
University of South Florida - Main Campus SACS COC $17,324 80% (5 reviews)
140 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management
  • M.P.H. in¬†Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief, & Homeland Security
University of Southern California WASC WSCUC $54,259 67% (12 reviews)
115 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Master of Public Health - Global Health
The University of West Florida SACS COC $19,241 100% (4 reviews)
95 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health - Emergency Management
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh HLC $15,160 100% (4 reviews)
22 Programs, 2 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Applied Studies in Fire and Emergency Response Management
  • Certificate in Fire and Emergency Response Management
Upper Iowa University HLC $29,600 52% (25 reviews)
83 Programs, 4 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration - Emergency Management
  • Master of Public Administration - Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management
Utica College MSCHE $20,676 20% (15 reviews)
61 Programs, 1 in Emergency Management (view all)
  • Master of Professional Studies in Cyber Policy and Risk Analysis - Cybersecurity Policy

Online Emergency Management Degree Overview & Career Information

Online emergency management degrees are offered at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. There are also undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. Each degree prepares students for different careers. Those who earn an associate degree can find entry-level work. It is also a valuable degree option for those working as EMTs, firefighters, or police officers, as it can give them an advantage in these careers. At the bachelor's level, graduates will have the opportunity to take on more responsibilities and leadership roles. With a bachelor's degree and several years of experience a professional could eventually be promoted to emergency management director. Those who pursue a master's or doctorate may pursue upper-level management jobs with various organizations and government agencies or teaching at the university level.

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Online Associate Degrees in Emergency Management

Individuals who complete online associate degrees in emergency management may be able to put their knowledge to work in entry-level positions in the field. The associate degree is a valuable degree option for those who work in the fields of homeland security, EMT administration, or fire science to add to their skill set. Students may also be able to transfer to bachelor's programs if they wish to further their educations. An associate degree usually takes two years and 60 semester credit hours to complete. In addition to general education courses, during their course of study students will take classes that deal with topics such as terrorism in emergency management, disaster response, disaster medical coordination, problem solving, and other specialty courses that cover a wide range of emergency procedures. In order to enroll in one of these programs a high school diploma or equivalent is necessary. Students can find emergency management associate degree programs at many online community colleges and universities.

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Online Bachelor's Degrees in Emergency Management

As higher levels of education become the preferred standard for emergency management professionals, those who complete an online bachelor's degree will be more competitive in the workplace than those who stop at the associate level. An online bachelor's degree allows an individual to strengthen their management and administration skills so that they can competently lead teams of first responders in situations like terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and other emergencies. Those who want to work in higher management positions will be required to hold a bachelor's degree, at the minimum. Completing this degree typically takes four years and 120 semester credit hours. A high school diploma or GED will be required for admission. Coursework for this program includes classes in crisis management during terrorist attacks, legal aspects and ethics in emergency management, recovery practices, policy, leadership development, hazard mitigation, and others. Those interested in pursuing an online bachelor's degree in emergency management can do so at colleges and universities across the country.

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Online Master's in Emergency Management

Online master's degrees in emergency management may give students the opportunities to excel in advanced management positions upon graduation. Individuals with this degree may find work in the public and private sectors, helping communities deal with emergencies and lowering the risk of disastrous situations occurring. There are also emergency management master's programs that have a homeland security emphasis, so individuals interested in a career in homeland security should look into those. Some job titles open to master's degree holders include Emergency Planner, Director of Emergency Management, and Disaster Recovery Specialist. A master's degree will typically take one to two years to complete and requires 30-36 semester credit hours. Typical coursework includes hazard risk and vulnerability assessment, information technology in emergency management, criminal justice, and public policy. A culminating project or capstone course will also likely be required. In order to be admitted to one of these programs, a student must have earned a bachelor's degree in a related field and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Letters of recommendation and test scores from exams like the GRE or GMAT may also be required, depending on the school. Online emergency management master's programs are available at multiple colleges and universities around the country.

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Online Doctoral Degrees in Emergency Management

Emergency management professionals who wish to study advanced topics in the field and conduct their own research may find an online PhD beneficial. An online doctorate in emergency management may give students the tools that they need to attain teaching and research positions in colleges and universities, or to work in upper-level management jobs in government agencies, public policy groups, or consulting organizations. Coursework for a PhD includes advanced data analysis, health care systems in disaster, qualitative design and analysis, contemporary issues in emergency management, and other advanced topics. Students will also be required to complete a research project and dissertation. Admission to a PhD program typically requires a master's degree in a related subject, an admissions essay, letters of recommendation, GRE or GMAT test scores, and a resume. The length of time it takes to complete a doctorate can vary depending on how long one spends on their dissertation, though students can expect to spend at least four years on their degree. PhD programs in emergency management are offered at colleges and universities.

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Online Certificates in Emergency Management

There are also online certificate options available in the field of emergency management. Certificates are available at the undergraduate and graduate level. Undergraduate certificates may only require a high school diploma or equivalent to enroll. There are also undergraduate certificates aimed at people who work as first responders, EMTs, firefighters, and similar occupations who want to gain more knowledge and skills in the field of emergency management. Students wishing to be admitted to a graduate certificate program will need a bachelor's degree and possibly some work experience in the emergency management field. Graduate certificates are aimed at working professionals who want to stay up to date on the latest developments in emergency management techniques, and those who are looking for advancement opportunities.

The length of time is takes to complete a certificate and the number of credits required will vary depending on the program, but a typical certificate requires 15 to 18 credits and can be earned in a year of less. Coursework will vary depending on the particular specialization the program covers, but typical classes include the topics of emergency management fundamentals, disaster recovery and response, homeland security, and emergency planning. Individuals who complete a graduate emergency management certificate will be prepared to advance into leadership positions in their careers, while those who earn an undergraduate certificate may be able to secure entry-level work or advance in their position if they already work in the emergency management field. Online emergency management certificates can be found at colleges and universities around the country.

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The Importance of Accreditation 

When choosing an online program to attend, an important factor to consider is whether or not the school is regionally accredited. If a school is accredited, it means that an outside, independent organization has evaluated the school and its programs and determined that the institution meets a certain level of academic excellence. There are several reasons why this accreditation is important to keep in mind. First of all, students enrolled in an accredited program will know that they are getting an education which will prepare them for their future career and make them competitive in the job market. Additionally, students are only eligible for federal financial if they attend an accredited school. Credits from accredited schools also transfer more easily, and those who are hoping to secure advanced degrees like a master's or doctorate will likely need to have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university in order to be accepted.

Careers in Emergency Management 

There are many career options available in the field of emergency management from EMTs and firefighters to emergency management directors and crisis management consultants. There are emergency management positions available no matter what level of education a person has, from associate to doctoral degrees. For example, those with associate degrees may find entry-level jobs in areas such as law enforcement, firefighting, and other first responder roles. Once an individual has gained several years of work experience and additional education, he or she may be able to find work as an emergency management director. These professionals are the ones who create processes and plans for how to react when different types of emergencies occur, such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks. They also work alongside government agencies, officials, relief organizations, and others to bring aid to people during and in the aftermath of an emergency. In addition to a bachelor's degree, an emergency management director will need substantial work experience, and may also need to attain various professional certifications, depending on where he or she chooses to work. It is also important for these professionals to work well under extreme stress.

With advanced degrees such as master's or doctoral degrees come more job opportunities. These individuals may pursue work in upper-level management positions and at colleges and universities in a teaching, research, or administrative capacity, and with public policy organizations and government agencies.

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