What will I learn?

This degree attracts students who desire the knowledge and skills needed to serve as professional emergency managers in the public, non-profit and private sectors. Students are exposed to the latest information in Emergency Planning (including COOP), Incident Management Systems (IMS), Disaster Recovery and Homeland Security that prepare them to be effective and ethical emergency managers and to protect their communities from emergency events. This plan features a transfer block route designed to aid community-college graduates towards the completion of a bachelor's degree in a concise time frame.


A Bachelor of Applied Science with a specialization in Emergency Management allows you to gain an understanding of the phases of emergency management: prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery as well as leadership, ethics, budgeting, critical thinking and problem solving. This degree plan emphasizes experiential learning by linking theory to specific problems and case studies. This program will provide you with the knowledge and skills applicable to emergency management careers in the public, non-profit and private sectors. This degree can also prepare you for graduate school.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Emergency Management positions, (either full-time or as part of other job duties) in the public, non-profit and private sectors
  • Examples include government agencies at all levels, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, large corporations, financial institutions and utilities

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Administration
  • Master of Emergency Management

Which department am I in?

Northern Arizona University

Study options

Online/Distance (At least 120 units of credit)

Tuition fees
USD $8,190 for 18 credit hours

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022

Entry requirements

For international students

A student must have a secondary (high school) and post-secondary/university education, as well as any vocational with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for first-year and transfer students.

English Proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): an overall score of 70 (School code 4006)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.0

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) - 56

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Northern Arizona University

Teaching is world-class and led by expert faculty who know how to nurture student talent.

  • Bachelor’s and graduate degrees
  • English language and exchange programs
  • Located in the stunning natural U.S. state of Arizona
  • 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio

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