Emergency management positions exist at all levels of government, in public health departments and health care agencies, in nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and in a broad range of fields from transportation and energy to business and education. This major is an ideal fit for active military and veterans, as well as those working as first responders, who are seeking an administrative role in the emergency management field.
The online emergency management technology degree gives you the flexibility needed to balance your work, school, and home life. You’ll have 24/7 access to course materials, giving you the freedom to work from anywhere at any time.
As an online emergency management technology student, you’ll learn:
Phases of emergency management. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of how to manage the many phases of emergencies, disasters, and catastrophes.
Teamwork. Experience real-world simulations and other interactive learning experiences designed to enhance teamwork.
Government and community engagement. Learn how to assess, organize, and develop plans to facilitate the relationship between federal, state, and regional emergency management agencies and the communities they serve.
Emergency communication. You’ll acquire the skills needed to effectively communicate with professional emergency responders, law enforcement personnel, public officials, and affected citizens during all phases of a disaster.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for employment in the natural gas industry.
Why choose an online degree?
- Accessible online anywhere in the world
- Flexible scheduling – take classes on a part-time or full-time basis
- Continue to work and be at home with your family
- Transfer-friendly programs shorten time to complete your degree
- In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
- Same rigor as on-campus programs
- Regional accreditation plus professional accreditations by program (e.g., ACBSP, ATMAE, CAHIIM, CODA)
- One-on-one interaction with faculty
- Online tutoring
- Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
- Graduates can participate in Commencement
- Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O. (Platform for Learning And Teaching Online)
- No required campus visits
- Application/Major Code: EMD – view in catalog
- School: Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications
- Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
- Total Credits: 120
Out-of-State Resident Tuition
- Out-of-state students enrolled in an online degree program will receive the in-state tuition rate.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Graduates of this major may find employment in many areas directly and indirectly related to emergency management, such as emergency management coordinators and specialists; emergency planners; disaster planning specialists; public health preparedness coordinators and specialists; emergency medical technicians and paramedics; and police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for emergency management directors was $74,420 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $141,130.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||4,920||$35.70||$74,260|
|State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||1,350||$31.72||$65,990|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||780||$43.48||$90,440|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||340||$46.22||$96,140|
|Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services||230||$39.98||$83,170|
Statistics reported in May 2018
This major requires that all major courses must be passed with a C or better.
Internal and external transfers may carry parallel major courses into the baccalaureate when the grades are 'C' or better. Transcripts should be submitted with the application for admission and will be evaluated by Registrar staff and by academic school staff. By its nature, prior work experience in emergency services, military, and other appropriate work backgrounds will be evaluated for transfer evaluation and placement in the major. The academic school dean and full-time faculty will evaluate credit for life experience for course work from applicants with non-credit training or work experience. Credits awarded for work/life experience will be posted to the applicant’s College transcript after successful completion of at least 12 credits at the College.
Clubs & Activities
Emergency Management Technology Advisory Committee
- Mr. Thomas J Arminio, USN (Ret.), School of Public Affairs, Homeland Security Programs, Penn State Harrisburg
- Mr. Benton J Best, County Emergency Management Coordinator, Tioga County Emergency Management Agency
- Ms. Roseann B Cordelli, MPA, Communications Program Manager, Tetra Tech EMI
- Mr. John W Magyar II, CEM; MCAS; CHS-V, Senior Environmental Health & Safety Technician, Range Resources-Appalachia LLC
- Mr. Chris E Miller, Chief of Police, Pennsylvania College of Technology
- Mr. Anthony N Subbio, CEM, PMP, MS, Emergency Management Specialist, Tetra Tech, Inc.
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.