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BachelorEmergency Management & Homeland Security

Online Bachelor in Emergency Management

Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree strives to create devoted, skilled leaders who not only prepare for cataclysmic events but establish order in times of chaos with the goal of saving lives.

The Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree develops the skills and expertise necessary to learn to recognize significant hazards, analyze intelligence, respond to disasters and emergency situations, as well as the administrative responsibilities and regulations involved with this career field. The program will prepare you to make decisions, problem solve, plan, implement, and coordinate resources necessary for preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery from possible disasters.

Program Details

*Based on students beginning the program with 56 transferable credit hours and only needing the program-specific classes. Time to completion varies based on individual student circumstances and previous college experience.

**30 credit hours of the program must be completed at MVNU. Other restrictions apply. Please contact our Enrollment Team for additional information.

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Effective emergency preparedness isn’t strictly action and response. Instead, solutions boil down to legislation and leadership. Reflecting this aspect, MVNU’s online BA in Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree builds its rigorous, comprehensive curriculum on these principles, emphasizing critical-thinking, ethical decision-making, and effective organizational analysis skills. With the goal of developing professionals ready to make a difference in government, private, and non-profit sectors, this degree program:

  • Provides an overview of theoretical and practical concepts involving crime mitigation, human behavior, infrastructure, and disaster planning.
  • Has students examining existing and future organizational structures for emergency and disaster management.
  • Explores disaster preparedness from a policy perspective, requiring students to gather and interpret intelligence to identify and respond to potential threats.
  • Takes a holistic approach to public safety, analyzing risk assessment, civilian and staff management, and cultural factors.
  • Examines different types of emergencies, including natural disasters, terrorism, and hazardous material exposure, and helps students develop tailored, multifaceted responses to each scenario.
  • Helps students develop strong communication, leadership, and emergency management skills.


Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management & Homeland Security must complete a minimum of


credit hours of general education, all requirements for the major, and 39 upper division credit hours. Many courses fulfill more than one requirement so most majors can be completed within the 120 credit hour minimum.

Students may be able fulfill their general education or elective class requirements by transferring previously earned undergraduate credits or applying Prior Learning credits gained through job or military training. In these cases, students may be able to complete this online degree in Emergency Management & Homeland Security in as few as 21 months.

The program is rooted in management, leadership, and public administration concepts and progresses into public safety and justice topics. In the process, students examine the psychological, environmental, and social aspects of emergency response and learn from real-world examples.

Emergency Management and Homeland Security Curriculum Credit Hours
Student Success Strategies 1
Spreadsheets for Managers 3
Macroeconomics 3
Leadership 3
Organizational Behavior 3
Management and Leadership Techniques 3
Managing Human Resources 3
Ethics and Law 3
Introduction to Public Administration 3
Public Policy 3
Fundamentals of Emergency Management and Homeland Security 3
Continuity and Crisis Management 3
Exercise Planning, Design, and Evaluation 3
Terrorism and Homeland Security 3
Contemporary Issues in Emergency Management and Homeland Security 3

To complete the program, students must earn a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 for all Core coursework. Any course in which a student earns a “C-” or lower grade must be repeated.

For developing tomorrow’s policymakers and emergency management professionals, this online degree begins with business and public administration courses covering economics, organizational behavior strategies, leadership theories, human resources methodologies, and the fundamentals of political theory. In the process, students hone their ethical mindset, learn to motivate and organize groups, and examine the structure of public service organizations, government, and institutional-based programs at local, state, and federal levels.

This introduction gives students a baseline for the emergency management and homeland security portion of the program. These courses cover:

  • Operations through all phases of emergency management, including finding volunteers, gathering dotations, basic subsistence, and crisis counseling during recovery.
  • Emergency management policies, emphasizing the role of political systems in disaster response.
  • The history of emergency management, and the disasters and legislation that shape current policy.
  • The implementation of emergency management strategies in the private sectors, including business continuity planning and crisis management.
  • Potential hazards communities face and the strategies for lessening potential devastation.
  • The procedures and principles for planning, sending out warnings, evacuation, search and rescue, sheltering, debriefing, and disaster declarations.
  • The skills and knowledge needed to prepare and deploy a Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP).
  • Methods for preventing and responding to both domestic and international terrorism threats.

Along with all coursework, students will appraise and assess the elements of emergency management and homeland security strategies, theories, and concepts through a simulated or practical situation.


Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively serve the public during times of peace and crisis. Click the pre-recorded webinar link below to hear directly from the program coordinator about program structure, length to complete and cost. You will also learn more about next steps and how to connect with our enrollment team.

Careers in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Because the curriculum covers disaster planning and emergency management techniques for public and private sectors, this online bachelor’s degree prepares students for a number of career paths.

Two significant factors have resulted in a nationwide need for professionals with this skill set. Homeland security efforts have greatly increased since the early 2000s, and climate change is expected to worsen future natural disasters. In turn, federal, state, local, and nonprofit emergency management organizations require professionals who can assess internal organizational structures, contribute to policymaking, anticipate potential threats and disasters, and develop successful response efforts.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for Emergency Management Directors is expected to increase 5% between 2018 and 2028. Demand exists among first responders, public service, law enforcement, and emergency planning organizations, as well as in the Department of Homeland Security and the agencies it oversees, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Customs and Border Protection, and the Transportation Security Administration. Opportunities involving intelligence surveillance also exist in the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the US Coast Guard.


BA in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Tuition

Cost Per Credit Credit Hours Required Total Tuition
$398 43 $16,981

The total cost of tuition does not cover textbooks and supplies. Students must make their tuition payment no later than the first night of each course.

Tuition Guarantee

MVNU gears our School of Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) to the needs of working adults, including existing work and financial obligations. Reflecting this, we support our programs with a tuition guarantee. The per-credit, course-by-course tuition amount will not increase, provided you have no gaps in enrollment and continue to make satisfactory academic progress.

Financial Aid

Also in line with our mission, MVNU provides GPS students with multiple financial aid solutions, including loans, grants, and employer tuition reimbursement. To take advantage of these opportunities, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and submit it with your application, and inquire with your employer about terms and conditions for tuition assistance. Review all financial aid programs for undergraduate students.


Online education puts personal and professional goals within reach, and online learners find the flexibility needed to complete or continue their education with financial aid support to make degrees more affordable. Learn how online degree programs can take your career to the next level with The Ultimate Online College Guide.


Learn More About the Online Bachelor’s in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Degree

If you’ve ever wanted to be more than a volunteer during disaster relief efforts, gain essential skills with MVNU’s online Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree. To learn more about our program, fill out a request for information form or get started on your online application.