Disaster and Emergency Management (B.S.)

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Disaster and Emergency Management B.S. Degree

Online Disaster and Emergency Management Major

Now is a great time to enroll in a Christ-focused, accredited, online Disaster and Emergency Management (DEM) degree program. With the onset of irregular weather patterns, super storms and other natural disasters, Disaster and Emergency Management is an exciting and rewarding professional field experiencing strong job growth.

The skills and knowledge obtained from a Disaster and Emergency Management degree can be applied to careers in law enforcement and emergency response; federal, state and local preparedness and response agencies; corporate risk management and response; and nonprofit relief organizations. Those who work with, or hope to seek a career with, Christian emergency response organizations will find Crown’s program particularly beneficial. Crown’s online Christian Disaster and Emergency Management degree addresses the management principles, public policies and best practices that are essential for any emergency management professional, but it also adds the faith components that often go hand-in-hand with this critically important work. Tuition is priced competitively, lower than similar accredited institutions. In fact, 98 percent of those enrolled at Crown receive student loans, scholarships or financial aid.

“Crown’s B.S. degree in Disaster and Emergency Management uniquely positions graduates to work within government, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to effectively and professionally respond to crises. Our graduates will apply their leadership and management expertise using strategic planning and decision-making models from a Christian perspective, bringing ethics and cultural sensitivity to the practice of emergency and crisis management.” – Darin Mather, PhD, Program Chair, Social Sciences

What makes Crown’s program unique?

  • Christ-centered
  • Completely online
  • Major or minor in DEM
  • Combine DEM coursework with degrees in Criminal Justice, Psychology/Counseling, Ministry, Business and more
  • Apply your DEM coursework toward one of Crown’s accelerated Master of Arts degree programs
  • Small class sizes allow for individualized attention
  • Each student is assigned an Academic Advisor whose only job is to help students succeed
  • Course Requirements

    Disaster and Emergency Management Major (B.S.) Courses

    Required Courses for the Disaster and Emergency Management B.S. Degree


    II. General Education Core - 31 Credits


    IV. Electives - 43 Credits


    Total - 125-131 Credits


    1 Counts towards 3 credits of Social Science credits. Students who have successfully completed 60 credits with a GPA of at least a 2.0 may replace SOC 1510  with another Social Science elective.

    2 Click HERE  to view options for Social Science, Humanities, Global Awareness, and Fine Arts Electives.

    * Some courses from the Christian Studies Core and Major Core can be used to fulfill requirements in the General Education Core. By doing that the number of electives needed would increase so that the minimum of 125 credits is reached.



    To view these courses in our online catalog system, click here.
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  • Learning Goals
    Crown’s B.S. in Disaster and Emergency Management program is designed to prepare students to:

    1. Understand the policy implications of patterns and trends of disasters and emergencies.
    2. Apply leadership and management using appropriate strategic planning and decision-making models.
    3. Demonstrate recognition of the ethical considerations unique to the practice of emergency management.
    4. Demonstrate a clear understanding of, and a commitment to, the promotion of personal, organizational and professional development by identifying and pursuing continuous ongoing training and education in the field of disaster management.
    5. Articulate a biblical perspective on poverty, natural disasters, human depravity, and divine justice.

  • Degree Options

    DEM Major

    The Crown DEM major can be combined with other degrees in order to obtain a double major. Examples of majors that can be paired with the major in Disaster and Emergency Management include:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Psychology/Counseling
    • Christian Ministry
    • Business

    DEM Minor

    Students can also get a minor in Disaster Management, which can be combined with a number of different majors at Crown.

    Accelerated Master’s Degree Program

    Undergraduate students who wish to obtain a Master’s degree can take graduate level coursework as part of their Bachelor’s program and apply these courses toward their MA degree. This can greatly cut the time it takes to complete the Master’s and it saves money.

    Disaster and Emergency Management courses can be taken as part of Crown’s accelerated Master of Arts degrees in Organizational Leadership, Global Leadership, Ministry Leadership, Christian Studies or the Master of Divinity. This allows students to pair their interest in Disaster Management with degrees designed to train leaders in various organizational, international and ministry contexts.

    Graduate Certificate

    Students who do not wish to complete a full MA program can receive a 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Disaster and Emergency Management. Undergraduate students can take graduate level coursework as part of their Bachelor’s program and apply these courses toward a graduate certificate.

  • Tuition

    An Affordable Online College Education

    Earning your degree online makes sense. It’s convenient and provides an invaluable advantage to your future success. At Crown College, it’s also affordable. Crown is one of the 10 most affordable Christian colleges in the Midwest. With 98 percent of our students receiving some form of financial aid, we will work with you to figure out the best financial aid package available.

    Financial aid funding is made available by the federal and state governments. Crown College’s School of Online Studies and Graduate School programs participate in the Federal Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant and Federal Direct Stafford Loans to help finance your education.

    Most financial aid is awarded on the basis of need. The first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is the government form used to help assess a family’s financial strength. Crown’s school code for FAFSA is: 002383. Students must apply for financial aid each year to be considered for funding.

    Tuition and Fees

    For a list of the Online and Graduate School’s current tuition and fees, please click here.

  • Career Paths
    The career outlook for the Disaster and Emergency Management field is strong with 6% projected growth over the coming years. (Click here for a full labor report.)

    Crown graduates with the B.S. in Disaster and Emergency Management can work in a variety of fields. Here are possible areas in which you could work:

    • Emergency Response Services
    • Public Safety
    • Disaster Relief Organizations
    • Risk Management (public and private sectors)

    Examples of organizations that hire employees with Disaster and Emergency Management degrees:

    • FEMA
    • State, County and Municipal Governments
    • Non-profits like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Samaritan’s Purse
    • Businesses seeking risk management and response professionals

    For information on average salaries in the field, visit this website.

  • FAQs
    How often do I have to be on campus?

    Crown’s MA programs are 100% online and have no requirement for you to travel to campus for any aspect of the program. Although it is a fully online degree program, you will have a dedicated advisor who will provide academic support, guidance and advice throughout the program. You will also have direct access to each of your instructors and will be able to reach them via phone or email.

    While not required, we do hope you will join us on-site for your graduation! We host several special events for our online students and their families at our main campus in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota the day before graduation. The actual commencement service is held on a Saturday.

    Do I have to meet for class at a specific time?

    Crown’s online classes are asynchronous, meaning that there are no set meeting times. Students must meet regular assignment deadlines (usually on Thursday and Sunday night), but they can complete their work at any time during the week that best fits their schedules.

    What jobs can I get with this degree?

    Some of the positions served by individuals with expertise in Disaster Management could include:

    • Disaster Program Manager
    • Disaster Workforce Engagement Manager
    • Emergency Communications Specialist
    • Executive Director
    • Individual & Community Preparedness Specialist
    • Lead Disaster Specialist
    • Manager, Information Management & Planning
    • Materials & Logistics Coordinator Manager
    • Volunteer Services Officer
    • Director of Emergency Services
    • Director of Volunteer Services
    • Homeland Security Officer
    • FEMA Agent
    • Emergency Management Specialist
    • Disaster Recovery Manager

    Do I need to be a trained military professional, law enforcement officer, medical personnel, or volunteer already to complete this program?

    No, although some familiarity with first response positions will certainly help for this particular major.

    Can I transfer into the MA program if I’m still working on my bachelor’s degree?

    Students are required to have a bachelor’s degree to be considered for the MA program. Undergraduate students at Crown College have the option of taking several graduate level Disaster and Emergency Management classes to count toward their undergraduate degree. This will allow them to complete their graduate program more quickly when they start it.

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