Minor in Disaster & Emergency Management

Online Minor in Disaster & Emergency Management


The Disaster and Emergency Management minor is intended for students majoring in other disciplines who want to be prepared to assist with planning for disasters and equipped to respond to emergency situations.  Students will be equipped in crisis communication, preparedness planning, disaster response, recovery, operations management, and hazards mitigation.

The Disaster and Emergency Management minor will enhance students’ marketability when taken alongside a Criminal Justice, Psychology/Counseling, Business or Christian Ministry major. This 18-hour minor has been intentionally created for non-disaster and emergency management majors so that they will be equipped to help address disaster and emergency situations in the various contexts that they plan to work.

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


Learn More About Crown College


    Disaster and Emergency Management Minor Courses

    To view these courses in our online catalog system, click here.
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    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 minor 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 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 accelerated 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 DEM minor program and apply these courses toward a graduate certificate.


    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.

    Online (SOS) Tuition

    Online Undergraduate 2020-2021 Costs

    Tuition Per Credit $395*
    Application Fee $25
    Technology Fee $140 per semester

    *$475 per credit if not full-time (under 12 credits per semester)

    Check Course Catalog for any additional fees related to your specific program.


    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 a minor 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 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.