Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management

School of Business

Emergency Management (BS)

If you’re looking to manage and lead during emergencies, the Emergency Management Program will teach you how to develop plans with all stakeholders to keep their jurisdiction, state, and nation from impacts of natural, technological, and man-made disasters and emergencies. 

In this program you’ll benefit from a comprehensive curriculum including an Overview of Disasters and Complex Emergencies, Business Continuity & Crisis Management, Emergency Management for Homeland Security, and Mitigation and Preparedness. These courses and others ensure a cutting-edge look at best practices and techniques that directly impact emergency management outcomes.  

With a contemporary, results-oriented focus, you’ll learn about legislation, policies, and standards including, the Homeland Security Presidential Directives, Robert T. Stafford Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, and the National Frameworks.

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    Given that Florida is a disaster state, you will be guided by Faculty with years of experience in Emergency Management who bring you a level of keen insight from the local, state and federal levels. Together, they guide you as you learn to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from all hazards including, acts of terrorism.

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    The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management is designed for optimum flexibility for working professionals. Four of seven classes are held in a synchronous live online format (also recorded) allowing you to attend during its scheduled day and time from home or anywhere in the world, eliminating the need to travel and take time off from work.

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    Career Opportunities

    Year-after-year, the United States is ranked globally among the top 5 countries with the highest number of disasters. The need for educated and experienced Emergency Management professionals has never been greater. The Emergency Management degree and the FEMA Basic Academy courses will prepare students new to the field, and seasoned professionals with a way to move forward including being promoted to higher command levels within law enforcement, fire service and emergency medical services, including corrections, communications, and many others in government and those transitioning from military service.

FEMA Basic Academy

Barry University is one of the very few higher education institutions in the U.S. to offer FEMA’s National Emergency Management Basic Academy (NEMBA) curriculum as part of the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management. Like Basic Academies operated by the fire service and law enforcement communities, the goal is to support the early careers of emergency managers through a training experience combining knowledge of all fundamental systems, concepts, and practices of cutting-edge emergency management. Like FEMA, The Barry University Basic Academy provides a shared classroom of adult learners but relies on both synchronous and asynchronous modalities. This hybrid format, paired with skillful and experienced instructors, results in a solid foundation upon which you can make sound decisions and build further studies in Emergency Management. 



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Experiential Learning Portfolio (ELP) Orientation

You may not have been in a classroom for a while, but you have never stopped learning. Your professional and community activities are valuable. The portfolio program allows you to translate your real-life learning into college credit. You may earn up to 30 credits by demonstrating college-level learning in one or more of the following academic disciplines: behavioral sciences, communication, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and five special topics.

If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management, Bachelor of Administration, or a Bachelor of Public Administration, the portfolio is optional if you complete a Specialization or a Minor. Please see your advisor for additional information.

Adult Learner FAQs Experiential Learning Portfolio Presentation

Thousands of Barry University adult students have completed portfolios and considered this experience time and cost effective as well as personally rewarding.

Here are what three students said about their portfolio experience:

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    Student 1

    "You know, it sort of gave me more pep in my step and actually gave me a sense of accomplishment and pride. It also made me realize how marketable I am. It did, it did a lot of things for me but it really gave me a sense of empowerment."
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    Student 2

    It really made me stop and think. It reinforced my belief in myself. I tend to get so caught up in everyday situations that I forget that I ever did something, you know, fifteen years ago. I think the portfolio is one of the most rewarding pieces of work that I have ever done."
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    Student 3

    The insight gained from [my] portfolio helped me to see, as the slogan goes, ‘You've come a long way baby'! in my accomplishments, achievements, [and] my development. A degree with a portfolio makes you assess your professional life; without a portfolio, you just know your academic strengths, but you don't know your professional strengths."


Barry's small, interactive business classes are led by scholarly, full-time faculty, of which more than 90% hold doctoral degrees. The ASB faculty have a unique combination of international diversity and cultures. Our faculty also have business experience with firms such as Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, McDonalds, and Harris Corporation.

These seasoned mentors will work side-by-side with you, teaching you how to negotiate, manage successfully, and become effective leaders in today's rapidly changing business arena.

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As part of Barry's diverse, close-knit community of 3,000 undergraduates, you’ll grow and build lifelong relationships. With a 15:1 student to faculty ratio, you'll thrive thanks to individualized instruction and professors who are experts in their fields. The best part? You’ll leave college with the skills you need to succeed and little debt; we work to make school affordable through merit-based scholarships and financial aid.

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You can apply to Barry whenever it’s convenient for you. We accept applications on a rolling basis, but it’s always better to apply sooner than later. You’re considered a transfer applicant when you have at least 12 college level credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Remember, you may have to apply separately to specific programs, so please review the academic requirements for your intended major.
If you are an international student, applying as early as possible is in your best interest in order to allow ample time for immigration processing. Please note that general admission to Barry University does not guarantee acceptance into all academic majors. Also, please be aware that admission to Barry University does not guarantee that you will be granted a student visa by the United States Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin.

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If you’re a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate, you may qualify for our merit-based scholarships with awards up to $17,000, based on your cumulative GPA and standardized test scores. Scholarships are available for freshmen (including test optional), transfers, international, DACA, and Dreamer applicants. Using your admissions application, we automatically determine your eligibility.

More than 90% of our students receives some form of financial assistance. Apply to see if you qualify for a full array of federal and state financial aid programs. Just submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete it as soon as possible since funds may be limited. Barry's federal school code is 001466. Curious about qualifying? Take a look at our Net Price Calculator.

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