Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management

School of Business

Emergency Management (BS)

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management is designed for current emergency management professionals, individuals interested in promotion in a related field, or those interested in entering the field. 

Our program goals include:

  • Graduates will integrate knowledge and applied skills in the areas of disaster mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery.
  • Graduates will adapt this knowledge to a series of applications including homeland security, business continuity, hazard mitigation, and international disaster management.
  • This integrative approach draws from the disciplines of public administration, management, health sciences, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, and environmental sciences.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive foundation in emergency management and utilize administrative and leadership skills.
  • Evaluate different policy options facing decision makers and think critically about future approaches to emergency management.
  • Analyze the causes and effects of disasters, and demonstrate the necessary skills and abilities to enter and contribute to the growing emergency management profession.
  • Develop knowledge and skills applicable to emergency management, critical infrastructure, and NGO worksites.
  • Acquire a foundation for advanced training and studies beyond the undergraduate level.
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See what graduates have to say about the Barry University Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management:

  1. "Working as a first responder I felt like I had an idea of what Emergency Management encompassed. However, by completing the EMA program through Barry, I was able to build a comprehensive understanding of Emergency Management principles and programs in use at the local, state, and national levels. I feel this knowledge is applicable to my current profession and opens future opportunities." Firefighter/Paramedic
  2. “The Emergency Management curriculum is extremely rewarding at Barry University. The courses prepare you for the ever-changing landscape of being a leader in the field. I felt a great sense of accomplishment upon my graduation.” Detective – Sheriff’s Office
  3. “The emergency management program at Barry University was both informative and challenging in the right ways. As a Battalion Chief for the Fire department with 15 years of experience in the fire service and ten years as an Urban Search and Rescue disaster responder I found that the program brought a great deal of insight to both worlds and more. More important than responding to disasters and emergency scenes is how we can learn from them and become more resilient. The Emergency Management program at Barry gives lessons learned from past experiences which enhances your ability to prepare for the future and to help create more resilient communities and business continuity.” Battalion Chief – Fire Rescue

Program Flexibility

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management is designed for optimum flexibility for working professionals.  All classes are held in a synchronous online format utilizing Zoom or another web-based meeting platform. This means you can attend your live class during its scheduled day and time from home, the closest Barry University campus, or anywhere in the world. 

During the 7-week course, the instructor will teach from one of our campuses, for a minimum of one of the class sessions.

In-person attendance for this session is optional as the class will still be offered via a web-based meeting platform. During the other scheduled classes, the instructor will teach from a location of his/her choosing, utilizing a web-based meeting platform.

This program is designed to provide working professionals a better work/life/school balance by eliminating the after work commute to a campus while still offering live instruction and access to professors.

Miami is not the only location!

Miami Shores - Main Campus


11300 NE 2nd Ave , Miami Shores, FL 33161

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.

Financial Aid Affordable for you.

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.

Financial Aid Programs Tuition and Fees

Explore our scholarship system to see if you qualify for scholarships funded by alumni, private donors, corporations, and others.

You can use the Barry University Scholarship System to find other scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible to receive:

  • Answer as many questions as you like—the more questions answered, the more scholarships you’re matched to
  • Be automatically considered for many of the scholarships available at Barry University
  • Do a keyword search for scholarships and review the criteria to see if your qualifications are a match
The scholarships are funded through contributions from private donors, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, campus organizations, and corporations.
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