Most Affordable Online Master’s in Emergency Management Degrees

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Some programs listed below offer specialization in disaster relief with a focus on humanitarianism, while others emphasis national security.

Some degrees are Master of Arts and others are Master of Science. We’ve parsed out the differences below and noted the programs’ shared interest: low cost of attendance. We’ve also created an entire ranking of the most affordable master’s programs.

It’s important to note that the tuition rates listed below reflect the cost of the entire program, start to finish. Finally, our data comes from the university and colleges’ websites as well as nationally recognized U.S. News and World Report and The National Center for Education Statistics.

Top 10 Most Affordable Online Master’s in Emergency Management Degrees

Rank School Location
1 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
2 California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA
3 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR
4 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
5 University of South Florida Tampa, FL
6 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
7 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
8 Arkansas State University Beebe, AR
9 Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL
10 University of Maryland-University College Adelphi, MD
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  1. Bellevue University
    Location

    Bellevue, NE

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Home to mascot Bruin Bear, Bellevue University is located in Bellevue, Nebraska. The university also boasts one of the largest and most renowned online campuses in the nation. From its founding, Bellevue has sought to provide innovative, accessible, and affordable education to its students. Today, more than 80 percent of students are “non-traditional.” Now, students can pursue an online Master of Science in Security Management degree.

    Program Features

    Bellevue offers not only one of the best online BS in Emergency Management degrees on our list, but also one of the most affordable. This program teaches students how to create, implement, and explain policies and procedures related to emergency management. You’ll graduate fully ready to respond to natural and manmade disasters. Classes include:

    • Cyber-Security & Information Protection
    • Homeland Security Principles & Practices
    • Terrorism and Homeland Defense Fundamentals

    All students must complete a total of 36 credits to earn their degrees.

    Notables

    Bellevue’s online bachelor and graduate degrees are well ranked by U.S. News & World Report. This is not only because those programs offer a quality educational experience, but because they are cohort-based and accelerated. Students still benefit greatly from the college experience while earning a degree from the flexibility of their own home.

  2. California State University-Long Beach
    Location

    Long Beach, CA

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Home to mascot Prospector Pete, along with nearly 38,000 students, Cal State Long Beach is one of the largest universities in the state of California. The university is home to eight colleges, including the College of Education and the College of Continuing and Professional Education. Now, students can pursue a Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration degree completely online.

    Program Features

    This program is offered through the university’s College of Health and Human Services. Students must complete 32 credits along with a capstone project to earn their degree. Courses offered include:

    • Emergency Planning and Management
    • Risk, Crisis, and Inter-Agency Communications
    • Campus and Community Volunteer Emergency Response
    • Disaster Mental Health Issues in Emergency Management
    • Emergency Management Leadership Across the Megacommunity

    Courses are scheduled to allow students to pursue the degree on a year-round basis. Most students complete this program and earn their degrees within two to three years.

    Notables

    U.S. News & World Report frequently includes Cal State Long Beach on their top ranking lists. In fact, the university ranked #9 for Top Public Schools in the nation, as well as #39 for Best Regional Schools (West).

  3. Arkansas Tech University
    Location

    Russellville, AR

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Founded in 1909, Arkansas Tech University is located in Russellville, Arkansas where mascot Jerry the Bulldog resides. With an overall enrollment of just over 12,000 students, Arkansas Tech offers many degree options. Now, the university has a Master of Science program that combines Emergency Management with Homeland Security (EMHS). Both affordable and flexible, this online program may be perfect for you.

    Program Features

    The curriculum features four main areas of study: professional, methodology, applied research, and interdisciplinary components. Courses may include:

    • Fundamentals of Homeland Security
    • Principles of Emergency Management
    • Technology for Comprehensive Emergency Management
    • Ethical, Legal, and Political Considerations in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

    Students may choose complete a non-thesis option or a thesis option to earn their degree. Online students may also choose to complete a relevant internship as well, should it fit within their schedules.

    Notables

    Multi-disciplinary in its approach, Arkansas Tech also differentiates itself in that the Director of the EMHS program acts as a personal advisor to each student. Dedicated to empowering students to become world-changers, Arkansas Tech equips them with the education, critical thinking, and experience needed in emergency management and homeland security.

  4. Angelo State University
    Location

    San Angelo, TX

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Located in San Angelo, Texas, Angelo State is a public university that was founded in 1928. With over 6,000 students and six colleges offering over 100 majors and concentrations, there is no shortage of academic excellence at Angelo State. Now, the school offers several degrees online– including an online Master of Science (M.S.) in Homeland Security.

    Program Features

    Open to all those with bachelor’s degrees, this program is especially designed for those with degrees in related subjects, such as criminal justice, emergency management, criminology, and more. Courses offered include:

    • Cryptology
    • Data Mining
    • Studies in Disaster Preparedness
    • Seminar in Terrorism and Counterterrorism
    • Emerging Technologies in Homeland Security
    • Studies in Weapons of Mass Destruction Hazards and Responses

    All students must complete a capstone course, Seminar in Border Security, as well. The program can be completed in as little as 18 months.

    Notables

    All our core graduate courses are taught by ASU faculty with doctoral degrees and students have the flexibility to really tailor the program to suit their needs. They can take courses that align with their specific career goals. Both online and on-campus students also get plenty of opportunities to work closely with faculty members on research.

  5. University of South Florida
    Location

    Tampa, FL

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Home to mascot Rocky the Bull, the University of South Florida (USF) was founded in 1956 as a public university and is located in Tampa. Now home to nearly 50,000 students, USF offers plenty of degree options and opportunities. In fact, students can now pursue an Online Master of Public Health in Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief & Homeland Security.

    Program Features

    Students in this program must complete 42 credit hours. Courses offered include:

    • History & Systems of Public Health
    • Foundations of Humanitarian Assistance
    • Disaster Preparedness & Planning Concepts
    • Overview of US & International Disaster Management

    Students must also complete a special project and participate in supervised field experience as well. The University’s College of Public Health has established a special tuition rate for non-Florida residents of $525 per credit hour.

    Notables

    USF consistently ranks among the nation’s top fifty schools in the U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings. Their public health programs, especially the Master of Public Health in Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief & Homeland Security degree, train students to supervise and manage local, national, and international programs that aim to reduce public health threats, from natural disasters to terrorism

  6. American Public University System
    Location

    Charles Town, WV

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Founded in 1991, American Public University is a private, for-profit institution that specializes in offering online programs. Though these were initially designed for military, national security, and public safety professionals, their flexible programs serve the needs of all adult learners. In fact, they are ranked as an institution providing one of the best online bachelor’s programs, according to U.S. News and World Report. Now, students can pursue an online Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management.

    Program Features

    Online programs are relevant to the job marketplace and designed by industry experts. Students will work closely with professors who are still active in the field. They engage regularly in online forums and communities with students who share their interests. Core components of the curriculum include:

    • History
    • Theory
    • Planning
    • Management
    • Response
    • Recovery
    • Case-studies associated with public emergencies and catastrophes

    Notables

    American Public University offers extensive financial aid to students, and will work with each applicant individually to construct the best financial aid package possible. Tuition starts at just $270 per credit hour, and students have the option of engaging in the exclusive Momentum Program. This allows students to complete a sixteen-week term at a flat rate of $2,500 credit hour with no additional fees or expenses for course materials.

  7. Eastern Kentucky University
    Location

    Richmond, KY

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Located in Richmond, KY, Eastern Kentucky University was founded in 1906 and is now home to over 14,000 students. It’s flexible programs and affordable degree options make this school a great choice for many. Now, Eastern Kentucky offers online degrees for those who can’t attend classes on-campus. Check out the university’s Online Master of Science in Safety, Security & Emergency Management degree.

    Program Features

    Offered completely online, students in this program can choose from a number of degree concentrations, including:

    • School Safety
    • Homeland Security
    • Occupational Safety
    • Emergency Management
    • Fire & Emergency Services

    Students in the Safety, Security and Emergency Management Master’s program will have the option to either take a comprehensive examination or to write and defend a thesis on an approved research topic.

    Notables

    U.S. News & World Report has ranked Eastern Kentucky University #27 among the Top Public Schools in the country. The school was also highly ranked among other regional universities in the south.

  8. Arkansas State University
    Location

    Beebe, AR

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    This public research university was founded in 1909 and now has a total enrollment of over 21,000 students. Arkansas State University is the flagship campus within the wider ASU System. One of the largest schools in Arkansas, ASU offers plenty of exciting degree programs for students to pursue. In fact, students can now obtain a Master of Science (M.S.) in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.

    Program Features

    This is an online, interdisciplinary program that covers everything from disaster preparedness to mitigation, planning, response, and recovery. The program is made up of six modules. Each module lasts 7 weeks duration. Modules include:

    • Theoretical Framework for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    • Communication in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    • Research Topics in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    • Humanitarian Perspectives in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
    • Collaboration in Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management
    • Internship, Research Project or Thesis

    Students may enter this program in any module; each module will contain 2 courses.

    Notables

    U.S. News & World Report ranks Arkansas State University 61st among all universities in the South. Though ASU is strong in many areas, it is most known for its agriculture, engineering, health, and behavioral science programs.

  9. Jacksonville State University
    Location

    Jacksonville, AL

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Jacksonville State University (JSU) is a public school located in Jacksonville, Alabama. Organized into five academic departments, JSU offers 40 degrees to its 7,500 students. There are also campuses in Little River Canyon, McClellan, and online. In fact, more and more students are deciding to pursue programs online. One of their top degree offerings is an online Masters in Emergency Management.

    Program Features

    Jacksonville Emergency Management program prepares students for any community problems, from minor issues to major disasters. At JSU you will get to partner with the Center for Disaster and Community Resilience as well as the Emergency Management Coalition of Eastern Alabama. Classes you’ll take may include:

    • Disaster Recovery
    • Research Methods in Emergency Management
    • Hazard Mitigation
    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Advanced Radiological Incidents Operations

    All online students must also complete a Capstone in Emergency Management to earn their degrees. A total of 30 hours is required for degree completion in this program.

    Notables

    Jacksonville State University has been ranked #89 in Regional Universities South by U.S. News & World Report. The school also tied for #34 in Top Public Schools. Many notable research facilities are housed on the JSU campus. For example, the Institute of Emergency Preparedness, In-Service, and the Northeast Alabama Police Academy are all part of JSU.

  10. University of Maryland-University College
    Location

    Adelphi, MD

    Tuition

    $$$$$

    Overview

    Founded in 1947, the University of Maryland – University College is one of the most affordable colleges for those looking for a flexible degree. Now, students can pursue a Master of Science in management with a specialization in homeland security management online. You’ll learn how to tackle the five mission areas in homeland security as defined by the Department of Homeland Security.

    Program Features

    This program requires students to complete a total of 36 credits. Courses may include:

    • Biosecurity and Bioterrorism
    • Organizational Theory and Behavior
    • Financial Decision Making for Managers
    • Statistics for Managerial Decision Making
    • Resilience Planning and Preparedness for Disaster Response and Recovery

    All students are also required to complete a Strategic Management Capstone to earn their degrees.

    Notables

    The University of Maryland offers more than 100 scholarships, financial aid, and interest-free monthly payment plans for those who qualify. The Completion Scholarship is one of the university’s featured scholarships that serves to help Maryland community college graduates reduce the in-state rate by $100 per credit. The university also offers special discounts for military members.

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