Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management

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The bachelor’s program is designed to prepare students for emergency management careers in the public, private, and voluntary sectors. The interdisciplinary curriculum blends theoretical perspectives with professional practice, and emphasizes application of knowledge to practice settings. A total of 120 semester hours are required, with 30 required hours in emergency management education. This bachelor degree may be supported with a minor in Homeland Security (HS), a minor in Public Safety Telecommunications (PST), or other approved minors.

Someday, in the not so distant future, it happens. The moment arrives when you realize that you're ready for anything. Get a degree in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University in Alabama and be ready for where you're going. The Emergency Management (EM) program at Jacksonville State University was one of the first fully-accredited EM degree programs in the United States. We offer Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Science degrees in emergency management that support a unique and rapidly-growing career field.

Potential Careers

Emergency Management is a fantastically diverse career-field with a favorably projected future job growth. There are a variety of opportunities in public service at all levels of government and in a variety of sectors, including education, healthcare and private business.

  • Emergency Management Director (FEMA, State, local, non-profit, private sector)
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Disaster Program Manager
  • Emergency Planner
  • Anti-Terrorism Specialist
  • Information/Cyber Security Analyst
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Public Safety Telecommunicator

Median Annual Salary

Emergency Management Director (FEMA) $162,930
Emergency Management Director (Private Sector) $128,500
Information/Cyber Security Analyst $102,600
Emergency Management Director (State and Local) $76,730
Intelligence Analyst $72,692
Emergency Management Director (Nonprofit) $69,090
Anti-Terrorism Specialist $79,000
Emergency Management Specialist $64,500
Disaster Program Manager $47,900
Public Safety Telecommunicator $46,670

Additional Facts

  • Only program in Alabama and one of the few in the nation that offers Emergency Management academic degrees in all three levels (undergraduate, master's and doctoral). We also offer a Cybersecurity micro-credential and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management.

Available Minors:

Online Program Contact

Denise DaSilva
(256) 782-8262 or
(800) 231-JAX1 ext. 8262

Advising Information

Aimee Thrasher 
(256) 782-8085