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Emergency and Disaster Management, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Western Carolina University is one of fewer than 12 four-year institutions nationwide to offer an Emergency and Disaster Management degree program. In 2014, the program was ranked second in the United States by the Emergency Management Degree Program Guide in its list of top 10 best online emergency management degree programs.
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Key facts:

  • More than ever before, communities and businesses today must prepare effectively for natural disasters and large-scale emergencies that threaten public safety. That need is fueling growth in Emergency and Disaster Management professions in government, non-profit agencies and the private sector.
  • Theory and hands-on practice are brought together through the Emergency and Disaster Management program’s interdisciplinary curriculum at the Western Carolina University. Taught by faculty with a wide range of expertise and experience, many of whom are nationally recognized for their research, the curriculum applies the evolving knowledge and standards of public safety and security management and stays current with developments in the field. 
  • Core courses include Introduction to Emergency and Disaster Management, Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Analysis, and Political and Policy Basis of Emergency and Disaster Management. All students complete a capstone project, a unique opportunity to gain work experience with an emergency management organization or community group while earning academic credit.
  • Program graduates find employment with the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, and state, county and local governments as well as not-for-profit and commercial hazard mitigation organizations. A number of graduates choose to pursue advanced education in the areas of homeland security and emergency management.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

The Emergency and Disaster Management program curriculum include:

  • Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Social Dimensions of a Disaster
  • Emergency Planning
  • Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Analysis
  • Disaster Response Operations and Management
  • Principles of Hazard Mitigation
  • Political and Policy Basis of Emergency and Disaster Management 
  • Homeland Security
  • Methods of Disaster Research
  • Methods of Disaster Research Project

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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