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Emergency Management and Homeland Security, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (ARWU) Akron, OH, United States
The Emergency Management and Homeland Security program of The University of Akron prepares students to manage and understand risk so that societies can live with natural and/or technological hazards.
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Emergency Management and Homeland Security Fundamentals

Students learn specific and applicable skills to properly manage the system of disasters through a four-phase approach. This profession continues to grow as disasters and major emergencies become more frequent and costly, and as response continues to become more complex.

In addition, federal and state legislation has increased the demand at all levels of government and in hospitals, businesses and industries for well-educated individuals skilled in emergency planning and preparedness. Emergency management is managing disasters for both public and private institutions, and the education to meet that need is here at The University of Akron.

UA offers a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security that is:

  • The only degree of this type in Ohio
  • The first accredited program in the country, and the third to be created in the country, and
  • The only Emergency Management and Homeland Security Bachelor of Science degree program accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in emergency management opens the door to many career opportunities in such areas as:

  • local, state and federal levels of government
  • private sector companies, including insurance and consulting
  • nonprofit disaster relief organizations

Career Outlook 

With the growing number of natural and man-made disasters, emergency management has become a vital part of government and business. In addition, federal and state laws have increased the demand for individuals who are well-trained in emergency planning and preparedness.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Disaster, Hazards & Risk
  • Statistics for Everyday Life
  • Homeland Security Policy and Process
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Terrorism
  • Introduction to Geographic & Land Information Systems

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.

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    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.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • Online Application
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official Secondary School Transcripts
  • Official Proof of English Proficiency
  • Official SAT/ACT (Optional, required only for scholarships and direct admission)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    15500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11635 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11635 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Akron

  • 890 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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