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Bachelor of Science or Arts in Emergency Management

Main organization(s): North Dakota State University


Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts


This degree prepares students for success as practitioners in emergency management as well as related fields. The rigor of the major also prepares students for graduate work. The major is ideally-suited for students seeking emergency management as a career of first choice. Student career success is built upon the following five program attributes: 

  • Provide a broad educational foundation that supports graduates’ entry into different settings where emergency management is practiced (e.g., government at all levels; businesses; schools and colleges; healthcare industry; non-profit organizations; humanitarian efforts; etc.);
  • Support evidence-based practice by exposing students to the rich research and science available;
  • Promote and foster experiential opportunities through focused class activities and required internships;
  • Develop skills necessary to the effective practice of emergency management (e.g., communication; collaboration; teamwork; leadership; critical thinking; problem-solving, etc.); and,
  • Support student professional development through faculty mentoring focused on familiarizing students with the roles of and opportunities to pursue training and experience and cultivate professional networks prior to graduation.

Numerous career opportunities are available to those graduating with an emergency management major. Positions are available at all levels of government including city, county, state, and federal. A wide variety of local, national, and international voluntary organizations routinely hire people educated in emergency management, and there is increasing emphasis on hiring individuals educated in emergency management in the private, business sector.

Recent program graduates found employment as a regional emergency planner, homeland security planner, business continuity specialist, hospital emergency manager, emergency manager with the National Guard, public health emergency preparedness coordinator, and disaster insurance adjuster, to name a few examples.

Of note, just as with any degree program in higher education, an emergency management student does not graduate and necessarily go on to be an emergency manager. Graduates consistently find employment in the military, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and fire departments as well. And, many graduates from our degree program go on to work in fields unrelated to emergency management. Our alumni report that the skills and knowledge acquired through our undergraduate degree program in emergency management are highly marketable to other professions and fields.

Admission Requirement

Applications are evaluated on an individual basis. The university uses selective criteria in order to assure adequate preparation which will enable students to be successful in their academic pursuits. NDSU reviews the following criteria:

  • High School GPA - It is recommended applicants have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale). Strong consideration is given to grades earned in the high school core courses listed below.
  • Test Score(s) - An ACT composite score of 22 or higher or SAT score of 1100 or higher (evidence-based reading and writing + math combined score) is also recommended. If you have not achieved this score, you are strongly encouraged to re-test. The writing component of the ACT is not required.
  • High School Core Coursework - Students applying for admission for Fall 2017* should complete the following 14 high school core courses:
    • 4 units of English
    • 3 units of mathematics (at the level of algebra 1 and above)
    • 3 units of laboratory science
    • 3 units of social science
    • 1 unit from existing core subject area or world language (including foreign languages, Native American languages or American Sign Language)

Students who do not meet these minimum guidelines will still be considered if there is evidence in the student's academic record that demonstrates a high probability of success. Students with higher GPAs and lower test scores, or conversely, lower GPAs and higher test scores will also be given consideration.



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Application procedure

Incoming freshmen are encouraged to complete the application process between September and January for the following fall semester or by November for the following spring semester to ensure other applications and paperwork can be completed in a timely manner. The final deadline to apply for admission for fall semester is August 1. The final deadline to apply for admission for spring semester is December 1. Please note it may take two to three weeks from the date all materials are received to make an admission decision. You can expect an admission decision by mail.

To be considered for freshman admission, students must submit the following:

  1. Online Application for Admission.

  2. $35 nonrefundable application fee. The fee can be paid online at the time you apply or paid online at a later date. An admission decision is not made until the fee is paid.

  3. Official High School Transcript. An in-progress transcript should be sent to make an admission decision. In order to be considered official, your transcript must be sent directly to the Office of Admission from your high school and signed and dated by a school official. NDSU does not accept faxed transcripts. A high school transcript with final grades and a graduation date is required upon completion of high school. The deadline to provide final transcripts is August 1.

  4. ACT or SAT scores (unless applicant is 25 or older). The ACT writing test is not required.

  5. Official College Transcripts. Students taking course work at colleges or universities while enrolled in high school must send official transcripts. To be considered official, the transcript must be sent directly to NDSU from the issuing institution. Transcripts can be sent at the completion of all college course work and are not necessary to make an initial admission decision. Students with substantial college course work (more than 24 earned credits) may send official transcripts at the time of application for a preliminary evaluation. The deadline to provide final transcripts is August 1. NDSU honors suspensions from other institutions. Admission will be rescinded from students suspended from another institution, even for course work taken while enrolled in high school.

Deadline for application

01 Aug 2018

Last updated

05 Feb 2018

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  • Type University programme
  • Level Bachelor
  • Location(s) United States of America (Fargo, ND)
  • Language English

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