Emergency Planning and Management B.A.
Frequent natural and man-made disasters in the United States and abroad and the constant threat of terrorism have created a demand for professionals who can respond to the physical, psychological and economic needs of the people affected. These specialists must understand the role of federal, state and local governments and effectively plan and manage the distribution of resources during a crisis.
- Taught by practicing professionals
- Accelerated degree-completion program
- Offered in a fully online format or at convenient locations: northeast Philadelphia or Immaculata's campus on the Main Line, 20 miles west of Philadelphia
- Strong emphasis on real-world scenarios and case studies
- Regionally accredited by Middle States Association
- Preparation for master’s level work
- Personal research advisor
- Credit for prior learning
The degree-completion program in Emergency Planning and Management seeks to produce students who can:
- Understand and analyze the rapidly changing face of emergency management
- Use problem-solving techniques in response to crises and in conjunction with Incident Command Structure (ICS) and National Incident Management Structure (NIMS) processes
- Know the various federal, state and local regulatory issues that impact emergency preparedness and response
- Research the impact of changes in safety management and policy
- Employ leadership, management and negotiation skills needed for dealing with constituencies in public safety
Fueled by changes in technology, society, law and business, this emerging industry is projected to grow more than 20 percent through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A sample of job titles includes:
- Emergency planner
- Emergency management coordinator
- Emergency management systems director
- Emergency preparedness program specialist
- Floodplain specialist
- Business continuity specialist
- Security specialist
You may obtain college credit for learning through life experience. Military training and education, technical and professional programs, and testing through exams such as CLEP or DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) are acceptable ways of earning college credits for prior learning. Each student’s experiences are handled on a case-by-case basis.
Please contact a CLL counselor for more information on CPL credit options.
See the College of LifeLong Learning Tuition and Fees page.
Financial aid programs are available to eligible students through the University’s Financial Aid Office. All prospective students are encouraged to complete a FAFSA application (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Military Tuition Discount:
Our Veterans Administration Certifying Official is available to help you make the most of your benefits as you pursue your academic career with us.
For more information, contact Janet Porter, Veterans Administration Certifying Official, at 610-647-4400, ext. 3246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.