B.S. in Emergency Planning and Management

Program Overview

Emergency planning and management (EPM) professionals plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural and man-made disasters. These professionals must understand the role of governments at every level, plan effectively, assess vulnerability, and manage the distribution of resources during a crisis.

Immaculata University’s Emergency Planning and Management bachelor's degree-completion program offers the only major in EPM in this region and is recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Designed primarily for working adults, the accelerated delivery format allows you to design customized schedules that involve both classroom and online courses. Courses are taught in a blended format and are completed in seven- or eight-week terms.

The program is designed to produce graduates who are proficient in:

  • Anticipating hazards and problems that may arise from an emergency in order to plan and respond effectively
  • Making decisions, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of possible solutions, as well as the costs and benefits of each action
  • Writing and communicating professionally, particularly emergency preparedness plans, to inform communities, other agencies and the public
  • Working with other organizations, government officials, and the general public to coordinate emergency responses
  • Leading successfully to ensure effective responses to emergencies by organizing and providing direction to a variety of people

Students who start with approximately 64 credits (from credit transfers or credit for prior learning) can complete the requirements for the major in two years by taking courses year-round.

Program Highlights

  • Learn from practicing professionals
  • Finish your degree faster with accelerated courses
  • Take classes at several convenient locations: Northeast Philadelphia, Immaculata's main campus in Malvern, or at the Dixon Center in Harrisburg
  • Order of the Sword and Shield National Honor SocietyStudy real-world scenarios and case studies
  • Participate in the Immaculata University chapter of the Order of the Sword and Shield National Honor Society, Omicron Sigma Sigma.
  • An advisory board guides the program, and board members have extensive emergency management expertise


Career Potential

The frequency of natural and man-made disasters has created a demand for professionals who can respond to the physical, psychological and economic needs of the people, organizations and communities affected.

Even as hiring in the occupation is expected to grow 5-8% by 2020, most organizations now expect EPM professionals to have a college degree and specialized training. The important qualities required for successful EPM professionals are also skills that higher education seeks to cultivate.

Credit for Prior Learning

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.

Tuition and Costs

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 Kate Commiskey, Veterans Administration Certifying Official, at 484-323-3242 or mcommiskey@immaculata.edu.


Immaculata’s EPM program focuses on developing well-rounded managers with a background in planning, organizational leadership and ethics. Graduates of the program will have demonstrated competence in:

  1. Categorizing factors influencing emergency management situations
  2. Describing the roles local, state and federal government agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations, have in emergency management situations.
  3. Researching and evaluating emergency response plans, recovery plans, and after-action reports.
  4. Conducting vulnerability assessments, producing emergency response plans, and creating training programs.
  5. Analyzing and describing how to address the human dimension of disasters.
  6. Analyzing and describing the role individuals and groups have in organizations as related to emergency management situations.
  7. Describing the role of an emergency manager and how to ethically lead EPM personnel and organizations.
  8. Thinking critically about a range of public safety issues.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 126 credits
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 

EPM Major Courses (36 credits)

See Emergency Planning and Management courses and course descriptions.

Liberal Arts Core (48 credits)

Electives (42 credits)

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1145 King Road, Immaculata, PA. 19345 p. 610-647-4400 or call toll-free: 1-877-42 TODAY
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Immaculata University | Copyright © All Rights Reserved