Emergency Management, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Through Saint Louis University's emergency management post-baccalaureate certificate, offered through the School for Professional Studies, you will learn to administer aid and assistance to others, helping to ensure the resilience of your community in the face of disasters large and small.

This comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program focuses on all sectors recognized by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), providing students with essential skills for careers in the emergency management sector. 

As part of the School for Professional Studies, this 12-credit, fully online program offers technology-driven professionals like you a flexible option to meet your personal career goals. If you have obtained an undergraduate degree or higher, you may pursue a stand-alone certificate. All courses are offered in eight-week terms through SLU Online, making advanced education more accessible for working professionals. 

Faculty

As a student in the School for Professional Studies at Saint Louis University, you’ll learn from exceptional faculty who are leading experts in their fields. They bring real-world knowledge to the classroom and are dedicated to your professional success. Learn more on our faculty page.

You could be halfway to a master’s degree. 

Make yourself more marketable by diversifying your expertise and earning a master’s degree. All coursework completed successfully toward a post-baccalaureate certificate may count toward a School for Professional Studies master's degree.   

Master of Professional Studies

Careers

Potential careers include emergency manager, risk manager, disaster communications, business continuity, homeland security professional, search and rescue, firefighting, law enforcement, and training and exercise officer.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

For more information about Saint Louis University scholarships and financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Services online at www.slu.edu/financial-aid.  

  1. Graduates will be able to employ research methodologies appropriate for the field of emergency management / homeland security
  2. Graduates will be able to apply program-specific knowledge to address practical problems using an ethical, evidence-based framework.
  3. Graduates will be able to utilize argumentation skills appropriate for a given problem or context.
  4. Graduates will be able to analyze and evaluate emergency management and homeland security capabilities in the local, regional, national and global communities.
  5. Graduates will be able to create competent emergency management and homeland security programs across all mission areas of mitigation, prevention, protection.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application​
  • Undergraduate degree (most successful applicants have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better)
  • Official transcript from a degree-granting institution
  • Statement of purpose (about 500 words)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • External reference recommendations (encouraged but not required)

Upon admission, a new student must successfully complete a virtual meeting with their academic coach to be enrolled in first term coursework.

Requirements for International Students

Along with the general admission requirements above, the following must be provided by prospective international students:

  • Demonstration of English Language ProficiencySome examples of demonstrated English language proficiency include minimum score requirements for the following standardized tests:
    • Paper-based TOEFL: 550
    • Internet-based TOEFL: 80
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • PTE: 54
  • Academic records, in English translation, for postsecondary studies outside the United States. These must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted. 

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Program Requirements 

EMGT 5000Critical Decision Making in Emergency Management3
EMGT 5100Advanced Emergency Management3
EMGT 5200Current and Emerging Technologies in Emergency Management3
EMGT 5300Communications – Disasters and Media3
Total Credits12

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Fall 1  
EMGT 5000Critical Decision Making in Emergency Management 3
Fall 2  
EMGT 5200Current and Emerging Technologies in Emergency Management 3
 Credits6
Spring
Spring 1  
EMGT 5100Advanced Emergency Management 3
Spring 2  
EMGT 5300Mass Communications – Disasters and Media 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits12