Emergency Management

Bachelor of Science

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    120
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $272.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $345.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Emergency Management, BS program is interdisciplinary with coursework focusing on emergency services and management. 

Students of the online Emergency Management, BS program gain: 

  • A thorough understanding of inter-agency cooperation, coordination, communication, policies and procedures, labor relations and fiscal matters
  • Preparation for employment in the areas of public, nonprofit and private sectors
  • A customized professional education that encompasses the broad array of knowledge necessary to conduct emergency services and administration

The program was developed by an interdisciplinary group of faculty from a variety of departments at programs from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, as well as community and public safety leaders. 

Students are able to customize their degree by choosing two specialized concentrations based on their area of interest. Options include: 

  • Aviation Administration (on-campus only)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Fire Service Management
  • Gerontology
  • Geospatial Science (on-campus only)
  • Information Technology and Communication
  • Intelligence and Security 
  • Logistics Management (on-campus only)
  • Natural Disasters (on-campus only)
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Planning and Preparing for Urban Hazards (on-campus only)
  • Private Sector Management  (on-campus only)
  • Public Administration and Management
  • Public Health (on-campus only)
  • Tribal Management and Emergency Services 

Career Outlook: Emergency management is the profession of individuals who focus on helping communities prior to, during and following natural and man-made disasters to minimize risk and vulnerability. Emergency Managers focus on preparedness, planning and mitigation efforts along with response and recovery to save lives.

Industries may include: 

  • Federal government
  • Nonprofit
  • Private Sector
  • Education
  • State government
  • U.S. Military

Career paths may include: 

  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Homeland Security Officer
  • Hospital Emergency Preparedness Specialist
  • Emergency Dispatcher
  • Emergency Transfer Coordinator or Specialist
  • Program Coordinator


DeeDee Bennett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

DeeDee Bennett's primary research areas include, emergency management, socially vulnerable populations during disasters, emergency communications, disaster policy and mobile wireless communications. In 2017, Bennett was one of 27 nationwide to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) grant. She has published in various journals and presented at several conferences related to emergency management, disability, wireless technology and future studies

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Taken the SAT or ACT

  2. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  4. Earned a high school diploma or GED

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
August 1
Spring Semester
December 1
Summer Sessions
June 1

Students must choose two "concentration areas" from the list below and complete 15 hours of coursework in that area: 

  • Aviation Administration (on-campus only)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Fire Service Management*
  • Gerontology
  • Geospatial Science (on-campus only)
  • Information Technology and Communication
  • Intelligence and Security
  • Logistics Management (on-campus only)
  • Natural Disasters (on-campus only)
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Planning and Preparing for Urban Hazards (on-campus only)
  • Private Sector Management (on-campus only)
  • Public Administration and Management
  • Public Health (on-campus only)
  • Tribal Management and Emergency Services 


Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EMGT 1000Introduction to Emergency Managment3

Course Number: EMGT 1000

This course is an introduction to the National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and their influence on modern community Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The course conceptually introduces the four phases of Emergency Management: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.

EMGT 2020Emergency Management Strategies and Communication3

Course Number: EMGT 2020

This course covers tactical issues, current communication methods, and critical information channels utilized during actual disaster and emergency management field operations. Topics include inter-agency linkages, command and control tactics, National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System, (NIMS-ICS) and other crucial management requirements for successful disaster planning, mitigation and recovery operations.

EMGT 2050Political and Legal Foundations in Emergency Services3

Course Number: EMGT 2050

The provision of Emergency Services in contemporary society occurs within an environment of legal requirements and community resource allocation that often requires difficult administrative and political decisions. Successful professionals who control, manage and operate these services must understand and adhere to the demand and intent of the law. Also, they must master the practical art of politics related to the various community constituents and shareholders who fund and support them, staff them, and utilize them. This course examines the legal aspects and social consequences of emergency management provision. Environmental issues and Occupational Health and Safety policy and programs affecting emergency services are also examined.

EMGT 3040Preparedness Planning and Risk Mitigation3

Course Number: EMGT 3040

Provision of emergency and management of emergency services is dependent on extensive planning and preparedness. This process aids in the reduction of loss of property and life in extreme circumstances, even when confronted with a variety of environmental and politically motivated risks. An open society, which becomes ever more highly technological, demonstrates new sources of stress, complicated threats, and complex inter-relationships. Together, these factors present a significant challenge to those tasked with preventing and managing emergencies and disasters. This course provides a theoretical framework for the understanding of the ethical, sociological, organizational, political, and legal components of community risk analysis and mitigation and a methodology for the development of comprehensive community risk preparedness planning.

EMGT 3080Intra and Non-Governmental Organizations and Cooperation3

Course Number: EMGT 3080

Federal, state and local agency cooperation and interoperability in the provision of emergency management will be studied in this course. Federal, state and local government authority and roles will be explored in concert with collaborative management programs. The origins of collaborative partnerships will be presented along with introduction of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, development of volunteer networks and formation of partnerships with the Citizen Corps, Community emergency Response Teams, the Medical Reserve Corps and Mercy Medical Airlift and other groups that have the potential to contribute to the emergency management and response effort.

EMGT 4060Disaster Response and Recovery3

Course Number: EMGT 4060

This course examines concepts and principles of: 1) community risk assessment, 2) disaster recovery planning, 3) responses specific to fires and natural and man-made disasters, 3) National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System (NIMS ICS), 4) mutual aid and automatic response, 5) training and preparedness, 6) communications, 7) civil disturbances, 8) terrorist threats/incidents, 9) hazardous materials planning, 10) mass casualty incidents, 11) earthquake preparedness and 12) disaster mitigation and recovery.

EMGT 4200Intership in Emergency Management3

Course Number: EMGT 4200

This course is designed to provide direct work experience in the emergency management field for selected students. This experience will be in a full-time or part-time, preferably paid position, in a highly structured environment. Student will be selected following formal job placement procedures and screening by Emergency Management Faculty and the participating organization. This course is intended for upper level, Emergency Management majors who have been selected following an application and interview process approved by both the School of Public Administration and the intern provider.

EMGT 4990Capstone Project in Emergency Management3

Course Number: EMGT 4990

This course fulfills the Emergency Management Capstone senior project demonstrating expertise on a specific issue area and/or problem in emergency management. The student will be required to construct and execute a research project analyzing a contemporary operational, economic, or managerial issue within emergency management utilizing an appropriate research or analytical methodology. Both a written report and PowerPoint presentation will be presented as part of the course requirements.

PA 2170Introduction to Public Administration3

Course Number: PA 2170

PA/CRCJ 3000Applied Statistics and Data Processing in the Public Sector3

Course Number: PA/CRCJ 3000

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $272.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $816.00

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $345.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1035.00
Note: Please contact the UNO Cashiering Office for a full list of applicable fees. 

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