Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies
Canada's first bachelor degree to combine emergency management and security studies with a foundation in business.
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- The deadline to submit your application for the September 2015 semester is June 30th.
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Looking For a Career of a Different Kind?
Become a leader in the growing fields of emergency management, disaster planning, and security.
Constantly changing and increasingly complex economic, social, legal, environmental, and political contexts have compelled government, business, and non-governmental organizations to enhance their safety, security, and emergency management practices in order to protect people, assets, and resources. This complicated environment calls for insightful new knowledge, technical skills, and the ability to think broadly and critically across a number of integrated areas.
The Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies is a 120-credit, broadly based, multi-disciplinary program designed specifically to meet the safety, security, and emergency management challenges of today and tomorrow. It provides students with the basic conceptual approaches and methodologies of safety, security, and emergency management as they apply to business and community environments. Graduates have the theoretical, methodological, and technical competencies required for a career in security and emergency management.
Flexible Format, Flexible Credentials
The Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies is offered completely online. Students can choose to pursue their studies full time or part time. New students can start the program at the beginning of any semester (September, January, and May). See Application Process, below, for more information.
This unique program is also designed to offer an exit alternative after completion of 60 credits of coursework with a Diploma in Emergency and Security Management.
- Public safety professionals looking to take their careers to the next level or qualify for leadership positions
- High school graduates looking for a broadly based program that will get them started on a unique and growing career path
- Adult learners changing careers and looking for a new kind of challenge where they can be both inspired and give back to their communities
For all students, JIBC’s Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies program provides the core skills you need to succeed at the management level in emergency management, security and other public safety disciplines.
The Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies is a comprehensive program combining studies in:
- Emergency Management, Disaster Planning and Public Safety
- Business Continuity
- Risk and Crisis Management
- Security and Intelligence
- Business Administration
- Leadership and Management
Graduates of the degree will have a solid base of knowledge and skills to pursue leadership roles across the public safety spectrum.
The Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies is a paced and facilitated online program. Students have the opportunity to collaborate and share experiences in an interactive online learning experience. Courses are facilitated by faculty who are experts in their fields.
Students can pursue their studies full time or part time.
Part-time students generally take two to three courses per semester, three semesters per year. Students can expect to complete their program in five years.
Full-time students generally take four to five courses per semester, two semesters per year. Students can expect to complete their program in four years.
Courses run on a 14-week semester. Although most activities do not require students to be online at a specific time of day, students must be active in their courses on a weekly basis. Plan to dedicate approximately 6 hours per week per course on your studies.
The Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies is 120 credits or 40 courses. Tuition fees are charged per course. For individual course prices, please follow the links under “Courses” below and costs will be available for upcoming classes. Tuition for the degree is approximately $20,000.
All prices are current as of April 2014 and apply to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Prices are subject to change and subject to applicable fees and taxes.
Students in the Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies complete 99 credits of required courses (33 courses) and 21 credits of electives (7 courses) for a total of 120 credits (40 courses). To meet degree requirements a minimum of 45 of these credits (15 courses) must be upper division (300- and 400- level) courses.
Security and Emergency Management Required Courses
Student must complete all of the following required courses
- ESM120 A Systems Approach to Business
- ESM140 Foundations of Safety & Security
- ESM142 Foundations of Emergency Management I: Planning & Preparedness
- ESM145 Emergency & Security Legislation
- ESM221 Introduction to Information Management
- ESM235 Crisis Communication
- ESM240 Introduction to Risk Management
- ESM242 Foundations of Emergency Management II: Response & Recovery
- ESM243 Human Behaviour & Social Constructs of Disasters
- ESM244 Foundations of Business Continuity Management
- ESM245 Critical Infrastructure Protections Systems
- ESM321 Information Security Management
- ESM330 Technology Applications in Security & Emergency Management Environments
- ESM340 Corporate Investigations
- ESM341 Introduction to Intelligence Analysis
- ESM401 Ethical Issues in Public Safety
- ESM420 Root Cause Analysis & Problem Identification
- ESM425 Policy Development & Implementation
- ESM435 Issues & Crisis Management
- ESM440 Strategic Partnering
- ESM444 Advanced Business Continuity Management
- ESM490 Degree Capstone Project
Security and Emergency Management Electives
Students must complete five elective courses (15 credits) chosen from the list below
- ESM342 Safety & Security Management for Major Events
- ESM360 Exercise Program Management
- ESM442 Current Trends in Security & Disaster Management
- ESM443 Psychological Trauma & Critical Incidents
- ESM446 Transportation Security & Emergency Management
- ESM470 Mitigation
- ESM471 Resilience & Recovery
- PSA482 Planning for Terrorism, CBRNE Incidents and Major Health Crises
- Other, as approved by program area
Business & Liberal Arts Required Courses
ABL106 Cultural Awareness: History & Impact of Colonization OR FSS225 Leading Inclusive Cultures in Emergency Services OR ABLD115 Aboriginal Culture: Governance & Contexts.
- BUSN110 Introduction to Human Resource Management
- FSS245 Financial Management
- FSS230 Essentials of Project Management
- CCR141 Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- ETHS100 Applied Ethics
- ENGL100 Academic Writing
- ENGL105 Critical Reading & Writing
- BCMNS110 Business Communications
- STATS100 Statistics
- RESM200 Research Methods
General Education/Liberal Studies Electives
Students are also required to complete 6 credits (2 courses) of general education/liberal studies courses. These courses must be from outside the subject area; for example, psychology, political science, inter-cultural studies, philosophy, sociology, history, or economics.
- High school graduation or equivalent
- Mathematics 11 (minimum grade of C) or equivalent
- English 12 (minimum grade of C) or equivalent
For more information, contact the program director.
New students can start at the beginning of any semester (September, January, and May). To apply:
- Complete the online program application form. Our Admissions Officer will contact you for the $75 application fee.
- Write a letter of approximately 250 words describing your interest in the program and how you intend to manage your studies with your other responsibilities to ensure your success in the program.
- Submit the entrance letter and official transcripts (highschool and any/all post-secondary studies) in person or by mail to:
Student Services Centre
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4
- September start: Complete application to be received no later than June 30
- January start: Complete application to be received no later than October 31
- May start: Complete application to be received no later than February 28
Once accepted into the program, you will receive information on how to register for courses.
Credit Transfer and Program Laddering
For more information on transferring credit from another post-secondary institution, please see Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Information and Application.
September 2015 Semester
ESMS-1200 A Systems Approach to Business (formerly ESM120)
- Brassard, M. et al. (2010) The memory jogger: A pocket guide of tools for continuous improvement (2nd ed.) Goal/QPC.
- Jones, G., George, J., Rock M., & Haddad, J. (2010). Essentials of contemporary management (4th Cdn ed.) McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
ESMS-1100 Emergency & Security Legislation (formerly ESM145)
- Rock, Nora & Hoag, Valerie. (2011). Foundations of criminal and civil law in Canada (3rd ed.) Emond Montgomery Publications.
ESMS-2210 Introduction to Information Management (formerly ESM221)
No textbook required.
ESMS-2400 Introduction to Risk Management (formerly ESM240)
- Broder, J. (2012). Risk analysis and the security survey (4th ed). Butterworth-Heinemann.
ESMS-2300 Foundations of Emergency Management 2: (formerly ESM242)
No textbook required.
ESMS-4220 Ethical Issues in Public Safety (formerly ESM401)
- Trevino, L. K. and Nelson, K. A. (2011). Managing business Ethics: Straight talk about how to do it right (5th ed.) Wiley.
ESMS-4200 Root Cause Analysis & Problem Identification (formerly ESM420)
- Andersen, Bjorn, and Fagerhaug, Tom. (2006). ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS: Simplified Tools and Techniques. ASQ Quality Press.
ESMS-4310 Resilience & Recovery (formerly ESM471)
- Kapucu, N., Hawkins, C.V., Rivera, F.I. (2013). Disaster Resiliency: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Routledge.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies program can expect to apply for professional and leadership positions in emergency management, public safety, business continuity and security with:
- Municipal, provincial, regional and federal emergency programs
- Healthcare organizations
- Educational institutions
- International organizations, such as the Red Cross
- Private security agencies
- Crown corporations
- Private businesses in areas such as transportation, natural resources, gaming, hospitality and recreation
Typical Job Titles Could Include:
- Emergency Program Manager
- Emergency Program Coordinator
- Emergency Planner
- Security Coordinator
- Director of Safety and Security
- Manager, Public Safety
- Director of Emergency Management
- Disaster Planning Coordinator
Looking for customized training for your organization? See our Government and Corporate page.
Last updated July 17, 2015