Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies

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Canada's first bachelor degree to combine emergency management and security studies with a foundation in business.

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.

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Who Should Take this Program?

  • 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.

What Will I Learn?

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.

Program Format

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. 

Time Commitment:

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.

Program Cost

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

  • ESMS-1200 A Systems Approach to Business
  • ESMS-1400 Foundations of Safety & Security
  • ESMS-1300 Foundations of Emergency Management I: Planning & Preparedness
  • ESMS-1100 Emergency & Security Legislation
  • ESMS-2210 Introduction to Information Management
  • ESMS-2500 Crisis Communication
  • ESMS-2400 Introduction to Risk Management
  • ESMS-2300 Foundations of Emergency Management II: Response & Recovery
  • ESMS-2310 Human Behaviour & Social Constructs of Disasters
  • ESMS-2340 Foundations of Business Continuity Management
  • ESMS-2450 Critical Infrastructure Protections Systems
  • ESMS-3210 Information Security Management
  • ESMS-3330 Technology Applications in Security & Emergency Management Environments
  • ESMS-3110 Corporate Investigations
  • INTL-3410 Introduction to Intelligence Analysis
  • ESMS-4220 Ethical Issues in Public Safety
  • ESMS-4200 Root Cause Analysis & Problem Identification
  • ESMS-4250 Policy Development & Implementation
  • ESMS-4500 Issues & Crisis Management
  • ESMS-4410 Strategic Partnering
  • ESMS-4340 Advanced Business Continuity Management
  • ESMS-4900 Degree Capstone Project

Security and Emergency Management Electives

Students must complete five elective courses (15 credits) chosen from the list below

  • ESMS-3420 Safety & Security Management for Major Events
  • ESMS-3360 Exercise Program Management
  • ESMS-4300 Current Trends in Security & Disaster Management
  • ESMS-4310 Resilience & Recovery
  • ESMS-4420 Planning for Terrorism, CBRNE Incidents and Major Health Crises
  • Other, as approved by program area

Business & Liberal Arts Required Courses

  • FIRE-2125 Leading Inclusive Cultures in Emergency Services
  • BUSN-1101 Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • FIRE-2145 Financial Management
  • FIRE-2130 Essentials of Project Management
  • CRES-1851 Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • ETHS-1100 Applied Ethics
  • ENGL-1100 Academic Writing
  • ENGL-1110 Critical Reading & Writing
  • BUSN-1100 Business Communications
  • STAT-1100 Statistics
  • RESM-2100 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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

Application Process

 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:

Admissions Officer
Student Services Centre
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4

Application Deadlines

  • 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.

Graduates of the Emergency Management Certificate program receive credit for ESMS-1300 and ESMS-2300, as well as 6 credits toward their security and emergency management electives.


January 2015 Semester

ESMS-1300 Foundations of Emergency Management I (formerly ESM142)

  • Ferrier, N. (2009). Fundamentals of emergency management: Preparedness.

ESMS-1400 Foundations of Safety & Security (formerly ESM140)

  • Purpura, P. (2013). Security and loss prevention: An introduction (6th ed.)

ESMS-2310 Human Behaviour & Social Constructs of Disaster (formerly ESM243)

  • Phillips, B.D., Thomas, D., Fothergill, A., & Blinn-Pike, L. (Eds.). (2013). Social vulnerability to disasters (2nd ed.)

ESMS-2450 Critical Infrastructure Protection Systems (formerly ESM245)

  • Garcia, M.L. (2007). The design and evaluation of physical protection systems.  (2nd ed.)

ESMS-4250 Policy Development & Implementation (formerly ESM425)

  • Pal. L, (2013). Beyond Policy Analysis: Public issue management in turbulent times (5th ed).

ESMS-4300 Current Topics in Security & Disaster Management (formerly ESM442)

  • No required text.

ESMS-4340 Advanced Business Continuity Management (formerly ESM444)

  • Kaner, S. (2007). Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making.

    Plus the following texts from ESMS-2340/ESM244 (you should already have)
    •  Hiles, A. (2010). The definitive handbook of business continuity management (3rd ed).
    • Sheffi, Y. (2007). The resilient enterprise: Overcoming vulnerability for competitive advantage.

ESMS-4420 Planning for Terrorism, CBRNE & Major Health Crises (formerly PSA482)

  • Garcia, Antonio F. (2011). IHS Janes’ CBRN Response Handbook.
  • Martin, Gus. (2013). Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies (3rd edition).
  • Ripley, Amanda. (2008). The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes and Why.

CRES-1851 Introduction to Conflict Analysis & Resolution (formerly CCR141)

  • No required text.

ENGL-1110 Critcal Reading & Writing (formerly ENGL105)

  • Giltrow, Janet (2014).  Academic Writing, An Introduction 3rd ed. Broadview Press
  • Sullivan, Rosemary & Mark Levene, eds. (2015). Short Fiction: An Anthology. Oxford University Press.

ETHS-1100 Applied Ethics (formerly ETHS100)

  • Hinman, L.M. (2012). Ethics: A Pluralistic Approach to Moral Theory, 5th Edition. Belmont, Ca.: Wadsworth.
  • McLachlan, J.A. (2010). Ethics in Action: Making Ethical Decisions in Your Daily Life, First Edition. Toronto: Pearson.

STAT-1100 Introduction to Statistics (formerly STATS100)

  • No required text.

BUSN-3110 Project Management (replaces FIRE-2130)

  • Open source textbook. Link provided in course.


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
  • Utilities
  • 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

For specific job opportunities, visit our Facebook page where new positions across Canada are regularly posted or follow us on Twitter.

Looking for customized training for your organization? See our Government and Corporate page.

Questions? Contact the program representative or program director or email

Last updated October 28, 2015