Diploma and Bachelor of Emergency & Security Management Studies (On Campus)

Gain a strong foundation for rewarding public safety careers

The JIBC's Diploma and Bachelor of Emergency & Security Management Studies programs are the first undergraduates in Canada designed specifically to meet the safety, security and emergency management challenges of the 21st century.

These programs are offered face-to-face at the JIBC New Westminster campus starting in September 2019.

As a student in either the diploma or degree program, you will gain a unique mix of specialized applied knowledge and transferable skills that are relevant for a wide range of careers and professions, including many in security and emergency management. Students develop the theoretical, methodological, and technical competencies required for a career in security and emergency management. Graduates of this 60 credit, two year diploma program or 120-credit, four-year degree program have gone on to a diverse range of rewarding careers locally and abroad.

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Be Prepared to Respond to Complex Challenges

What is Emergency Management? What do Emergency Managers do?

With climate change and our increasingly complex society, emergency and security managers serve a vital public safety role helping to keep people safe. The prevalence and severity of natural and human-caused disasters only continue to grow:

  • There has been a 93% increase in economic losses from natural disasters since 2000

  • $350 billion in economic cost of natural disasters in 2017

  • 1.2 million total hectares of forest burned by wildfires in BC in 2017

  • 91% of power companies have experienced a cyber-attack

  • In 2017, BC was under a Provincial State of Emergency for 70 days

  • 40% of Canadians will experience a major emergency

Given the growing need for emergency and security managers worldwide, new job and career opportunities are opening locally and internationally every day. Whether you want to help rural and Indigenous communities or serve with an international organization like the United Nations or Red Cross, the JIBC Diploma and Bachelor of Emergency & Security Management Studies programs provide a solid foundation to a broad range of careers in organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Who Should Take this Program?

These face-to-face programs are uniquely designed for new and recent high school graduates looking for a broadly based program that will get them started on a unique and growing career path.

For all students, JIBC’s Diploma and Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies programs provide 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 Diploma and Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies are comprehensive programs 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 diploma and/or degree will have a solid base of knowledge and skills to pursue leadership roles across the public safety spectrum.

Follow the Path to Your Future Career

YEAR 1 (Includes both the diploma and degree programs)

Gain a foundation in emergency and security management. Learn:

  • How to plan and prepare a community or company for an emergency
  • How emergencies are operationally managed
  • The legislation that provides structure to emergency and security practices
  • How to perform vulnerability assessments
  • Fundamental conflict resolution techniques
  • Foundational liberal studies including statistics, English, business communications and human resource management.

YEAR 2 (Includes both the diploma and degree programs)

Develop your skills in specific emergency and security management areas. Learn:

  • How to evaluate and manage risk
  • Guide response and recovery activities
  • To understand human behaviour during disasters
  • Planning for business continuity
  • Protecting critical infrastructure
  • Developing crisis communication plans
  • Traditional liberal studies topics including research methods, ethical decision making and critical thinking.

After completing 60 credits, you have the option to graduate with a Diploma in Emergency & Security Management.

YEAR 3 (Degree program only)

Develop the skills employers in security and emergency management require. Learn:

  • How to perform corporate investigations
  • How to analyze intelligence and data
  • How to incorporate technology to support emergency planning and response
  • How to conduct disaster simulations
  • Methods to protect corporate information
  • To manage security and emergency preparedness at major events
  • Considerations around ethical codes of conduct and liability
  • Inter-disciplinary topics such as psychology, project management, Aboriginal justice, and governance models.

YEAR 4 (Degree program only)

Develop the skills required to be a manager in security and emergency management. Learn:

  • Crisis management techniques
  • How to develop and implement policy
  • How to build corporate resiliency
  • How to build and manage strategic partnerships
  • How to manage major health crises and terrorism events

Students will also complete a final applied project with the option of performing first-hand research.

Program Format

The Diploma and Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies at the New Westminster campus are full-time, face-to-face programs.

Students take five courses per term, two terms per year with summers off. The programs are cohort-based meaning students move through the program as a group. This allows students to develop relationships with peers who will be their colleagues in the working world.

Students can expect to complete their diploma in two years and their degree in four years.

Time Commitment

Each term lasts approximately 14 weeks. The first term of the year starts in September and the second term starts in January. There are no course requirements for May-August. Courses times and locations are set prior to the start of term. Courses run during the day and evening, Monday-Friday. Students should plan to spend approximately six hours per week per course.

Program Cost

The Diploma in Emergency & Security Management Studies is 60 credits or 20 courses. Tuitions fees are chargned per course. For individual course prices, please follow the links under "Courses" below and costs will be available for upcoming classes. Tuition for the diploma is approximately $11,000 over two years or $2,750 per term.

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 $22,000 over four years or $5,500 per term.

All prices are current as of April 2019 and apply to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.  Prices are subject to change and subject to applicable fees and taxes.

Financial Aid & Awards

JIBC offers a number of awards and bursaries that students are encouraged to apply for after they have been accepted into the program. The Diploma and Bachelor programs are also eligible for funding from StudentAidBC. Details are available on the JIBC Financial Aid & Awards webpage.

Admission Requirements

  • High school graduation or equivalent. Applicants in Grade 12 can submit an interim high school transcript as part of their application until they receive their final high school transcript.
  • Mathematics 11 (minimum grade of C) or equivalent
  • English 12/ English 12 First Peoples (minimum grade of C) or equivalent
  • 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. This letter should be submitted to the Admissions Officer following the instructions in the Application Process & Deadlines section below. 

For more information, contact the program director.

Application Process & Deadlines

Students can apply by registering online at www.EducationPlannerBC.ca and completing the online program application form. A $75 application fee will be applied ($150.00 for international students).

When applying online, please select Fall 2019 as the Start Term and Full Time for Attendance.

During the application, students are asked to write a 250-word letter describing their interest in the program and how they intend to manage their studies to ensure your success in the program. This letter should be submitted after the online application form has been submitted. The entrance letter should be sent to the JIBC using one of the following options:

  • In person at the Registration office, or
  • By email to admissions@jibc.ca. The Subject line should read DESMS Entrance Letter or BESMS Entrance Letter and the body of the email must include your full name and mailing address,or 
  • By mail to: 

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

Application Deadlines

September 2019 start: Complete application to be received no later than May 31, 2019

Program acceptance letters will be sent out starting March 29, 2019.  

Once accepted into either the diploma or degree 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 towards the diploma program, as well as 6 credits toward their security and emergency management electives witihn the degree program.

Courses

Students enrolled in the Diploma in Emergency & Security Management Studies program complete 60 credits of required courses (20 courses).

Students in the Bachelor of Emergency & 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.

Courses are set by term and are taken by all members of the cohort at the same time. Students that fail a course may re-take it online in a subsequent semester. Students that have taken courses at other institutions may apply for credit transfer for up to 50% of program courses. The schedule for courses is as follows:

September 2019

January 2020

September 2020

  • ESMS-2310 - Human Behaviour & Social Constructs of Disasters
  • ESMS-2340 - Foundations of Business Continuity Management
  • ESMS-2400 - Introduction to Risk Management
  • ESMS-2450 - Critical Infrastructure Protection Systems
  • ETHS-1100 - Applied Ethics

January 2021

September 2021

  • ESMS-3110 - Corporate Investigations
  • ESMS-3330 - Technology Applications in Security & Emergency Management
  • ESMS-3360 - Exercise Program Management
  • ABLS-1115 - Aboriginal Justice & Governance Models
  • PSYC-1100 - Introduction to Psychology

January 2022

  • ESMS-3210 - Information Security Management
  • ESMS-3420 - Safety & Security Management for Major Events
  • ESMS-4220 - Ethical Issues in Public Safety
  • INTL-3410 - Introduction to Intelligence Analysis
  • BUSN-3110 - Project Management

September 2022

  • ESMS-4200 - Root Cause Analysis & Problem Identification
  • ESMS-4250 - Policy Development & Implementation
  • ESMS-4340 - Advanced Business Continuity Management
  • ESMS-4500 - Issues & Crisis Management
  • Liberal Studies elective TBD

Winter 2023

Textbooks

Textbooks for each course will be available for purchase from the JIBC store. Booklist will be made available prior to the start of each term. Books that are open-source will include links to read online or download.

Careers

Our graduates are prepared to respond to complex challenges

Business Continuity Manager Career  BUSINESS CONTINUITY MANAGER
AKA: Business Continuity Planner, Business Continuity Analyst
AVERAGE SALARY: $67,000 - $87,000
ROLE: Organizes and maintains a business continuity program for a local government, agency or corporation.
 
Emergency Manager Career

EMERGENCY MANAGER
AKA: Emergency Management Director, Emergency Preparedness Manager
AVERAGE SALARY: $72,000 - $103,000
ROLE: Responsible for a broad portfolio of emergency management activities for a local government, agency or corporation.

Security Manager CareerSECURITY MANAGER
AKA: Security Supervisor
AVERAGE SALARY: $51,000 - $67,000
ROLE: Responsible for a broad portfolio of security management activities for a local government, agency or corporation.
 
Disaster Response CoordinatorDISASTER RESPONSE COORDINATOR
AKA: Emergency Response Team Supervisor, Disaster Management Specialist
AVERAGE SALARY: $36,000 - $52,500
ROLE: Organizes front-line emergency support activities for people impacted by a disaster, in Canada and internationally.
 
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator CareerEMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COORDINATOR
AKA: Emergency Management Analyst, Emergency Management Planner, Emergency Management Specialist, Emergency Response Planner, Emergency Program CoordinatorAVERAGE SALARY: $66,500 - $78,500
ROLE: Leads the planning, organizing and coordinating of emergency preparedness in a specific department of an agency or company.
 
Resiliency Officer CareerRESILIENCY OFFICER
AKA: Resiliency Manager
AVERAGE SALARY: $72,000 - $103,000
ROLE: A high-level manager in a city, agency or corporation that envisions new approaches to emergency response and recovery across all departments.
 

FAQ

I’m not a Canadian citizen, can I still take the program?
International students are welcome to apply to the program. International application and tuition fee rates apply.

How long will it take to complete the program?
The diploma program includes 20 courses and takes two years to complete, and the degree program includes 40 courses and takes four years to complete. Students will complete five courses per term, two terms a year. Students may leave the program at the two-year mark with a Diploma in Emergency and Security Management Studies.

How do I know what courses to take?

The on-campus diploma and degree program are cohort-based meaning students move through the program as a group. Each cohort will take the same courses at the same time. This allows students to develop relationships with peers who will be their colleagues in the working world. The list of courses and their timing can be found in the ‘Courses’ section of this page. 

How are the courses offered?
All courses are offered face-to-face at the JIBC New Westminster campus. Online courses are available for students that need to re-take a course.

I’ve completed the EM certificate program; can I get credit for any courses?
Graduates of the EM certificate program receive credit for ESMS-1300 Foundations of Emergency Management I (3.0 credits) and ESMS-2300 Foundations of Emergency Management II (3.0 credits). They also receive 6.0 elective credits towards the degree.

I’ve completed the Exercise Design certificate program; can I get credit for any courses?
Graduates of the Exercise Design certificate program receive credit for ESMS-3360 Exercise Program Management which is part of the degree program.

I’ve taken a couple of other emergency management courses through the JIBC; can I get credit for them?
The degree program comprises a series of specific core courses. Individual courses offered by EMD cannot be transferred in.

I’ve taken some courses/completed a diploma/degree at another institution, can I transfer credit in?
You may be able to get credit for relevant coursework completed at another institution. Please review the JIBC’s policies and procedures as they relate to transfer credit.

I’ve worked in the field for 15 years, can I get credit for that?
You may be able to get credit for relevant experience. Please review the JIBC’s policies and procedures as they relate to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

One key PLA concept is that learning can and does take place in many ways and in many places in an adult’s life, including work and other kinds of experience. A second key concept is that credit is NOT awarded for experience in itself, but only for the demonstration of learning gained through those experiences. Learning takes place through different kinds of experiences such as working, training, reading, traveling, community involvement and family responsibilities, but learning does not come automatically with experience and may differ from person to person. In PLA, it's the learning that counts. Not only that, what's important is whether the knowledge or skills learned up to the present time are relevant to a particular educational credential. Credit is awarded only when the demonstrated knowledge, skills and attitudes match pre-determined outcomes of the particular course.

So, for example, if you were to apply for PLA for ESMS-1400 Foundations of Safety and Security you would need to submit evidence that demonstrates that you have learned the required knowledge, skills, and attitudes. There are three categories of evidence. When we assess a PLA request we look for alignment between all three forms:

  • Self-assessment – what you say you know and can do
  • Direct evidence – artefacts that you have produced that demonstrate the knowledge and skills
  • Indirect evidence – what others say or observe about your knowledge, skills, and attitude in regard to the course requirements (e.g., a letter from your supervisor)

So what does that mean in terms of what you need to actually do? You would need to request the course outline and review the learning outcomes. You would then need to submit evidence (as defined above) that demonstrates you have mastered at least 75% of those outcomes. You would also need to provide indirect evidence that you were the author of these materials.

Do you have a mature student policy?
Students who are at least 25 years of age who do not have BC Grade 12 or any of the equivalencies listed in the Grade 12 equivalency procedures but meet all other admission requirements may, with the approval of the Registrar or designate, be admitted into the program based on other qualifications or experience. However, all students are required to meet specific course prerequisites. Students without Mathematics 11 or English 12 are required to complete the appropriate equivalent. For more information see the JIBC’s Admissions policy and procedure.

I graduated from high school 25 years ago; do I need an official transcript?
We require an official (sealed) transcript(s) confirming that you meet the admission requirements of high school graduation (or equivalent), English 12 with a minimum grade of C (or equivalent), and Mathematics 11 with a minimum grade of C (or equivalent). If you have completed credit courses (not continuing education) at another post-secondary institution you should submit official transcripts reflecting all post-secondary work. In this case, you may not need to submit your secondary school transcript, it will depend on the type of courses you have completed and the institution’s admission requirements. 
If you have not completed courses at another post-secondary institution, contact the Ministry of Education. They should be able to provide you with a secondary school transcript.

When do the programs start?
September 2019.

Will I need to buy textbooks?
Textbooks and/or coursepacks are required for most, if not all, courses. You can order these from the JIBC bookstore before the start of the semester.

Do I need to be employed in the field?
No.

Does this program qualify for BC student loans?
Yes. Please see information on JIBC Financial Aid & Awards.

Does the JIBC offer any bursaries or awards?
Yes. Please see information on JIBC Financial Aid & Awards.


Last updated March 14, 2019