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Is this program right for you?

Be the one in a dynamic and growing field keeping communities safe. If you have a bachelor's degree and interested in pursuing your career in the fields of disaster and emergency management, this program is for you. Video from our information session.

Applied Knowledge and Skills Development

Gain a unique combination of theoretical knowledge and applied skills to advance your career prospects in Canada or abroad dealing with issues from natural disasters and pandemics, to identity theft and other public safety threats.

Study In One of the World’s Best Places to Live, Work and Play

Enjoy living and studying in one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces as you complete your post-degree diploma.

This program is ideal for students with an undergraduate degree looking to enter and become a leader in the growing fields of disaster management, emergency planning and public safety and security.

Graduates of the program will have the skills to help communities and organizations to prepare, plan or respond to growing issues such as climate-related disasters, identity theft, pandemics, and other public safety threats. 

Program Strengths

Be taught by experienced instructors who are seasoned experts in their field. Study at a dynamic campus where public safety professionals train, from emergency managers to other first responders. Get the personalized attention you need to help you succeed in the program.


  • Emergency and disaster management contexts and skills
  • Leadership, management, and organizational awareness
  • Systems thinking and business practices
  • Communication and information management.

Through active engagement with challenges and problems drawn from real world practice, graduates will:

  • Gain a foundation in the core concepts, issues, trends, and practices that inform emergency and disaster management in Canadian and international contexts;
  • Analyze and apply the appropriate communications tools to interact effectively with multiple stakeholders in complex, stressful, and ambiguous situations; and
  • Manage all components of an emergency program, such as planning, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery.

What You Need to Graduate

Students must successfully complete all 60 credits (20 courses) of the program at a rate of five courses per semester.

Program Format

All courses in the program are offered at JIBC's New Westminster campus.

Upcoming Intakes & Application Deadline

Refer to the Program Applications & Admissions page to check the current dates and deadlines. Complete applications must be received no later than the dates posted above.

Application Fee (non-refundable)$75 $150
Tuition & Learner Services Fee*Year 1: $5,695.92Year 1: $17,087.78

Additional Fees

All full-time international students will be automatically charged for the following services.

~$198.00Temporary medical insurance provided by Guard.Me (charged in the first term only)
~$61.98Student Union fees (charged every term)
~273.00Student Union Health and Dental Plan (charged once a year until graduation)

*Note: All costs are approximate and subject to change without prior notice. Tuition fees do not include additional charges such as textbook purchases, accommodation, living expenses, and travel/transportation costs.

Textbooks and Supplies

Course manuals are supplied when you attend class. If additional books or other materials are required, you will be advised when you are accepted into the program. Textbooks & other materials cost approximately $750.

STEP ONE - Apply to the Program

Check the program application deadline date.

Apply by registering online at EducationPlannerBC and completing the online program application form.

STEP TWO - Submit Supporting Documents


Required documents should be submitted to the Registration office at, in-person or by mail:

Admissions Office
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4

Coloured scanned copies of the required documents should be submitted to the Office of International Affairs at

Visit the How to Apply for International Students page for details about the application process.

Only complete applications will be considered.

Important Dates

Application Deadlines

Refer to the Program Applications & Admissions page to check the current dates and deadlines. Complete applications must be received no later than the dates posted above.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for this program, students are required:

  • To provide proof of completion of an undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or an equivalent credential from a recognized institution outside of Canada. Credentials from non-Canadian institutions may be required to be evaluated by an external organization such as International Credential Evaluation Services (ICES) or World Education Services (WES). Any related costs for this assessment will be the responsibility of the applicant.  
  • Meet JIBC’s English language proficiency requirements if their undergraduate studies were completed in a language other than English. The minimum requirements are outlined on the English Requirements for International Students page.
  • To provide a coloured copy of the applicant's passport identification page.

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