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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.

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


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


There is one intake a year in September, with an exceptional offering in January 2021.

The application deadline for January 2021 is September 30.

Application Fee
$75 $150
Tuition Fee  Approx. $5,500 per year* Approx. $16,000 per year*
Learner Services Fee  $5.93 per credit* $5.93 per credit*
(due upon acceptance)

* Fees are as of April 1, 2020 and are subject to annual increases


Check the program application deadline date.

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



Prepare and submit supporting documentation along with payment in person, by mail or email to be received by the application deadline.


In-Person or By Mail
Admissions Office
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4

Only complete applications will be considered.


Domestic and International Deadline: October 31 for January 2021.

Complete applications must be received no later than the dates posted above.


To be eligible for this program, international students are required:

  • To have an undergraduate degree or an equivalent credential from a recognized institutional outside of Canada.
  • Meet JIBC’s English language proficiency requirements if their undergraduate studies were completed in a language other than English. The minimum requirement is outlined in JIBC's English Admissions Requirements for International Students.
  • To provide proof of completion of an undergraduate 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 and any related costs for this assessment will be the responsibility of the applicant. 
  • Applicants with transcripts from foreign countries must contact the International Credential Evaluation Services (ICES) which will evaluate the credentials and determine comparable levels in BC or Canadian terms.
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