Is this program right for you?
Be the one in a dynamic, growing field keeping communities safe. If you are a working professional looking to make a difference helping mitigate and respond to emergencies and disasters, this program is for you.
Applied Knowledge and Skills Development
Gain the applied knowledge and skills to pursue rewarding careers in emergency management, security management, or public safety.
A Self-Paced Bachelor's Degree
Complete a bachelor’s degree part-time, online, and at a pace that works for you.
The online offering of the Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies is designed for individuals looking to start or enhance their career in emergency management, security management or public safety. The option to complete the program full- or part-time program that enables them to start a career in an exciting field or take their existing career to the next level.
This broadly based, multi-disciplinary program is specifically designed to meet the safety, security and emergency management challenges of today and tomorrow. It is Canada’s first degree of its kind to combine emergency management and security studies with a foundation in business. 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.
Graduates of the program have a solid knowledge base and the skills to pursue leadership roles across the public safety sector.
They have gone on to careers in emergency management, disaster planning and security.
Graduates include those who have strong organizational skills, a background in planning or administration, experience as a search and rescue volunteer or in various emergency services positions, demonstrated a desire to serve the public, and an ability to work well under pressure with strong teamwork and communication skills.
- Emergency Management, Disaster Planning and Public Safety
- Business Continuity
- Risk and Crisis Management
- Security and Intelligence
- Business Administration
- Leadership and Management
What You Need to Graduate
The program consists of 40 courses, totalling 120 credits.
To receive the Bachelor of Emergency & Security Management Studies, students must 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.
This program is paced and facilitated online. Students have the opportunity to collaborate and share experiences in an interactive online learning environment. Courses are led by faculty who are experts in their fields.
Students can pursue their studies full-time or part-time.
Full-time students generally take three to five courses per semester. Students need to take a minimum of three courses per term to be considered full time. All program courses are offered between the September (Fall) and January (Winter) terms with special offerings during the May (Summer) term. Students can expect to complete their program in four to five years.
Part-time students generally take one to three courses per semester. All program courses are offered between the September (Fall) and January (Winter) terms with special offerings during the May (Summer) term. Students can expect to complete their program in five to six years.
Courses run on a 14-week term in the fall and summer, and a 15-week term in the winter. 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. Some courses will have scheduled online lectures and events though instructors will try to record these for students that can’t attend live. Plan to dedicate approximately six hours per week for each course.
There are three intakes each year in September, January, and May.
The Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies is a 120 credit or 40-course program. Tuition fees are charged on a per course basis. (See the course pages for descriptions and prices).
Total tuition fees are approximately $23,000.*
* All costs are current as of April 1, 2021 and apply to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Prices are subject to change. Applicable fees and taxes are extra.
Textbooks & Supplies
Some courses have open source textbooks or a series of readings and resources embedded in the course materials.
A number of courses have textbooks. Textbooks for each course can be obtained a number of ways. They can be purchased through the JIBC Store, purchased directly from the publisher, or purchased through online retailers such as Amazon or VitalSource. A current list of courses is available in the ESMS Online Campus, a resource site available to current students.
STEP one - Apply to the program
Apply by registering online at www.EducationPlannerBC.ca and completing the online program application form.
Write a letter of approximately 250 words describing your interest in the program, and detailing how you intend to manage your studies with your other responsibilities to ensure your success in the program.
STEP two - SUBMIT supporting documents
Submit the entrance letter in person at the Registration Office, via email or by mail.
The subject line should read "BESMS Entrance Letter" and the body of the email must include your full name and mailing address.
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4\
January start: November 30
May start: April 6
September start: August 2
Complete applications must be received no later than the dates posted above. Once accepted into the program, you will receive information on how to register for courses.
- High school graduation diploma (or equivalent)
- Grade 11 mathematics with a minimum grade of C (or equivalent)
- Grade 12 English / Grade 12 First Peoples English with a minimum grade of C (or equivalent)
For more information, contact the Emergency Management Division.
- A copy of your high school transcript
- A letter of approximately 250 words describing your interest in the program, and detailing how you intend to manage your studies with your other responsibilities to ensure your success in the program.
CREDIT TRANSFER AND PROGRAM LADDERING
Graduates of the Emergency Management Certificate program receive credit for ESMS-1300 and ESMS-2300, as well as 6.0 credits toward their security and emergency management electives.
Graduates of NAIT's Diploma in Disaster & Emergency Management receive full two-year credit towards the completion of the four-year BESMS program.
Financial aid and awards
This program is eligible for student loans, external awards and JIBC awards, bursaries and scholarships.
International applicants interested in this program are encouraged to visit the International Students page or contact JIBC's Office of International Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I’m not a Canadian citizen, can I still take the program?
A: International students are welcome to apply to the program. International application and tuition fee rates apply.
Q: How long will it take to complete the program?
A: It depends on how many courses you take.
Part-time Studies (one to three courses per semester,
Diploma: 2.5-3 years
Degree: 5-6 years
Full-time Studies (three to five courses per semester)
Diploma: 2-2.5 years
Degree: 4-5 years
Q: Can the program be taken entirely online?
Q: Can I take some classes in person?
A: Not at this time.
Q: I’ve completed the EM certificate program. Can I get credit for any courses?
A: 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.
Q: I’ve completed the Exercise Design certificate program. Can I get credit for any courses?
A: Graduates of the Exercise Design certificate program receive credit for ESMS-3360 Exercise Program Management.
Q: I’ve taken a couple of other emergency management courses through the JIBC. Can I get credit for them?
A: The degree program comprises a series of specific core courses. Individual courses offered by EMD cannot be transferred in.
Q: I’ve taken some courses/completed a diploma/degree at another institution. Can I transfer credit in?
A: You may be able to get credit for relevant course work completed at another institution. See JIBC’s policies and procedures as they relate to transfer credit.
Q: I’ve worked in the field for 15 years. Can I get credit for that? A: You may be able to get credit for relevant experience. See JIBC’s policies and procedures as they relate to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).
Q: I graduated from high school 25 years ago. Do I need an official transcript?
A: We require an official (sealed) transcript(s) confirming that you meet the admission requirements of high school graduate (or equivalent), grade 12 English with a minimum grade of C (or equivalent), and grade 11 mathematics 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.
Q: Do you have a mature student policy?
A: Students who are at least 21 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 grade 11 mathematics or grade 12 English are required to complete the appropriate equivalent. For more information see the JIBC’s Admissions policy and procedure.
Q: Can I start the program in January/May?
A: Yes. See the deadlines in How to Apply for specific time frames for submitting your application.
Q: Will I need to buy textbooks?
A: Textbooks are required for a number of courses. You can order these from the JIBC Store, the publisher, or online retailers before the start of the semester.
Q: Do I need to be employed in the field?
Q: Does this program qualify for BC student loans?
A: Yes. Please see information on JIBC Financial Aid & Awards.
COURSES IN THIS PROGRAM
BUSINESS & LIBERAL ARTS FOUNDATIONS
Courses must be outside the primary area of study. Acceptable electives include Inter-Cultural Studies, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Studies, Psychology and Sociology. Courses may be taken at JIBC or transferred in from another institution.