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NAIT disaster management diploma grads gain advanced credit towards JIBC BESMS program

Graduates of an emergency management program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) now have the opportunity for admission into a related degree program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).

Students who have graduated from NAIT’s Diploma in Disaster and Emergency Management since January 2018 will receive advanced credit upon admission to JIBC’s Bachelor of Emergency & Security Management Studies (BESMS) program, according to an articulation agreement signed recently between the two institutes.

“We are pleased to partner with NAIT to provide an additional option for its disaster and emergency management diploma graduates to expand their educational opportunities,” said Colleen Vaughan, JIBC’s Vice-President, Academic. “We welcome NAIT students to further their education and training at JIBC in this exciting, rewarding and growing field.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the important role emergency management professionals play in public safety during times of crisis,” said Sarah Wareing, Dean of the School of Public Safety. “JIBC is proud to do its part in helping train those who prepare communities for the emergencies of the future.”

Graduates of NAIT's Diploma in Disaster & Emergency Management will receive full two-year credit towards the completion of JIBC’s four-year BESMS program.

JIBC’s Bachelor of Emergency & Security Management Studies program is delivered in a full- or part-time, online format. Topics covered include disaster planning; business continuity; risk and crisis management; security and intelligence; business administration; and leadership and management.


Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.