Diploma in Emergency & Security Management

Canada's first diploma to combine emergency management and security studies with a foundation in business.

Get ahead in the growing fields of emergency management, disaster planning, and security.

The Diploma in Emergency and Security Management is a 60-credit multi-disciplinary program designed specifically to meet the security and emergency management challenges of today and tomorrow.  It provides students with the basic conceptual approaches and methodologies of 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.

Flexible Format, Flexible Credentials

The Diploma in Emergency and Security Management is offered completely online.  Students can choose to pursue their studies full time or part time.  New students can start the program at the beginning of any semester (September, January, and May).  See Application Process, below, for more information.

This unique program also ladders directly into the Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies program.

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Who Should Take this Program?

  • Public safety professionals looking to take their careers to the next level or qualify for leadership positions
  • High school graduates looking for a broadly based program that will get them started on a unique and growing career path
  • Adult learners changing careers and looking for a new kind of challenge where they can be both inspired and give back to their communities
  • Students looking to gain a diploma credential prior to pursuing their Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies

For all students, this diploma program provides the core skills required to succeed in emergency  management, security and other public safety disciplines.

What Will I Learn?

The Diploma in Emergency & Security Management is a comprehensive program combining studies in:

  • Emergency Management and Public Safety
  • Business Continuity
  • Risk and Crisis Management
  • Security and Intelligence
  • Business Administration
  • Leadership and Management

Graduates of the degree have a solid base of knowledge and skills to pursue leadership roles across the public safety spectrum.


Graduates of the Diploma in Emergency and Security Management program can expect to apply for professional and leadership positions in emergency management, public safety, business continuity and security with:

  • Municipal, provincial, regional and federal emergency programs
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • International organizations, such as the Red Cross
  • Private security agencies
  • Crown corporations
  • Utilities
  • Private businesses in areas such as transportation, natural resources, gaming, hospitality and recreation

Typical Job Titles Could Include

  • Emergency Program Manager
  • Emergency Program Coordinator
  • Emergency Planner
  • Security Coordinator
  • Director of Safety and Security
  • Manager, Public Safety
  • Director of Emergency Management

For specific job opportunities, visit our Facebook page where new positions across Canada are regularly posted or follow us on Twitter.

Program Format

The Diploma in Emergency and Security Management is a paced and facilitated online program.  Students have the opportunity to collaborate and share experiences in an interactive online learning experience.  Courses are facilitated by faculty who are experts in their fields.

Students can pursue their studies full time or part time.


Part-time students generally take two to three courses per semester, three semesters per year.  Students can expect to complete their program in three years.


Full-time students generally take four to five courses per semester, two semesters per year.  Students can expect to complete their program in two years. 

Time Committment:

Courses run on a 14-week semester. 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. Plan to dedicate approximately 6 hours per week per course on your studies.

Degree Option

Designed in a laddered format, students can move on to complete the Bachelor in Emergency and Security Management after graduating with the diploma. Contact the program director for more information.

Program Cost

Non-Refundable Program Application Fee of $75/-

The Diploma in Emergency and Security Management is 60 credits or 20 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 diploma is approximately $10,000,plus the cost of of textbook approximately $1000/-.

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.


ESMS-1100 Emergency & Security Legislation
Hoag, V., Mukherji, G., Rock, N. (2017). Foundations of criminal and civil law in Canada (4th ed.) Emond Montgomery Publications.

ESMS-1200 A Systems Approach to Business

  1. Brassard, M. et al. (2016) The Memory Jogger 2: Tools for Continuous Improvement and Effective Planning (2nd ed.)
  2. Jones, G., George, J., Rock M., & Haddad, J. (2019). Essentials of contemporary management (6th ed.) 

ESMS-1300 Foundations of Emergency Management I
No required text. 

ESMS-1400 Foundations of Safety & Security
Purpura, P. (2018). Security and loss prevention: An introduction (7th ed.) Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann.

ESMS-2210 Introduction to Information Management
No required text

ESMS-2300 Foundations of Emergency Management II: Response & Recovery
No required text

ESMS-2310 Human Behaviour & Social Constructs of Disaster

* Thomas, D. S. K., Phillips, B. D., Lovekamp, W.E. & Fothergill, A. (Eds.). (2013). Social vulnerability to disasters (2nd ed.). Boca Raton, FL:  CRC Press.  Now available for free access at http://libproxy.jibc.ca:2048/login?url=https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9780429253683 

ESMS-2340 Foundations of Business Continuity Management

  1. Hiles, A. (2010). The definitive handbook of business continuity management (3rd ed). 
  2. Sheffi, Y. (2007). The resilient enterprise: Overcoming vulnerability for competitive advantage.

ESMS-2400 Introduction to Risk Management
Somerson, I.S. (2009). The art and science of security risk management. Alexandria: ASIS International.

ESMS-2450 Critical Infrastructure Protection Systems
Garcia, M.L. (2007). The design and evaluation of physical protection systems. (2nd ed.) Butterworth Heinemenn.

ESMS-2500 Crisis Communications
Fearn-Banks, K. (2017) Crisis Communications – A Casebook approach. New York, NY: Routledge. (5th ed.)

BUSN-1100 Business Communications
Brounstein, M., Bell, A.H., Smith, D.M., & Isbell, C. 2nd. Ed. (2013). Business Communication: Communicate effectively in any business environment. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

BUSN-1101 Introduction to Human Resource Management
Steen, S., Noe, R., Hollenbeck, J., Gerhard, B., & Wright, P. (2013). Human resource management (3rd Canadian Ed.) Toronto: Mcgraw Hill.

CRES-1851 Introduction to Conflict Analysis & Resolution
No required text.

FIRE-2145 Financial Management
Young, David. (2008). Management Control in Nonprofit Organizations. Cambridge, Mass: Crimson Press

ENGL-1100 Academic Writing
Open Source - textbook - Writing for Success. Link provided in class.

ENGL-1110 Critcal Reading & Writing
Sullivan, R. & Levene, M. (Eds). (2015). Short Fiction: An Anthology (2nd ed.). Peterborough, ON: Oxford University Press.

ETHS-1100 Applied Ethics 

  1. Hinman, L.M. (2012). Ethics: A Pluralistic Approach to Moral Theory, 5th Edition. Belmont, Ca.: Wadsworth
  2. McLachlan, J.A. (2010). Ethics in Action: Making Ethical Decisions in Your Daily Life, First Edition. Toronto: Pearson.

PSYC-1100 Introduction to Psychology
Open source textbook – no purchase necessary.

RESM-2100 Research Methods
Palys, T.S. & Atchison, C. (2013). Research Decisions: Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Method Approaches (5th Ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson Education.

STAT-1100 Introduction to Statistics
The textbook for the course is: Collaborative Statistics (version 1.4) by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean. It is an open source, free book that you can read online or download as an e-book, available at:  http://cnx.org/content/col10522/latest (just click on the green “Get This Book!” button and you can download it as a .pdf file, an .epub file (to read on an e-reader), an offline zip file, or you can order a printed version of the book for $19).



To check current course availability, select the course code below. If you wish to register, follow the instructions on the course listing. View a full list of the courses in the diploma.

CourseCourse Code

Emergency Management & Security Fundamentals

Emergency & Security LegislationESMS-1100 
A Systems Approach to BusinessESMS-1200 
Foundations of Emergency Management I: Planning & PreparednessESMS-1300  
Foundations of Safety & SecurityESMS-1400 
Introduction to Information ManagementESMS-2210 
Foundations of Emergency Management II: Response & RecoveryESMS-2300 
Human Behaviour & Social Constructs of DisastersESMS-2310 
Foundations of Business Continuity ManagementESMS-2340 
Introduction to Risk ManagementESMS-2400 
Critical Infrastructure Protection SystemsESMS-2450 
Crisis CommunicationESMS-2500 

Business & Liberal Arts Foundations

Business CommunicationsBUSN-1100 
Introduction to Human Resource ManagementBUSN-1101 
Introduction to Conflict Analysis and ResolutionCRES-1851 
Applied EthicsETHS-1100 
Academic WritingENGL-1100 
Critical Reading & WritingENGL-1110 
Financial ManagementFIRE-2145 
Research MethodsRESM-2100 


Admission Requirements

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • 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.

For more information, contact the program director.

English 12/ English 12 First Peoples

Application Process

New students can start at the beginning of any semester (September, January, and May).  To apply:

  • Complete the online program application form at Education Planner BC with a non-refundable Program Application Fee of $75/-
  • 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.
  • Submit the entrance letter and official transcripts (highschool and any/all post-secondary studies) in person or by mail to:

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

Application Deadlines

  • September start: Complete application to be received no later than June 30
  • January start: Complete application to be received no later than October 31
  • May start: Complete application to be received no later than February 28

Once accepted into the 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, as well as 6 credits toward their security and emergency management electives.

Program 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?
It depends on how many courses you take.
Part-time Studies (2-3 courses a semester, 3 semesters per year):

  • Diploma–2.5-3 years
  • Degree–5-5.5 years

Full-time Studies (4-5 courses a semester, 2 semesters per year):

  • Diploma–2-2.5 years
  • Degree–4-4.5 years

Can the program be taken completely online?

Can I take some classes face to face?
Not at this time. We are currently exploring offering the program face-to-face as well as online. If you are interested in studying full-time on campus, please contact the program director.

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).

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.

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 course work 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 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 – artifacts 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.

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.

Do you have a mature student policy?
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 Mathematics 11 or English 12 are required to complete the appropriate equivalent. For more information see the JIBC’s Admissions policy and procedure.

Can I start the program in January/May?
Yes. Deadlines to apply are as follows:
September start: June 30
January start: October 31
May start: February 28

Will I need to buy textbooks?
Textbooks and/or course packs 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?

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

Last updated March 23, 2020