Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Disaster Management

Gain the knowledge and skills to pursue rewarding careers in disaster management and public safety in this exciting opportunity for Canadian and international students

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

The Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Disaster Management (PBDDM) provides the opportunity for students to gain a unique combination of theoretical knowledge and applied skills to be prepared to deal with issues from climate change and natural disasters to pandemics and other public safety threats.

Study at a dynamic campus where public safety professionals train – including emergency managers and other first responders. Learn from instructors who have worked in emergency management, business continuity, infrastructure security and crisis communications.

Enjoy living in one of the world’s best places to live and Canada’s most beautiful provinces as you complete your post-degree diploma.

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What will you learn?

This program provides a unique combination of theoretical knowledge and applied capabilities centered around four key theme areas:

  • 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.

Program Format

This is a 60-credit, full-time program consisting of 20 three-credit courses. Students complete all courses face-to-face at the JIBC New Westminster campus over a two-year period. To graduate with the post-baccalaureate diploma within 24 months, students must successfully complete five courses per 14-week semester.


Term I: Contexts for Disaster Management

  • ESMS-1300 Foundations of Emergency Management: Planning and Preparation
    Explore the roles of planning and preparedness in emergency management.
  • CRES-1851 Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution
    Examine the origins and causes of conflict resolution, how individuals act and react, and strategies for resolving conflict.
  • ETHS-1100 Applied Ethics
    Develop an understanding of ethical theories, strategies for moral reasoning, critical thinking and ethical decision making.
  • SOCI-1100 Reconciling Colonial Practices
    Explore the contemporary context of reconciliation through nation-to-nation relationships and the lndigenization of complex systems in British Columbia and Canada today.
  • ESMS-2400 Introduction to Risk Management
    Learn core risk management principles, concepts and models as well as basic risk management strategies.

Term II: Behind the Scenes

  • ESMS-2300 Foundations of Emergency Management: Response and Recovery
    Explore theoretical frameworks and applied models related to emergency/disaster response and recovery.
  • ESMS-2310 Human Behaviour and Social Constructs of Disasters
    Examine current research pertaining to the sociological and psychological dimensions of disasters and emergency management.
  • INTL-3410 Introduction to Intelligence Analysis
    Learn how to apply key components of the intelligence cycle to the collection, analysis and dissemination of intelligence.
  • ESMS-3360 Exercise Program Management
    Learn about the important role exercises play in emergency planning and develop a multi-year exercise program.
  • ESMS-4220 Ethical Issues in Public Safety
    Examine the moral and ethical issues that can arise in public safety and security management and develop strategies to monitor ethical behaviour.

Term III: Resiliency and Continuity

  • ESMS-3330 Technology Applications in Security & Emergency Management Environments
    Examine how technology can support multiple source data integration, risk assessment, safety and security, and planning and response to emergencies.
  • ESMS-3340 Business Continuity Management **
    Explore key concepts and applications in business continuity management, the development of enterprise business continuity programs, and the role of business recovery teams.
  • ESMS-3500 Crisis Communications and Management **
    Learn about the structure and role of crisis communications plan, and the skills and tactics necessary to support organizational crisis communications.
  • ESMS-2450 Critical Infrastructure Protection Systems
    Explore the principles and foundations of facility and infrastructure security.
  • ESMS-4310 Resilience and Recovery
    Examine ways to build resiliency and the role building resiliency capacity plays in all phases of emergency management.

** Course under development

Term IV: Management in Complex Environments

  • ESMS-4300 Current Trends in Security and Disaster Management
    Explore current trends, topics and research in emergency /disaster management from a global perspective.
  • ESMS-4250 Policy Development and Implementation
    Learn how to influence policy development and change, and write new policy built around the ethical and legal principles.
  • ESMS-3420 Safety and Security Management for Major Events
    Study security and public safety requirements for major events, conduct risk assessments, and explore venue and event project management planning.
  • ESMS-4420 Planning for Terrorism, CBRNE and Major Health Crises
     Learn about planning, response, and recovery activities through the case studies in terrorism, CBRN (chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear), and major health crises.
  • ESMS-4900 Research Project
    Apply and synthesize emergency management and security theory, concepts, and principles learned throughout your studies.

Admission Requirements and Tuition

To be eligible for this program, students are required:

  • To meet JIBC’s general admissions requirements as outlined in JIBC’s Admissions Policy.
  • 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) or World Education Services which will evaluate the credentials and determine comparable levels in BC or Canadian terms.
  • To meet JIBC’s English language proficiency requirement if one's undergraduate studies were completed in a language other than English. Students must meet the minimum requirement as outlined in JIBC's English Admissions Requirements for International Students.





Application Fee
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. 

Application Process


Students can start in the Fall (September) semester.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2020 (September 2020 start)

  • Complete the Online Application Form via EducationPlannerBC and pay the application fee before the application deadline;
  • Submit the required documentation before the application deadline. This includes:
    • Official university transcript (provide original and translated copy for transcripts in languages other than English)

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Application Deadline

The deadline for domestic students to apply is June 1

The deadline for international students to apply is June 1.

Upon acceptance into the program, a Program Deposit must be received by the date indicated in your formal acceptance letter.

Only complete applications received before the deadline will be considered.

What our Students Say

Hitoshi-EMD-testimonial-image"Thanks to JIBC's instructors who have extraordinary practical field skills, I was able to attain what I need to do better in my emergency management career. I would recommend any international student to try out courses offered at JIBC. They will fulfill your intellectual and practical needs. - Hitoshi Igarashi

Last updated February 25, 2020