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Earn Your BA in Emergency and Disaster Management Online

Natural disasters and severe weather, bioterrorism, public health emergencies, and radiation incidents are among the disasters that could strike at any time and each requires increasingly sophisticated levels of response. By earning your Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management online from American Public University (APU), you are introduced to the all-hazards approach to the discipline as you explore all phases of disaster.

APU’s programs are online with 24/7 access and no set login times. At APU, there are no entrance exams and programs start every month, so you can begin quickly and control your schedule.

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International Fire Service Accreditation Congress


APU's Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military spouses/dependents are eligible for our Military Tuition Grant that covers undergraduate and master’s-level tuition above the military TA cap of $250/credit hour.

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We provide no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduates.

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APU does not charge to evaluate and apply eligible transfer credit.

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Why You Should Earn This Bachelor's From APU

Local Perspective

No matter the size or scope of the incident, this program approaches your learning with a fundamental emergency management concept: All disasters are local.

Comprehensive Coursework

Your classes cover vital areas of the discipline: emergency management and planning, incident command, hazard mitigation, social media, hazardous materials management, and the psychology of disaster.

Core Skill-Building

Disaster response requires skill in thinking and acting with urgency. This program sharpens your critical thinking skills—a vital need for effective crisis management.

A Commitment to Excellence

APU’s emergency management programs are the first online programs to be recognized by the Foundation for Higher Education Accreditation in Emergency Management.

Expert Knowledge

Faculty bring their frontline experience and unique insight to your learning. Many are certified emergency managers (CEM) and hold key positions in government, public safety, and the security sector.

Peer Engagement

Learn alongside APU’s unique group of working professionals, including first responders and individuals who hold roles with government, public safety, and healthcare organizations.

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