2020 Most Affordable Online Emergency Management Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

With annual tuitions under $13,000, these 24 online colleges offer the most affordable bachelor's in emergency management degrees. Ranked #1, Clayton State University charges $5,490 per year for their Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security/Emergency Management. Available courses include BioDefense, Counter Terrorism, Intelligence & Analysis, Legal Issues in Homeland Security Emergency Management, and Medical Management-Mass Emergencies. Second-ranked Western Carolina University is a similarly affordable option, with an annual tuition of only $5,670.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online master's in emergency management degrees. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Clayton State University $5,490
# 2 #2 Western Carolina University $5,670
# 4 #4 College of Southern Nevada $7,190
# 5 #5 Barry University $7,410
# 6 #6 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus $7,492
# 7 #7 Louisiana State University-Alexandria $7,500
# 8 #8 Truckee Meadows Community College $7,575
# 9 #9 West Texas A&M University $7,953
# 10 #10 American Public University System $8,100
# 11 #11 University of Central Missouri $8,761
# 12 #12 University of Alaska Fairbanks $9,690
# 13 #13 Thomas Edison State University $9,856
# 14 #14 Strayer University $9,867
# 15 #15 Drury University $9,920
# 16 #16 Colorado State University Global $10,500
# 17 #17 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh $10,800
# 18 (tie) #18 (tie) SUNY College of Technology at Canton $10,943
# 18 (tie) #18 (tie) SUNY Empire State College $10,943
# 20 #20 Saint Leo University Online $11,100
# 21 #21 Franklin University $11,940
# 22 #22 Touro University Worldwide $12,000
# 23 #23 Jacksonville State University $12,064
# 24 #24 Indiana Institute of Technology $12,120
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $5,490
Annual Tuition: $5,490
Annual Tuition: $5,490
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 31%
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,050
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 162
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (678) 466-4000

Example Classes: BioDefense, Counter Terrorism, Intelligence & Analysis, Legal Issues in Homeland Security Emergency Management, Medical Management-Mass Emergencies

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security/Emergency Management
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $5,670
Annual Tuition: $5,670
Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 39%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1210
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,463
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 688
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (828) 227-7100

Example Classes: Methods of Disaster Research, Political and Policy Basis of Emergency and Disaster Management, Principles of Hazard Mitigation, Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Analysis, Social Dimensions of a Disaster

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Care
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $7,190
Annual Tuition: $7,190
Annual Tuition: $7,190
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 76%
  • Graduation Rate: 9%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 6,621
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (702) 651-5000

Example Classes: Analytical Approaches to Public Fire Protection, Apparatus and Equipment, Building Construction for Fire Protection, Fire Behavior and Combustion, Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply, Hazardous Materials Chemistry

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Fire and Emergency Services Administration
#5
#5

Barry University

Miami Shores (FL)
Annual Tuition: $7,410
Annual Tuition: $7,410
Annual Tuition: $7,410
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average SATs: 910 -1080
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 139
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 249
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (800) 756-6000

Example Classes: Disaster Response Operations and Management I (DROM I): Mitigation and Preparedness, Emergency Management of Homeland Security, Overview of Disasters and Complex Emergencies, Psychosocial Issues of Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $7,492
Annual Tuition: $7,492
Annual Tuition: $7,492
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 860 -1070
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,693
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 979
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (575) 562-1011

Example Classes: Community Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency Services, Legal, Political and Regulatory Issues, Public Health Emergencies

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Fire and Emergency Services
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Acceptance Rate: 31%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 931
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Example Classes: American Government, American History I, Disasters in History, Introduction to Disaster Science and Emergency Management, Louisiana Government

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of General Studies in Disaster Science & Emergency Management
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $7,575
Annual Tuition: $7,575
Annual Tuition: $7,575
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 72%
  • Graduation Rate: 28%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,732
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (775) 673-7000

Example Classes: Critical Infrastructure and Resource Protection, International and Cyber Terrorism, Introduction to Exercise Design and Evaluation, Organizational Crisis & Continuity Management, Principles and Practices of Mitigation and Recovery in Emergency Management, Social Dimensions, Lifecycle and Ethics of Disaster

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BAS - Emergency Management and Homeland Security
#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $7,953
Annual Tuition: $7,953
Annual Tuition: $7,953
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,315
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,067
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 651-0000

Example Classes: Ethics and the Justice and Emergency Management Administration Systems, Geographic Information Systems Technology for Public and Emergency Management, Municipal Government, Organizational Theory in the Public Sector, Public Personnel Administration

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Emergency Management Administration
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,746
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 8,342
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

Example Classes: Chemistry of Hazardous Materials, Emergency and Disaster Incident Command, Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness, Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials, Mind of a Terrorist, Social Media Application to Emergency and Disaster Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management - General
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health - Emergency and Disaster Management
#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $8,761
Annual Tuition: $8,761
Annual Tuition: $8,761
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 394
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 748
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (660) 543-4111

Example Classes: Catastrophic Readiness, Community Mitigation and Recovery, Disaster and Society, Emergency Response Planning, Safety and Health for Emergency Responders

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Crisis and Disaster Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Crisis and Disaster Management - Business Continuity
  • Bachelor of Science in Crisis and Disaster Management - Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Crisis and Disaster Management - Emergency Services Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Crisis and Disaster Management - Environmental Hazards
#12
#12

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks (AK) (and 1 other)
Annual Tuition: $9,690
Annual Tuition: $9,690
Annual Tuition: $9,690
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 31%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1270
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,072
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 590
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

Example Classes: All Hazards Risk Analysis, Business Continuity and Crisis Management, Comparative Emergency Management, Fiscal Management for Emergency Management Operations, Introduction to Emergency Management Exercise Design, Leadership in Dangerous Contexts

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Homeland Security and Emergency Management - Cyber Security and Information Technology Management
  • Bachelor of Homeland Security and Emergency Management - Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Homeland Security and Emergency Management - Emergency Medical and Public Health Management
  • Bachelor of Homeland Security and Emergency Management - Fire Administration
  • Bachelor of Homeland Security and Emergency Management - Homeland Security
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $9,856
Annual Tuition: $9,856
Annual Tuition: $9,856
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 10,140
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 696
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (609) 984-1100 x2025

Example Classes: Counterterrorism: Constitutional and Legislative Issues, Homeland Security: Preparedness, Prevention, and Deterrence, Knowledge of Human Cultures, Protecting the Homeland: Response and Recovery, Understanding the Physical and Natural World, White-Collar Crime

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
#14
#14

Strayer University

Nationwide
Annual Tuition: $9,867
Annual Tuition: $9,867
Annual Tuition: $9,867
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 41%
  • Graduation Rate: 28%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 34,009
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 10,021
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Example Classes: Homeland Security Organization and Administration, Navigating a Digital World, Security Assessment and Solutions, Sociology of Class, Gender, Ethnicity, and Race, Terrorism and Antiterrorism, The Power of Effective Speaking

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security and Emergency Management
#15
#15

Drury University

Springfield (MO)
Annual Tuition: $9,920
Annual Tuition: $9,920
Annual Tuition: $9,920
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 153
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (417) 873-7879

Example Classes: Financial Basics for Leaders, Hazard Identification, Private Sector Crisis and Emergency Management, Social Aspects of Disaster

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management
#16
#16

Colorado State University Global

Greenwood Village (CO)
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500
Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,054
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,422
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 920-6723

Example Classes: Disaster Recovery, Disaster Response, Hazard Mitigation

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS - Criminal Justice - Emergency Management
  • BS - Healthcare Administration and Management - Emergency Management
  • BS - Human Resource Management - Emergency Management
  • BS - Organizational Leadership - Emergency Management
  • BS - Project Management - Emergency Management
#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $10,800
Annual Tuition: $10,800
Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 873
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 311
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (920) 424-1234

Example Classes: Budgeting for Program Managers, Disaster Operations and Decision Making, Emergency Planning and Administration, Government & Economy, Politics of Emergency Management, Technology in Emergency Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Studies in Fire and Emergency Response Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Studies in Fire and Emergency Response Management - Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Studies in Fire and Emergency Response Management - Fire Services Management
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $10,943
Annual Tuition: $10,943
Annual Tuition: $10,943
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 37%
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Average SATs: 900 -1080
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 921
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (315) 386-7011

Example Classes: Communities: Preparedness & Defense, Disaster Simulation, Incident Command: System Coordination & Assessment, Risk & Hazard Impact Studies

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management
#18
#18

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs (NY)
Annual Tuition: $10,943
Annual Tuition: $10,943
Annual Tuition: $10,943
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,170
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 965
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (518) 587-2100

Example Classes: Emergency Medical Technician-Original, Fire and Western Civilization, Fire Fighting Tactics and Strategies, Fire Service Instructor, General Chemistry for Fire Science I, Mass Disasters: Implications for Public Policy

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA Public Affairs
  • BPS Public Affairs
  • BS Public Affairs
#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $11,100
Annual Tuition: $11,100
Annual Tuition: $11,100
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,889
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,329
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (352) 588-8200

Example Classes: Community Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency Services, Disaster Response and Recovery, Hazard Indentification, Vulnerability Analysis and Mitigation, Interagency Disaster Management, Social Impact of Disasters, Terrorism and Emergency Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.A. in Emergency Management - Fire Science
#21
#21

Franklin University

Columbus (OH)
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 14%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,578
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,085
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (614) 797-4700

Example Classes: Critical Incident Management, Ethics & Leadership in Public Safety Agencies, Political & Legal Foundations for Fire Protection

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Emergency Management & Homeland Security
  • BS in Emergency Management & Homeland Security - Emergency Management & Disaster Response
  • BS in Emergency Management & Homeland Security - Homeland Security
  • BS in Public Safety Management & Leadership - Fire & Emergency Medical Services
#22
#22

Touro University Worldwide

Los Angeles (CA)
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 438
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,163
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Phone #: (818) 575-6800

Example Classes: Emergency Preparedness and Response, First and Second Responders Role in Crisis, Homeland Security and Terrorism, Medical Facilities Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS - Business Administration and Management: Homeland Security Emergency Disaster Management
#23
#23

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville (AL)
Annual Tuition: $12,064
Annual Tuition: $12,064
Annual Tuition: $12,064
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 910 -930
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 950
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 832
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (256) 782-5781

Example Classes: Disaster Mitigation & Preparedness, Disaster Response & Recovery, Populations at Risk

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management - Homeland Security
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management - Public Safety Telecommunications
#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $12,120
Annual Tuition: $12,120
Annual Tuition: $12,120
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 753 -1168
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 355
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 937-2448

Example Classes: American Government, Disaster Response Operations & Management, Incident Command Fundamentals, Labor Relations, Legal & Ethical Aspects of Emergency Response Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Response Management