2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Emergency Management Programs

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

These 24 schools make up the most affordable options for obtaining an online master's degree in emergency management, with all of their annual tuition rates priced at less than $12,000. Arkansas State University, the #1 option, charges only $4,986 per year. Ranked #2, Columbia Southern University offers an annual tuition rate of just $5,670. Prospective students can choose from an M.S. in Emergency Services Management or a Master of Public Administration-Emergency Services Management.

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

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Arkansas State University $4,986
# 2 #2 Columbia Southern University $5,670
# 3 #3 American Public University System $7,000
# 4 #4 California State University-Long Beach $7,984
# 5 #5 Auburn University at Montgomery $8,100
# 6 #6 Arizona State University $8,512
# 7 #7 Millersville University of Pennsylvania $9,026
# 8 #8 University of Alaska Fairbanks $9,240
# 9 #9 Sam Houston State University $9,283
# 10 #10 Excelsior College $9,675
# 11 #11 Park University $9,860
# 12 #12 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh $9,900
# 13 #13 Upper Iowa University $9,990
# 14 #14 University of Central Florida $10,422
# 15 #15 Saint Leo University Online $10,620
# 16 #16 Nova Southeastern University $10,692
# 17 #17 Eastern Kentucky University $10,998
# 18 #18 Southern New Hampshire University Online $11,286
# 19 #19 University of Colorado Denver $11,358
# 20 #20 CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice $11,445
# 21 #21 Arkansas Tech University $11,680
# 22 #22 University of Maryland Global Campus $11,862
# 23 #23 National University $11,934
# 24 #24 University of Nebraska at Omaha $12,000
#1
#1

Arkansas State University

Jonesboro (AR)
Annual Tuition: $4,986
Annual Tuition: $4,986
Annual Tuition: $4,986
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average SATs: 1013 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,064
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,414
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (870) 972-2100

Example Classes: Crisis Communications, Ethics and Legal Considerations in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, Research Design and Methodology in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, Theory Development in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

#2
#2

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach (AL)
Annual Tuition: $5,670
Annual Tuition: $5,670
Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 22%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 14,364
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,670
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Phone #: (251) 981-3771 x1278

Example Classes: Advanced Fire Administration, Advanced Interactions of Hazardous Materials, Case Studies in Natural Catastrophes and Man-Made Disasters, Emergency Management Leadership and Decision Making, Interagency Disaster Management, Theory of Crime and Criminology

#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $7,000
Annual Tuition: $7,000
Annual Tuition: $7,000
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,335
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,914
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

Example Classes: Climate Change Adaptation, Economics of Disaster, Emergency Management Perspectives on Cybersecurity, Hazard Mitigation and Resilient Communities, Social Justice Issues in Emergency Management, Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management

#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $7,984
Annual Tuition: $7,984
Annual Tuition: $7,984
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 81%
  • Graduation Rate: 74%
  • Acceptance Rate: 28%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 218
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 279
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (562) 985-4111

Example Classes: Campus and Community Volunteer Emergency Response, Disaster Mental Health Issues in Emergency Management, Emergency Management Leadership Across the Megacommunity, Emergency Management Organizations: Constructs for Influencing Complex Systems, Information Literacy and Practical Writing Applications for Emergency Management

#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 920 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 378
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 264
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (334) 244-3000

Example Classes: Agricultural Security, Comparative Government of the Middle East, Psychology of Terrorism and Fear, Weapons of Mass Destruction, World Religions and Terrorism

#6
#6

Arizona State University

Tempe (AZ) (and 4 others)
Annual Tuition: $8,512
Annual Tuition: $8,512
Annual Tuition: $8,512
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1091 -1301
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 33,410
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 10,843
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Exercises and Planning for Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Hazards Governance, Information Technology in Emergency Management, Integrated Emergency Management, Program Evaluation for Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Public Private Partnerships for Emergency Management and Homeland Security

#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $9,026
Annual Tuition: $9,026
Annual Tuition: $9,026
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 424
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 221
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (717) 871-4636

Example Classes: Emergency Mental Health & Trauma, Emergency Preparedness for Industry, Humanitarian Responses to International Disasters, Natural Hazards Primer, Social Dimensions of Disaster, Technical & Professional Writing for Emergency Management

#8
#8

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks (AK) (and 1 other)
Annual Tuition: $9,240
Annual Tuition: $9,240
Annual Tuition: $9,240
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,350
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 598
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

Example Classes: Community Planning in Emergency Management, Disaster Management Policy, Human Security, International Disaster Management, Vulnerability and Protection

#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $9,283
Annual Tuition: $9,283
Annual Tuition: $9,283
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,120
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,562
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (936) 294-1111

Example Classes: Decision Making in Public Administration, Disaster Resilience, Global Disaster Politics

#10
#10

Excelsior College

Albany (NY)
Annual Tuition: $9,675
Annual Tuition: $9,675
Annual Tuition: $9,675
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 22,674
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,571
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (518) 464-8500

Example Classes: Overview: Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Risk Assessment in Homeland Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism

#11
#11

Park University

Parkville (MO)
Annual Tuition: $9,860
Annual Tuition: $9,860
Annual Tuition: $9,860
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,473
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,358
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (816) 741-2000

Example Classes: Continuity of Operations in Public and Private Sectors, Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources in Disaster and Emergency Management, Disaster and Society, Disaster, Disease and Public Health, Global Comparative Emergency Management, Public Policy and Disaster

#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $9,900
Annual Tuition: $9,900
Annual Tuition: $9,900
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 632
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 303
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (920) 424-1234

Example Classes: Crisis Management and Leadership, Fire and Emergency Services Administration, Multicultural and Diversity Strategy for the Fire Service, Municipal Management, Strategic Planning for Fire Departments, Supervisory Skills for Fire and Emergency Personnel

#13
#13

Upper Iowa University

Fayette (IA)
Annual Tuition: $9,990
Annual Tuition: $9,990
Annual Tuition: $9,990
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 56%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,872
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 514
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (563) 425-5200

Example Classes: Comparative Strategies of National Security, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, and Public Policy, Emergency Management: Mitigation, Recovery, and Continuity, Leadership Issues with Critical Incidents, Psychology and Culture of Terrorism, Terrorism and Politics

#14
#14

University of Central Florida

Orlando (FL) (and 7 others)
Annual Tuition: $10,422
Annual Tuition: $10,422
Annual Tuition: $10,422
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 72%
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Average SATs: 1170 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 7,588
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,485
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Example Classes: Cross-Sectoral Governance, Hazard Analysis and Disaster Planning, Leadership in Public Service, Managing Emergencies and Crises, Public Sector Communications

#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $10,620
Annual Tuition: $10,620
Annual Tuition: $10,620
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,242
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (352) 588-8200

Example Classes: Fire Service Organization Dynamics, Fire-Related Human Behavior, Leadership Application in Critical Incident Management, Legal & Regulatory Aspects in Critical Incident Management, Personal Administration for the Fire and Emergency Services, Policy & Politics in Critical Incident Management

#16
#16

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale (FL)
Annual Tuition: $10,692
Annual Tuition: $10,692
Annual Tuition: $10,692
  • Online Degrees: 9
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 292
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,532
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (954) 262-7300

Example Classes: Agroterrorism and Food System Disasters, Bioterrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness, Grant-writing for Emergency Preparedness, Maritime Security for the Cruise Line and Yachting Industries, Psychosocial Dimensions of Disaster, Security Management in a Global Society

#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $10,998
Annual Tuition: $10,998
Annual Tuition: $10,998
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,187
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,386
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (859) 622-1000

Example Classes: Auditing for Safety, Security & Emergency Management, Evolution of Emergency Management, Issues in Security Management, Managing the Nation’s Disasters, Natural Hazards and Threats to the Nation, Quantitative Analysis in Safety, Security & Emergency Management

#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
Annual Tuition: $11,286
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 86,849
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,526
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 668-2211

Example Classes: Applied Emergency Management, Disaster Response and Recovery, Emergency Planning and Preparedness, Human Behavior in Organizations

#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $11,358
Annual Tuition: $11,358
Annual Tuition: $11,358
  • Online Degrees: 8
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,046
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,528
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (303) 556-5600

Example Classes: Disaster/Climate Change Planning, Public Policies for Hazards and Disasters, Public Service in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Public Service Leadership and Ethics

#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $11,445
Annual Tuition: $11,445
Annual Tuition: $11,445
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 39%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 570
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 641
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (212) 237-8000

Example Classes: Analysis of Building and Fire Codes, Geographic Information Systems for Public Safety and Emergency Management, Managing Response to Large-Scale Incidents, Risk Analysis and Loss Prevention, Safety and Security in the Built Environment, Theory and Design of Fire Protection Systems

#21
#21

Arkansas Tech University

Russellville (AR)
Annual Tuition: $11,680
Annual Tuition: $11,680
Annual Tuition: $11,680
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,231
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 562
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (844) 804-2628

Example Classes: Ethical, Legal, and Political Considerations in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Foundation of Leadership, Fundamentals of Homeland Security, Technology for Comprehensive Emergency Management

#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $11,862
Annual Tuition: $11,862
Annual Tuition: $11,862
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 46%
  • Graduation Rate: 15%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 35,971
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 10,876
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (301) 985-7000

Example Classes: Comprehensive Crisis and Emergency Management, Crisis Communication for Emergency Managers, Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Assessment, Information Technology in Emergency Management, Resilience Planning and Preparedness for Disaster Response and Recovery

#23
#23

National University

La Jolla (CA)
Annual Tuition: $11,934
Annual Tuition: $11,934
Annual Tuition: $11,934
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 33%
  • Graduation Rate: 29%
  • Average SATs: 750 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,849
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,165
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (800) 628-8648

Example Classes: Communication and Security, Domestic Terrorism, Fundamentals of Recovery, Infrastructure Protection, Leading Complex Environments, Managing Information Security

#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 923
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 511
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 554-2800

Example Classes: Intergovernmental Management, Planning, Preparedness & Mitigation, Response, Recovery & Resilience