2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Emergency Management Programs

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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 $4,986
# 2 #2 $5,670
# 3 #3 $7,000
# 4 #4 $7,984
# 5 #5 $8,100
# 6 #6 $8,512
# 7 #7 $9,026
# 8 #8 $9,240
# 9 #9 $9,283
# 10 #10 $9,675
# 11 #11 $9,860
# 12 #12 $9,900
# 13 #13 $9,990
# 14 #14 $10,422
# 15 #15 $10,620
# 16 #16 $10,692
# 17 #17 $10,998
# 18 #18 $11,286
# 19 #19 $11,358
# 20 #20 $11,445
# 21 #21 $11,680
# 22 #22 $11,862
# 23 #23 $11,934
# 24 #24 $12,000
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,986
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,359
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (Internship Option)
  • MS in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (Thesis Option)
  • Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,859
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.S. Emergency Services Management
  • M.S. Homeland Security - Emergency Services Management
  • Master of Public Administration-Emergency Services Management
  • Annual Tuition: $7,000
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,342
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice - Emergency Management and Disaster Management
  • Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management & Homeland Security (Dual Degree)
  • Master of Arts in Homeland Security - Emergency Management and Public Health
  • Master of Public Administration - Disaster Management
  • Annual Tuition: $7,984
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,776
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 579
  • Example Classes: Agricultural Security; Comparative Government of the Middle East; Psychology of Terrorism and Fear; Weapons of Mass Destruction; World Religions and Terrorism

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Annual Tuition: $8,512
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 21,361
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Emergency Management & Homeland Security - Emergency Management
  • MA in Emergency Management & Homeland Security
  • MA in Emergency Management & Homeland Security - Community Resilience
  • MA in Emergency Management & Homeland Security - Cybersecurity Policy and Management
  • MA in Emergency Management & Homeland Security - Homeland Security
  • Annual Tuition: $9,026
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 996
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Emergency Management
  • Annual Tuition: $9,240
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 975
  • Example Classes: Community Planning in Emergency Management; Disaster Management Policy; Human Security; International Disaster Management; Vulnerability and Protection

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Security and Disaster Management
  • Annual Tuition: $9,283
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,715
  • Example Classes: Decision Making in Public Administration; Disaster Resilience; Global Disaster Politics

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration - Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Annual Tuition: $9,675
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,801
  • Example Classes: Overview: Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Risk Assessment in Homeland Security; Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Annual Tuition: $9,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,846
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration - Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Master of Healthcare Administration - Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Master of Public Administration - Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Annual Tuition: $9,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,313
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration - Fire and Emergency Administration and Management
  • Annual Tuition: $9,990
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 651
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration - Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Annual Tuition: $10,422
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,654
  • Example Classes: Cross-Sectoral Governance; Hazard Analysis and Disaster Planning; Leadership in Public Service; Managing Emergencies and Crises; Public Sector Communications

Online Master's Degrees

  • Emergency and Crisis Management, MECM
  • Annual Tuition: $10,620
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,146
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.S. in Criminal Justice - Critical Incident Management
  • M.S. in Critical Incident Management
  • M.S. in Emergency and Disaster Management
  • M.S. in Emergency and Disaster Management: Fire Science Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $10,692
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 15,531
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • MPA - Disaster and Emergency Management
  • MS - Criminal Justice - Emergency Preparedness Leadership
  • MS - Disaster and Emergency Management
  • MS - Disaster and Emergency Management - Criminal Justice
  • MS - Disaster and Emergency Management - Cyber Security
  • MS - Disaster and Emergency Management - Environmental Hazards
  • Annual Tuition: $10,998
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,417
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • MPA with a Certificate in Emergency Management and Disaster Resilience
  • MS in Safety, Security & Emergency Management
  • MS in Safety, Security and Emergency Management - Corporate Security Operations
  • MS in Safety, Security and Emergency Management - Emergency Management and Disaster Resilience
  • Annual Tuition: $11,286
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 21,375
  • Example Classes: Applied Emergency Management; Disaster Response and Recovery; Emergency Planning and Preparedness; Human Behavior in Organizations

Online Master's Degrees

  • MSM in Emergency Management
  • MS in Criminal Justice - Advanced Counterterrorism & Homeland Security
  • Annual Tuition: $11,358
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,202
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Criminal Justice - Disasters, Hazards and Emergency Management (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Criminal Justice - Disasters, Hazards and Emergency Management (Thesis Option)
  • Master of Criminal Justice - Emergency Management and Homeland Security (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Criminal Justice - Emergency Management and Homeland Security (Thesis Option)
  • Master of Public Administration - Disasters, Hazards and Emergency Management (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Public Administration - Disasters, Hazards and Emergency Management (Thesis Option)
  • Annual Tuition: $11,445
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,075
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration: Public Policy and Administration - Emergency Management
  • Master of Science in Emergency Management
  • Annual Tuition: $11,680
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 950
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Emergency Management & Homeland Security
  • Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Emergency Management
  • Annual Tuition: $11,862
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 13,350
  • 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

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Management - Emergency Management
  • Annual Tuition: $11,934
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,195
  • Example Classes: Communication and Security; Domestic Terrorism; Fundamentals of Recovery; Infrastructure Protection; Leading Complex Environments; Managing Information Security

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,001
  • Example Classes: Intergovernmental Management; Planning, Preparedness & Mitigation; Response, Recovery & Resilience

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration in Emergency Management