Diploma in Emergency & Security Management
Canada's first diploma to combine emergency management and security studies with a foundation in business.
- Spring/summer semester starts May 6. Registration March 25-April 21.
- Updated 2013 course schedule now posted.
- Change in diploma program requirements: ESM290 Diploma Capstone is no longer required.
- Deadline to apply to the program for a September start is June 30.
Get ahead in the growing fields of emergency management, disaster planning, and security.
The Diploma in Emergency and Security Management is a 60-credit multi-disciplinary program designed specifically to meet the security and emergency management challenges of today and tomorrow. It provides students with the basic conceptual approaches and methodologies of security and emergency management as they apply to business and community environments. Graduates have the theoretical, methodological, and technical competencies required for a career in security and emergency management.
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Flexible Format, Flexible Credentials
The Diploma in Emergency and Security Management is offered completely online. Students can choose to pursue their studies full time or part time. New students can start the program at the beginning of any semester (September, January, and May). See Application Process, below, for more information.
This unique program also ladders directly into the Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies program.
- Public safety professionals looking to take their careers to the next level or qualify for leadership positions
- High school graduates looking for a broadly based program that will get them started on a unique and growing career path
- Adult learners changing careers and looking for a new kind of challenge where they can be both inspired and give back to their communities
- Students looking to gain a diploma credential prior to pursuing their Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies
For all students, this diploma program provides the core skills required to succeed in emergency management, security and other public safety disciplines.
The Diploma in Emergency & Security Management is a comprehensive program combining studies in:
- Emergency Management and Public Safety
- Business Continuity
- Risk and Crisis Management
- Security and Intelligence
- Business Administration
- Leadership and Management
Graduates of the degree have a solid base of knowledge and skills to pursue leadership roles across the public safety spectrum.
The Diploma in Emergency and Security Management is a paced and facilitated online program. Students have the opportunity to collaborate and share experiences in an interactive online learning experience. Courses are facilitated by faculty who are experts in their fields.
Students can pursue their studies full time or part time.
Part-time students generally take two to three courses per semester, three semesters per year. Students can expect to complete their program in three years.
Full-time students generally take four to five courses per semester, two semesters per year. Students can expect to complete their program in two years.
Designed in a laddered format, students can move on to complete the Bachelor in Emergency and Security Management after graduating with the diploma. Contact the program manager for more information.
The Diploma in Emergency and Security Management is 60 credits or 20 courses. Tuition fees are charged per course. For individual course prices, please follow the links under “Courses” below and costs will be available for upcoming classes. Tuition for the diploma is approximately $9,000.
All prices are current as of April 2013 and apply to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Prices are subject to change and subject to applicable fees and taxes.
Emergency Management & Security Fundamentals
- ESM120 A Systems Approach to Business
- ESM140 Foundations of Safety & Security
- ESM142 Foundations of Emergency Management I: Planning & Preparedness
- ESM145 Emergency & Security Legislation
- ESM221 Introduction to Information Management
- ESM235 Crisis Communication
- ESM240 Introduction to Risk Management
- ESM242 Foundations of Emergency Management II: Response & Recovery
- ESM243 Human Behaviour & Social Constructs of Disasters
- ESM244 Foundations of Business Continuity Management
- ESM245 Critical Infrastructure Protection Systems
Business & Liberal Arts Foundations:
- High school graduation or equivalent
- Mathematics 11 (minimum grade of C) or equivalent
- English 12 (minimum grade of C) or equivalent
For more information, contact the program manager.
New students can start at the beginning of any semester (September, January, and May). To apply:
- Complete the program application form.
- Write a letter of approximately 250 words describing your interest in the program and how you intend to manage your studies with your other responsibilities to ensure your success in the program submit it with your application.
- Submit the application package (application form, entrance letter, proof of educational requirements, and $75 application fee) in person or by mail to:
Student Services Centre
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4
- September start: Complete application to be received no later than June 30
- January start: Complete application to be received no later than October 31
- May start: Complete application to be received no later than February 28
For more information on transferring credit from another post-secondary institution, please see Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Information and Application.
Graduates of the Diploma in Emergency and Security Management program can expect to apply for professional and leadership positions in emergency management, public safety, business continuity and security with:
- Municipal, provincial, regional and federal emergency programs
- Healthcare organizations
- Educational institutions
- International organizations, such as the Red Cross
- Private security agencies
- Crown corporations
- Private businesses in areas such as transportation, natural resources, gaming, hospitality and recreation
Typical Job Titles Could Include
- Emergency Program Manager
- Emergency Program Coordinator
- Emergency Planner
- Security Coordinator
- Director of Safety and Security
- Manager, Public Safety
- Director of Emergency Management
Last updated March 12, 2013