Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies
Complete Canada's first bachelor degree to combine emergency management and security studies with a foundation in business
Application Deadline for the next
Online Offering (September 2018) is: June 30, 2018
Application Deadline for the first
On-Campus Offering (September 2019) is: June 30, 2019
Looking For a Career of a Different Kind?
Become a leader in the growing fields of emergency management, disaster planning, and security.
Constantly changing and increasingly complex economic, social, legal, environmental, and political contexts have compelled government, business, and non-governmental organizations to enhance their safety, security, and emergency management practices in order to protect people, assets, and resources. This complicated environment calls for insightful new knowledge, technical skills, and the ability to think broadly and critically across a number of integrated areas.
The Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies is a 120-credit, broadly based, multi-disciplinary program designed specifically to meet the safety, security, and emergency management challenges of today and tomorrow. It provides students with the basic conceptual approaches and methodologies of safety, 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.
Flexible Format, Flexible Credentials
This unique program is also designed to offer an exit alternative after completion of 60 credits of coursework with a Diploma in Emergency and Security Management.
Completion of BESMS ladders into Emergency Management Exercise Design Program
Graduates of the Bachelor of Emergency & Security Management Studies (BESMS) provides 6.0 of 10.0 credits toward EMD’s Emergency Management Exercise Design Certificate program. The additional courses needed to complete the certificate are 2 unique elective credits and the capstone project. View the full list of courses in the program to review the elective options.
- 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
For all students, JIBC’s Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies program provides the core skills you need to succeed at the management level in emergency management, security and other public safety disciplines.
The Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies is a comprehensive program combining studies in:
- Emergency Management, Disaster Planning and Public Safety
- Business Continuity
- Risk and Crisis Management
- Security and Intelligence
- Business Administration
- Leadership and Management
Graduates of the degree will have a solid base of knowledge and skills to pursue leadership roles across the public safety spectrum.
Flexible Options for Today's Students
Today's students come from many walks of life. Maybe you've just graduated from high school, or perhaps you're an adult learner looking for a different type of career. Either way, we have a program format to meet your needs. Choose from:
Full-time On-Campus Format
In the full-time format, students are part of a cohort of students who study together on campus. This offering is designed for high school graduates and those looking to pursue or transition into a career in emergency or security management.
All in-class courses are currently offered at our New Westminster campus. Full-time students work in cohorts and complete five courses per semester, two semesters per year. Students can expect to complete their program in four years.
Visit the On Campus BESMS Program webpage for detailed information about Application Deadlines, Costs, Courses, Textbooks, and FAQ about this face-to-face option.
In the online program, all classes are offered completely online, so you can study from anywhere, anytime. This offering is designed for mid-career professionals looking to expand their credentials to advance in their careers.
Students work in cohorts, completing two to three courses per semesters, three semesters per year. Students can expect to complete their program in five years. Students have the opportunity to collaborate and share experiences in an interactive online learning experience.
Visit the Online BESMS Program webpage for detailed information about Application Deadlines, Costs, Courses, Textbooks, and FAQ about this online option.
- 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 coordinator.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Emergency and Security Management Studies program can expect to apply for professional and leadership positions in emergency management, public safety, business continuity and security with:
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Last updated May 25, 2018