Bachelor of Disaster & Emergency Management (BDEM)

This program provides academic and technical skills necessary to aid in the prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from regional and global disasters and emergencies.

The Bachelor of Disaster & Emergency Management (BDEM) degree program is offered as:

As a student in our program, you will gain the conceptual and analytical tools necessary to critically assess the principals and practices underpinning emergency management and prepare for a rewarding career in this rapidly growing field. Through the exploration of topics such as business continuity planning and disaster risk management, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of how to apply key concepts, methodologies and technologies used by emergency management professionals to complex real-life challenges. You will also learn how to:

  • Understand how various fields - such as sociology, psychology, politics and ethics - intersect in the context of disaster and emergency management.
  • Gather and assess information relevant to the field and especially as it pertains to the planning, coordination, analysis and recovery of disasters and emergencies.
  • Apply critical thinking and analytical skills at all phases of the emergency cycle - mitigation, preparation, response and recovery.

Take advantage of experiential learning opportunities and interact with leading professionals who will provide you with a deeper insight into the field. You'll have the option to complete a field experience that will help to foster a greater understanding of the complexities and realities emergency management professionals face. You'll also learn from experienced professors, many of whom have been active in the field.

Student Testimonial

View a video of BDEM student Sophia Wicho.