Bachelor of Emergency Management

Program Snapshot

Admissions for the Emergency Management Programming (Bachelor/Diploma/Major) have been suspended until January 2024. Cape Breton University is undergoing a consultation process that will enhance the programs to continue the high-quality preparation of future emergency management professionals. Students currently enrolled in the programs will not be impacted and will complete the programs as planned. 

Preparing for the Unexpected is a Profession

Every day, emergency management professionals around the world are working hard to safeguard people from natural, technological or human-caused incidents. The demand for knowledgeable and competent emergency managers, planners and responders contributing to safer, more resilient and sustainable communities is on the rise in Canada and globally, and CBU is the Atlantic Canadian university that focuses on the applied aspects of Emergency Management.

Ready to Apply?

The study of Emergency Management is about understanding hazards, risks and vulnerabilities, and how to deal with them. It’s about everything that can be done to prevent and mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from all sorts of emergencies and disasters by developing, implementing, maintaining and evaluating strategic management processes.

This interdisciplinary applied program will prepare and support students to gain a holistic understanding of how Emergency Management interacts with other disciplines such as communications, business, political science and public health.

What is the tuition for this program?

These numbers are an estimate for planning purposes only. These numbers do not include lab or accommodation fees.

Sample Courses and Resources

Why study at CBU?

There’s no place in the world like Cape Breton when it comes to accessing diverse businesses, landscapes and experiences. Not only will you develop core competencies in prevention, mitigation, preparedness, responsiveness and recovery, but you’ll also draw on other courses to help round out your skills.

Courses in business, communication, political science and public health will support you in developing a sound understanding of the varied social, political, economic and health contexts within which the profession of emergency management operates.

With three program options offered either entirely online or on campus, part or full-time, you can choose an education that fits your personal and professional goals.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Critical understanding of emergency management.
  • Ability to perform key emergency management functions.
  • Practical experience and skills development.
  • Strategic and critical thinking, leadership and management.
  • Assess and work effectively in different situations.
  • Improve public policy and protect communities.

Possible Career Paths

  • Public sector
  • Private sector
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • First response agencies, public safety and volunteer organizations

Admission Requirements

Please select your province for specific admission requirements.

General Requirements for High School Graduates

  • See CBU’s English Language Requirements here.
  • English 12 (academic or advanced)
  • Math 12 (academic or advanced)
  • 3 additional grade 12 academic or advanced level courses

Please select your country to view admission requirements.

Transfer Student Requirements

  • In order to transfer to CBU you must be in good academic standing at your current/previous institution.
  • You must meet the general admissions requirements (or the post-secondary equivalent) for the program, found under the Canadian or International tabs of this tool.
  • To see if your institution is an articulation partner, please view our articulation agreements page.
  • Please email us if you have specific questions about admission requirements and transferring to CBU:


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