About the Program
Please note: Given that distance learning does not require one to be in Canada, foreign nationals wanting to complete this online program in Canada are not eligible for a study permit. For further details, please review Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s website.
The Emergency Management Diploma requires the successful completion of 19 online courses and one capstone project. Course work covers all of the pillars of emergency and disaster management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery and includes specific programs focused on communication, stakeholder relationships, public engagement, emergency exercises, planning for environmental disasters and emergency social services.
Currently, students have the choice from the following two options for their capstone project:
- A group project. Working in a team you will use your knowledge and skills to research and develop a tool, process, procedure or concept that will further the practice of emergency management in a current pre-specified context.
- Applied research project. You will be linked with an organization (e.g., municipality, corporation) and required to conduct research on a process, practice, issue or possible initiative that will enhance and strengthen their emergency management program.
- Length: 15 weeks
- Salary: There is no salary or stipend received during the project.
Emergency Management Certificate Programs
NAIT also offers Industrial Emergency Management and Public Sector Emergency Management certificate programs. Each require the completion of 5 courses which are directly transferable to the Emergency Management diploma program. These certificates provide credentials for emergency management practitioners that require additional training but are not interested in taking the diploma program at the present time.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $185
Tuition Cap: $2,167
Cost Per Credit: $620
Tuition Cap: $7,260
Health & Dental: $119
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $110
Semester 2: $110
Semester 3: $110
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
Grade 12 English and Math
High school deficiencies may be addressed through NAIT's Open Studies pathway. If you do not have the necessary high school prerequisites, you may enroll as an Open Studies student in EMGT1110 - Individual and Organizational Behaviour in Disaster, EMGT1120 - Emergency Management as a Field of Practice, and/or EMGT1150 - Emergency Response. Successful completion of these courses will allow you to apply into the Emergency Management diploma program.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Please note: International students must be careful when enrolling in online courses. Enrolling in too many online courses can impact the ability to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) through the Government of Canada. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure in-class course enrollment is sufficient to qualify for a PGWP.
The maximum number of online courses an applicant may take varies, and depends on the ratio of in-class and online course enrollment. To confirm acceptable ratio of online to in-class course enrollment to qualify for a PGWP, contact the NAIT International Centre.
International Student Advisors are available to help with this and many other questions. Contact the NAIT International Centre to book an appointment.
For more information about qualifying for a PGWP and other information about studying and working in Canada, contact the Government of Canada.
Scholarships & Bursaries
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.