School of Health and Life Sciences

Disaster and Emergency Management

Sep 01, 2022
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Delivery Options

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Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.


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International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 4 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C- in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Program delivery varies by program and may be subject to change.. We encourage you to review how your classes will be delivered for the upcoming terms. If you have questions about program delivery or class enrolment, please contact your program area.

The Disaster and Emergency Management (D&EM) program provides current, relevant, and forward-thinking theory and knowledge, to help ensure that the D&EM practitioners of tomorrow are prepared to better manage the increasing complexity and frequency of disaster events. The program offers learning and skills that extend across the entire system of D&EM, including mitigation/prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery, as well as resiliency building, business continuity, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and crisis communication.

Graduates from this program will leave able to support businesses and organizations in any sector or community to prepare for and respond to the risk of harm or loss resulting from natural, technological, and intentional hazards more effectively.

This guided pathway allows students to engage in their diploma learning as a full-time cohort.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Applied, industry-relevant training

The Disaster and Emergency Management Program will give you the opportunity to study while balancing other aspects of your busy life. All 20 courses, including the Final Project course, are delivered 100% online. Your final project will showcase your ability to independently tackle a Disaster and Emergency Management issue or problem on behalf of an approved stakeholder, and provides the opportunity to apply current, theoretical knowledge to address a real-world stakeholder need.

NAIT is a member of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network (CRHNet) which allows students in the program to access mentorship and learning/job/volunteer opportunities through their “Emerging Professionals” group.

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Upon Graduation

Graduates from this program are well positioned to seek out additional credentialing available through organizations like the Disaster Recovery Institute and the International Association of Emergency Managers, if they choose. Effective April 2021, students are no longer able to access the free online ICS courses through the Government of Alberta. Instead, all students in the Disaster and Emergency Management program will be offered the opportunity to access  ICS Canada recognized in-house and virtual learning for ICS100 and ICS200 through the Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management (CADEM). These are not mandatory for program graduation, but are highly recommended as additional credentials that are often requested by prospective employers.

Additional credentialed learning

Some students may wish to continue with their formal learning. NAIT has created agreements with specific institutions in order to create some fair and accessible pathways as options for graduates from the Disaster and Emergency Management Program. In addition to successfully completing the diploma program, students also would need to satisfy the eligibility criteria to obtain admission to the institution/program listed:
  • Continue your studies at NAIT with the Bachelor of Technology! This option gives graduates a full 2-year credit towards the completion of the 4-year BTech program. Please note that this program offers face-to-face and eLearning options.
  • Wilfred Laurier University – Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety. This is a “2+2” agreement that also gives our program graduates a full two-year credit towards the completion of the 4-year BA program. Please note that this program is also fully online.
  • Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) – Bachelor of Emergency & Security Management Studies. This is also a “2+2” agreement that gives our diploma graduate a full two-year credit towards the completion of the 4-year BESMS program. Please note that this program has an online option.

Ongoing professional development

NAIT believes in supporting Disaster and Emergency Management Professionals throughout the lifespan of their career. Our Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management offers additional professional development training courses, workshops, stakeholder events, and certificate programs. See for more information.

Enter the workforce with confidence

Disaster and Emergency Management is one of the fastest growing fields globally. Upon successful completion of the program, you may find entry level employment in the public, private, non-profit/humanitarian, and industry sectors. Many organizations require disaster and emergency managers in the areas of policy development/advocacy, field work, public engagement, communications, business continuity management, risk management, crisis management, disaster risk reduction, response coordination, disaster preparedness/mitigation, planning, disaster recovery, training, and building community resilience. This field is relevant and necessary for all organizations, communities, and businesses that are exposed to any type of natural, human-induced, or technological hazard.

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International Students

Some NAIT programs are unavailable to international students because they do not meet eligibility for a study permit or Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). 

  • Study Permit: This program is delivered through distance learning and therefore does not meet the criteria for a study permit.
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit: This program is delivered through distance learning and therefore is not eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program. Completion of this program will not make you eligible for a PGWP.

International applicants seeking permissions to take this program in the Winter term can contact a NAIT Academic Advisor – International to discuss options.



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The Disaster and Emergency Management program offers a 2-year pathway or 3.5-year pathway to complete the diploma. Below is the course outline for the 2-year pathway. Download this PDF to see the course outline for the 3.5-year pathway and the learn key differences between the two options.

Scholarships & Awards

Alumni profile: Shauna Hetherington

Hear how recent graduate Shauna Hetherington used her training in Emergency Management to launch a rewarding career

Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management

NAIT’s Centre for Applied Disaster and Emergency Management (CADEM) advances the Disaster and Emergency Management profession through hands-on training & professional development.

A new frontier in hands-on health-care training

CAE Healthcare and NAIT have entered a simulation research partnership to improve health-care education and patient safety, including support for the polytechnic's simulation research initiatives.

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availability is subject to change without notice.