Disaster & Emergency Management

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Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
BDEM
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York is the first university in Canada to offer both a bachelor and a master’s degree program in this field.

Disasters related to flooding, terrorism, fires, power blackouts and hurricanes continue to remind us of the need for good management - often through effective risk reduction strategies, they can even be prevented. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Ebola epidemic and the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire evacuation demonstrate the pressing need for qualified and trained professionals in the field.

Disaster and Emergency Management (DEM) is the discipline of understanding, dealing with and avoiding risks. In this exciting field you will explore key concepts, methodologies and technologies used by emergency management professionals while honing your analytical and critical skills. You'll also gain a comprehensive understanding of how emergency management intersects with other disciplines such as psychology and sociology. Discover strategies to help save lives and property, reduce damage and speed a community’s recovery from natural and human-induced disasters and emergencies.

You will examine a diverse range of topics including:

  • business continuity planning
  • emergency management
  • crisis communications
  • disaster risk management
  • ethics
  • terrorism

In addition to this, you will learn to apply key concepts, methodologies and technologies used by emergency management professionals to complex real-life challenges.

This program prepares you to synthesize large amounts of complex information and make sound decisions in challenging and often difficult circumstances. As a graduate you will be on the trajectory towards a career in emergency management, public safety or consultancy work for a range of opportunities from positions in federal and provincial governments to large multinational companies and non-governmental organizations like the Red Cross/Red Crescent, World Bank, Oxfam or UNICEF.

 

  • You have the option of continuing your education within the disaster and emergency field with York's Master of Disaster and Emergency Management degree — the only graduate program of its kind in Ontario and one of only two in Canada.
  • You'll have the opportunity to join professional organizations such as The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters.
  • Take advantage of experiential learning opportunities and interact with leading professionals who will provide you with a deeper insight into the field. You will 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 are also encouraged to take advantage of the regular events held by both the undergraduate and graduate Disaster & Emergency Management Student clubs at York University, and various external disaster management associations. Events include training, conferences and symposiums held throughout the school year to help you apply your education to real-life situations.

You may also be interested in our Certificate in Emergency Management.

Questions?

Contact us at goyork@yorku.ca 

Sample Schedule (First-year)

  • Introduction to Administrative Studies
  • Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • Natural, Technical and Human-induced Disasters
  • general education courses
  • elective courses outside the major

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • business continuity planner
  • disaster recovery coordinator
  • emergency manager
  • public safety and security manager
  • disaster and emergency policy analyst

BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-2 or Math 30-1
  • And three additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

      BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

      Requirements for admission:
    • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
    • Principles of Math 12 or Foundational Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12
    • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

        BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

        Requirements for admission:
      • Baccalauréat Général
      • Terminale math
          • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

          BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

          Requirements for admission:
        • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
          • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
          • Some programs require a higher GPA.
        • Senior-level math
          • BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

            Requirements for admission:
          • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
            • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
          • 2-unit math
              • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

              BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

              Requirements for admission:
            • One year of CEGEP
            • 2 semesters of English/anglais
            • Linear Algebra 1
            • And nine additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
                • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                Requirements for admission:
              • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
              • Grade 12 math
                • BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                  Requirements for admission:
                • Lise Diplomasi
                • Senior-level math
                  • BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                    Requirements for admission:
                  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                  • A-level math
                      • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                      To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.

                      BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                      Requirements for admission:
                    • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                    • Twelfth Year math
                      • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.hk%/5.0 required.

                        BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                        Requirements for admission:
                      • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                        • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                      • Standard or higher-level math (Math Studies will not satisfy this requirement)
                          • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                          To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.

                          BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                          Requirements for admission:
                        • Completion of one of the following:
                          • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                          • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                          • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                          • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                          • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                        • Grade XII math
                          • BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                            Requirements for admission:
                          • Manitoba High School Diploma
                          • English 40S
                          • Pre-Calculus Math 40S
                          • And three additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                              BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                              Requirements for admission:
                            • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                            • English 120, 121 or 122
                            • Math 121 or 122 or Pre-Calc 12B
                            • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                Requirements for admission:
                              • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                              • English 3201
                              • Math 3204 or 3205 or 3200
                              • And seven additional credits at the 3000 level
                                • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                  BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                  Requirements for admission:
                                • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                • English 12
                                • Advanced Math 12 or Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12
                                • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                    BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                    Requirements for admission:
                                  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                  • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                  • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-2 or Math 30-1
                                  • And three additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                      BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                      Requirements for admission:
                                    • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                    • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                    • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-2 or Math 30-1
                                    • And three additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                        BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                        Requirements for admission:
                                      • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                      • ENG4U
                                      • MHF4U or MDM4U
                                      • And four additional 4U or M courses
                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
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                                          BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                        • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                        • MHF4U or MDM4U*
                                        • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
                                        • BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                        • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                        • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                        • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                        • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                        • Requirements for admission:
                                        • MHF4U or MDM4U*
                                        • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
                                        • BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                        • Applicants to Honours-level program: Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                        • Applicants to Bachelor-level program: Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                        • MHF4U or MDM4U*
                                        • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
                                        • BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                        • English 621
                                        • Math 621A or 621B
                                        • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                            BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                            Requirements for admission:
                                          • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                          • Grade 12 English
                                          • Grade 12 Linear Algebra
                                          • And four additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                              BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                              Requirements for admission:
                                            • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                            • English A30 and English B30
                                            • Math B30 and C30 or Pre-calculus 30
                                            • And two additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.

                                                BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                Requirements for admission:
                                              • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                              • Senior-level math
                                                • BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                • High School Diploma
                                                • Senior-level algebra
                                                    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

                                                    BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                  • Senior-level math
                                                    • BDEMLiberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                    • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                    • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                    • Principles of Math 12 or Foundational Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12
                                                    • And two additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.