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We offer a Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Management.

The Emergency Management Degree Program is unique as it is the first and only university-level program of its type in the State of Illinois.  The program offers an undergraduate interdisciplinary degree which combines scholarship and practice. Courses are taught by Ph.D. holding faculty in a face-to-face classroom environment. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management leading to professional employment opportunities in the public sector, the private sector, or at non-governmental organizations. 

Fall 2015 Semester Now in Session


Established in 2007, the WIU Emergency Management Program is an active teaching and research unit, it adds value to Western Illinois University, and the program also provides important services in support of public safety for residents of the State of Illinois. For example . . .

  1. In September 2015, Dr. Jack Rozdilsky spoke at an international conference reflecting on the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. See WIU Faculty Member Reflects on Social Impacts of Atomic Bomb at International Conference.


The WIU Emergency Management Program currently has openings for new undergraduate-level students who are interested in enrolling in the state's only Bachelor of Science Degree program for emergency management. 

If you are interested in disasters and you strive to work in occupations protecting the public by engaging in a career of response, recovery, mitigation, or preparedness, the WIU Emergency Management Program can meet your academic preparation needs for a successful career. 

As National Climatic Data Center information indicates, during 2014 there were 8 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States.  Adding in the risks of man-made disasters to that tally, the trends suggest there will be no shortage of work for future emergency managers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information on the status of emergency management careers. Such statistics suggests that it is with an entry level Bachelors Degree and experience, it is possible for Emergency Management Directors to earn $59,770 per year (2012 median pay).  For such careers, the projected employment growth rate is 8 percent from 2012 to 2022.   

Go to the Western Illinois University Web Site for Enrollment to start the process and specify Emergency Management as your major of choice.

The WIU Emergency Management Program is organizationally housed in the College of Education and Human Services, Department of Health Science and Social Work

FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: Specific information on undergraduate degree requirements and course descriptions can be found at the WIU Catalog.  

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS: While WIU does not currently offer a Masters-Level Degree in Emergency Management, the program does offer specific emergency management coursework to graduate students in support of the Master of Science in Health Sciences Degree, Public Health option. 


Are you curious about what Emergency Management (EM) professionals do? 

From the proud traditions of Civil Defense to the modern era of Homeland Security, the safety of the nation requires the focus of the best and brightest students.  

An explanation of some of the EM basics are provided on the "What is Emergency Management" web page.  Also, this interesting you tube video "The Essential Emergency Manager" explains the EM profession.  While Emergency Management jobs reside in all sectors of the economy, government agencies such as the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are examples of places where Emergency Managers can be employed.

Professional organizations supporting the Emergency Management profession include The Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (for the state of Illinois) and the International Association of Emergency Managers (for the nation and beyond).


The core faculty for the WIU Emergency Management Program are highly qualified specialists.