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Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Arts in Emergency & Disaster Management was recently ranked as the #2 program in the country by Intelligent.com.

According to Intelligent.com, the rankings are based on an assessment of 1,604 accredited colleges and universities. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. 

Ohio Christian’s Emergency & Disaster Management Programs prepare students for work in government, non-profit and private emergency response organizations. The programs combine a strong course load in emergency and disaster management specific classes with fieldwork and experience in emergency exercises to ensure graduates are prepared for their careers.

“The requirement for emergency exercises is a part of our core course load for emergency management students,” said Dr. Thad Hicks, Head of the Emergency Management Program and Certified Emergency Manager. “The students learn to design exercises and participate in delivering them.” 

“The emergency management program at OCU is leading the way when it comes to preparing tomorrow’s emergency management leaders for the career field,” said Hicks. Explore programs below:

Online Programs:

BA in Emergency & Disaster Management

BA in Business with Emergency Management Concentration

Certificate in Emergency Management

Undergraduate Campus Programs:

BA in Emergency & Disaster Management

BA in Emergency & Disaster Management and Business (Dual Major)

BA in Intercultural Ministries and Emergency & Disaster Management (Dual Major)

Minor in Emergency & Disaster Management

Articles of Interest

Emergency Management Degree Now Offered Online image

Emergency Management Degree Now Offered Online

Emergency Management Degree Now Offered Online image

Published: June 17, 2019

A bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management is now available through Ohio Christian University's Adult
A bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management is now available through Ohio Christian University's Adult
A bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management is now available through Ohio Christian University's Adult
Incoming student Molly Taylor and her mother, Kitty Stone sit at an orientation meeting.

OCU Welcomes Students at Orientation Day 2019

Incoming student Molly Taylor and her mother, Kitty Stone sit at an orientation meeting.

Published: June 14, 2019

Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome 69 students to Orientation Day 2019 on June 14. Incoming students started the morning doing activities together where they had the opportunity to meet their fellow classmates. After the students settled down, OCU Provost, Dr. Bradford Sample and Dr. Valerie Jones, Teacher Education Department Chair, encouraged the new students to pursue academic excellence and to, above all, grow in Christ. Jones also gave a warm welcome to the students saying, “We here are family, and your faculty members here truly care about you the student and
Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome 69 students to Orientation Day 2019 on June 14. Incoming students started the morning doing activities together where they had the opportunity to meet their fellow classmates. After the students settled down, OCU Provost, Dr. Bradford Sample and Dr. Valerie Jones, Teacher Education Department Chair, encouraged the new students to pursue
Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome 69 students to Orientation Day 2019 on June 14. Incoming students started the morning doing activities together where they had the opportunity to
OCU Joins Disaster Relief Efforts in Dayton image

OCU Joins Disaster Relief Efforts in Dayton

OCU Joins Disaster Relief Efforts in Dayton image

Published: June 12, 2019

On Memorial Day evening an EF4 tornado tore through the Dayton, Ohio region, leaving a path of destruction and debris behind. In the days following the disaster, many agencies rushed in to provide relief. The Salvation Army is one such group providing relief. Dr. Thad Hicks, Director of Emergency and Disaster Management at Ohio Christian University (OCU), and Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director for the Salvation Army in SW Ohio and NE Kentucky, has led volunteers consisting of student, faculty, and administration members, serving those in need as they continue helping
On Memorial Day evening an EF4 tornado tore through the Dayton, Ohio region, leaving a path of destruction and debris behind. In the days following the disaster, many agencies rushed in to provide relief. The Salvation Army is one such group providing relief. Dr. Thad Hicks, Director of Emergency and Disaster Management at Ohio Christian University (OCU), and Divisional Emergency Disaster
On Memorial Day evening an EF4 tornado tore through the Dayton, Ohio region, leaving a path of destruction and debris behind. In the days following the disaster, many agencies rushed in to provide

Archived Articles of Interest

Emergency and Disaster Management Field Continues to Grow image

Emergency and Disaster Management Field Continues to Grow

Emergency and Disaster Management Field Continues to Grow image

Published: July 23, 2015

Emergency and Disaster Management continues to be one of the fastest growing fields in the world according to U.S. News
Emergency and Disaster Management continues to be one of the fastest growing fields in the world according to U.S. News
Emergency and Disaster Management continues to be one of the fastest growing fields in the world according to U.S. News
Disaster Management Graduate Making a Splash in Private Sector Emergency Management image

Disaster Management Graduate Making a Splash in Private Sector Emergency Management

Disaster Management Graduate Making a Splash in Private Sector Emergency Management image

Published: January 5, 2015

 Josh Delph had no idea as he walked across the stage to receive his degree in Disaster Management and Relief that he would end up where he is today.  Josh is currently the Environmental Field Service Supervisor with Clean Harbors.  Clean Harbors is a leading provider in environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America.  The company responds to over 3 thousand emergencies each year and serves the majority of the Fortune 500 companies, numerous federal, state, provincial and local governmental agencies, and through its Safety-Kleen subsidiary, over 200,000 small
 Josh Delph had no idea as he walked across the stage to receive his degree in Disaster Management and Relief that he would end up where he is today.  Josh is currently the Environmental Field Service Supervisor with Clean Harbors.  Clean Harbors is a leading provider in environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America.  The company responds to over 3 thousand
 Josh Delph had no idea as he walked across the stage to receive his degree in Disaster Management and Relief that he would end up where he is today.  Josh is currently the Environmental Field
Faith & Liberty Talk Show Disaster Relief Challenge image

Faith & Liberty Talk Show Disaster Relief Challenge

Faith & Liberty Talk Show Disaster Relief Challenge image

Published: May 19, 2014

The Faith
The Faith
The Faith
OCU Disaster Management Graduate Published image

OCU Disaster Management Graduate Published

OCU Disaster Management Graduate Published image

Published: December 31, 2013

2013 Ohio Christian University graduate and former Disaster Management and Relief student Tempest Norris recently had her work published in the quarterly academic journal, Healing Ministry. The issue was dedicated to prose and poetry surrounding emotional trauma. Ms. Norris had stiff competition for the issue and beat out a number of other submissions to earn the spot in Healing Ministry.Tempest’s poem, “What Would Happen” was originally written for one of her disaster classes at OCU. The course instructor, Thad Hicks stated, “Tempest is very talented. I knew the first time I saw her
2013 Ohio Christian University graduate and former Disaster Management and Relief student Tempest Norris recently had her work published in the quarterly academic journal, Healing Ministry. The issue was dedicated to prose and poetry surrounding emotional trauma. Ms. Norris had stiff competition for the issue and beat out a number of other submissions to earn the spot in Healing Ministry.
2013 Ohio Christian University graduate and former Disaster Management and Relief student Tempest Norris recently had her work published in the quarterly academic journal, Healing Ministry. The
OCU Disaster Response Vehicle Arrives On Campus image

OCU Disaster Response Vehicle Arrives On Campus

OCU Disaster Response Vehicle Arrives On Campus image

Published: September 11, 2013

Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that our new Disaster Response vehicle arrived at the campus the first week of August.  A heartfelt thanks goes out to Texas businessman Dr. Lyle and Nell Reed for their generous contribution in funding the purchase of this exceptional response vehicle; without their assistance we would not have the capabilities we do now.  This vehicle is equipped with a three-burner stove, microwave, a 7000 watt generator, floodlights and many more items that provide efficient and flexible capabilities for disaster response.The vehicle will allow OCU
Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that our new Disaster Response vehicle arrived at the campus the first week of August.  A heartfelt thanks goes out to Texas businessman Dr. Lyle and Nell Reed for their generous contribution in funding the purchase of this exceptional response vehicle; without their assistance we would not have the capabilities we do now.  This vehicle is
Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that our new Disaster Response vehicle arrived at the campus the first week of August.  A heartfelt thanks goes out to Texas businessman Dr. Lyle