Although it may go by several related names, there are a variety of Christian colleges around the country that offer degree programs in the field of disaster relief and emergency management. These schools vary in denomination, tuition rate and other factors. Find out more about a handful of the Christian colleges with disaster relief programs below.
The private, Christian schools that offer disaster relief programs are associated with Baptist, Interdenominational and other Christian denominations. In the table below, compare and contrast some of the schools and their undergraduate tuition rate.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Crown College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christ and Missionary Alliance Church||Saint Bonifacius, MN||$25,430|
|Union College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Seventh Day Adventist||Lincoln, NE||$23,070|
|Wheaton College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Undenominational||Wheaton, IL||$35,190|
|Grand Canyon University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Phoenix, AZ||$17,050|
|Anderson University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Anderson, SC||$26,970|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of the Christian Colleges with Disaster Relief Programs
Several Christian colleges offer disaster relief programs at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. Students thinking about attending these schools may also consider what spiritual growth opportunities are available, the size of the school or other unique characteristics of the school and its program. Learn more about a handful of the Christian colleges with disaster relief programs.
Crown College in Minnesota had about 1,060 undergraduate students and about 270 graduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The college offers an online Bachelor of Science in Disaster and Emergency Management, as well as an online Master of Arts in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Disaster and Emergency Management. These Christ-centered programs offer small class sizes and each student in the program receives an Academic Advisor to assist them. Students at the college can grow in their faith by participating in fellowship groups, worship services, inner-city ministries, Bible studies and mission trips.
Union College in Nebraska has a unique Bachelor of Science in International Rescue and Relief that trains students in disaster management, emergency care, rescue and survival skills and more. Students in the program can also choose an optional emphasis in global community development or a dual major with international relief and rescue and nursing. In 2016, the NCES reported that the college had close to 810 undergraduate students and about 90 graduate students. Spiritual life on campus includes chapel services, vespers and a variety of outreach and service opportunities, including the annual, campus-wide Project Impact day of service.
Located in Illinois, Wheaton College offers a Master of Arts in Humanitarian and Disaster Leadership that prepares students for global servant leadership. The program includes emergency and disaster response training and is led by faculty members with recognitions from Mutual of America, FEMA and more. Wheaton College also offers unique spiritual growth opportunities for graduate students, such as a Grad Chapel Ministry Team, in addition to traditional chapel services and Discipleship Small Groups. According to the NCES, the college had close to 2,460 undergraduate students and close to 450 graduate students.
Grand Canyon University
Including online students, Grand Canyon University had about 46,300 undergraduate students and almost 29,540 graduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The university has an online Bachelor of Science in Public Safety and Emergency Management that includes coursework in disaster response and recovery. The program also includes topics in homeland security and culminates in an action research project. Online students wishing to deepen their faith can stream the university's chapel services live through the school's YouTube channel, while students on campus can also participate in Bible studies and outreach programs.
South Carolina's Anderson University provides an online Bachelor of Emergency Services Management that includes a track for students with an associate's degree and those without one. Students in the program are required to complete an internship experience for hands-on learning. The school offers a variety of campus ministries, including Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM), in addition to chapel services and service opportunities. According to the NCES, the university had a little over 2,940 undergraduates and close to 490 graduate students in 2016.